Simple Skirt in 15 minutes


Does the thought of making a skirt scare you?  Well, let me fix that! Today, I am going to show you how to make a simple skirt in 15 minutes flat. What, you don’t believe me? Let me show you how. Oh and ps- NO paper pattern is required! Like I said, this is one super simple skirt that stitches together in a flash!

 Super Simple Skirt


Simple Skirt | The Sewing Loft

This project is for all levels.

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  • sewing machine
  • pins
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • iron and ironing board

Basic Instructions:

1. Measure around your body at the widest part of your hips; add 1″ for ease and seam allowance.  Determine the finished length from natural waist; add 1 1/2″ for hem and seam allowance. This is your pattern. Cut fabric. 

2. Fold fabric matching right sides and straight stitch from waist to hem, this will form a tube. Press seam open. Simple Skirt Instructions | The Sewing Loft 3. To create hem, fold and press 1/2″ up and repeat for a clean finish. Straight stitch hem line and set skirt aside.

4. Wrap elastic around your natural waist; add 1″ for overlap and cut. Join elastic together by overlapping and stitching with straight stitch. *tip- use matching thread. Simple Skirt Instructions | The Sewing Loft 5. Divide your elastic and skirt waist into 4 equal parts; mark with pins. Overlap the elastic on top of skirt fabric by 1/2″ and straight stitch in place.  You will notice that the skirt is larger than the elastic.  While stitching, you will need to slightly stretch the elastic to meet the skirt marking.  Repeat all around skirt.  *tip- I suggest stitching directly on top of the elastic, this is side that will be visible.  Be sure to match thread  to elastic. Simple Skirt | The Sewing Loft

Now how is that for fast! This is one super simple skirt and you will be wearing it in 15 minutes.


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Looking for more easy skirts to fill your closet? Check out knock it off or this quick summer skirt for the little princess in your life.      



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  1. I love it Heather!!!! Pinned it!

  2. Michele N says:

    Is the fabric a cotton or a knit? It is a very cute skirt and I could see many in my daughter’s future, I’m not a big skirt wearer.

    • It is a woven cotton blend with a slight stretch. I picked it up at my local JoAnn’s. These prints are super cute and make a great impact with your basic tee.

  3. I love the wardrobe basics, skirts can be so easy and the fabric you have picked really makes it look special. Great job.

  4. Awesome tutorial Heather! I’ll have to try this. :)

  5. I will definitely have to try this! I am in love with skirts this summer. Who knew they could be so comfortable! And my hubby isn’t complaining either! Thank you!

  6. Thank you for this! I am loving skirts this summer and this looks like so much fun to whip up. I will definitely be trying this!

  7. This looks so cute!! I’ll have to make a few.

  8. Lis Martion says:

    Sew quick and easy, thank you for this.. :)

  9. Hi, I came over from Dreaming In Color. Love the skirt, I think my Grand daughter could do this.
    Thanks, Faye

  10. Cute, cute, cute!

  11. Anna (sixtyfourcolorbox) says:

    I just bought that same fabric!

  12. What a great and easy way to make a skirt. Love the colored elastic. I will have to look for that next time I go to the fabric store.

  13. This is really gorgeous! thank you for sharing!

  14. Another great tutorial Heather! I’ve made skirts like this for my girls – super easy and so comfortable too!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  15. Hi Heather,
    This is super cute, but I’m a bit confused on what two pieces am I cutting from the fabric? Am I supposed to cut two pieces that are as wide as my hips and as long as I want? I’m a sewer, but I feel stupid when it comes to clothing. :-)

    • Let’s clear that up right away Sarah! You only need to cut one piece of fabric that is the total circumference of your hips plus seam allowance. If you are lining the skirt, you will need to cut an additional layer.

      I hope that clears things up and that you share a photo of your super cute skirt in our flickr group!

  16. This is a very lovely skirt. How would I could do it… But, MY 15 minutes are nos YOUR 15 minutes…This skirt could take me one month!!! JAJAJA!!!!

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  18. Ebony Arts says:

    Is the skirt inside out the whole time. Is the elastic sewed to the inside of the skirt or the outside?

  19. Hi! Super cute! One question when you wear the skirt – is it intended for the elastic to fold in and down against your skin so you don’t see the elastic? Or do you keep the elastic up and you can see it? Hard to tell how you are wearing it from the pics. Thanks!

    • Hello Lorna,
      The elastic is visible on the body. That is why I selected the fun color to match my fabric. However, if you do not like this look you can fold over the top edge to create a tunnel and slip your elastic through. Hope that helps.

  20. Very nice and simple tutorial. One of the best I’ve seen.

  21. Great tutorial! I tweaked it a little to make it a maternity skirt and added some horizontal pleats along the bottom. Love it!

  22. This is like the first skirt I ever made when I was ten years old , nearly 55 years ago, but mine had an elastic waistband in a casing. I recently saw the exact kind of green fabric (except mine was not permanent press!) and have decided I have to make another one of those skirts in that green! I may try some other colors too and plan to use the kind of waist you have here with the colored elastic. Thanks for the memories!

  23. this skirt is just beautiful! Amazing creativity and craft! Home For handmade

  24. Thanks for the tutorial! I didn’t have quite enough to make a one seam skirt in the fabric I wanted to use, and I am plus size,so I just cut half the width I needed plus two seam allowances via the entire width of the fabric and then sliced it down the middle. Two side seams and the rest was how you did it! This is the first piece of clothing I’ve made in years and the first thing I’ve made for myself in a long time! :D

  25. I made the skirt and I LOVE it ! I made it out of stretch denim. I applique a flower, on the front right leg of the skirt and left a little split in the back, with a matching small bow at the top of the split. A course I made a simple top, that made it a whole matching suit. Thank you sew much Heather ! for showing me how to make this skirt.

  26. I tried this today – perfect! Thanks!

  27. I had some really cute fabric that I wanted to make a skirt with so I started my search for skirt patterns. This is the first one I opened, and the fabric I have is the exact fabric in the pics! :-) I think this skirt was meant to be for me!

    • Fantastic Rebecca! We just made another skirt today for my daughter. She wanted something “new” for school. I reminded her that having a mom who sews is not such a bad gig!

  28. I was doing great until the elastic. The top is all puffy. Looks terrible. Any advice?

  29. Hi.

    will the skirt work if I use non-stretchy cotton fabric? (Or will it be impossible to get on and off!?)

    Thanks, Rosy.

    • Hello Rosy,
      Working with a cotton (non stretch fabric) will work just fine. You need to wrap the fabric around the widest part of your body and add ease to create. For me, that is my hips. This point of measure will allow you to slip the skirt on and off without any issue.
      Can’t wait to see what your skirt looks like!

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