(This is the project for Week 4 of the Learn to Sew series.) Seriously, I need to stop sewing things for baby girls. Last week it was the dress and the shoes. This week a baby skirt. If I’m going to sew I ought to sew things that are useful to my life. But I just couldn’t resist this fabric! So, I made a three layer ruffled baby girl skirt.
This skirt is so quick and easy! Probably a good project for a beginner to try. I think. Let me know how it goes.
Here’s another version:
3 Layer Ruffle Baby Skirt Tutorial:
What you Need:
3 coordinating fabrics-about 1/2 yard each for a baby or toddler size (you will have leftover) Get more though if you want to make this for an older girl.
Large Safety Pin
First you need to figure out how long you want your skirt. Mine fits about a 12 month size and is a total of 7 or 8 inches long when totally finished. You need to add a couple of inches when you are cutting to account for the hem at the bottom of the skirt and the elastic casing at the top. So, for my 12 month size, my top layer of fabric was cut about 6 inches by 42 inches. My second layer is about 8 inches by 42 inches and my third layer is about 10 inches by 42 inches.
To figure out how long to make it if you want a different size you can measure your little girl from her waist to her knees or wherever you want the skirt to hit her and add 2-3 inches to compensate for the hem at the bottom and the elastic casing at the top and make that the width of your bottom fabric (as opposed to my 10 inches). Then make the middle layer 2-3 inches smaller than that and the top layer 2-3 inches smaller than the middle.
To figure out how long to cut your fabric (as opposed to my 42 inches), measure her waist and then double it. You may have to piece some fabric together in order to get it long enough if you are sewing this for an older girl.
1. Sew a hem on the bottom of each of the fabrics. To do this simply fold the fabric under about 1/2 inch once and press flat, then fold it another 1/2 inch and stitch in place:
Once you have done that for all 3 pieces, line them up one on top of the other:
Fold the top of the skirt down about 1 inch, so that wrong sides are touching:
Do that again, just like a hem-so that it’s folded down twice. Sew along the bottom of that creating a casing for your elastic.
Grab your large safety pin and attach it to the end of your elastic. Slide the safety pin into your little casing that you just made and pull. Continue to pull and slide your elastic into the casing.
Ruffle the fabric of your skirt onto the elastic to the desired width of the skirt. (You can measure your child’s waist first to determine how wide you want it. My elastic is about 17-18 inches long for this 12 month size.)
When you have it just how you want it, sew the two ends of the elastic together and get it all nestled in your casing good. Then sew the two sides of the skirt together through all three layers of fabric:
Your top ruffle should look like this:
That’s it! You’re done. Was that easy? I hope that was easy!
Then you go try it on your baby boy and hope he’s not scarred for life, but you have to try it on someone!
This would look great with a pair of matching baby shoes.
And seriously, I am vowing to take a break for sewing baby girl things for a while.
This post was originally posted at The Ribbon Retreat.