Makin’ it: Easiest ever skirt tutorial

Tutorial: the easiest ever DIY skirt for a little girl or woman

How to make a skirt - an easy tutorial for beginner sewers

Making a skirt for a little girl is tempting because it requires very little fabric, and this guest post from my friend Cori describes how to do it in very few steps. But what I really want to do is make one for myself. Tonight, dear sewing machine, I pledge to spend a little bit of time with you. Thanks, Cori for the inspiration!

 

How to sew the easiest ever skirt
Recently I was given a sewing machine and my long-forgotten teenage love of sewing was rekindled. I started by re-purposing old clothes – shirts to dresses, tanks to totes and tops to skirts. Eventually my daughter and I found our way to the remnant bin and bought some scraps to make doll clothes and purses. I posted the creations online and my friends were soon coming forward with offers of fabric donations which I scooped up gratefully. My first project was a skirt for my daughter and we received so many compliments that I made her another. And another. These skirts are SO easy, and because your only “unfinished” seam is the selvage, it looks tidy and won’t unravel.

Four-Seam SkirtTutorial: the easiest ever DIY skirt for a little girl or woman

You will need:

  • A light weight cotton (not knit) fabric from a 42 inch bolt.  Decide how much fabric you need by deciding how long you’d like it to be and then add four inches to that number. (for example, If I want the skirt to be 14 inches from the top of the waist band to the hem – the perfect size for my 6-year-old – then the number I get is 18 inches.
  • A length of 1-inch wide elastic for the waist band
  • A safety pin or elastic feeder to get the elastic into the waistband you’ll be creating
  • Rickrack or ribbon (optional)

Tutorial: the easiest ever DIY skirt for a little girl or woman

Instructions:
1. Lay out your pre-washed and ironed fabric right side up so the selvages are on the left and right and fold it in half (right sides together).

Tutorial: the easiest ever DIY skirt for a little girl or woman

2. SEAM ONE: Stitch up the side.

Tutorial: the easiest ever DIY skirt for a little girl or woman

3. Create a waist band by ironing a quarter inch under and a tad more than an inch from top to create a casing for the elastic. Iron and pin in place.

4. SEAM TWO: sew a seam as close the top of the waist band as possible (sew all the way around)

Tutorial: the easiest ever DIY skirt for a little girl or woman

5. SEAM THREE: sew a seam as close to the bottom of the waist band as possible (leave two inches open to insert elastic)

Tutorial: the easiest ever DIY skirt for a little girl or woman

6. Adjust length of skirt and cut if necessary.

7. SEAM FOUR: hem

Tutorial: the easiest ever DIY skirt for a little girl or woman

8. SEAM FIVE is completely optional: pin rickrack or ribbon on the bottom and sew in place.

Tutorial: the easiest ever DIY skirt for a little girl or woman

9. Now you have a tube with a finished hem and a nearly finished waistband. You remembered to leave a few inches of the bottom seam in the waistband open, right? Thread the elastic through the casing and and sew together. Sew casing shut.

Tutorial: the easiest ever DIY skirt for a little girl or woman

Tutorial: the easiest ever DIY skirt for a little girl or woman

What’s that hanging off my elastic? It’s my cool elastic threader tool. (Editor’s note: I couldn’t find Cori’s on Amazon, but here are similar products.)

Tutorial: the easiest ever DIY skirt for a little girl or woman

Thanks, Cori, for contributing to our Makin It series! Not a skirt person or a sewer? Pick a different project!

Check out Cori’s daughter in her wardrobe of mom-made skirts, many of which have coordinating shirts.

Tutorial for this skirt: Maia dances in the party girl skirt I made.

Maia loves the outfit I made and it fits!

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