Pot o’ Gold Skirt

Amy Friendchildren's clothing, holiday, sewing, tutorial17 Comments

After stitching those 100 hearts, I got the embroidery bug. I came up with another use for the backstitch. I made this little St. Patrick’s Day skirt for my daughter. I made the pocket appear to be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I just love all the colors of embroidery floss!
I added this picture because I love how it looks in the sunlight. The colors are most accurate here too.

If you’d like to make one, this is what I did:

Buy 1/4 yard of some shamrockish material and square it up. Measure the width of the material. Mine was 42″. Fold in half, right sides together width wise and sew a 5/8″ seam. Then fold it together length wise with right sides facing out and press. You will have the finished hem (ironed edge) on the bottom.

Cut a piece of linen (I used a linen look blend) to the same width (in my case 42″) and the proper length to get the overall skirt length that you desire. Mine was about 12″ long. My daughter is 4. Again, sew the side seam.

Then I attached the linen tube to the hem tube with right sides together and raw edges together. I used an overlock stitch (no serger here). Then trim the seam and press the seam up. Top stitch.

Then I followed Rae’s pleated pocket tutorial for her pleated pocket but sized it down to make a 3 1/2″ band at the top and smaller pocket. And I gathered the pocket rather than making pleats. Stitch the pocket to the skirt. For best placement, have your child try it on and reach their hand down.

Then make an elastic casing. I used 1″ elastic.

Finally, sew your rainbow.

I wish I had taken pictures along the way but things were too busy here today. It’s school vacation week.