How To Sew A Simple Girl’s Skirt – A Tutorial For Beginners

How To Sew A Simple Girl’s Skirt – A Tutorial For Beginners

I only got serious about my sewing a few months ago, during which time I searched the web for a simple skirt tutorial to no avail!

They all seemed way to complicated, or the instructions just weren’t clear.

All I wanted do was sew a little elasticated waist skirt for my toddler and thought that there must be some free tutorials out there, but I couldn’t seem to find the right one.

Now that I’ve improved my sewing ability (and gained a lot more experience!) I realized that sewing a skirt is really really simple. But perhaps if you’re just starting out, you might be a bit confused about how to start.

That’s where this tutorial comes in!

Today I’m going to walk you step-by-step through how to sew a girl’s skirt, without the need for a pattern. This is a tutorial for beginners so should be really easy to follow along.

You will need

  • Approximately a yard of fabric, I used some beautiful printed cotton from ‘sewsephine‘ on Etsy.
  • 6/8″ elastic
  • A safety pin
  • Coordinating thread
  • Pins
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • An iron
  • A sewing machine (just being thorough here guys lol)
  • Recommended – invisible ink marker

Step one

Measure around your little one’s waist (where you want the skirt to sit).

Make sure they are standing up straight to get the most accurate measurement.

Note this measurement down as the ‘width

Step two

Measure from the waist down to where you want the skirt to end. Add about an inch to this measurement (more if you want to be safe).

Note this measurement down as the ‘length

Step three

Cut two rectangles of fabric the size of the width measurement by the length measurement.

Eg. if your child’s waist measured 18″ and you want the skirt to be 17″ long, you would cut two pieces of fabric that are 18″ wide and 17″ long.

How to sew a simple girl's skirt
You should have TWO pieces of fabric that look like this!

Step four

Now, cut another rectangle of fabric that is 2x the width measurement by 2 inches.

So if your child’s waist measured 18″, your rectangle would be 36″ by 2″.

This is going to be your elastic casing!

How to sew a simple girl's skirt
By now you will have the two big rectangles (they are on top of each other in this photo) and the piece of elastic casing (folded in half in this photo)

Step five

Pin the two large pieces right sides together and stitch the side seams (down the length) with a 1/2″ seam.

How to sew a simple girl's skirt
Pinned and ready to be stitched!
How to sew a simple girl's skirt
A close up of the side seam

This will give you a big loop of fabric! The short ends should be stitched together and the longer ends should remain open.

Don’t forget to backstitch at the beginning and end of the stitch.

You can finish the seams with a zig zag stitch if you like but it’s not necessary!

I just did a straight stitch and trimmed the excess.

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This is what the skirt should look like so far!

Step six

Set the skirt aside and head on over to your iron!

Take your piece of elastic casing and fold in half lengthwise, press.

Now fold the edges down to meet at the centre crease and press again.

How to sew a simple girls skirt
This is what your elastic casing should look like now

How to sew a simple girls skirtStep seven

With right sides together and raw edges lined up, pin the elastic casing to the top of the skirt like so:

How to sew a simple girls skirt
As you can see, the elastic casing is pinned along the width of the skirt. With right sides together and raw edges lined up

Step eight

You should have 1″ excess fabric at the end of your casing.

Pin together the raw edges of the casing and sew a 1″ seam, trim the excess, like so:

How to sew a simple girls skirt

Now your elastic casing should be the same width as your skirt.

Step nine

Sew the elastic casing to the waist of the skirt using the first crease as a guideline:

How to sew a simple girls skirt
The casing is now stitched to the skirt!

Step ten

Turn the skirt inside out. Turn the casing into the inside and fold under at the bottom crease. This should leave a 1 inch band on the inside of the skirt. Pin in place and topstitch at the bottom of the band of casing, leaving a two finger gap.

How to sew a simple girls skirt
Folding the casing to the inside of the skirt
How to sew a simple girls skirt
Fold the fabric under at the last crease to leave a 1 inch band.
How to sew a simple girls skirt
Topstitch at the bottom of the casing
How to sew a simple girls skirt
The finished casing!
How to sew a simple girls skirt
Don’t forget to leave a gap for your elastic! I made things hard for myself and only left a one finger gap – whoops! I would recommend leaving a two finger gap 🙂

Step eleven

Cut a piece of your elastic as long as your original waist measurement. Attach a safety pin to the end of your elastic.

How to sew a simple girls skirt
The safety pin will help you to thread the elastic through the casing

Step twelve

Using the gap you left in the casing, thread the elastic through the casing.

How to sew a simple girls skirt
Threading the elastic through the casing

Once you get the elastic all the way around, overlap the ends of the elastic by about an inch and pin together.

How to sew a simple girls skirt
Ends of the elastic pinned together

Zig zag stitch the elastic together, backstitch a few times to ensure they are secured!

How to sew a simple girls skirt
Elastic all secured.

Step thirteen

Push the elastic back into the casing and topstitch over the gap to finish.

How to sew a simple girls skirt
This is what your skirt should look like by now. Almost done!

Step fourteen

Time to hem! Try the skirt on your little one to adjust the length if needed. I am going to do a one inch hem so I made sure that the skirt is one inch longer than I want the final length to be!

Head over to your ironing board, turn your skirt inside out and fold up one inch of the raw edge. Press.

How to sew a simple girls skirt
I used a ruler to make sure my measurements are accurate.

Step fifteen

Fold the raw edge under again, press and pin.

Folding under the hem to create a clean edge

This is what your hem should look like at this point

Step sixteen

The last step! Topstitch your hem, making sure to backstitch. And you’re done!

The finished product:

So pretty!

I hope you enjoyed this easy tutorial on how to sew a girl’s skirt 🙂

If you did, please share it on Pinterest!

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Pin it!

I would love to see your creations! Leave me a comment and let me know how you went.

If you have any questions feel free to ask me, or send me an email at lucyuon@gmail.com

Lucy

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