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Elastic Band Skirt {aka: the fastest skirt you’ll ever make}

As much as I try to convince Elli to wear the shorts/capri’s/pants that are in her drawer……….she only gives in about 15% of the time.  And I better have a really good reason to give her…….because “it’s cold out” isn’t good enough. :)  I’ve decided to give up on it.  And just let her wear a skirt/dress every single stinkin’ day if she wants to.  (Who am I kidding?  I used to come home from elementary school as a girl and put on the same twirly skirt from the costumes box and twirl in it all afternoon.  So what’s the big deal, right?)


So, I whipped up a few new skirts this week, to satisfy her skirt hunger……and to shorten my time spent in the laundry room.  Because this girl wants to wear a skirt every day to kindergarten.

(By the way, after this post, many have asked how Elli is doing in school.  She LOVES it!  She is happy to go every morning and once she gets home, she proudly tells me all the new names she has learned that day.  Sweet little nugget!  I’m just so glad she’s enjoying it!)


Before making her a few skirts, I told myself I needed something fast and simple.  And well, this is exactly that!  A simple tube of fabric attached right to some elastic.  Done.  No casing, no hemming, no gathering.



And yeah, having funky elastic sure makes this simple skirt style, twice as cute.  In case you’re wondering, wide elastic in all these pretty colors is actually really hard to find.  (Yes, I looked.)  But I found it all here.  Bless them for having so many great colors (that’s also super soft too)! :)




Now Elli has 3 new skirts that fit comfortable and are cute and colorful.  And all were sewn together in a little over an hour.




And yeah, labels always spruce up those homemade projects.  So I sewed them right onto the elastic waistbands.





Even though I used a serger to finish off my edges, you can use a tight zig-zag stitch as well. (I’ll show you how, down below.)  But keep in mind, that you can also make these skirts out of knit fabric and then you won’t have to serge OR zig-zag the top and bottom edges.  Yay.




Go on Elli, wear a skirt any ol’ day you want to!  I’ll stop bugging you to wear those shorts that are gathering dust in your bottom drawer.

**Headband tutorial can be found here.



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First of all, I found my elastic here.  And it arrived quickly.  It’s 1.5 inches wide and is really soft.  So, in case your child doesn’t like to tuck their shirts in, the elastic won’t scratch or irritate.  It’s great stuff!


Also, like I mentioned above, you can either use woven cotton (just like your regular ‘ol quilting cotton) or you can use knit fabric.  Woven cotton will fray and you’ll have to finish off the edges like I did, or you can use knit and make this an even FASTER skirt and skip finishing the edges.  (And you know my favorite thing to do is use old Tshirts…..and you can always make the bottom hem of the shirt, the bottom hem of your skirt.  Quick and easy.)


First, measure your child’s waist and cut a piece of elastic that long. Then overlap the ends by an inch and zig-zag the ends in place.  (Elli is almost 6 and her waist is 21… know, in case you’re making this for a friend or something.)


Then, cut a piece of fabric that is twice and long as your child’s waist and is the exact length that you want it to be on your child.  (For my Elli, I cut a piece of fabric that was 42 x 12 inches.)  Then sew the two shorter ends together (with right sides together), using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Then serge or zig-zag that edge.  Then, if you’re using a woven fabric, serge or zig-zag the top and bottom edge of the tube, all the way around.


If you’re using a zig-zag stitch (instead of a serger), decreasing the stitch length will make your zig-zags closer together and will help keep the fabric from fraying a little better.  And you may notice that when sewing on a flimsy edge, sewing a zig-zag will actually roll the edge of your fabric a bit.  And even if you make the zig-zag nice and wide (by increasing the stitch width), it will probably still roll. But don’t worry…..that is just fine!  It will still make your edges nice and finished.


***NOTE:  If you’d prefer, you can skip the serge/zig-zag edges by adding a little extra length to your fabric dimensions while cutting, and then hem the skirt bottom and top by folding the edge under a 1/4 inch, another 1/4 inch, and then sew it in place.  It’s up to you!



Next, place pins on the bottom of your elastic band at the sides and the exact middle in the front and back.  Then do the same for the top edge of the skirt.  Now the elastic and skirt are divided into quarters.


