While sewing, all your concentration is on the project in front of you and there's no time to worry about things that aren't really worth worrying about in the first place. Sewing is my therapy. Without further adieu, here is today's therapy project... an adorable rag skirt.
First things first, find several different, yet coordinating fabrics. I used five, but you could use as many or as few as you like. This is one time where prints, stripes and dots would totally work together. You can also mix the types of fabric you use. I used cottons and flannel-ish type fabrics.
After you have your measurements, you can start cutting your pieces. I did mine approximately 3 inches wide, but you can go smaller, if you want. The skirt pictured above was made for a smaller framed, almost five year old. who wears a size 5t. My fabric dimensions were 3 x 21. You can also find sizing charts online with a simple Google search of something like "girl's tutu sizing guide".
Lay out your fabric and mark every three inches or so, then cut. Do this with each pattern / color you chose. You don't have to have perfect lines, in fact it's better if you don't. The number of strips you need will vary, depending on the size rag skirt you are making.
I used approximately 40-something strips and my skirt was very full. Try to keep each pattern or color in its own pile, this will help you later when you get ready to assemble the skirt.
Lay out your strips, then sandwich them together in the order you want them on the skirt. You will end up with something like this...
Secure a diaper pin in each end of your elastic. Notice in the picture below, how one is going straight and the other is side to side, that is on purpose. The straight end is for threading through your strips and the side to side end is to keep your strips from falling off as you assemble the skirt. You're welcome.
You can cut the bottom edge on an alternating diagonal or you could use pinking shears, but neither are necessary. You can expect a bit of fraying each time you wash, but this is part of the character of the skirt and won't really hurt anything.