A Little Black and White Magic

Hi, bakers!  I’m Amy Hooper and I’m thrilled to bring you my very first Bake Shop project!  This magic skirt has got it all – it flatters a variety of shapes and sizes, it’s virtually seasonless, inexpensive, easy, and uses only 1 yard of fabric and a charm pack to do it!  Wear with flip flops and a tank for summer, boots and a chunky sweater for fall.  The sash would make a great headscarf, too!
1 yard Half Moon Black and White Swirls
1 Half Moon Charm Pack
1 ½” wide non-roll elastic

4 yds. 1” wide rick-rack, or other trim as desired
Make note of what you want the finished waist measurement to be.  Generally speaking, a skirt circumference of twice your waist size will result in a nicely gathered, full skirt.  So one yard of fabric should make a skirt for up to a 36” waist.  I used ½” seam allowances unless otherwise noted. Be sure to zigzag or serge your raw edges.

1. Take your single yard of fabric, fold it selvage to selvage, and press.  Cut along the fold line.  Using a rotary cutter, cut the pieces to waist measurement plus 1 inch. (I cut mine to 33”, so now I have two pieces measuring 22” x 33”).

2. With RST, sew one short side together, so you have one long panel.  Trim the selvage edge off, then cut another 5” strip off that same edge and set aside.

3. Now the fun part!  Grab that charm pack and select some squares you like for the patchwork inset strip.  Keep in mind that after seam allowances, your squares will be 4” long, so calculate how many you will need to cover the width of the main panel (I used 17).  Sew them together into one long strip, making sure directional prints are oriented the same way.

4. Using your rotary cutter to cut your patchwork strip lengthwise, even up your edges.  Then cut a 3” wide strip.  The remaining strip will be somewhere around 1.75” wide.  We’ll use it later for the binding, but set it aside for now.

5. Place your 3” wide patchwork strip RST against a long edge of your main skirt panel, paying attention to your directional prints.  Pin and sew.  Open seam and press.  Stitch rick-rack directly over the long seams.  If you aren’t using trim, just topstitch.
6. Now pin the 5” strip you cut in step 1 to the bottom of the patchwork strip.  Sew and press.  Add rick-rack and/or topstitch.

7. RST, sew remaining short sides of skirt together so you have a tube.  Topstitch the side seams.

8. Now grab the 1.75” wide patchwork strip you cast aside earlier.  Fold in half lengthwise, WST, and press.  Tuck in one end 1”.  Line up the raw long edge of the folded strip with the raw bottom edge of your skirt, WST, and pin.  The edges of your patchwork strip should overlap.  Tuck the raw end inside the folded end.  Sew using a scant ¼” seam allowance (you do not need to serge or zigzag this edge).
9. Now for the binding.  You have a couple of different options.  Turn skirt right side out.

Version A: Keeping the raw edge flat, fold up the binding just to the stitch line.  This will give you about a ¼” binding.  You may want to trim the raw edge a bit to make this easier.  Pin and press heavily.  Stitch a scant 1/8” from edge, making sure you cover the seam underneath.  A small amount of the binding will be visible on the underside of the skirt.

Version B: Fold the binding and the raw edge up so that you have about a ½” binding.  Pin and press heavily.  Stitch a scant 1/8” from edge.  No binding should show on the underside of the skirt.
10. Now turn under ½” around the raw waistband and press.  Turn under 1.75” and press again.  Stitch on right side 1.5” from folded edge, leaving a 2” opening.  Cut your elastic 3” smaller than your waist size and thread it through the casing, stitch the ends together and sew the opening closed.

Tada! The skirt is finished!

11. Optional sash: Take your remaining charm squares and sew them into one long strip, as long as you like.  You don’t need to finish the edges.  Fold one short end ½” to WS and press; fold strip in half lengthwise RST and press again.

12. Stitch the unfolded short end and the long raw edge using a ¼” seam allowance.  Turn inside out and topstitch around all four edges.  Voila!  You now have a lovely sash or scarf to accompany your cute new skirt!

One very versatile skirt, about 19.5″ long. 
Be sure to share your projects in the MBS Flickr group, and hop on over to my blog to say hello!  Happy sewing!

Amy Hooper

Each Day is a Gift

Hi again! I’m Natalia from Piece N Quilt. I’m really happy to be able to share this tutorial with you. You can read more about me on my blog or check out my website to see what’s on sale today!

1 Half Moon Charm Pack
2 Yards Bella Solids Bleached White
1 Yard Bella Solids Magenta
1 Yard Bella Solids Reg Black
4 Yards Backing
1/2 Yard Binding
Kits are available here.

You will make 3 blocks.
First block.

Take one charm square and cut it in half.

Sew in a 1″ strip of the magenta fabric.

 Now cut the block in half again, as shown in the image above.

Now sew a 1″ strip into the block, as shown in the image above. Repeat this process until you have 11 blocks.
Block two.

Cut the block in half.

Now sew a 1″ pink strip, as shown in the image above.

Now sew a 1″ pink strip to the top of the block.
Then trim the block down to 5″ as show in the image above.
Make 6 blocks like this.
You will also make 4 blocks with a 1″ white strip on the top.

Block three.

Cut the block 1.25″ from the left side.

Now you will add a 3/4″ magenta strip, as shown in the image above.

 Measure from the left 1″ and add in a 3/4″ magenta strip, as shown in the image above.

 Now you will turn the block and repeat this process.

The block should look like the one above when complete.
You will have 10 of these blocks.

Now you will add sashing.
Cut all sashing from the Bleached white material. You will cut the sashing 4.5″ width.

When I added my sashing I first add the horizontal pieces. Then the vertical strips.

I like to add my applique pieces  after the horizontal sashing is added but before I add the vertical strips.
(Please e-mail me for the applique PDF)

Using our starch applique tutorial to applique the words as shown onto our quilt.
Your top border is 9.25″tall by quilt width.
You bottom applique section is 9″x34″

1- 53″x63″ Each day is a gift quilt.

Thanks for checking out my tutorial!
Templates for applique are available here.