A few days before Easter, yes a few days (I think I’m crazy), I decided I needed to make my kids some new Easter clothes. I didn’t have a lot of time, so they couldn’t be fancy at all, and I had to use what I already had on hand. I found some cute yellow chevron fabric to make my boys new ties (from this tutorial) and then had some great red floral fabric that was enough to make my daughter a skirt. So, here is an easy skirt tutorial if there is anyone else out there that wants to make something quick, easy, and cute!
Making this type of skirt is really simple. It is pretty much just a big rectangle, sewn into a tube, with elastic threaded into the top. Let me show you how I made this one.
First, gather your materials. I’m not sure how big the piece of fabric I used was (since I just had it lying around…and I didn’t measure it before I started cutting), but I’m guessing it was about a yard and a half. You’ll also need thread, 1 inch wide elastic, measuring tape, and a sewing machine. I also used a serger, but you don’t have to have one.
Next, you’ll have to figure out the size of the skirt you want. Measure the waist of the person that will be wearing the skirt and then how long you want the skirt to end up being.
The length of your rectangle should be double the measurement of your waist. The width of your rectangle will be the length you want the skirt to be plus 2 inches for the waist and for the hem.
If your piece of fabric is not long enough to make it double the measurement of your waist, you can cut two rectangles instead. So you will have two rectangles (size of waist x length of skirt) that will be all sewn together. That is what we had to do. It should all end up being the same in the end.
Here is a picture of our two rectangles cut out.
Next, with fabric facing right sides together sew your rectangle or rectangles into a large tube. (If you have two rectangles, you will have two seams) I sewed and then serged, but you could sew and then finish off with a zig zag stitch.
Then serge around the bottom edge of the skirt, all the way around. Fold it up about half of an inch and iron. If you aren’t using a serger you could fold the edge over and then fold it again, iron, and then sew around the bottom hem of the skirt.
Here am sewing the hem around the bottom of the skirt.
Then serge around the top edge of the skirt and then fold it down about an inch and a half to make the casing for the elastic. Iron. If you don’t have a serger just fold under about 1/2 inch and then fold again about 1 1/2 inch to make the casing.
Now sew around that bottom edge of the casing all around the top of the skirt, leaving a couple inches open so that you can thread the elastic through later.
Cut your piece of elastic to be the size of your waist measurement. Then thread it though the casing using a big safety pin. When you get it through, sew the two ends of the elastic together. At this point I would suggest you try the skirt on the wearer to make sure the waist is right before you sew up the casing opening. If its right, then close up the opening on the casing.
And its all finished. Pretty easy, right?
I think it turned out pretty cute. Cute kids and cute accessories can make a simple skirt look amazing!
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!