Then, pin the elastic to the skirt, right where those pins are, overlapping the skirt by about a 1/2 inch.


If splitting the skirt up into quarters is too far away for you to pull and sew (as shown in the next step), split the sections up in half again so that now it’s split up into eighths.


Now, starting at the back, place your needle down into the fabric, a 1/4 inch from the top of the fabric.  Your fabric will be a little bunchy (shown on left).  So, pull your elastic until it’s the same length as that section of fabric and sew the fabric down to the stretched elastic, using your zig-zag stitch. (the zig-zag will allow for stretch.)   Sew all the way around the skirt, sewing one section at a time.  ****HINT: I couldn’t show you this, because I was taking the picture, but it’s easier if you use two hands.  One hand on the back end of the elastic and one hand at the front, pulling in opposite directions.  And while sewing, be sure that the fabric continues to only overlap by a 1/2 inch (and that you’re sewing a 1/4 inch from the top edge of the fabric), all the way around.  You want it to be attached evenly.

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Once you’re done, and you release the elastic, it will look like this.



So quick.


And very simple (once you get the hang of pulling the elastic as you sew).



Now go on and make 17 more.  I’m sure there are several girls in your neighborhood who need a few new skirts!



Now that you’re a skirt making pro, you’ll want to check out these other fun (and easy) skirt tutorials:


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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Kim says:

    Thank you! I am attempting to sew maTching Halloween skirts for my daughters without a pattern, and didn’t understand how to “bunch” the fabric to the waistband! I made a detaches waistband. I can’t wait to make Christmas skirts!

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  3. Marsha says:

    Do you think this pattern would work with polar fleece? Would the gathers work the same? I’m trying to make team spirit clothes for my little ones, and everything is fleece! What would you recommend? Especially for the waistband part?
    Thank you so much! I love your website, I use it all the time.

  4. Clothilda says:

    Made my first skirt, once I get the hang of adding the elastic it will be easy. My hands are almost not strong enough to pull and hold the elastic. I purchased the elastic from the site you mentioned. Beautiful beautiful colors.If you look at the inside stitching goes everywhere but even around the skirt. I’m a quilter and I had boys, no girls so have never made a skirt. Off to make another one. Practice makes perfect or least better.

  5. Angela says:

    I am an experienced sewer, but I had all kinds of problems trying to stretch the elastic long enough to meet the fabric. I bought Dritz 1.5″ wide soft waistband elastic. I was using knot fabric, like tee shirt material. Scraped the whole thing. Lol.. gotta little frustrated. Sewing machine presser foot also didn’t keep fabric in place while stretching.

  6. Paige says:

    Is there a way to sew elastic waistbands without a sewing machine?
    I never use them since one of my hands is mostly paralyzed and I can’t keep seams straight on the machine.

  7. Rose says:

    Can i make slacks using the same method used for skirts

  8. Emily says:

    Cute!!! I’m still pretty new to sewing, and haven’t tried any clothing yet using a machine (I’ve done a couple pieces by hand, but that’s it), but this looks like a good first clothing project. I think I’ll try making these for my little goddaughters. I might even try scaling it up a bit (and changing the color schemes a bit… actually, who am I kidding, I may buy grown-up color combinations, but in the end, I’ll probably go for the bright colors) and making one for myself!

    BTW, if Elli is still into only skirts and dresses (I realize this post is over 2 years old, and kids change fast)… I haven’t worn pants/shorts/capris in over 4 years. I started wearing only skirts and dresses as part of a sort of a religious phase I guess, but I’ve given up most of the other ‘rules’ I was following associated with that (obviously not the ones related to just being a decent human being, like not killing people, etc., but the ones that were specifically religious), but I found that I really just prefer skirts and dresses. I will say, though, I usually wear shorts under them, especially if I’m wearing a shorter skirt (anything above the knee, really), so that if I want to hang upside-down by my knees, I can!

  9. alison says:

    I’m wondering if this could be made into a little girl’s maxi skirt just by adding length? I’m a novice sewer and my niece desperately wants a maxi skirt. I thought this would be simple enough to make, but not sure if it would look good as a maxi? Thoughts?

