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Simple Skirt Tutorial with Options for 3 Different Looks

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My daughter loves to wear skirts and dresses.  I've been working for the last few days on a few new skirts for her spring and summer wardrobe.  These are very simple skirts but I can change up the look with various options.  I love these skirts, and am so excited to share this tutorial with you! (Don't you just love all these bright and cheery colors for Spring?)


Option 1.  Simple Skirt with Contrasting Band:



Materials needed:
-Fabric (+/- 1/3 yard for main skirt panel and 1/4 yard for contrasting panel)
-Coordinating thread
-3/4 inch elastic
-Ruler
-Scissors
-iron

Determine the length you want your skirt.  Measure from right below the belly button to where you want the the skirt to end.  (The contrasting border fabric will be 3 inches wide.)

Your desired skirt length measurement - the 3 inch contrast band  =  measurement "A"
Measurement "A" + 1.75 inches = length needed for main skirt panel (measurement B)
The contrasting fabric border will be 6.5 inches tall.

1.  Fold the main skirt fabric selvage to selvage and cut the width of the fabric (42 to 44 inches unfolded) by measurement B.   Fold the contrasting border fabric the same way and cut the width of the fabric by 6 1/2 inches high.  Be sure to cut off the selvages. 


2.  Fold the border fabric in half longways and iron.


3.  Lay your main skirt fabric out right side up, line up raw edges of border fabric and raw edges main fabric.  Pin and sew.



4.  Finish the seam edge with pinking shears, a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine or with a serger.  Press the seam flat with finished edge pointing up.

5.  With right sides of the skirt together, line up the raw edges of the side seams.  Pin and sew.  Finish the seam and press flat with iron.


6.  To make the elastic casing, turn the skirt inside out.  Fold top edge over 1/4 inch and press with iron.  Fold the edge over another 1.25 inches and press again.  


7.  Sew along the bottom edge about 1/8 inch from the edge.  Leave a 1 1/2 inch opening in the casing to thread the elastic through.


8.  Cut a piece of elastic to your waist measurement plus 1 inch.  Using a safety pin, thread elastic through the casing.  At this point I like to safety pin the elastic together and have my daughter try on the skirt.  Once you are certain it fits, sew the elastic together using a tight zig zag.  Trim off any excess elastic and and sew the casing closed.



9.  Top stitch around the edge of the contrasting border.


Option 2.  Simple skirt with Ruffled Bottom



Materials needed:
-The same as option one, except you will need 3/8 yard for the contrasting fabric.


1.  For this skirt, cut the main fabric panel the same as option one and cut two 6 1/2 inch strips from your contrasting fabric.

2.  Iron the border fabric in half.

3.  Unfold the ironed border fabric and sew the strips, right sides together, to make one big circle.  Fold the fabric back the way you ironed it.


4.  Line up the side seam of the skirt, pin and sew.  Finish this seam with pinking shears, a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine or with a serger.

5.  Next, set your sewing machine to the longest stitch length and sew a gathering stitch 1/4 inch from the raw edge of the border fabric.  

6.  While holding the fabric firmly, pull on the top thread to ruffle the fabric.  Distribute the ruffles evenly along the circle of fabric.  Keep pulling the thread and distributing the ruffles until the ruffled circle is the same width of the skirt fabric.

I didn't get a picture of the ruffling step, but this is how fabric will ruffle up when you pull the top thread.
7.  Lay the skirt flat, line up the raw edges of the ruffle and the skirt.  Pin and sew the ruffles to the skirt.  Just sew right over the gathering stitch.  Finish this seam and iron flat so the finished seam is pointing towards the top of the skirt.


8.  Flip the skirt right side out and top stitch along the top of the ruffle.


Option 3.  Simple Skirt with Fabric Belt.



Materials needed:
-Same as skirt option 2, but you will need an additional 1/ yard for the belt.

1.  Cut your skirt and border fabric the same as option 1.  Cut main skirt fabric in half so you have a front and back piece.  Cut 2 strips of fabric 27 inches long by 2.75 tall.  (If you want a wider belt, add an inch or two to the height of the belt pieces.)


2.  Iron the fabric ties in half and cut an angle at one end of the fabric ties as shown.  Sew along the edges of the ties, flip them right side out and iron flat.


3.  Take the 2 skirt pieces, fold top edge over 1/4 inch and iron.  Fold over another 1 1/4 inch and iron again.


4.  Unfold the 1 1/4 inch ironed edge and line the raw edges of the belt and skirt fabric as shown.  Do this for both belt pieces.


5.  Line up the skirt sides and pin in place.


6.  See how the belt is sandwiched between the skirt pieces?


7.  Sew the side seams and finish the edges with your pinking shears, zig zag stitch on your sewing machine or with a serger.

8.  Create the skirt casing like you did in skirt option one.  Go slow and be very careful not to stitch into the fabric belt.  I sewed right up to the edge of the belt, stopped my machine with the needle in, lifted the presser foot and flipped the belt tho opposite direction, then kept sewing.

