The 20 Minute and $8 Skirt (Really)

I’m not a seamstress.

I AM, however, a see-something-I-like-and-try-to-replicate-it kind of girl. So, when I saw a cute two-layer skirt at the mall that cost $46 (!) that I really, really wanted for Kate, I decided to try to make my own. And here’s the thing: It cost me less than $8 to make and took me less than 20 minutes AND anyone could make this even if you’ve never sewn a thing in your life. I promise. My four-year-old helped me.

What to buy:

*  1/2 yard of cotton calico fabric (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby.  It was 30% off and cost $5.99/yard to begin with)
*  3/8  yard of a coordinating but not matching calico fabric (Again, Hobby Lobby)
*  3/4 yard of 3/4 inch wide elastic
*  1 pkg single fold bias tape (that matches the fabric) or 1 pkg ric-rack (2 yards total)

How to Make it:

1.  Measure your child’s waist.  Take fabric #1 (the one you bought 1/2 yard) and cut it into a rectangle that’s width is DOUBLE your child’s waist size.  The length is up to you.  Kate’s skirt in the picture above is 12 inches.  You can go longer or shorter.  Kate’s rectangle measured 35 inches X 12 inches.

2.  Take fabric #2 (the one you bought 3/8 yard) and cut it into a rectangle that’s double your child’s waist in width and 3 inches SHORTER than the rectangle you already cut.  Kate’s second rectangle measured 35 inches X 9 inches.

3.  Carefully sew bias tape or rick rack onto the hem of each piece of fabric.

4.  Once both fabrics have a hem, place the SHORTER rectangle on top of the LONGER rectangle (both print-side down) and sew them together along the top edge.

5.  Turn the fabric around and iron them out flat so the shorter layer hangs neatly over the longer layer.

6.  Fold the ironed fabric in half width-wise right-side in and pin the hems so they match.

7.  Measure one inch from the top of the skirt, then stitch along the edge down the open seam, leaving an inch at the top open for the elastic.

8. Then, go back to the top and sew a casing for the elastic, 1 inch from the top of the skirt.

9.  Use a safety pin to thread the elastic through the casing.  Stitch it to the desired size and then close the hole with a zig-zag stitch.

Easy, peasy, right?

Some more photos to inspire you to get sewing!


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  3. You said to cut a rectangle DOUBLE your child’s waist size, and your rectangle was 17.5 inches, which would mean that your child’s waist size is 8.75 inches? Was the fabric folded, or is there a typo somewhere?

    • You’re absolutely right… it’s a typo. It should’ve been 17.5 times 2 or 35 inches by 12 inches. So sorry! I fixed.

  4. Very Cute. It’s great of feel like you can make some of your kids’ clothes and be imaginative.

  5. Very cute and easy for the beginniner. It’s great to be able to be creative and make your kids’ clothes

  6. If I get a girl…I’ll try it:)

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