Thursday, April 5, 2012

Sewing 101 Week 5: Pintucks

Welcome to week # 5 of:
You can find weeks 1-4 HERE.

Today I want to talk about pin tucks -I confess, that I am a little in love with them.  Check out my Pinterest Pin Tuck Board.  Pin tucks are when you make a narrow fold purely for decorative purposes.  They can be a little tedious, but are not difficult and add a little special touch to garments. 

I love this skirt from The Loft.  It is $59.50 and sold out super fast-b/c it is adorable.   I thought it would be a great skirt to knock-off for this week's lesson.

Choosing fabric: Pin tucking will add extra weight to your garment, so pick something light, that will form a crisp fold when ironed.  I would avoid large patterns.  I choose a bright blue summer linen blend. My fabric was 58 inches wide, so I only needed 1 1/4 yards.  I had a coupon so it cost me a little over $8.

To figure out how much fabric you need, we have to do math.  (Don't freak out  it's easy math).
1. Decide how long you want the finished skirt to be. Ours was 22 inches.
2. Add 2 inches for the waist band and 2 inches for the hem.
3. Add 1/2 inch for each pintuck.  I did 11 pintucks, so I added 5.5 inches.
 This gives me a total length of 31.5 inches

4. To find the width, measure your waist. My daughter's is 26. If you want it a little fuller than the original add a few inches. (I added 8)

5. Cut 2 pieces of fabric your desired length and width.
Mine were 35 wide and 31.5 inches long.

We are basically going to be making the skirt from week 2. ( I did use 1 inch elastic this time). So go  make that skirt and then come back here and I'll show you how to make pin-tucks.  
 Welcome Back!  Let's continue.

Decide where you want your pintucks. Place pins to mark it all the way around the skirt.

 Now fold the fabric over the pins. Iron in place.
 Then, remove the pins and place on top to hold it into place. (I lost the pic of the next step-sorry).  Line up the edge that you just pinned with the edge of your presser foot on your machine. Sew all the way around the skirt.  This will give you a 1/4 inch pin tuck

Finally, I iron pin tucks toward the bottom of the skirt. Measure, pin, sew, iron repeat until you are done.

 FYI: I began my next row 3/4 of an inch underneath the first. You will need to adjust your measurements depending on the length of the skirt, but here they are for a 22 inch long finished skirt.

FYI #2, it takes me about 10 minutes for each pin tuck, so you may just want to start w/ a few (after 11 rows, I decided The Loft skirt was a real bargain.  You can also make wider or narrower pin tucks, by adjusting your seam allowance. 

To finish,  cut a strip of fabric for the bow. Fold in half, sew and turn inside out. Sew on skirt.

Please let me know if anything was unclear, but hopefully you just made a really cute skirt.

My daughter declared this her favorite thing I've ever made and she is going to wear this on Easter Sunday. I'll post a pic of her later. 
Update: Easter morning pics:

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I feel super cool that this project was featured at:

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thanks for the shout-out!


  1. That is a great looking skirt!

  2. Clear tutorial and pretty skirt. Love the blue color, very summer look.

  3. Awesome - glad you posted this on a link party or else I would never have stumbled across it. It's going on my to do list. The mile long one, but it's there, nonetheless. :) Have a great night!
    Jess @

  4. I love that you have a whole Pinterest board for pintucks. :) The skirt turned out beautifully!

  5. I've always loved pin tucks ever since Mum put them on my school uniform blouse when I was 15. The skirt looks great with the horizontal pin tucks. Great way to jaz up a solid colour, with no extra expense.

  6. Oh I love it! I am totally going to knock off your knock off. Darling!

  7. Awesome tutorial. I like the way they look, but I"m a little scared of the amount of work. I had a pair of jeans once that was pintucked lengthwise down the front. I LOVED them.

  8. What a great idea! I would love you to share this at my blog party this weekend. Hope you can join in.

  9. Thanks! I've been toying with the idea of doing something pintucked.

  10. I am going to be featuring you tomorrow morning on Blissful and Domestic. Stop by and grab a button.


  11. What a great skirt---and I'm a total fan of pintucks as well. LOVE this project!

  12. Totally wish I could sew! Love your tutorial....maybe I'd be able to actually do it! Thanks for linking up at Reasons To Skip The Housework!


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  13. Thanks for linking up to Make it monday! I've shared your link with the BRASSY apple FB and twitter followers ;)

  14. Great job! This skirt is too cute! I would love one of these- but I haven't ventured into the land of sewing yet.:)

  15. This is aDORable! Love the pintucking and the color too!! And the bow. Ok, I love the whole thing! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

  16. Featuring this tomorrow at One Artsy Mama's Top 10 Thursdays!

  17. I love the length of this skirt! You did a great job! It looks good on her!

  18. What a beautiful skirt! And such a great tutorial, too. Had to give it a feature today! Enjoy your weekend!

  19. Awesome ! love the skirt.

  20. The bars of pintucks look really stylish! Great skirt.

  21. The skirt is soo cute, I love it, great job!!

  22. loving this, can't wait to follow your tutorial. Pinning this!

  23. Love love this! :) Super cute! :)

    Thanks for sharing! Angie

  24. Nice tutorial! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

  25. Wow, your skirt looks great & so does your tutorial. Thank you for linking up on Fabulous Friday. By the way, I'm hosting a fun giveaway. You're invited to pop over & enter:

    Warmly, Michelle

  26. so cute

    Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday link party. hope to see you there today!

    Natasha xxx

  27. I found you through Brassy Apple... Such a cute knock-off and easy to do (as long as you have patience!!). Come follow me at...


  28. Love this. Thank you for making and sharing this. I can't wait to make me one!

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