8.  Insert the elastic and sew the ends together.  Close the casing.

9.  Top stitch around the ruffle.

Ta Da!  You've made a new skirt!  Now go find someone to try it on so you can admire your sewing skills!



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72 comments:

  1. I LOVE these skirts. You instructions are great too - I'm a novice but I feel like I could actually bang one of these out :)

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  2. Thank you!! I just went through my fabric stash last weekend and found some remnants that I wanted to use for skirts, but I didn't have a skirt pattern. This is perfect! And, I love all 3 options! Your fabrics are beautiful.

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  3. Jamie -- Thank You ! This is great ! My granddaughters will just love them - - and instead of them making pillow cases -- we can make them their own skirts !!

    Cheers.
    Karen

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  4. Wow! Great tutorial! I can't sew very well, but after reading through this I think I could actually give it a shot.
    I'd love for you to come link it up at my *Get Creative* party
    http://www.justalittlecreativity.com/2012/02/get-creative-party-3-and-fun-features.html
    Hope to see you there!
    -Molly

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  5. Very great tutorial!!!!!! I sooo want to make skirts now!

    If you come back at The DIY Dreamer, you'll see that I had a linky party. I would love it if you shared this :)

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  6. Sweet skirt and great tutorial and I love the fabrics you used! Now, if I only a wee lass to make one for.

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  7. Three beautiful skirts and a comprehensive, easy to follow tutorial. I would love for you to share this at our ongoing themed linky that is just for Girls' Skirts...
    http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/02/threading-your-way-skirts-for-girls.html

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  8. VERY VERY cute!!! I found you on Tater Tots and Jello. I'd love to have you link up with us for Fun Stuff Fridays linky party at Toys In The Dryer. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/03/fun-stuff-fridays-13.html

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  9. Fantastic tutorial - love your fabric choices too! :)

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  10. Love all three but the bow belt is my favorite. So cute.

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  11. I love these! I pinned them to my sewing board for future reference. Can you tell me how you got the cool thing at the bottom of your post with the links to GFC. etc? I like it!

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  12. Adorable skirts! I think the green one with the ruffle and self fabric belt is my fave!

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  13. I came here via Sew and Show at Justine's blog-these are adorable skirts!

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  14. Yay! I love all your creations, beautiful fabrics, and the smile of your princess is a dream.

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  15. Wow! You make these look so easy! I am going to follow your tutorial and try some! These are great! Thanks for sharing :)

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  16. I've made lots of the skirts with the elastic waist for my granddaughter. She loved them. I'm a follower of yours now and would love to have you come by and visit and follow back. Best wishes. Linda

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  17. I love this and am going to have to try to make some for my Thanks so much for the tutorial!!

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  18. These skirts are really cute! Just one extra thing to add for ease, stitch in the ditch of the side seams at the waist band to hold the elastic in place. This prevents the elastic from twisting when you wash it.

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  19. Please please please tell me what the curly font you've used on your skirt photos is... it's GORGEOUS! Oh and I LOVE the skirts.

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    1. Hi Zealous Girl, the font is called Sketch Me and here is the link: http://www.dafont.com/sketch-me.font

      I tried to email you back, but your blogger settings are set to "no reply". If you are interested in changing your settings, here is a link with instructions. How see if you are a "no reply" blogger (and how to fix it).

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    2. Thanks so much for that. I've changed my blogger settings (like you, I had no idea I was a 'no reply'). xx

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  20. Wow, these are adorable. I love them. Your fabric choice is great.
    Greetings from Germany
    Catrin

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  21. Cute tutorial! I found you through Market Yourself Monday- will definitely be trying this tutorial for spring!

    http://www.cupcakesandcorndogs.com

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  22. Love these skirts and the fabric you used. I am going to pin this for spring inspiration for my girls.Thanks!!

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  23. I'll take all three - oh wait, they probably won't fit!! These are adorable, and your tutorial is so good. Love your fabric choices. Thanks for sharing all your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best.

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  24. These skirts are so cute and such fun fabric colors! We are so glad that you linked up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Hope you'll be back next week! -The Sisters

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  25. These are adorable! And your instructions make it easy for a neophyte sewer to follow.

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  26. How cute! I'm going to have to make some of these!

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  27. Very cute, I will have to give this a try soon:) I have that same Amy Butler pink fabric by the way! I'm your newest follower.
    April

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  28. I have to try the third one! Thanks for the well written tutorial. Have a great week!

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  29. Very cute. I might even consider the one with the belt for myself...with out the ruffle.

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  30. Adorable. Pretty please come join my party. You are entered to win some free jewelry, just for linking up: http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2012/03/will-craft-forfree-fly-paint-jewelry.html

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  31. I just learned how to sew a simple skirt so I cant wait to try these variations!
    www.newlifeovernight.blogspot.com

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  32. I'm so glad I found you! I have the fabric and the daughters and I needed a simple skirt tutorial. This is perfect! I'm going to try the ruffle one this weekend. I am so excited!

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  33. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing! I love the variation with the belt, will definitely have to try that one. It's different than the other skirts I've made for my daughter's summer wardrobe. Found you on Somewhat Simple.

