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A Gift a Day 2017: Day 2: White Eyelet Skirt

Eyelet Skirt The Prudent Homemaker

When I was at a garage sale in October, I found an unusual king-sized bed skirt for $1. It had snaps every few feet, but there was no middle piece that went on the bed itself for the eyelet ruffle to snap onto. Fortunately, the ruffle itself was what I needed. The seller was asking $1, and I gladly took all of that eyelet home. 

Not only did it have a ruffle, but it had a top edge just like the waistband of a skirt.

I cut out two pieces, avoiding the set-in snaps that were there. The skirt was rather long, so it was just perfect for a knee-length skirt for my 7-year-old, who asked me for a white skirt for Christmas.

The only tricky part was putting in the elastic. Since I had two pieces of skirt that would be closed once I sewed the sides together (as the existing skirt already had a "waistband" sewn in) I cut two pieces of elastic and sewed them in at each end. I sewed both sides of the skirt closed with French seams.



a piece of a bed skirt (or wide finished eyelet)




Sewing Machine


Sewing pins


Eyelet Skirt Detail The Prudent Homemaker


About 30 minutes


$0.35, including the cost of elastic. I have lots of fabric left and I can make more projects with it. The same daughter who requested a white skirt has also requested a white dress, so I may work this same fabric into a dress for her as well.

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  • Amy December 13, 2017

    What a beautiful skirt! I love how sweet and feminine it looks. Excellent job and excellent yard sale find :)

  • Evelyn Edgett December 13, 2017

    Genius!!!! Seriously, you always amaze and inspire me to look at clothes and fabrics with an eye to alteration and restyling.

  • ja December 13, 2017

    Resourceful and so beautiful! You inspire us!

  • Jeanna December 13, 2017

    It's beautiful :)

  • Anne December 13, 2017

    It's breathtakingly beautiful and clever.

  • Holly December 13, 2017

    When I was young, I had a pattern for a skirt and a cap-sleeved boatneck pullover top that utilised the eyelet border of the fabric. No hemming! Consider making a matching top for that skirt. It is lovely.

  • Dorothy McLeod December 13, 2017

    I purchase a similar bedskirt of Battenberg lace. I made a ruffled lamp shade cover and it turned out great. Not sure about the rest will ponder and maybe make some small bags to fill with a soap and knitted washcloths for gifts. I did see some cute small holders sewn of lace and white material to hold 4 candles as a gift item as well.

  • Tina December 13, 2017

    You truly have an for beautiful things as well as being amazing with needle and thread. I know your daughter is going to love her skirt, it's so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your time and talents, your blog is my favorite.

  • Tina December 13, 2017

    An eye for beautiful things. My brain worked faster than my fingers.

  • Susan December 13, 2017

    So pretty. Your daughter will be thrilled.

  • Maxine December 13, 2017

    You definitely have "the eye" for upcycling! Great skirt!

    I am making my last Christmas gift today--a set of flannel pillowcases. Your previous series inspired me to make the following: a one-leg Levi apron, matching potholder, tote bag, pajamas and the pillowcases. I don't think you actually made any of the same things, but my peeps are adults and I was using up the materials I already had--which was definitely inspired by you! They are getting store-bought gifts, too, but these are the ones I like the best!

  • elizabeth December 13, 2017

    wow! really stunning!! i'm getting a sewing machine for christmas (YAY) and hope i am half as resourceful as you with fabric.

  • Tara from Massachusetts December 13, 2017

    Dear Brandy- The skirt is so beautiful! What a great gift to make with that fabric. Thank you for all of your great ideas and beautiful photos!

  • Juls Owings December 13, 2017

    Beautiful ... Makes me wish I had a granddaughter that would wear a skirt ...I got tom boys for sure.
    I did this once a million years ago it seems as two of the daughters wanted matching dresses. I found curtains at a yardsale and made the dresses and then made sure I kept enough to add another layer at the bottom as they grew taller and used a different color cotton fabric as to add to seams. No elastic, no buttons v neck no sleeves. Gave them a light weight sweater and a heavier sweater to wear over it when needed. The younger one was wearing the older one's dress 5 yrs later with the added material.;)

  • kim December 13, 2017

    Darling and this would look so cute under a calico open front skirt as a prairie look. I did this for my oldest when she was younger.

  • Cathi December 13, 2017

    Beautiful and what a great upcycle!

  • Jo December 13, 2017

    That will be a lovely skirt. I like Holly's idea of a matching top. I can just picture it, with white ribbons in the hair as well....

  • Rozy December 13, 2017

    Just gorgeous! And a perfect example that sewing our own clothes doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Fabric is all around us as a "resource" to be mined. You just have to use your imagination and see one thing as another. Good job!!

  • KathyinTN December 13, 2017

    This is beautiful! I am so envious of your talent and creativity! :D

  • momsav December 13, 2017

    Amazing, as always! Your daughter will love and appreciate this. I need some of your ‘vision’.

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