Lots of top sheets, if not most, have some sort of decorative element along one edge. A contrast color or print or an interesting hem. The purple sheet I used for my collared darling ranges dress had these neat little pintucks (or are they pleats? I really do not know) along the top edge. There was more than enough after making that dress to squeeze out this skirt. and also some (non-bias) quilt binding.
I just used my TNT (isn't it exciting? I have some tried 'n true patterns finally) A-line skirt pattern which I frankendrafted. I'll leave that one up to your imagination. The tucks point upward so they can look a little funny at the end of the day if I don't sit on them just right. But all in all I'm really happy with the skirt. So happy, in fact, that I've already apparently ruined it. There's a great big stain on the front of it. I'll be scouring Pinterest this weekend for remedies.
Luckily I had this light purple zip in my stash. One of the many I picked up at the thrift shop in $1 baggies with 10 or so to a bag. The material, obviously, was leftovers. The thread is one of several spools that have been floating around with the sewing machine since I can remember. As far as I can tell, that makes this skirt approximately 10 cents.
Oh, wait. $1 worth of avocado green seam binding which also came from the thrift. This skirt was originally meant to be a muslin of this skirt pattern so I didn't bother finishing the seams... Then I liked it so well I decided to try this stuff out as an afterthought. It must be cheating, it's so fast and easy! It's somewhat vomitous but I love the way these colors look together.
Total cost: $1.10
I think I might start keeping a running tally of how much each of my projects costs. Then see how much I've spent on my wardrobe in one year. Might as well start here, eh?