Monday, May 31, 2010

DIY Club and Skirt Tutorial

I am a fortunate soul. You see, I have this great group of gals that I get to meet up with once a month and have what we call a DIY Club! It is a club where we craft handmade items that have been inspired by fellow bloggers and online tutorials. I really look forward to coming to our group for several reasons. A) It is a great way to meet other woman who have similar interests, B) it's fun to get out of the house and take a break from mommy/wife responsibilities  C) it's therapeutic to create handmade items and D) it's always more fun to craft with someone than craft alone! 
This past get together was a fun one because the ever so popular Susan from Freshly Picked is in our group so we decided to make an elastic waist skirt from a tutorial she has posted on her blog.  
For the full elastic waist skirt tutorial click HERE.

Here are a few photos from our stitch filled night! 

I did mine just a little differently. I took all the steps from the tutorial to make the body of the skirt, but made a drawstring waist instead. I also didn't do inverted pockets because I found a fabric that I really wanted to show on the outside. This will definitely be my "go to" skirt for the summer!

If you are interested in starting a group in your own area, here are a few tips that have made ours a big success:

-Choose crafts that are not too complicated so that all skill levels can enjoy
-Send out an email a week or two before with an attachment of various crafts and links to tutorials for everyone to vote on
-Once the craft has been voted on and chosen, chose a date and send out a list of materials that everyone will need to bring
-Either pick one designated house to meet at each month or rotate houses with different members of your group
-Bring treats and have fun!

Check out the blogs of some of the other busy and brilliant ladies from our DIY Club!
Nicole with Elsa Bags
Susan with Freshly Picked
Madeline with Uber Chic for Cheap
Caroline with Caroline's Bake Shop


Angie of Down This Road Designs said...

Love that skirt!!! I only dream to be that talented. Me and fabric do not agree to well. Sounds like lots of fun!!

Kawartha Beads said...

How fun! Your skirt is fabulous and I'm sure you will get a TON of wear over the summer! I know that I always enjoy getting together with my crafty pals, it's such a wonderful way to share and relax:)

Madeline P said...

I love how your skirt turned out! Too cute. Thanks for posting the pics!

Amy said...

They are *very* cute skirts! Yours turned out wonderfully too...I must make one like that :D

katherine said...

SO cute! love love love them!

Liz said...

Cute skirts! I like the idea of the DIY club too. My girls made skirts similar to these in 4-H last summer. Maybe I will have to whip myself up one.


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