Easy DIY Skirt Pattern and Tutorial
I am all about sewing simple projects using remnants and other fabrics. I happened to have two 1/2 yard remnants of the same fabric and another remnant of plain red. So, I decided to put them all together to make this super easy DIY skirt pattern and tutorial. You can whip up this little gem in about a half an hour or less. You can use this free skirt pattern to make a skirt that exactly fits your proportions. This is definitely a beginner sewing project but comes out beautifully when completed.
I used woven cotton fabrics for this project but you could just as easily use knits if that is what you prefer. Knits are clingier to the body than the cotton that I used and a little more difficult to work with. So I definitely recommend cotton for this simple skirt. If you are making this skirt for winter a nice wool would be perfect.
If you don’t have any fabrics on hand I recommend that you head over to Hobby Lobby or Fabric.com by clicking the links to find the perfect fabric for your project. I chose this fun Hawaiian print for my skirt and created a border on the bottom in a nice cherry red. I love red so this combination of fabrics was perfect for me. Because I used remnants for this project and a little bit of elastic, this skirt cost less than $10 to make and I got exactly what I wanted. paired with a nice red blouse or sweater and I am ready for work or just a nice spring or summer day.
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What you will Need:
- 1 yd. Fabric for skirt
- 1 yd. Fabric for Bottom border
- Elastic for waistband – 3/4″ wide
- Standard sewing supplies
Step 1: Easy DIY Skirt Pattern and Tutorial
To make your own beginner skirt pattern, begin by taking your measurements. Measure your hips and add 11″ and then divide that number by 2. That will be the width of the pieces that form your skirt. Measure out the length you’d like your skirt to be and subtract 7″. That will be the length of the pieces. Measure the solid colored fabric so that it is 10″ long by the width of your skirt.
If you do not plan on placing a band of color at the bottom of your skirt, simply measure the length you want and add 1 1/2″ inches for the hem. I like the band that I created for this skirt but it is not necessary for you to create a simple skirt that suits you.
Step 2: Easy DIY Skirt Pattern and Tutorial
Cut out two pieces that are the length and width of your measurements of the main skirt and two pieces that are the length and width of the solid colored pieces.
Step 3: Easy DIY Skirt Pattern and Tutorial
Place the solid border fabric right sides together with the main skirt fabric and sew together using a 5/8″ seam allowance. Do this for the other piece as well. You should have two pieces that have the pattern with the band attached. Press the seam open.
Step 4: Easy DIY Skirt Pattern and Tutorial
Place your 2 panels of fabrics right sides together and sew up the side seams using a 5/8″ seam allowance. You should now have a tube of fabric with two side seams. the top and bottom are raw edges at this point.
Step 5: Easy DIY Skirt Pattern and Tutorial
Turn the bottom of the skirt up by 1/2″ and press. Fold the hem so that the folded edge covers the seam between the border and the main fabric. You want to encase this seam. Hand stitch the hem to the main fabric piece using slip stitch. If you are unfamiliar with slip stitch check out this tutorial from Craftsy. This should create a nice border around the skirt that measures 3 1/2″.
Step 6: Easy DIY Skirt Pattern and Tutorial
Fold down the top of the skirt by 1/2″ and press. Fold again by 1″ and press. This will create the casing for your elastic. Using 1/8 seam allowance sew the casing around the top of the skirt leaving a small opening to insert the elastic at the side seam of the skirt.
Step 7: Easy DIY Skirt Pattern and Tutorial
Cut a piece of elastic the same size as your waist. Using a safety pin feed the elastic through the casing, but keep the other end of the elastic out of the casing. Once the two ends meet stitch them together making sure that the elastic does not twist. I used my machine on zigzag stitch to join the two pieces of elastic together.
Step 8: Easy DIY Skirt Pattern and Tutorial
Once the ends have been sewn together, feed them into the casing and hand sew the opening closed using slip stitch. You have now created your own beginner skirt pattern and easy DIY skirt in no time at all.
If you have chosen not to add the band at the bottom of the skirt simply hem the skirt by folding the raw edge up 1/2″ and pressing then press up another inch so the raw edge is enclosed. Hem the skirt using slip stitch trying to keep the stitches invisible from the front of the skirt.
This skirt is perfect for any time of the year. You could even use wool for a nice winter look if you want. I hope that you have enjoyed this beginner sewing project and will make one for yourself. I love this one.
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