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I love circle skirts, they are so fun to wear and dance in. I made these from bedsheets I found in the seemingly bottomless linens closet.

My answers to the Make-To-Learn contest:

What did you make?
I made a 1950's-style full circle skirt. I really wanted to sew something, but I didn't have any fabric. So, I used a sheet! I also used some interfacing to stiffen the waist band and a zipper in the back. I wanted a skirt that I could easily dance in, and this one does wonderfully!

How did you make it?
First I had to clean my room so I could lay the sheet on the floor. I had to do a bit of math as well to figure out how large to cut the hole for my waist and how long to make it. Sewing it was pretty fun, since it's a full circle all I had to do was sew on the waist band and sew in the zipper. The hem was a real patience tester though.

Where did you make it?
In my bedroom! I recently got my own sewing machine, so I set up a table for it in one corner. I was able to make the entire skirt by myself, from the pattern making to the finishing touches.

What did you learn?
So many things! I learned how to use your measurements to create a pattern. This can be pretty difficult, if you cut it wrong, you can end up wasting your fabric. (I ended up doing that, but thankfully I had a large sheet so there was enough room to make another one. Lesson learned = you can sew it smaller but you can't sew it bigger!)
I also learned how to make do with what I had. I didn't have to go out and buy anything, which I was fairly proud of. Never let your lack of supplies stop your creativity!
Hi, very impressive. Wonder if I can pick your brains please, How would you go about making a bird cage cover for this type of cage?!?
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pie popper (author)  blueangelical2 years ago
Okay.. I've never done anything like this before. But if I did, this is how I would do it...
Get the shape of the front by setting it down and drawing around the edge onto your fabric. Cut 2 of this outline out about an inch or two larger than the cage (for starters).
The third piece you would need is for the sides and top. I would do this out of all one strip if possible. Simply measure from the bottom all the way up the top and down to the bottom on the other side. Make a big rectangle of this measurement and the width of the cage.
Then all you would have to do is sew the three pieces together.
Not sure if this would work. But if I had to tackle this, this is how I would start out :)
I did it.., my canary loves it and calls out when he wants to be covered and go to sleep. When its on, he completely goes quiet, thanks for the help you gave me. Cheers.
I'd use two rectangles, so you could leave the handle available through the top. If you have the cage empty, you can make the pattern on wax paper or use an old folded out newspaper page, if you don't (you can hold it up to the side and rip out the shape of the front). Just remember to add seam allowance when you transfer that to the fabric. I'd do 1.5 to 2 inches larger so it will be easy to slip over the top. If you mark on the newspaper where the door is, you could even cut in a slit for adding water, seed, toys, etc.
Fabulous, thankyou sooo much for giving me your advice. I may tackle it using your advise very soon. Thanks again.
saosport2 years ago
Amazing thanks for the great pattern. I will have to try this one day. I will have to hit the Value Village 2nd hand store by me for some more sheets.
NOODLE!2 years ago
Cool! I have done sommat similar, I was making a dress for an oddessey costume, and i followed almost the same steps, but i didnt think of the folding it up approach, mine is a scoche lopsided :/ i also dont have a waistband, as i stitched it into a tanktop.
NOODLE! NOODLE!2 years ago
grrr. why cant i edit? I love your sheets! how do you end up with such bloody awsome sheets??
kangel12 years ago
very cool idea, though you have much cuter sheet patterns than I don in my old sheets. =D
786Ayesha2 years ago
Congrats.Thank you for posting this lovely Ible.I have loads of sheets to convert.
water rat2 years ago
Oh, this is so sweet. I love the back of the plaid one.
kylara702 years ago
Round fabric tablecloths are AWESOME for this and take care of the hemming issue. :) When you cut out the middle circle, cut the circle smaller than you think you need to.
HollyMann2 years ago
This is so adorable - I love the first one! Beautiful!
eyesee2 years ago
This is Adorable! Great ible!
Good. GMV!
I have the same machine. I'll try your i'ble and post what I come up with.
Way to go! Snazzy
sunFlow3r2 years ago
That is so cute! I will have to try it:)
Well done! You have some fun colored sheets :)