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Flat Front Panel Skirt (free pattern sz 2 to 10)

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This Flat Front Panel Skirt and Tutorial is the perfect sewing project to show off some of your favorite fabrics.  It also fabulous for using up all those coordinating fat quarter sets in your stash!

A must make: Easy to sew, Flat Front skirt pattern and tutorial for girls. This multi-paneled version is a fabulous way to show of your favorite fabric combos or seasonal prints!

While shopping at my local fabric store a few weeks back, I spotted a display of gorgeous fall fabric prints.  I took my time browsing through all the fabrics and started to group them into coordinating print bundles for what could be a gorgeous fall-themed quilt.

Then, I remembered the two quilt tops that were finished well over a year ago and still need to be quilted.  I also thought about all the coordinating pattern bundles I already have in my stash for future quilts; and decided, perhaps maybe something smaller would be a better project choice!

I definitely do better with smaller, quick projects.  One of my favorite quick patterns to sew is my flat front skirt pattern- and how cute would a multi-paneled version of this skirt be?

Flat Front Panel Skirt

Definitely cute!  I can totally see a Christmas version of this skirt in our near future.  (Last year I made an appliqued version.)   Plus this is another great way to use fat quarters.

easy panel skirt tutorial

There are 2 things that are great about this skirt.  The flat front- which allows you to tuck in a shirt or leave it out without too much bulkiness underneath; and the elastic back that allows for easy on/easy off and room to grow.

In this paneled version, I added several inches to the width of the skirt, which makes for more “twirly-ness.”

free skirt pattern

How to make this skirt:

Do you want to make your own version of this skirt?  It comes together fairly quickly despite having to cut up and sew together all the panels.  To speed things up, you could opt to add a contrasting fabric band instead of a ruffle.

To make this skirt, visit the Flat Front Skirt Pattern page for the sizes and follow the tutorial with the following changes:

Changes you need to make:

1. Main skirt panel: Instead of 1 fabric, you’ll need 5 coordinating fabrics.  

If your fabric choices can be used in any direction, you can get away with 1/4 yard per fabric.  If a print can only be used one way, you need to make sure the cut of fabric is as long as what your size calls for.  (A size 2 needs to be 6 inches tall, and a 10 would need to be 14.5 inches tall.)  If you are using fat quarters, you should be safe either way.

  • For size 2, cut 10 rectangles 6 3/4 wide by 6 inches tall
  • For size 3,  cut 10 rectangles 7 wide by 7 3/4 inches tall
  • For size 4, cut 10 rectangles 7 1/8 wide by 8 1/2 inches tall
  • For size 5, cut 10 rectangles 7 1/8 wide by 10 1/2 inches tall
  • for size 6, cut 10 rectangles 7 3/8 wide by 11 1/2 inches tall
  • For size 7, cut 10 rectangles 7 3/8 wide by 12 1/2 inches tall
  • For size 8, cut 10 rectangles 7 1/2 wide by 13 1/2 inches tall
  • For size 10, cut 10 rectangles 7 5/8 wide by 14 1/2 inches tall

Sew the panels together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Do not connect the last panel to the first.  It is easier to work with a rectangle of fabric than a circle. Finish the seams.

2. Ruffle: (about 1/3 yard of fabric is needed)

Cut a strip of fabric 3.5 inches tall by the width listed below.  (You will need to piece together 3 strips to get this width.)

  • For size 2,  112.5 (inches)
  • For size 3,  117
  • For size 4,  120
  • For size 5,  120
  • for size 6,   123.75
  • For size 7,  123.75
  • For size 8,  126
  • For size 10,   128.25

Once your strip is pieced together to the right width and the seams have been finished, fold the bottom up 1/4th inch and press, fold another 1/4th inch, press again and sew along the fold to create the bottom hem.

Sew a basting stitch along the top, gather the ruffle strip until it is the same width as your skirt panel, and attach.  If you need help with this step, you can refer to my simple skirt tutorial.  (Option 2 demonstrates how to add a ruffle to the bottom of a skirt.)

Other than the skirt panel difference and ruffle instead of contrasting band, everything else is the same!  Good luck, and if you make one, please share your finished version on my Facebook page or tag me on Instagram!


Flat Front Panel Skirt

My son was just fascinated by the crow!  He would not stop touching it, lol!


My favorite fabric shop for knits:  Funkalicious Fabrics and Fabric.com for both knits and wovens.Product used and recommended in this post:

  1. My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist
  2. My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
  3. Rotary Cutter
  4. I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start of with a smaller Cutting set
  5. Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
  6. Ball Point needles Ball point double needle
  7. Singer walking foot or universal walking foot
  8. Blind hem foot.
  9. Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!

We aren’t done yet! Here are a few more projects you might enjoy:

(Shorts, Capris and Full length cut marks included)

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  1. Hi Jamie, You have the cutest patterns and it’s so nice of you to offer them as free downloads! I love this skirt and am planning to make some for my granddaughters, but am wondering if I’m reading the cutting directions correctly. A size 10 needs 10 pieces that are 7 5/8″ wide. That would make the skirt at least 70″ around–is that correct? Do you find that bulky for the elastic in the back? Thanks for your help!

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      This is an excerpt from the tutorial:

      Tip: Since the back waistband of the skirt has elastic, the back of the skirt will have more gathers and be more full. To help even out the fabric distribution, you can line up the side seam of the skirt and waist band, then distribute the gathers evenly from this point. (see image)

      Also my daughter was wearing either a size 8 or 10 in this image.

  2. Thank you so much for this pattern and tutorial! I just finished a Disney fabric version for our trip to Disney World later this summer. My almost 7 year old loves it and said it looks “amazing!”

  3. Kimberly Lewis says:

    This looks absolutely amazing! Pinned and tweeted. You always bring the most amazing creations to our party. Thank you! I hope to see you again, this Monday at 7 pm. It wouldn’t be a party without you! Lou Lou Girls

  4. The adventures of Jolly and Happy says:

    I. Love.This. I want to make my daughters a halloween one! thanks for the pattern. just gorgeous!

  5. I love it. Thanks for sharing. This is headed to my pinterest board for upcycling. Except for the ruffle, it is a great way to use up large scraps or old clothes.

  6. Jeanette Sumruld says:

    What a precious skirt! If only we still had a little girl in the family!

  7. This skirt is perfect for using all my fabric that I can only spare a small rectangle because I have a fabric hoarding problem 🙂 Beautiful skirt thanks for sharing.

  8. Libby sews says:

    That's such a lovely pattern thanks for sharing!

  9. Giraffes Can Sew says:

    This is great thank you! With 6 boys I don't sew many girl's clothes (I don't sew many clothes period, to be fair) but my niece would love this!

      Thank you for sharing this free pattern. I look forward to making a few.

      1. Jamie Sanders says:

        Scroll dow and look under “How to make this skirt:” You will see the link to the original flat front pattern. Keep reading for the changes you need to make.