If you’ve got a half hour, some knit fabric, and some wide elastic, then this tutorial is for you!
Sometimes there is nothing more satisfying than a quick sewing project, and I’m happy to share one with you today.
Here’s what you need:
- knit fabric
- wide elastic (mine is 2 inches, and I used it for each of my girls – ages 5, 3, and almost 2)
- sewing machine/accessories
Start off by measuring how long you want the skirt to be on your little lady, starting at the waist. Subtract two inches and cut your fabric to this length. Your width is going to be about one and a half times the waist measurement of your little gal. Once you’ve cut both length and width, you’ll have one big piece of fabric. Here is mine, shown folded over.
Take the fabric, and hem up one of the shorter edges. This will be the bottom of the skirt. Since knit won’t fray, I usually just iron it up 1/4” - 1/2” and sew without finishing the edge. For a nicer look, you could finish the edge or iron it over two times.
Fold the fabric over, with right sides together, long edges matching up. Sew along this edge, using 1/2” seam allowance.
Set the skirt piece aside, and get out the elastic. Cut a piece of elastic to your little gal’s waist measurement.
Put the two ends together, and sew using 1/2” seam allowance. Open up the flaps,
and sew them down to the waistband.
Turn the waistband and the skirt right side out. Line up the back seam of the skirt with the seam of the waistband. Pin the skirt to the waistband, lining the top edge of the skirt about 1/2” up into the waistband.
Find the middle of the front of the skirt and the front of the waistband, and pin in place, doing the same as above.
Find the sides, and pin again.
You can see that there is slack in the skirt. This is right! If you want to, you can continue to pin one more time each in between pins; just be sure to measure to the middle between the pins. There should still be slack in the skirt.
Begin to sew the skirt to the waistband, back stitching at the beginning, and then pulling the elastic so that is is the same width as the fabric.
Sew the entire waistband to the skirt using this method. This will allow the fabric to stretch with the waistband without breaking any seams.
That’s it! Easy, right?
My girls loved their new skirts. Comfortable and cute; perfect for girls of all ages!
She posed this all on her own. I think we’re in trouble.
Perfect for pairing with boots and sweaters in the fall and winter, or with just a tee in the spring and summer. Totally versatile, you’ll be cranking these out like crazy!