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Rag skirts for a Pink Party

December 10, 2014

We are coming up on the 3rd birthday of my twins. I usually have big parties for my kids and go all out with the theme I pick. I just love the planning, coming up with the party food, making the decorations, and the whole thing. This year, I just can’t do it. I’m exhausted! Maybe it’s because I have 2 year old twins. I called my mother the other day and asked when we will stop being in “survival mode.” Survival mode is when at the end of they day, if your kids are alive, you’ve done a good job. My twins are climbers. I try hard to stay a step ahead of them to think of what they will inevitably climb up and jump off, like the shelves in their closet. There is a lock on their closet door now. They were climbing to the top of their toddler beds, climbing over and pressing themselves into the window standing on the sill. I moved their beds two feet forward away from the window. Their changing table is in the hallway. Their books have been taken out of their room. And more… So, needless to say, I’m exhausted and this party is a brunch more for my husband and me to celebrate “making it to 3.”

 

However, my mom (who has twins) and other twin moms with older twins tell me the magic age (where you are not in “survival mode” anymore) is 5. Yikes! That’s 2 more years.

 

So, while this party is “for me,” I couldn’t resist making something pink for them to wear and doing my usual “research” for the parties I put on. I am scaling back this year though. Originally, I had planned on a mermaid theme. But I just couldn’t scale back on a mermaid theme (no pun intended, ha!). It is just too good a theme. That one would have to be carried out to the fullest, otherwise it would be wasting a really amazing party theme.

 

These skirts are the cutest things ever. And they are very easy! I chose several pretty pink fabrics that I thought would go together. I bought enough material to make skirts for “the twinkies” as well as my big girl because if the twins get something and my big girl doesn’t, there is trouble in the house. There are times when she doesn’t get one (whatever it is) and that’s just life. But these are pretty easy to make, so it was her lucky day.

 

Pin the elastic around the child’s waist and pin it with a safety pin so that you have a measurement for the elastic. Sew, either by machine or by hand. Make it tight enough so that it will stay up after putting on the fabric. I found that the elastic stretched out a little (and stayed that way) with all the fabric on it. I used a thick elastic but I should have chosen a thinner elastic. I learned that lesson a couple of years ago when making rainbow tutus for the twinkies’ first birthday rainbow party. But, I forgot. Get the thinner elastic. It’s easier to knot the fabric on.

 

I sewed the elastic with a sewing machine

I sewed the elastic with a sewing machine

I bought four different fabrics and I bought a yard of the two lesser expensive fabrics and 22 inches (whatever that is ¾ or 2/3 of a yard). That was enough to make 3 rag skirts.

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The four fabrics I bought

Cut the fabric into strips. I measured belly button to knee on my girls and it was about 8 inches. I needed to double that and add a little extra for the knot. I used 20 inches of fabric for each strip.

I cut the fabric in 3 to 4 inch strips.

I cut the fabric in 3 to 4 inch strips.

Measuring tape for cutting 20 inches.

Measuring tape for cutting 20 inches.

I put the elastic around a child’s chair to make it easier to knot and see what fabric went next to what. You don’t necessarily need to use the chair for tying on the pieces.

Knotting the fabric.

Knotting the fabric.

Take a piece of fabric and hold the fold against the front of the elastic and wrap the two end pieces around the back of the elastic and put both through the hole / the fold and pull tight. Continue to do this varying the fabrics that are next to each other.

 

Continue knotting the different fabrics.

Continue knotting the different fabrics.

Knotting the fabric.

Knotting the fabric.

In the end, hold the skirt up and trim any pieces that are hanging extra long.

Cut the lower hanging pieces

Cut the lower hanging pieces

My girls love their skirts! More to come on the Pink Party!

 

They love their skirts!

They love their skirts!

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