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Fat Quarter Circle Skirt (pattern hack)

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I’m sharing the tutorial and pattern for this adorable Fat Quarter Circle Skirt today!

Sew a circle skirt with fat quarters using this free pattern (sizes 3 to 10) and tutorial.

Fat Quarter Circle Skirt

I mentioned in my last newsletter that I had gone on a fun trip a few weeks ago. I met up with other sewing bloggers and even got to take a few hands-on classes. There were quite a few classes offered, and I took a paper piecing class and an embroidery class. (See what I made in the paper piecing class here.)

Since the paper piecing/pillow class was the last teaching class of the trip, we were able to keep our scrap fabrics (6 fat quarters.)  Once I got home, I realized the fat quarters I chose didn’t really match anything in my house, so rather than use them to finish the pillow project, I made a skirt!

Sew this absolutely adorable circle skirt with the free pdf patter sizes 3 to 10.

Oh yes, a much better use of those fat quarters!  Wouldn’t you agree?

I used my free Roller Skate Skirt pattern to make this version, but instead of knits, the skirt is made with quilting cotton and an elastic casing for the waistband.  I also split up the panels to allow for more fabrics to be used

How to sew a circle skirt.

Turned out so cute!  Plus I love having another way to use up my stash of fat quarters.  (Because you know I’ve got a ton, lol.  And if you are a collector of pretty fabrics, you probably have a few too!)

If you are looking for a way to use up some of your fat quarters, here are a few more projects you might enjoy:

Ready to see how this skirt was made?

fat quarter circle skirt pattern


Fat Quarter Circle Skirt Instructions

Click here to open the post with the pattern link and tutorial.  (You will need to grab the pattern and read through that tutorial first.)

The changes to make this multi-paneled version are:

Materials needed:

  • 6 to 11 fat quarters
  • 1/2 inch elastic or stretchy knit fabric- depends on your waistband choice
  • basic sewing supplies

Step 1: Read through the original tutorial and save the pattern.

1.  Print out the skirt panel in size needed.

Instead of cutting fewer panels on the fold, you will cut individual panels and sew them together.  Cutting the panels this way means we need to add fabric for extra seam allowances.  

You can do this 2 ways:  Add extra seam allowance on one side of the panel when cutting them out or just add 2 extra panels.  (If using quilting cotton, finish the panel seams with your favorite finishing method!)  (I chose the second way because I could get 2 panels out of one fat quarter. <Size 7 and smaller, with no extra seam allowance, can get 2 panels from 1 fat quarter.>)

Easy circle skirt instructions and measurements. (printable pattern)

2.  Once the panels are sewn together, you can follow the patterns original instructions and add a yoga-style waistband with knit fabric or follow the instructions below to add an elasticized casing waistband with a coordinating fat quarter.

Adding an Elasticized Waistband instructions:  

1/4 inch seam allowances unless otherwise specified.

Step 2.  Get your measurement:  Measure around the widest point of the hip and add 4 inches to that number.

Hip measurement + 4 inches = Your waistband measurement.

If you don’t have a child to measure, here are the standardized measurements I like to use.  (Though, I alway recommend getting measurements if you can- children can be all over the chart.  My daughter falls in a size 7/8 height size and size 5 hip.)
Standard size 3 hip:  22
Standard size 4 hip:  23
Standard size 5 hip:  24
Standard size 6 hip:  25
Standard size 7 hip:  27.5
Standard size 8 hip:  28.5
Standard size 10 hip:  30

Step 3.  Cut/sew waistband:
Cut out a strip of fabric, the width of your measurement by 5 inches tall for size 6 and under and 6 inches tall for size 7 and over.  If you are using a fat quarter, you will need to cut 2 and sew them together- if this is the case, add another .25 inches for the extra seam allowance.

Right sides together sew the waistband side seams together.

To create the casing, fold the top of the casing over 1/4 inch, press.  Fold over another 3/4 inch and press.

Sew right along the bottom edge of the casing, leaving a 1.5 inch opening to thread the elastic through.

Don’t forget to leave the opening!

Step 4.  Gather and attach the skirt.

Sew a basting/gathering stitch all the way around the top of the skirt. (1/4 inch from the top.)