    1. Emily says:

      I don’t see any reason why not. It would certainly look good — I have several maxi skirts that are a very similar style (just with the elastic sewn into the seam, since I’m an adult), and they generally look pretty good. My only concern is that that the bottom circumference would be too small to allow full freedom of movement. However, I see three solutions to this:

      1) Add a second tier (and possibly even a third), but dividing the total length you want in half (or thirds) plus seam allowance, and make the second tier wider than the first, probably 1.5 to 2x (so for a 21 inch waist, your top piece would still be 42 inches, but your next one would be 53 – 84 inches… I think closer to the 53″ end of that, but maybe a bit extra, say around 60-65″; and if you chose to add a 3rd tier, which would be more necessary for an older/taller child than a younger/smaller one, that might be around 90″ if your second tier was around 60″… possibly as much as 118″ if your second tier was 84″, but I think that would likely result in too much fabric for a little girl)

      2) Simply increase the width of the fabric piece as well as the length, so rather than 42″ x 12″ you might do something like 60″ x 36″. This will create a bulkier waist, and might be too much fabric at the top, but will increase the circumference at the bottom to allow her more range of movement.

      3) Add a slit. All you’d need to do is make a cut on one side, as high up as needed (probably somewhere from a bit below the knee to a bit above), and hem or surge the edges so they don’t fray. If necessary, you can do two slits, one on each side (with one slit, it can be worn with the slit either on the side, or in the back; with two, they should both be on the sides) to give even more freedom of movement.

      You could also use stretchy fabric to ensure she has enough range of movement, without altering the pattern other than adding length. However, stretchy fabric tends to be more difficult to work with. Also, it’s easier to trip over a stretchy skirt than a flowy one, so I’d recommend that approach more for an adult than a child.

      That said, I too am a novice sewer… but an experienced skirt-wearer. However, for the few projects I have done, I’ve modified the patterns more often than not, and it tends to work out pretty well, so I do think there’s a good chance my modifications would work. But full discloser, the only garments I’ve ever sewn (aside from minor repairs) are a half-apron and bonnet for a halloween costume, and a baby dress that was never worn, all of which were sewn by hand — the only real project I’ve done with a sewing machine is a tote bag.

  10. Tina G. says:

    Very cute and clever! I’m a beginner and have been looking for a way to make a long skirt for a Renaissance Faire costume and this will be perfect! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  11. Lara says:

    thank you, I need to make some more skirts for my daughter as uniform bottoms, this will be perfect.

  12. Joycelyn says:

    Thanks for finally talking about >Elastic Band Skirt aka:
    the fastest skirt you

  13. TIFFANIE says:

    just wondering if i didn’t use knit but used cotton instead…i know i’ll have to hem extra and all those things…but how much wider should I make it to go over the waist…the fabric doesn’t stretch like knits…hope that makes sense.

  14. Cath says:

    Thank you, Thank you!! I have to whip up an outfit for a Stagette this weekend in ‘animal print’. Not something I’m willing to pay more than $4 at the bargain aisle of the fabric store on since I’ll be wearing it for the 2 hours to get through dinner. Women over 40 shouldn’t do them, EVER!! However, because I love loose skirts and can get away pairing a t-shirt with a belt and skirt for summer days at the office I think I might just be using this to stretch my summer wardrobe. Up in Canada we’re lucky to get 3 months of summer, so I hate to spend too much and refuse to be uncomfortable.

  15. sharon says:

    I thought I’d try making one for myself also. Anything need to be done differently
    For an adult. I’m not t hh e worst seamstress, I can follow a store bought pattern
    …….most of tHE time.
    I live in arizona and just want some to slip on. Anytips would be very helpful
    Thank you.
    First time visitor love your site and seemingly easy instructions!!!

  16. Lydia says:

    Thanks for this tutorial! I’m an aspiring fashion designer and this is a great project to begin with.

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  18. Kimberly Thompson says:

    I love this idea, it’s super cute, and super easy. I just have one question: How would I have to adapt these instructions to make it by hand? (It’s a surprise, and there is no way to be covert while using our noisy sewing machine!)

