How To Sew An Easy Skirt For Girls Without A Pattern (Video)

You might say I’m a little obsessed with clothes for my daughter. I love buying them, sewing them, up-cycling them, embellishing them, you name it. One of the things I love to dress her in is skirts. Have you been shopping lately for skirts for toddlers? They are the CUTEST! But they’re not cheap. So, I decided to make her one! I’m going to show you how to sew a skirt without a pattern, and it even better, it doesn’t require a zipper.

A recent brag-worthy creation: I picked up a cute jean jacket for her at a thrift-store and decked it out in patches, following the latest runway craze of DIY embellished denim.

In this video, I’ll show you how to sew a skirt without a pattern for a toddler with an elastic waistband. A few tips for sewing elastic:

  • Use a walking foot or a zigzag foot on your sewing machine
  • Set your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch (If you have it, use a two-point zigzag stitch to attach elastic or a three-point zigzag stitch. My Brother NQ900 sewing machine has a 2-step elastic zigzag stitch and a 3-step elastic zigzag stitch.)
  • Stretch the elastic (carefully — follow my tips in the video!) while you sew

Watch here to see how to sew a skirt without a pattern!

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Hey everyone! I am sewing a cute, polkadot skirt for my daughter. It’s got an elastic waistband, but I don’t want that to scare you. Sewing with elastic and attaching it to fabric can be a little bit tricky, but I’m going to show you tricks and techniques for making it easy peasy.

Sew an easy peasy elastic waistband with your Brother sewing machine and serger

I’m using a sheer fabric for the skirt base, and based on my daughter’s height (she’s only 2), I’ve drafted 6 pieces:
– three that are 25 cm x 115 cm (10″ x 45″)
– three that are 30 cm x 115 cm (12″ x 45″)

I also drafted a piece of lightweight cotton/poly to 17 cm x 60 cm (6.5″ x 24″) for the waistband.

You’ll also need wide elastic, a serger set to a rolled or a narrow hem, and a threaded sewing machine. I put a walking foot on my sewing machine to make sewing this sheer fabric easier.

  • Serge a rolled or narrow hem on one long edge of each skirt base piece. I chose to do this in a contrast thread as a decorative detail.
  • Once you’ve finished each of the six skirt base pieces, you’re ready to serge them together.
  • I changed my machine back to black thread. Serge the short ends of the skirt base pieces together, combining the three narrow pieces into one long row, and then the three wider pieces into a second long row.
  • Next, change your sewing machine to a baste stitch. By keeping the walking foot on my machine, my lightweight fabric will gather while I baste. I’ve laid the two long skirt rows on top of each other, right sides up, with the narrower row on top, and I’m gathering them together at the waist.

See? There are my layered hems. And my gather.

Next, I want to attach my waistband piece.

  • My waistband will sit on top like this, so I’ll flip it down in order to sew right sides together. And pin that in place.
  • Then, sew it!
  • Because my daughter’s waist is teeny tiny and the elastic won’t stretch out this long, I’m  running it through the machine again, this time as a baste in order to gather the fabric even more.
  • Cut the elastic to 1″ smaller than the waist measurement, and pin the elastic in place. Pin either end, then match up the centres.
  • On this sewing machine, numbers 13 and 14 are my 2- and 3-step zigzag stitch for sewing elastic. I’m using 14 since my elastic is medium- to heavyweight.
  • Layer your elastic on top of the waistband, and sew along the leftmost side of the elastic. Make sure you stretch your elastic as you sew. You’ll need two hands while doing this. Stretch your elastic as you sew, but still allow the feed dogs to do their job. You’re using your hands to guide and stretch the fabric, without pulling or adding resistance.
  • Pull out all of your basting stitches.
  • Then serge the raw edge of your waistband.
  • Next, fold the waistband over the elastic to the skirt wrong side. You’ll stitch-in-the-ditch, which will create a topstitch on the inside of the skirt, holding the waistband in place. Stretch your elastic while sewing, and make sure the waistband stays wrapped over the elastic. Start and end your stitch-in-the-ditch about an inch away from the ends of the elastic.

And this is what it looks like!

Next, overlap the two loose elastic ends, and zigzag them together. Flip the skirt inside-out and serge together the skirt base opening. You’ll now fold the waistband ends into each other to hide any remaining raw edges, and do one final stitch-in-the-ditch to secure them.

And here it is, her super adorable skirt. I’m so happy with how it turned out. See? Easy!

That’s how you sew a skirt without a pattern!

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