Making a Simple Skirt

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The first sewing project that I decided to do was making a simple skirt for my 15 month old little girl. These are so easy to make, but here is a tutorial on how you can get some pretty and professional results.

Making A Simple Skirt

Making a simple skirt

The fabric, a very Cath Kidston-esque floral print, had been bought from a local supplier.

simple skirt materials
I bought some matching thread and wound this onto my bobbin.
cut out pattern
Measuring my little girls waist, I doubled that figure to give me the width of the fabric I needed. Also I measured the distance from her waist to her knee and then added on 6cm for my waistband and hem allowances to give me the length
side seam sewing
Squarely placing the two ends of the cut fabric right sides together, I sewed them together with a 1cm seam allowance. This makes a tube of fabric.
finishing with pinking shears
I finished the seam allowance with pinking shears. This stops the material from fraying and gives a neater finish. You could also overlock (but more about that in another blog!)
pressed open seam allowance
I also pressed open the seam allowance, doesn’t this look pretty?

Waistband casing for the elastic

waistband casing
It was time to make the casing for the waistband elastic, so I folded over the top edge by 2 cm and ironed (pressed) the material.
casing part 2
I then folded the top fabric over again, to create a neat finish, making a 2cm wide casing of fabric at the waistband.
casing gap
So we need to sew this casing shut. But it is important to remember to leave a few cm gap open so that we have room to thread the elastic
sewing casing
I sewed the casing a couple of mm from the folded edge – leaving enough room for my elastic.
waistband elastic
The waist band elastic. I measured my little girl’s waist and then cut the elastic to this length minus a couple of cm. Once the elastic is placed and there is another couple of cm lost to sewing it together. This should create a tight enough waistband without it being too tight!
elastic pinned
I attached a safety pin to one end of my waistband elastic so that I can feed it through the casing. Also, I like to mark the other end with a washable marked to help make sure I haven’t twisted the elastic whilst threading it.
pinned elastic part 2
I also pinned the free end of the elastic to the skirt – to stop this from being taken into the casing
elastic ends sewn
Once the elastic has been completely threaded through the casing, take the ends of the elastic and overlap them. Keep the right sides together to ensure the elastic isn’t twisted inside the waistband. An overlap of a couple of cm is enough. Sew the elastic ends together in a few places.
sew casing shut
Even out the elastic within the casing to evenly distribute the waistband folds, and then sew the casing opening shut.

Nearly there…

nearly complete
Nearly completed skirt – just needs hemming…

Hemming the skirt

Using the same technique as at the waistband, I like to double fold and press a hem of 1cm width. You could also overlock the bottom and then only fold once, or use a bigger hem allowance.

The finished project

finished skirt
So here is the finished skirt! I made a bow to match.

How easy was that?! And I was so happy with the result that it spurred me on to try lots of other new projects.

These make great gifts and presents for friends. And you can just size up the whole thing to make a simple skirt for an adult too!

Live far away from the recipient of the gift? Here is my article on what measurements to use when making a simple skirt as a present.

I would love to see your versions of the simple skirt, do find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and tag me into your makes. Or comment below.

making a simple skirt


Making A Simple Skirt


Why not read about how I made my little girl a Superhero Dress

or why I started to sew in Beginning My Sewing Journey

Why not try sewing in stretch fabrics and make Childrens’ Leggings Without Needing A Pattern?

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8 Replies to “Making a Simple Skirt”

  1. Rachael Hope says:

    This is such an amazing tutorial. Really clear and informative, the images work really well. I used to do a lot with textiles, this has inspired me


    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you Rach for such a lovely comment. I hope to do lots more tutorials in the future. Jo

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      It really is such a great hobby, but you do need the time to do it, which isn’t always possible! Thank you!

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      I think I’ve been lucky to get the time to learn how! Thank you for reading!


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