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A Gift a Day 2017: Day 5: Polka Dot Skirt

Polka Dot Skirt The Prudent Homemaker 

My five-year-old daughter has been wanting a polka dot skirt. She knew I had this fabric, and asked that I make her a skirt from it.

Because she is still small, I just cut one piece of fabric from selvage to selvage. I sewed the side seam together with a French seam.

Polka Dot Elastic Casing The Prudent Homemaker

I ironed 1/4 inch down across the top of the skirt, and then folded it and ironed it again at 1 1/4", to make a casing for the elastic. I sewed this part, leaving a small opening, and then ran the elastic through the casing by attaching a large safety pin to one end and pulling it through.

I hemmed the skirt in the same manner, first folding and ironing under 1/4", and then ironing an additional 2 inches, as I wanted a deep hem.



polka dot fabric (I used a little less than 2/3 of a yard)

1-inch wide elastic


Sewing Machine


Sewing pins




About an hour

Cost: $4

I purchased this fabric on a Black Friday sale several years ago from Fabric.com.

I purchased the elastic on sale in bulk from Wawak.

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  • Yvonne December 23, 2017

    That skirt is cute as can be. Your daughter will love it! Getting ready for Christmas can be a little stressful, but it is so good that we are brought, in the process, to thinking more of others than perhaps we usually do.

  • Ellie's friend from Canada December 23, 2017

    What a lovely skirt. Simple but beautiful. Merry Christmas, Brandy, to you and your family. Your blog is truly inspiring with such a sharing community.

  • Alexa in Philly December 23, 2017

    Darling skirt! Thanks for explaining the process, as it makes me (as a new sewer) realize that more projects (and alterations) are possible than I thought. Next step: hem my daughter's Hanukah sweatpants and put elastic in the (new) cuffs. She's thrilled to have a pair with her high school logo.
    Thank you for your loving blog. I have learned so much over the past few years. This year I used your granola recipe (and a variation - walnuts with dried apricots) to make Christmas gifts for several family members. Delicious, frugal, and homemade--a triple win!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • Maxine December 23, 2017

    If you've ever pulled the elastic too far, safety-pin the other end to the fabric so it can't get into the casing. Darling skirt, Brandy!

  • Linda M December 23, 2017

    Adorable! There is just something so happy about polka dots. She is going to love it and look so cute in it.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours and wishes for a blessed New Year!

  • Roxie December 23, 2017

    Very cute. I am sure she will enjoy it.
    Merry Christmas and thank you for a very inspiring blog.

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  • Kara December 23, 2017

    Merry Christmas! And thank you for this lovely blog. I enjoy it so much.

  • Rhonda A. December 23, 2017

    So cute! I have dubbed this the Minni Mouse skirt and envision your little girl wearing it with a cute white sweater and a bow on her head made from the same pokadot fabric. Perfect for a 5 year old little girl!!!! Thank you for sharing the gifts you make for your family, Brandy. They are always simple, beautiful and so inspirational.

  • Ellie's friend from Canada December 23, 2017

    A matching bow would be grand! great idea, Rhonda A.

  • Cindi December 23, 2017

    She will look adorable in that skirt!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  • Erika @ The Make Do Homemaker December 23, 2017

    That's so cute!

    Merry Christmas to you and all your readers! I really do love this community :).

  • Amy December 23, 2017

    What a beautiful and fun skirt! That will be treasured and remembered - thanks for sharing!

  • Athanasia December 26, 2017

    Very nice. Your family must be partial to polka dots. I remember especially the lovely polka dot dress that Winter remade from another dress or skirt.

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