  19. JoJo says:

    I am in my 20’s and have severe psoriasis on my legs and don’t like to wear shorts or capris in the summer. They rub on my “spots” and the shorts don’t hide them. Skirts are much more comfortable and I can wear them in multiple lengths to hide my psoriasis. Using your instructions I can make several quick skirts in various lengths. I am a beginner sewer so this should work well for me. Thank you!

  20. Domi says:

    Hi! I just wanted to say thanks for explaining the pull and sew thing. I’ve wanted to add elastic waistbands to things for ages but could never figure out how to get it even. So, thanks!!

  21. paula deville says:

    Ashley, love your creativity. Precious little skirt!

  22. Claire says:

    I used this tutorial, but made the skirt fuller and used a “lettuce hem” on the bottom. So cute!

  23. destiney says:

    omg yay i have a TUN of foe elastic left over from my cloth diaper days and never got rid of it because it was so expensive now i have a use! plus my daughter went threw that only wear dress phaze (or maybe still is) we just put short and jeans in the winter under it lol

  24. Rachel says:

    I have a question about sewing this out of a knit. If you are using a knit, how do you attach the elastic to the skirt without stretching the skirt too much?

  25. Jennifer says:

    I divided the fabric and elastic evenly like you said, but maybe I had to much fabric because it wouldn’t stretch to fit. I ended up making a casing and putting the elastic through, which was much easier! :)

  26. mmeeeele says:

    I WILL be doing this project to make skirts for me to wear. what about if we want em’ longer? just increase length?

  27. Heather says:

    Just used this technique to modify an old long wrap around skirt (that didn’t quite wrap far enough around to wear modestly – there was leg split many red-carpet models would be happy with haha). I can wear the skirt again now, as a normal maxi with this elastic banded top – thanks!

  28. Kaia says:

    I am a beginner sewer, and this was super easy! I made it for my 10 year old sister (I’m 14), and it looks sooo cute!
    I used the elastic from the site, and it was here really quickly.
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Ashley says:

      Good job Kaia! I’m glad it worked out for you…..and your sister! :) (How sweet are you, by the way!)


    2. Kaia says:

      Thanks! I posted the pictures I took here:
      That’s my photography blog :)

  29. GoGayleGo says:

    Hi there,

    Am almost through making my first two skirts…I have the “tube” of fabric sewn and the edges finished, but am having a lot of trouble joining the elastic to itself. Since the distance to be sewn is short (my elastic is only 1″ wide), I’m having trouble feeding it through, it gets stuck and I keep getting a rat’s nets/hairball of thread instead of a nice zigzag. Any tips?


  30. Mimi says:

    I just found another good source for nifty elastic:

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  32. Ally says:

    I have 4 little girls all under the age of 5 this will very much come in handy!!

  33. faith graham says:

    So glad i found your blog. My daughter is 10 but is already wearing junior sizes but they dont always fit right. I just bought a sewing machine to try to make clothes for her and me. She loves skirts and yours are awesome for her!

  34. Jessica says:

    Thank you so much for posting where to find these elastic bands. I have been making my daughter’s diapers for a year now and havent been able to find cute, soft elatic. THANK YOU!!!!!!!! You will nevre know how much this helps me out.


  35. Rheda Lewis says:

    i have trouble keeping the fabric straight as i sew……… whompycatus……what’s your trick to keeping it straight. your tutorials are excellent…………… Rhe

  36. Alanah says:

    Hello Ashley! I was just wondering how you complete step 7 without a sowing machine? Any tips :) ?

    1. Alanah says:

      *Step 7/Final step – joining the fabric with the elastic ! If that makes more sense!

  37. lalala says:

    where can i find fabrics like those??

  38. Ella says:

    Love this tutorial! I’m making it right now! Just thought I might let you know this: I found something called “Liquid Stitch” at my local craft store. It can be used for stitchless sewing! It’s not quite strong enough for putting elastic on a skirt (learned that the hard way:-), but it is perfect for hemming up the bottom! By the way, my daughter also insists on wearing a skirt everyday, so thanks for your help!

