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!
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?
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.
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.”
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!
My son was just fascinated by the crow! He would not stop touching it, lol!
- My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist
- My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
- Rotary Cutter
- I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start of with a smaller Cutting set
- Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
- Ball Point needles Ball point double needle
- Singer walking foot or universal walking foot
- Blind hem foot.
- Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
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About the Author
Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.