In the spirit of AccuQuilt and their AWESOME GO! Cutter giveaway (which you can still enter through Friday by going here), I wanted to share another project with you. And I wanted it to be something non-quilty.
I came up with the Tumbler Skirt.
***If you don’t have a GO! Cutter or have access to one, you can cut the tumbler blocks yourself….They’re just trapezoids. They measure 6 1/2” high. The top is 3 1/2” wide and the bottom is 6 1/2” wide.***
First, I want to show you how I cut the tumbler blocks. The light in my kitchen was awful that day, so excuse the crap-tacular photos.
The GO! Cutter box says it can cut up to 6 layers of fabric and I decided to put that to the test. I folded my fat quarters into sixths like this:
Then I gave it a quick press with the iron.
My tumbler die looks like this:
I’m going to place my fabric right on top of the outline you can see vaguely. That’s where the blade is.
Then I put my cutting mat on top.
And rolled it through my GO! Cutter.
The verdict on cutting 6 layers of fabric at once? Over all it was good. There were a few cuts where I had to snip a couple of threads that didn’t quite get cut, but it was still WAY fast, even with the snipping.
If you want to make your own Tumbler Skirt, you’ll need to measure the waist of the intended wearer, and round up to the nearest multiple of 3”. (The finished top width of the tumbler piece is 3”.) That is how many tumblers you’ll need for your top tier.
You’ll need double that number for your 2nd tier. For a shorter skirt or younger child, 2 tiers may be long enough.
You’ll need double the 2nd tier number for your 3rd tier.
And so on and so on and so on.
My top tier was 9 tumblers. The 2nd tier was 18 tumblers. And, my 3rd tier was 36 tumblers. You’ll also need a short (4”should be sufficient) zipper. I used double fold bias tape for both the hem and the waist line, but you don’t have to.
Sew the blocks for each tier together (1/4” seams), small sides up. On the top tier, sew only the bottom 2 or 3” together on the last seam. This is where the zipper will go.
The finished bottom width on each tumbler is 6”, aka double the finished top width. So, when you connect your tiers, you can line up seams nicely…2 tops for every bottom.
Install your zipper and have the wearer try it on. It will be too big. That’s good! You’re going to make some darts to get a custom fit. I darted (is that even a word?) every seam about 3/8”. I started on my seam line about 1/3 of the way up and then veered off so I was 3/8” over at the waist line.
Have the wearer try it on again. Now it should fit. If not, re-evaluate your dart situation and try again.
This is when I applied bias tape to the waist line and the hem. I’d recommend it for the waist for sure, but you could just hem the bottom and be fine. And I still need to sew an eye hook on the waistband, but I wanted to get pictures before it got dark.
It’s super twirly, too.
So twirly, in fact, that you might land in the bushes about .5 seconds after your mom takes this picture:
So, try something different! Make a skirt out of a quilt block! You might really, really like it.