  39. Lauren says:

    Thanks so much for the clear and easy to follow tutorial! I am a total amateur and let’s just say it took me a whhiillle…but it turned out great!!! Now I know what to do I will definitely be making a bunch more for my litter one…and all her friends! Thank you! Sale fabric + elastic = brillant gifts for less than $1!

    1. Melissa says:

      Lauren, did your fabric go onto the elastic evenly? Ive made about 6 so far and everytime, where I sew the fabric onto the elastic, it is all over the place! I really want mine to be nice and evenly stitched like the bloggers.

    2. Loz585 says:

      Hi Melissa,

      Im not too sure what you mean, but ensuring that you fully stretch out the elastic as you sew the fabric helps. Pull back from behind the machine away from the presser foot with one hand, and towards yourself pulling both elastic and fabric together tight, as it feeds through. If you mean is it sewn on wonky, not leaving a perfect inch of elastic showing at the top for example, you may just need to go a little slower, ensuring you measure on the machine plate? Hope that makes sense!


    3. Melissa says:

      That’s it exactly, it goes on wonky. I will try to go slower. I tried using “softer” elastic and it helped a little from the stiffer elastic I was using before. I need three hands :) I actually did have my husband hold the machine down so I could concentrate on pulling the elastic and fabric from the front and back without the machine slipping (its not in its desk right now but on the dining room table). I guess I just need to practice!

    4. Loz585 says:

      I hope it works out for you next time Melissa, it is a cute easy wear skirt regardless of wonky seams!! :-)

  40. Helen says:

    A good tutorial and a charming girl

  41. ricka says:

    Looking for clothing labels…..please help…thanks

  42. ricka says:

    I’ve been searching clothing labels can u please give me that information.Thanks in advance

  43. Anonymous says:

    What should the fabric tension be on the sewing machine?

  44. Sue says:

    Those skirts are magnificient. I would love to know where to buy the coloured elastic as I cannot get it in Australia.
    How lovely to be able to make heaps of those skirts for the disadvanaged children all year round not just Christmas and Easter.

  45. Jessica says:

    I made 2 of these tonight. One for my 4 year old (spider man fabric) and one for my 1 year old(orange flowers). They turned out perfect. I can’t wait until they can wear them to school tomorrow. I feel crafty but not exhausted and frustrated. Great tutorial, thanks!

    1. deborah says:

      Thanks so much for this tute and source for elastic. Ordering elastic today and hope to sew up some skirts for my daughter next week!

  46. Katie says:

    I just wanted to let you know that I used this tutorial to whip up a skirt for my daughter on Christmas Sunday. Thanks! It turned out wonderfully and she loves it! I’ll be making more!

  47. Lyntha Tye says:


    Even though this tutorial is for a child size skirt, do I follow the steps as is for an adult size skirt or is there something else that I should be aware of?


  48. cliquez ici says:

    C’est si bon de trouver quelqu’un avec quelques idées rafraichissantes sur ce thème. Bravo !

  49. Maggie says:

    This was one of the best tutorials I have found. Brava!!!

  50. Michelle says:

    Can you share on how to make your labels or the site you can purchase them from?

  51. Karen Hinson says:

    I bought some double knit argyle and am finally going to make skirts for 2 of my granddaughters. Thanks for your great tutorials!

  52. Rebekah says:

    I just made one and it turned out so cute! I found some pretty colored elastic at Joanns and it worked great!

  53. Alisha says:

    I tried to make this skirt. Every time I try to sew my fabric to the elastic my thread keeps getting wadded up on the bottom & my machine jerks to a halt. Any suggestions? I tried loosening my tension & it did not solve my problem.

  54. Jen says:

    Finding cute elastic is hard, thanks for the link! What size width did you use for the skirts?

  55. leah says:

    just made one for my 2 1/2 year old – she LOVES it! I made myself a straight skirt last week and she wanted one too. I used the same fabric for her elastic band skirt and she is just over the moon! I’m going to have to order some of the cutie elastic that you have, too. Thanks for another great tutorial!

  56. ali says:

    Have you ever tried dying elastic to match?