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  34. Those are SUPER cute!!!! I just love how you changed it up! I'm featuring this on Sunday!

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  35. Wow love these skirts! One day I will try to make some for my lil one!

    Thanks for linking up at Create & Inspire!

    Angie from ALI

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  36. Love this! Just posted our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday link party...would LOVE for you to share this! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/03/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_08.html

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  37. such pretty skirts. Thanks for the tutorial - I will definitely be trying these out.

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  38. These are so cute! Thanks for sharing. I stopped by from Tip Junkie.

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  40. Hi Jamie, I've featured your One Skirt Three Ways tutorial today...
    http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/03/threading-your-way-features_10.html

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  41. These are great,would love you to link them up to my hop Creative Mondays ? :)

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  42. These are so cute, and I have been looking for a simple skirt tutorial for a while! I'm so excited to try it! I pinned this post, too--let me know if that's a problem!

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  43. Love all the variations! Adorable!

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  44. I dont know how to sew but I have always wanted to learn to make my 5 year old daughter this cute little simple skirts and dresses and now I have a grand daughter so I really want to learn ... I will give it a try and see what turns out .. Your Tutorials are such a great help. May God keep blessing the work of your hands so you may keep on blessing others.
    Diana

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  45. Thank you for the great tutorials! Pinning for future sewing :-)

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  46. Thank you for such an easy-to-follow tutorial! I made skirt #1 for my 4 year old and posted it on my blog. It links back to you, here. I found you on Pinterest, btw.

    http://sguilliot.blogspot.com/2012/04/skirt-for-4-yr-old-out-of-ladybug.html

    Thanks again! I can't wait to make the 2nd and 3rd skirt styles :D

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  47. I featured this skirt tutorial today!

    http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2012/04/these-pinsprations-really-work.html

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  49. I had no idea it was so easy to make a skirt! Just finished one, can't wait to try the next ones. Thanks so much for the awesome tutorial!

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    1. Dee, I am so glad the tutorial worked for you! I would have replied to you personally but your blogger settings are set to no-reply. If you wanted to update that setting, I have some instructions here:
      http://scatteredthoughtsofasahm.blogspot.com/2012/02/check-your-settings-now.html
      ~Jamie

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  50. Hi. New to sewing and was wondering how to determine the width I would need for the size of my girls?

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    1. Hi, I always just use the width of the fabric (42 to 44 inches) for the width of the skirt. If your child is 18 months to 2t, I recommend cutting off 4 to 6 inches from the width.

      Hope that helps,
      ~Jamie

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  51. I love the skirt.
    But I not smart enough to know how to size it.
    I need it for 5 to 8 year old.
    Is this size you have in the Tutorial that size?
    Thank you so much for your help.
    Bev in Ohio

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  52. I love the skirt.
    But I not smart enough to know how to size it.
    I need it for 5 to 8 year old.
    Is this size you have in the Tutorial that size?
    Thank you so much for your help.
    Bev in Ohio

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  53. These are darling! I love the fabric choices! If you get a chance, please share this on my linky party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/05/sunday-link-party-6.html

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  54. I am visiting you from Sew Can Do. These are quite cute. I love the variations and great tutorial pictures. You may like my series on teaching your children to sew in the form of a Summer Sewing Camp:
    http://www.thelostapron.com/2013/05/my-first-sewing-machine.html

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  55. Hi what is the amount extra you need for the belt please

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    1. Thanks heaps I love your Tutorials! I am not a sewer and I have made the first two skirts. Number three this weekend hopefully :)

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  56. Love this tutorial! So easy to follow. Although, I found when making my second one that I preferred to sew my casing for the elastic while my skirt was a flat surface, then sew the seams together. Thoughts?

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  57. just featured you on a +30 little girls skirt round up- thanks for your great tutorial! http://www.patchworkposse.com/2013/07/30-elastic-waist-skirt-tutorials-little-girl-summer-skirts/

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  58. What cute skirts! I love all three versions, and your model is such a cutie pie! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  59. I love your tutorials! I have to learn how to sew now! LOL You are very talented!!!

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  60. thanks, these are great! i have a ruffler foot and want to use it to ruffle the band for the skirt. any idea which settings i should use?

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  61. Hi, I just had to stop by this post, too, and thank you for your skirt tutorial. It was so easy to follow, and my daughter is so excited about her skirts. I made three for her, and they turned out so cute! I blogged about it here and linked back to you to give you the credit you deserve. Thanks! http://scrapbookofsorts.blogspot.com/2014/07/sidetracked-simple-skirt.html

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  62. The last skirt tutorial was incredibly confusing to me after having done the first very easily. Please include more pictures in the future! I have no clue when I should do the ruffle bottom since you didn't mention it in the last tutorial at all (even though I know it's in the second). When I referenced the second tutorial, I was still stumped. More pictures in the future please! I'm getting frustrated wasting fabric and figuring out something that was shared as 'simple!'! Thank you for sharing the first, but I'd love to add variety with the other patterns to my daughter's wardrobe!

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