Easy Elastic waistband skirt tutorial

Here is a really easy, quick skirt that you can make in less than an hour. All you need is a metre of fabric and a metre of thick elastic. I used some of our lovely Regents Street Lawn, it is not too thick so it drapes beautifully. The lush pink elastic is a new addition to the website and I can already see myself using it in all sorts of projects.

Regents Street Lawn

Wrap the elastic around your waist add 5cm to the length and cut it, sew the two ends together with a 5cm seam allowance, press open and top stitch each seam down.

Lush Pink Elastic

Fold the fabric in half and cut it, place the two pieces together with right sides facing each other sew these seams using a 5cm seam allowance, you should now have a tube.

Using a loose straight stitch do two rows of sewing around the top of the tube leaving long tails of thread. This is to gather the fabric until the skirt is the same size as the elastic


So pull the tails of thread until the skirt top is the same size as the elastic waistband.


Put your skirt and elastic together with the wrong side of the elastic facing the right side of the fabric,Attaching the Lush pink elasticuse a zig-zag stitch to attach the elastic to the fabric, sewing close to the edge of the elastic will give a neat finish and use a thread to match the elastic.

Sewing lush pink elastic

All you need to do now is the hem!

vintage outfit

I have finally finished my vintage style cardigan which I shall talk about in another post, but it looks so lovely with my new skirt don’t you think? It is such a quick and easy make that will make a great present.

Last chance to win in our Sew September competition

Just a last minute reminder to enter our competition, which ends on the 1st October.

book-competition-smlThe prize is the Great British Sewing Bee book, Fashion With Fabric, plus a metre of Regent Street Lawn fabric of your choice.

All you have to do is go to the TrixieLixie website and choose your favourite fabric from the Regent Street Lawn fabric range. Then put your answer in the comments section of the TrixieLixie facebook competition post dated 6th September. Make sure we can contact you if you win.

Anyone can enter, so tell your friends.

Winner will be chosen by random generator on 1st October 2015.

New Moda quilting pre-cuts now in stock

We took delivery of some awesome Moda Jelly Rolls and Charm Packs this week.



We’ve always liked ZenChic’s style. Her new signature collection ‘For You‘ has splashes of bright colours popping from calm lighter backgrounds.

Hello Darling‘ is Bonnie and Camille’s cheeriest collection yet, with plenty of beautiful florals, dots, bias stripes and vintage ribbon.

With the ‘Neco‘ collection, Momo is stlll designing fantasy worlds inhabited by cute cats and hedgehogs.

Bunny Hill Design’s ‘Kindred Spirit’ collection was designed as a celebration of life and a testament to women who have fought Breast Cancer. This gorgeous collection has plenty of pinks, as it should.

Typical design by Me and My Sister, ‘Hi De Ho‘ features bright and cheerful colours that have a real retro feel featuring flowers, dragonflies and stripes.

Designed by April Rosenthal, ‘Meadowbloom‘ was designed to be happy, and springy, and all the beautiful vibrant colours that remind us of a huge field of wildflowers.


Colourful, bold and contemporary, these pre-cuts would bless any quilting or crafting project.

They are not really for Christmas makes, but I think I’m going to buy myself a couple as Christmas presents.



Pinterest inspiration for Moda Winterberry

Maybe you are thinking that now might be the time to start thinking about some seasonal crafting ideas. Moda Winterberry fabric is a brilliant choice.

We created a Pinterest board to give you a starting point and you can find it here. Or just pop to the website Winterberry fabric page or have a look at our nice Winterberry charm packs.


We love our customers

We’ve have quite a few people send us things recently that they have made with TrixieLixie products. We absolutely adore it when this happens. Here are some of our favourites.

Jo sent pics of her brilliant dress made from Joel Dewbury Flora Rayon – Tulip Eucalyptus

$_12bSusan looks dreamy and fabulous in her drape top.

IMG_4144Lisa says that she has got the crafting bug back after making one of our simple purse making kits. We ought to be on the NHS!


Jo’s hubby gets a fabulous new Hemingway fabric shirt – Prize Winner – We liked this so much that we sent out a prize.


And just to prove that we are up for it ourselves, here we are, looking like a right pair of Wallys.


So please send us your makes. Use the hashtag #trixielixiemakes.



Rocket Age Quilt

5 weeks ago my nephew and his girl friend had a beautiful baby boy, his name is Zeke and he is adorable! I wanted to make him something special so I used some of our Riley Blake Rocket Age fabric to make a cot quilt.


It turned out beautifully and they were delighted with it, I hope it becomes a family heirloom


And here he is at 5 weeks, such a gorgeous baby!

Me & Zeke

And in case anyone fancy’s making their own Rocket Age Quilt we have made up some fat quarter packs especially!


Summer sewing

Well I thought it was about time that I posted about some of the things I have been making this summer. Firstly for my gorgeous daughters birthday I made her a Gather Buchanan dressing gown using this beautiful Kaffe Fasset fabric called Big Blooms.

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And I had to make her a matching toilet bag!

The other fabric range that is excellent for summer sewing is the Moda Regent Street Lawn, it is light weight and floaty, perfect for summer tops like the Grainline Scout Tee and my favourite from the Sewing Bee book, the Drape top.


We love the Regent Street Lawn fabric so much that we have decided to make up some Trixie Lixie Knicker kits in them.

That’s just a few of the things I have been making this summer, there is more to come!

Follow me on instagram @beingtrixielixie for more pictures of what I have been making.

TrixieLixie Website