Cousin Skirts





I went to the craft store seeking out fabric for a completely different project.  But there was an unavoidably cheerful end cap of all Hello Kitty fabric and accessories and I was immediately sucked in.  My 3-year-old niece loves Hello Kitty, and my daughter is a pretty big fan, too.  It wasn’t long before a yard of this fabric was being cut, and I needed to figure out what I was going to make with it.

Sewing is still new to me, and I’ve been having a lot of fun.  I had sewn up a couple of simple skirts for G over the summer, and decided that this fabric would be perfect to make my niece one too. I quickly figured out that I had enough fabric to make both of them skirts, and a Christmas plan was hatched!

I used a combination of this tutorial and this tutorial (thank you, Pinterest) to create the Cousin Skirts.  I added a bit of the pink print in (from my small but growing stash) to add some interest.

These skirts both went really quickly, and I couldn’t be more delighted with the result!  As with knitting, I find it meaningful to think about the recipient while I’m making something.  I imagined both girls twirling around in these skirts this summer, dripping with red watermelon juice.  We live in different states, so any time they’re together is precious.  I pictured my niece’s energetic smile and goofy little walk.  I imagined G helping me make a skirt for one of her dolls out of the leftovers.

The reality is, they’ll probably both open the skirts on Christmas morning and quickly toss them aside in favor of new toys.  But my secret hope is that when dress up time comes, or the warm weather starts to creep in, they will turn to these skirts and think of one another.  In the meantime, I had fun making them, learned a couple new tricks, and enjoyed the journey.  That’s a win in my book!