  57. Bethany says:

    Ok, so I never comment on blogs but I just had to on this one! I’m a beginner when it comes to sewing, but I do love it so much. I made matching skirts using this pattern for my daughters for the first day of school. They absolutely love them, only wish I could add a picture to show you how cute they turned out! Thanks for the tutorial!

  58. Lindy says:

    Wow, I love it so simple! I wish my little girl would ware these but she won’t. She has to have the skort kind or she throws a fit about it and don’t really like to ware skirts. But if she did I would so make her some of these.

  59. Emily says:

    These are so cute! I have 2 lil girls who’ll definitely be getting some of these soon! :)

  60. Heather says:

    These are really cute skirts, and I love Ruffle Fabric- they have such reasonable prices and shipping! I can’t wait to make several of these skirts for my little girl.

  61. Alesia McDaniels says:

    I got mine in the mail today! Pink, purple, blue, 3″ black, cheetah, and red & black polka dot! My girls (10 & 7) are excited!! Me too :) Thanks for the great source and tutorial.

  62. Tessa says:

    Does this same style work for a womens skirt as well? Or is it better as a little girls skirt? I want to make one for me

    1. Ashley says:

      Go for it! It will work just as well. :)


  63. Sandi says:

    I was in JoAnn Fabric today and saw that they have specialty elastic like those you have used on these skirts…they come in a two-pack. With a 40% off coupon, it is quite reasonable.

  64. Sunshine says:

    Wow that is so cool! I think I’ll try this when I get more fabric. It looks so very simple! Thank you for sharing!

  65. Diana says:

    These are adorable! I’ve done a similar technique with a circle skirt, but I like the idea of using just a tube of fabric, too. Thanks! Oh, and if you don’t have a serger, you can also use a rolled hem foot to easily hem the bottom and top. :)

  66. Susan says:

    love the labels you sewed on waistband! What is your source for those? I like your idea of sewing the skirt on the outside of elastic…pretty look!

  67. Michelle says:

    Hi Ashley, I’m totally new to sewing and I am in the UK and I’ve searched everywhere but I can’t find the coloured elastic bands you use. Could you tell me where you get yours from please? Thank you, Michelle

    1. Ashley says:

      In the post, I linked the site where I purchased mine from:

      You’ll have to check, but I’m not sure if they ship to the UK or not. Good luck!


  68. Britta Singer says:

    I have the same problem with my seven year old. She loves her skirts/dresses. She is going into the 2nd grade, I thought that she would take to pants/shorts more by now, esp. when she tried to jump rope at recess and the rope would get caught on that skirt. (That’s what happened with me. :)) But nope, she still loves them and she loves to jump rope. Go figure!
    These skirts will be great for her. Even in the winter time (in Vegas) these will be great with some leggings. Thanks!

  69. Alida says:

    How clever to stitch the fabric to the outside of the elastic!

  70. Carrie says:

    I am so glad my daughter isn’t the only one that doesn’t want to have anything to do with shorts or pants. It made me crazy at first, now I have just given up…This skirt tutorial is great!! Thanks so much! You are fantastic!

  71. christelle says:

    Hello, I am living in France, and I follow your blog every weeks (I am sorry for my bad English) your blog is super, and very well explicated. I have a little girl and I would like to do the same skirt but I can’t find elastic band in France, do you know how I can buy elastic band in your country and send me them in France ?Thank you very much

  72. Melissa Swenson says:

    I need to make these for my daughter!!! thank you for the awesome tutorial :)

  73. Penelope says:

    I have a daughter that was just like that. She’s the one that wore a tutu until forced to remove it to sleep. She still prefers skirts/dresses. She is going off to college in a couple of weeks, one where the dress code doesn’t allow for shorts or capris, so she wants more skirts…. and this sounds like a good way to adjust her wardrobe. Thanks.

  74. Carina Garcia says:

    Que lindas!!! Las voy a hacer para mis hijas!!!

