DIY Girls Skirt Tutorial

As Riley is starting to grow out of the things I normally make (baby bibs, hats, crib shoes), I’ve been looking for something new to make for her. I stumbled upon a few skirt tutorials, and it turned out to be just what I was looking for. These skirts are super easy! You can whip up a few in one afternoon to pair with leggings and t-shirts. To make these, I used a pattern on Etsy so I could have multiple sizes available, but if you’re making these for your own little one, it’s easy to figure out the sizing with just a few measurements (I’ll explain later). The pattern is by Brindille & Twig and is very easy to follow. If you’re interested, you can purchase the pattern here.

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Learn how to make a matching head band/headwrap here!

What you’ll need:

You can use cotton or a knit fabric. I have a great variety of both types available in my new shop section here at Busy Bee Fabric Co (formerly Sew Jersey Mama). The jersey knits are soft and stretchy, and the cotton woven will hold more shape and structure for the skirt. Both are great options and come in so many adorable prints.
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Fabric (about 1/2 yd to 1 yd depending on the size you are making.
Thread
Scissors
Elastic – 1.25″ wide
Sewing machine or Serger
Trim (optional)

To make this with your little one’s measurements, first measure around their waist. This will be the width of each of your two skirt pieces. For example, if your child’s waist is 21 inches, cut 2 pieces, 21 x length.

(You can find this super cute plaid fabric here)

For the length, measure from the waist till where you want the skirt to end, and add 2″ for the hem and waistband.

If you purchased the pattern, use the sizes provided.

To start, iron your fabric, I usually fold over my fabric and cut both pieces at once. To make it even easier, cut with the right sides in and they’ll already be in place to sew.  Cut your skirt pieces (width X length).
Pin the two pieces together right sides together, and sew up both sides. You can do this with a serger if you have one, or a straight stitch at about a 1/4 inch allowance, and then an overlock or zigzag to prevent fraying. Iron your seams.

Next you will be serging all the way around the top and bottom edges. If you do not have a serger I’d recommend using an overlock or zigzag stitch after the straight stitch. This is to prevent fraying. Just a side note about sergers. They are really great, especially if you plan to sew clothing or work with knits more. As you can see here, mine is ancient. My amazing mom found this at an estate sale and got it even though I told her “not sure what I need it for”. I was so wrong! I use it tons. However, Amazon has a highly recommended Singer serger available for under $200 that will definitely work great for our purposes! Check it out here:

Now you will iron down the waistband and hem. Fold over 1 1/2″ from the top and iron down all the way around the skirt. You will do this for the bottom hem as well at 1/2″ inch.

Sew all the way around the hem. If you’re adding trim, now is the best time to pin it and sew it on.

Now to do the waistband. Cut the elastic one inch longer than their waist measurement.

First you will sew all the way around the skirt at the edge of the fold you made earlier, and leave a 2 inch gap. Make sure to back stitch at both ends of the opening. Then you will put a safety pin on your elastic, and pull through, mindful that you do not pull the other end through. It will start to bunch up as you go.

Once all the way through, line up the ends of the elastic flat overlapping one inch, pin and stitch. For this, I stitched all the way around and then an X across. This will ensure it is secure.

Almost done!! Finish stitching around the waist where the opening for the elastic was. Turn right side out, and you are finished! You should have an adorable skirt!

Almost done!! Finish stitching around the waist where the opening for the elastic was. Turn right side out, and you are finished! You should have an adorable skirt!

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If you missed the link earlier, click here to learn how to make the matching headband!

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