Easy DIY Baby Skirt

Sorry, sorry, sorry that this post is very much happening after Mother’s Day instead of before like I intended! Our internet stopped working the day I was going to write it up and then we left town the next day and then with vacationing…yadda, yadda, yadda. Sorry. Let’s still be friends, mmkay?

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So remember how I was crazy and made all of us matching outfits for Easter? Well, this was what I whipped out for Wendy. I had considered doing a dress but I’m super glad I decided on a skirt because it came together so quickly and after that week of crazed sewing, I didn’t have much patience (or time) to work out the intricacies of a dress.

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The skirt was so easy and it took me less than an hour from start to finish.

Here’s how I made it.

First, I did some measurements to see how much material I needed. Wendy was about 14 inches around her waist (width) and 7 inches from her waist to her knees (length). For the width, I added an extra inch for seam allowance, and for length I added about 5 inches for the ruffle around the top and to hem. I’m always a bit of a wimp and throw in extra inches knowing I can cut back later (when I hem) if I need to. Rather be safe than sorry! So I had a rectangle of fabric that was 15 inches by 12 inches.

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As you can see in the picture of the skirt, there’s a little ruffle at the very top followed by the waistband. First, I pressed the edge of the fabric down a half inch. I don’t have a serger, so where I’m able to, I like to hide the edge of raw fabric. I also ironed the fabric at about 2 1/2 inches. That would give me room for a ruffle at the top and for me to sew an elastic in place for the waist.

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Here you can see how I mapped out where I would sew. I gave room for 1 inch of ruffle at the very top. Next is the elastic. I sewed a 1 inch gap to fit the elastic through, which was plenty of space since my elastic was 3/4 inch. And then I sewed down very close to the bottom to hide that raw edge.

I attached a safety pin to the end of my elastic (I cut my elastic right at 14 inches, knowing that about 1/2 inch would turn into seam allowance, making the part around her waist 13 1/2 inches-tight enough to be snug without being too tight), and guided it through the fabric. I also safety pinned the other side of the elastic TO the fabric so that I didn’t lose it. Make sure your elastic doesn’t get twisted! That’ll make anyone go crazy!

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Once my elastic was all the way through, I overlapped it about 1/2 an inch, and used a zigzag stitch to sew the ends together (just like pictured above, one side laying right on top of the other side).

Okay, so at this point I had a ruffle and an elastic, I just needed to sew my skirt into a tube. I’m realizing now that since you can’t see the full skirt in the pictures, it’s a little hard to visualize what’s going on. Sorry! I’ll do better next time!

But basically…with the rectangle of fabric I had, I folded it so right sides faced each other and the ruffle was at the top. I sewed all the way down the length of the skirt WITHOUT sewing on where the elastic is. That part just stays un-sewed. Also, no serger and it’s not convenient to turn in the edges so this particular seam (which is the back of the skirt) stays raw.

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THEN the only thing left to do was hem!

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And there it is! Finished baby skirt! Sew easy! Okay, okay, sorry that was cheesy…but seriously, it was a super quick project!

I know my sewing projects aren’t anything revolutionary and I’m not tech savvy enough to provide real guidance (like a pattern!) but I love sewing and I love sharing how and what I sew. Sewing clothes is definitely something I want to improve upon and I gotta start somewhere!

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And luckily my particular model makes anything look good 🙂

One thought on “Easy DIY Baby Skirt

  1. That material is the cutest!!! Little girl skirts are a fave craft of mine…so easy, fast, and so little material needed!

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