Sew Cozy for Fall
is the perfect season to sew with cozy, textured fabrics, from felt and
fleece to corduroy and velvet. These fabrics are ideal for designs with
simple construction details and make perfect projects for casual
relaxing at home. This idea inspired our Fall Stitch project story, Cocoon, which is all about sewing projects with lush texture. One of my favorite projects from this section is the adorable Woodland Sweater Skirt designed
by Amanda Norell made from recycled wool sweaters. It is fun and quick
to sew, and any little girl would love to wear it. I love it so much I
want to "upsize" the pattern to fit me!
Here are the directions for making the skirt for sizes 2T-6.
Woodland Sweater Skirt by Amanda Norell.
- 6 or 7 large wool sweaters (sweaters must be at least 50% wool if not higher; shown: a variety of heathered, cabled, solid-colored, and Fair Isle sweaters, in muted color tones, plus 1 solid brown)
- 3⁄8 yd (34.5 cm; all sizes) of 60" (152.5 cm) wide lightweight stretch jersey in a color to complement the sweaters (shown: brown)
- One 9" × 12" (23 × 30.5 cm) sheet of paperbacked fusible web
- Sewing thread to coordinate with the felted fabric
- Sewing thread to match the stretch jersey- Rotary cutter, rigid acrylic ruler, and self-healing mat
- Washing machine and dryer
- Serger (optional)
- Fabric marking pen or pencil
- Woodland Sweater Skirt pattern PDF at interweavestitch.com
- All seam allowances are 1/4" (6 mm) unless otherwise noted.
- For explanations of terms and techniques, see Sewing Basics online at interweavestitch.com/sewingbasics.
- Felted wool does not fray, so finishing raw edges is not required.
Skirt Length (from bottom of waistband)
21-22" (53.5-56 cm)
22-23" (56-58.5 cm)
23-24" (58.5-61 cm)
24-25" (61-63.5 cm)
25-26" (63.5-66 cm)
6½" (16.5 cm)
7" (18 cm)
7½" (19 cm)
8" (20.5 cm)
8½" (21.5 cm)
Shown in size 2T.
Prepare + Cut the Fabric
Felt the sweaters by washing them in a washing machine with hot water
and detergent. Rinse on the cold cycle. If the felting is not dense
enough, throw the sweaters in the dryer for a bit-otherwise, hang them
Disassemble the sweaters by carefully cutting off the sleeves at the
armhole seams. Cut the sleeves open by cutting along each underarm seam.
Cut the shoulder seams open from the armhole to the neckline. On each
sweater, cut along one of the sweater's side seams to open it flat.
Download and assemble the full-size pattern PDF from
interweavestitch.com. Using the provided pattern pieces, cut one
Waistband from the jersey and six Skirt Panels from the felted sweaters
(the skirt features three panels on the front and three panels on the
back; cut the panels from an assortment of colors/patterns for a look
similar to the sample skirt).
Assemble the Skirt Panels
To make the skirt front, choose three Panels to feature on the front
and, with right sides together and the raw edges of the sides aligned,
pin and then sew two of the Panels together. Press the seam allowances
open. Follow the same process to sew the remaining front Panel in place.
5. Repeat Step 4 to create the skirt back with the three remaining Panels.
Fold the back skirt in half, matching the side seams, to find the
center; mark the center at the waistline with a fabric pen or a piece of
tape. Unfold the skirt back.
With right sides together, pin and then sew the assembled front and
back skirts. Press the seam allowances open. You have completed the body
of the skirt.
Prepare + Attach the Waistband
With right sides together, fold the Waistband widthwise, with right
sides together, and align the short edges. Pin and then stitch the short
edges together. Press the seam allowances open.
9. Fold the Waistband in half lengthwise, with the right side facing out (wrong sides together). Pin together along the raw edges.
With right sides together, pin the prepared waistband to the skirt,
aligning the edge of the skirt's waistline with the finished edges of
the waistband. Also, align the seam of the waistband with the marked
center back of the skirt (figure 1). Sew together and
press the seam allowances toward the waistband. For a finished edge,
serge or zigzag-stitch the seam allowances together.
this look fun to make? Amanda also shows you how to add bead embroidery
to the skirt and make the coordinating applique top in the Fall issue, so be sure to check the full project instructions, along with tons of other great projects to keep you cozy this fall.