DIY (65) – Elastic Waist Skirt

Hi Everyone,

Today you will learn how to make an elastic waist skirt. This skirt is easy to sew and comfortable to wear and can be made for any size or age!

An elastic waist skirt is a great beginner sewing project and a great projects for kids to sew. You can use so many different fabrics, and it’s so comfortable to wear. My daughter has already been traipsing around the house every day!

Let’s start!

DIY N. 65



1-3 yards (0,91-2,73 m) of light to medium weight fabric like quilting cotton, chambray, and polyester brands – 1 to 2 yards (0,91-2,73 m) of 1 inch (2,5 cm) non-roll elastic – sewing tools – sewing machine

FIRST OF ALL, CHOOSE A FABRIC: A lightweight to medium weight fabric should be used for this skirt.

If it’s too lightweight it could be transparent, so you want a fabric that is opaque. You can use quilting cotton, chambray, cotton lawn, rayon challis, tencel twill, and woven polyester blends.

GATHERING: The best gathering ratio for an elastic waist skirt is 1.5 or 2. If your fabric is on the lighter side you can do a ratio of 2:1. If your fabric is a medium weight fabric you can do a ratio of 1.5:1. Be careful to not have too much gathers and fabric in your skirt or it can become bulky.


Measure your waist.

Multiply by 1.5 or 2. Add 1.25 inch (2,5 cm) . This is the width of the fabric that you will need to cut. If it is wider than the width of your fabric, then you will need to cut two wide rectangles.

Measure the length.

Measure from your waist down to how long you want the skirt to be. Add 1 inch for the hem allowance. Add 1.5 inch (3 cm) for the casing at the top. The total will be the length you will cut.

Cut out the rectangle (or rectangles) using the measurements you found. Reuse the selvedge edges on the short ends if possible.

Match up the short ends of rectangle and pin.

Sew a straight stitch along the short end 5/8 inch (1,5 cm) from the edge. Backstitch when you start and end.

Finish the seam allowances separately.

Press the seam allowance open.

Press the hem up 0.5 inch (1cm)

Fold up the hem up another 0.5 inch (1 cm).

Fold the top down .25 inch (0,5 cm) and press. Fold it again 1.25 inch (3cm) and press.

Sew the hem in place 3/8 inch from the bottom.

Sew the casing in place 1.25 inch (2,5 cm) from the top. Backstitch when you start and stop. Leave a 4 inch (10 cm) hole to insert the elastic.

Put a safety pin on one end of the elastic and insert it into the casing. Push the fabric onto the satefy pin and push it along the elastic. Don’t let the other end of the elastic get pulled into the casing.

Slide the elastic all the way through the casing until both ends are sticking out of the hole.

Overlap the elastic by .5 inch (1 cm) and sew a rectangle to secure it together.

Pull the elastic into the casing. Pin the hole closed and sew in place.

Sew a stitch in the ditch on the casing seam to keep the elastic from twisting.

Your skirt is ready!

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