  75. aussiebushgirl says:

    Hi Ashley. Where did you get your custom-made labels from? They look so good and really finish the products. Hx

  76. Emily says:

    She’s so cute! Love that elastic and the fabric sewn to the outside. :)

  77. Sarah says:

    Whipped up three of these baby’s tonight for my three year old who lives in skirts and dresses! After I got the hang of sewing with the elastic they came together in a snap. I’m already contemplating a few more, including a bigger one for myself! Thanks for the awesome tutorial! :-)

  78. Tracy says:

    I love these! I am ordering some elastic from there right away so I can make my girls some skirts! Thanks so much!

  79. Marcie says:

    Thank you soooo Much! My little girl (age 7) would also live in skirts but I hate that the stores are only selling them mega short. I love that these are made just above the knee. Thanks for the link to some super cute elastic. I’m going to go order!

  80. Kati says:

    Love this! Simple and cute! Might have to get some elastic!

  81. Elena G. says:

    Once again something awesome and (better yet) doable!! I have a six year old girly girly too, so you always have something new and fun to make for her. Thanks!

  82. Danylle @NanaMoon says:

    This is such a great idea! My little girl is such a tomboy but has to wear a skirt or dress every Wed to her school’s chapel. She’s a first grader this year. I think she will love picking out the elastic and fabric to suit her style. Thank you for posting!

  83. Robin says:

    My daughter is Ellie’s age and super tall so I love that you post the dimensions and all of these adorable projects. Thank you!
    My daughter loves to wear skirts also but she is incredibly energetic so is constantly hanging upside down, doing cart wheels, and doing monkey bars, climbing…. etc. Do you have a tutorial on how to make some little knit shorts (thin and short) or something to go under so she isn’t giving all of us a panty show? :) tks!

  84. Wilhelmiina says:

    Fast and simple!

  85. Sarah E. says:

    thanks! I think I’ll get some elastic and make 17 like you said. :) I have a daughter who also lives in skirts (or did, not as much now)…

    Now I need a leggings tutorial so I don’t have to worry about pe or the playground. Do you have one? I guess I’ll go see!

    1. Sarah E. says:

      found it! :)

  86. Andrea says:

    I could not LOVE this more! So adorable. I ordered some elastic and I’m going to drag my kids to the fabric store today. In fact, I’m even going to try making one for myself :)

  87. Jolynn says:

    My daughter is the exact same way. She even has the cutest girly, flowery capris and will not wear them! I’m just learning to sew, so this would probably be a good project for me! Thanks :)

  88. Kathy says:

    I can hardly wait to sew a few of these cute skirts for my sweet grand-daughter, Claire Elizabeth ~ thank you!

  89. Bridgette Boudreaux says:

    These are so cute!! Thanks for posting!

  90. Lindsay says:

    My daughter wore a dress every day to kindergarten except one (she had to wear pants for the field trip). Now starting second, she hardly wears them at all. Enjoy it!

    1. Kim says:

      My daughter also LOVED dresses through age 6, and ever since then (she’s 22 now!) has been willing to do so only for those occasions when dresses are the only appropriate clothing to wear. As Lindsay says, enjoy this stage; it may not last.

    2. Sara says:

      When I was little, I wore whatever the heck my mom put me in (looking back on those pictures, that probably wasnt too great of a logic!). But during one phase of my life, I only wore tshirts and jeans. Now I’m back to skirts and dresses. Point being, kids go through clothing phases.

  91. Brooke says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! I wanted to make skirts like this with my Achievement Day girls in September and I couldn’t find the perfect tutorial or site to buy elastic. This is perfect!

  92. Carolyn says:

    Did you sew it on with a straight stitch or zig-zag?

    1. Shae says:

      I am also wondering if you used a straight or zig-zag stitch to attach the fabric to the elastic.

    2. Ashley says:

      Yes, use a zig-zag……..I just added that in. Thank you!

    3. Grace says:

      What size zig-zag do you suggest when attaching the skirt to the waistband? The same size as the one used for the hem?

  93. Anonymous says:

    Fast and simple. Perfect! Can’t wait to make these for my Ellie :)

  94. Michelle L. says:

    Love it – this is such a clear tutorial, Ashley! thanks a bunch – I am just a beginner, but now I really want to tackle this. Beautiful color combinations on your skirts!

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