The Chirping Moms: How to Make A Skirt (Very Easily)

July 24, 2012

How to Make A Skirt (Very Easily)


I love sewing. My mom taught me last summer right before Alex was born. As you can imagine, I have not had a ton of time to perfect this new hobby, since juggling two very little ones. I am terrible at following patterns. One of the few things I can make are skirts. I have made a ton of them.


I saw a few tutorials online & combined all of them with a pattern my mom tried to show me how to follow. I came up with this step by step guide on how to make a skirt. I do a lot of it from memory so if you have questions or it seems like I skipped something please ask!

Also, I have made the pattern really small for doll clothes and really REALLY small for Barbie clothes. It's also a great idea to start out making a few doll size skirts so you don't waste fabric learning on regular sized skirts.

I have made these skirts in all types of fabric (I love making them with corduroy for fall). I have added: ric rac, ribbon, 2 rows of ribbon, buttons, etc. That is my favorite part about making these.

Directions:

Supplies: 

  • About 1/4 yard of fabric
  • Elastic. Try & get "non roll" elastic. Select the width you like for the band. I usually use .75"    
  • Approximately 40" of ric rac or ribbon for the trim
  • Thread

Measuring:

            Measure their waist & add about 1/2" for the elastic
            Take their waist measurement & length you would like it from waist to knee

Cutting Fabric:

          Cut the fabric waist X length. Add 1" to the waist measurement & 2" to the length measurement
          when cutting.
          Cut TWO of these


Add the ribbon, ric rac, etc. Pin it where you would like it on the skirt & sew it onto the skirt.


Place the fabric right sides together & sew down the 2 sides. 


Sew the hem on the bottom: Decide which end is going to be the bottom. This is where I tell you the IRON will be your best friend for this skirt. Iron around the bottom folding up about 1/4" from the bottom. Then fold up about another 1/2". Iron well & pin. Sew. This is your hem.



Make the space for the elastic to go in: On the top of the skirt, fold & iron 1/4". Fold down another 1" & iron. Sew. Leave about 1" open when sewing around the top for a spot to feed in the elastic.


Put a safety pin at the end of the elastic & use that to grip the elastic while you feed it through the space at the top (the folded over part you just sewed). Once it is through the whole skirt, take out the safety pin & sew the 2 ends of the elastic together. Then sew over the 1" you left open at the top.




Now admire the beautiful skirt you just made for your daughter (or her dolls or Barbies). You can also use this pattern to now make an awesome skirt in your size too!

Remember, I tried to make this as easy as possible but I would love to help if you have any questions so ask away.

While working on writing this tutorial, I sent some skirts to some fellow bloggers. Keep an eye out today in the social media world for some of their darling little girls wearing one of my skirts!



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41 comments:

  1. The rick rack and ribbon detail on the bottom are so pretty!

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  2. I think if I designed one a cute seersucker looking one would be perfect for the hot months.

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  3. I love the pink, but I love the preppy look of the nautical one. An aqua seersucker would be cute too!!

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  4. I think I'd choose something to be worn with our UofAlabama clothes :)

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  5. I'm a follower! These are too cute!

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  6. Extremely girlie like butterflies an flowers girlie :)

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  7. I love the red polka dot skirt - like Minnie Mouse!!

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  8. I am your newest follower!!!! new to blogging and found your blog, LOVE IT!

    http://thebees3.blogspot.com/

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  9. New follower! I love all of the skirts!

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  10. I would love a skirt with owls on it!

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  11. My skirt would be fall colors and fabric!

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  12. These are absolutely adorable! So gld I found another Jersey blogger! Hope you're having a great night!

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  13. Love these! My little one would l.o.v.e a purple one - her favorite color right now!

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  15. A seersucker one.. How cute are these.. :)

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  16. So cute! Love the seersucker skirts!

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  17. love to get that pink paisley one!

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  18. VERY CUTE...something I need to do for my granddaughter. Thanks for the great tutorial/pictures/idea. Gail (BibleLoveNotes.com)

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  19. This is very cute! Thanks for sharing at our Handmade Tuesdays party.

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  20. My skirt would woult be seersucker! That sailor print is ADORABLE!!! I need to find that fabric!

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  21. Adorable skirts! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. These are just precious! Love the seersucker with the polka dot ribbon trim.

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  23. So cute! SL would look adorable in one!

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  24. I think the pink and green is just adorable - I've just ventured into skirt making and I'll have to try your pattern - thanks!

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  25. Very cute skirt! I love the green/pink color combination. Liz

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  26. This is so pretty! And you made so many of them! I'd love if you'd link this up to my link party for the fiber arts!
    http://www.mymerrymessylife.com/2012/07/hookin-on-hump-day-7-link-party-for.html

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  27. How pretty! I especially like the ribbon/rick rack touch at the bottom! -Marci

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  28. This is so cute. I can't wait to make one for my granddaughter, Kate. Regena in TN.I really like the one you made with the sailboat fabric.

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  29. This is sooo stinking adorable.. I just how easy you make it look and the endless possibilities to making them! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!
    xoxo
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

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  30. Great tutorial. I’m so glad you linked this up at One Creative Weekend! I love it! I hope to see you back tomorrow.

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  31. So cute! Thanks for linking up on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you'll be back again this week with some more of you great ideas.
    -Mackenzie
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com

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  32. This is awesome! Thanks so much for linking up! I'm featuring this tonight at the link party :)

    Kathryn
    destinationcraft.blogspot.com

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  33. Courtney! I knew that I remembered the chirping moms! Look at the first comment on this post...that's me! I thrilled to connect the dots in this small world and to have actually met you in person today. The site is lovely and totally cool! All the best - Monica

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