Pull on the bobbin thread to gather the skirt.  Keep gathering until the top of the skirt is the same width as the waistband.  (Keep in mind, it is not very much gathering.)

Right sides together, pin the skirt to the waistband.

Sew together, just under the gathering stitch.

Finish this seam.

Topstitch and remove any gathering stitches that show.

Step 5: Hem the skirt (1/2 inch hem allowance included.  )  If you are having trouble hemming a circle skirt, check our my single fold bias tape method I showed in the original pattern instructions.

Use a saftey pin to thread the elastic through the skirt.  Sew elastic ends together and close the opening.

You are done!

Have your little one try it on and show you some twirls!

On a side note, I’ve been trying to get down to this little field of yellow flowers for a month… Finally did, so gorgeous!

Don’t forget to share photos of your creations on my private Facebook group or tag me on Instagram.  I can’t wait to see them!


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  1. Such a cute skirt and great idea. Do I have to have a total of 10 panels? Right now, I have 9 panels, but can look around for something to make 10, if needed. Thanks!!

  2. Katherine says:

    I made this & it turned out really cute but I can’t figure out how to upload a photo.

  3. This is a fun pattern. I added shorts to make it a skort which is so comfortable for little girls. Thanks!

    I wish I could upload a photo 🙁

  4. This is such a great way to use up my fat quarters that I have had stashed away. I am quite the beginner at sewing after putting it off for some time so this question may be a bit obvious but it seems that the only way I can cut 2 pieces from one fat is to cut on the bias but I am concerned that it may stretch and distort. Will this be ok?

    1. Should be fine, just take care not to pull on fabric when sewing.

      1. Thank you!

  5. Hi, the roller skirt pattern only has 4 panels. The skirt above comes with 10 panels. Could you tell pls how to adjust the pattern from 4 panels to 10? Many thanks

    1. The instructions for this skirt are on page 2 of the post. If you’ll notice at the bottom there is a sentence that says “Click here to open page 2 and see the skirt tutorial.” Click that link to see how to make the multi-paneled skirt.

      1. Hi, I have spent about 30 mins trying to find it but the link always takes ma back to the 4 panel skater skirt. I might just make it up from there. But thank you.

      2. This multi-paneled version is a “pattern hack” of my free roller skate skirt (it is not it’s own actual pattern.)

        If you scroll to the bottom of this post and click where it says “Click here to open page 2 and see the skirt tutorial.” You will be sent to page 2 of this post where it only shows the changes I made to the rollerskate skirt pattern to get all of these panels.

        At the very top of this second page, there is a sentence that tells you to go back to the original rollerskate post and print the pattern, but you still need to come back to this page to see how the changes were made. (basically just splitting the panels in half and adding a seam allowance.)

        Sorry if this is confusing, most likely this is a case of “you get what you pay for.”

        If you feel you need an actual pattern to print, I found this one on Etsy that is very similar: http://tidd.ly/aa6a7ea5

        Good luck!

  6. This so cute. have away from sewing for a long time and getting back to my machines.
    Am I being dense? I don’t see the template for the skirt panels.

  7. Thanks, I just use regular quilting fabric.
    Good luck,

  8. Emma Cranna says:

    This is such a cute skirt! My daughter is Frozen mad and I've just bought a pack of Frozen fat Quarters. Do you use Flame retardant fabric when making this? I'm from Scotland, I find that there's not a huge amount of choice in fabric over here, plus it's fairly expensive. I'm not convinced that the Frozen fabric is Flame Retardant. Thanks for the tutorial!

  9. Mel at Adventures of Mel says:

    This is the cutest skirt ever. What a great way to use up fat quarters! I love it. Thank you for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week's issue.

  10. Shantel Jones says:

    How cute! and what a great idea!

  11. This is so cute. I shared it with my sister because I know she'll love it.

  12. Valerie Earnest says:

    It's been a long time since I've sewed my daughter a cute skirt. I love this! Thanks for the tutorial, and for linking up at The Handmade Hangout!

  13. So cute! I think my daughter would love this and I have a healthy stash of fat quarters that need to be used up. Thanks for the tutorial.