The other day I bought an adorable black and white polka dot top from Jcrew for myself. A little while later, I saw this fabric at Joann’s and decided Penelope needed a summer top so we could be the matchy-matchy queens that we are.
I used a fat quarter instead of getting some yardage cut off a bolt. I have never done the math, but I think buying a fat quarter is a cheaper way to get just a little bit of fabric. Baby and Toddler sized clothing requires so little fabric, I have made Penelope a full dress out of a fat quarter before. And if you can get them on sale, then even better.
- To start, lay your squares right sides together. The wrong side is usually a muted, toned down version of the right side.
- Then cut a strip off fabric off the bottom, about 1.5 or 2 inches wide, depending on how wide you want your straps to be and how long you want your top to be.
- Then sew along the side edges. Finish with a serger or a zig zag scissors.
- Then roll your bottom hem up and over twice for a finished edge and sew all the way around.
- For the straps,take each one and fold them lengthwise in half, right sides facing. Sew along that open edge and then turn outside in with a safety pin. Then iron flat.
- For the top, fold the hem over twice and sew at the bottom. Leave an opening to put in your elastic.
- Feed your elastic in all the way, and then sew your elastic together. Put the rest of the closest loop of elastic inside the casing and sew shut.
- Then place the straps where you want them and sew in place. I just did a simple halter with two straps in the front.
And then enjoy some matching cuteness with your daughter.
And enjoy your weekly unhealthy trip to Starbucks. I really have to get this habit down from once a week, to once a month!
Let me know if you have any questions.