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By Wunderlabel on 06/20/2022

How to Make a Skirt

Free Tutorial: How to Make a Skirt

This sewing project is perfect for beginners. You can make an adorable children's skirt using our illustrated "How to Make a Skirt" tutorial: No need for fancy sewing skills! To make a simple cotton DIY skirt for a girl, measure the child's waist and adjust the measurements if necessary.
This is a skirt for children aged 18 months to 3 years. 

What fabric should you use for a child's skirt?

Cotton and jersey fabrics are best for girls' skirts. We recommend adding an elasticated waistband to skirts for toddlers. 

How do you calculate the waistband size for a child's skirt?

If you want to sew a child's skirt with a waistband, simply multiply the waist circumference by 0.7 (in cm).

Can I sew a DIY skirt for children without a pattern?

You can make a simple child's skirt in cotton without a pattern. Just cut a square of fabric and add a matching waistband. Follow the steps of the "How to Sew a Skirt for Beginners" instructions below to make your own adorable girl's skirt.


- Cotton fabric or blouse material: approx. 115 cm x 35 cm
- Waistband fabric: waist circumference x 0.7 in cm
- Matching sewing thread
- Personalised sparkling label with name


1. You can make this skirt without a pattern. But if you are unsure, just make the pattern on paper first, then place it on the fabric and cut it to size.

You will need a waistband fabric (waist circumference x 0.7 in cm) and a nice light cotton fabric or blouse material for your DIY skirt. The size depends on the length of the skirt and the desired "balloon effect". As a guide, the waistband measurement times 1.5 gives you the minimum amount of fabric required. You will be using an elastic overlock stitch for the whole project: A combination of a straight stitch and a zig-zag stitch. This will sew the fabric together and finish the edges at the same time.

How to Make a Skirt

2. Now the side seams of the cuff are hemmed and sewn. This is what the waistband looks like on the right side of the fabric.

How to Make a Skirt: Waistband

3. Now fold the fabric in half lengthwise left sides together. Section the waistband into 4 equal pieces with clips or pins.  

How to Make a Skirt: Waistband

4. Next, sew the main fabric along the long sides in the same way. Then smooth out the seam on the right side and iron if necessary. 

How to Make a Skirt: Sewing

5. Fold the main fabric to create the balloon shape. Tuck the lower part inwards and align the edge flush at the top. Now you have the fold at the bottom while the two layers at the top are open.  

How to Make a Skirt: Shape

6. The waistband should now be placed the way it will be sewn on. Mark the main fabric in the middle so that the outer seams can be aligned with the clips later on. 

How to Make a Skirt: Waistband

7. When pinning the fabrics together, make sure that the 4 layers lie on top of each other. Stretch the waistband so that the thin cotton fabric lies tightly against it.

How to Make a Skirt: Pinning

8. Slowly sew the 4 layers together using the stitch mentioned before. Keep stretching the waistband and sew close to the edge.

How to Make a Skirt: Layers

9. Your pretty little DIY skirt is finished!! The more fabric you use for the width, the more pronounced of a "balloon effect" you will get. But it will also be harder to attach to the waistband.

How to Make a Skirt: Finished!

10. Sew on your name label.

How to Make a Skirt: Label

Tip: Find out more about the personalised labels we offer in our shop.

All done! 
Have fun making your own skirt! 

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