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Girl’s Knit Layered Skirt



Has the spring itch got you?

It’s March, can you believe it?

Time for more light springy lovliness…..

With randomly placed layers of knit.

A real edgy look to it.
(And I know the raw edges will probably curl a bit after washing…….but I like the thought of that.)

How to make your own??

**Originally I had the idea to make this by re-purposing a big cotton t-shirt… a men’s t-shirt. And then use the bottom of the shirt for the main skirt section and then cut strips of fabric from the rest of the shirt. I just didn’t have one laying around…….but had plenty of pink knit. But if you do have a big t-shirt, this would work great as a re-purposing project. And will require less sewing. And you could even use different colors for your strips. Just a thought………)

Start by cutting your main piece of fabric. Mine was 33 x 12 inches (to fit a 3T-4T).

Fold in half and sew along the 12 inch side.

Then you can leave the bottom hem raw or hem it under. (I hemmed it so that it wouldn’t roll so much and at least keep the main shape of the skirt the length that I wanted.)

Then fold the top towards the inside a 1/4 inch and then fold down another 1.5 inches. Sew along the bottom fold using a zig zag stitch…..making sure to leave an opening to insert your elastic.

Then cut strips of fabric that are 33 x 2.5 inches. (the same width as the main skirt piece). Fold in half and sew along the 2.5 inch side. I made 6 strips but you can make as many as you’d like.

Turn the strips right side out and pin them to your skirt.

I placed them more randomly, and pretty un-even on purpose. If you’d rather keep yours even and straight……go for it!

Pin each strip with several pins all the way around.

And then sew with a zig-zag stitch along the top of each strip.

Then insert your 1 inch wide elastic……and sew the ends together.

And let your little lady jump right in.

And if you have any more knit laying around, whip up a pair of leggings while the weather is still cooler. (Use the tutorial here…..but just make them slimmer.)

Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

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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. Karla says:

    Cute skirt! I’m totally making one for my daughter. Just wondering… do you sew each layer on before adding the next, or do you get all the layers situated and then sew each one on?

  2. meeko says:


  3. Malinda says:

    Could you do this by adding the strips to the material before sewing the short sides together or do you think it would cause problems?

  4. Christina says:

    Ok well I have been following your blog for a few weeks now and done a ton of your little girl projects….for me lol. I don't have a little girl just a sweet little boy. All in all I still love them on me. Thanks!

  5. guardianofmemories says:

    I was wondering what size of fabric I need to begin with if I'm making my skirt for a 7/8. Thanks! I LOOOVE your blog!

  6. marcia says:

    LUV it!!!
    Thank you for the wonderful tutorial.

  7. Andrea says:

    I love this! Thanks!
    Andrea @

  8. laura jones says:

    ooh! i'm totally going to make this for myself! maybe for amelia when she gets bigger.

  9. Whatever Dee-Dee wants says:

    Darling skirt!

  10. Sabine, La Marquise des anges says:

    this is so very cute !! thank you so much for sharing. I might make one for my little niece célia :)


  11. sneezerville says:

    i love that. i just bought a ton of knit material at the fabric store because they were having a half price sale. now i have yet another thing that i can make out of all that material.

  12. Nikki says:

    This skirt is so great. I can't wait to make one for my little girl!

  13. Sharde says:

    I dont have kids, but im definitely going to make an adult version for myself. at my school we have to wear all black and it gets so mundane, but this skirt could definitely liven up my wardrobe!

  14. says:

    Oh this skirt is so cute! I just found your blog! It looks great! I can't wait to see more ideas!

  15. michelle@somedaycrafts says:

    Love it! I featured this at

  16. Mindy says:

    I love your projects! This skirt is just to cute! To bad I have no kids yet. But when I do, I will be making some of these cute clothes. And can't wait for the booties!

  17. joolee says:

    cute, my daughter will LOVE this!

  18. shoogyboogy says:

    thank you ! have been looking for a way to make layered dress and this is perfect. can't wait to try it

  19. Sunshine of Seven says:

    Way cute skirt! I have some little girls that would love that! I'll have to try it.

  20. Naz says:

    This is SO cute!! Thanks for sharing!!! :-) I want one for myself! haha!

  21. Two Beautiful Girls Mommy says:

    Ohh I love this – you are so talented! I will have to give this one a shot. I am just starting to sew but I doubt my crooked seams would matter on this skirt!

  22. says:

    I love this! I want one for myself. I'll be linking.

  23. kirstin & jordan says:

    Oh how I love this!
    We have a Friday Fun Find party- we'd love it if you'd link up! :)

  24. Cami says:

    Your ideas are inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

  25. Lynette says:

    I love it! i like them uneven like that too…grea job!

  26. Anissa says:

    Another one to add to my list of TO DOs. It's simple but so cute. My daughter loves these kinds of clothes, so it's a must make! Thanks!

  27. Kelley says:

    I LOOOOOVE this!! Can't wait to make some for my little miss!

  28. Tracy says:

    LOVE IT!!!! I have to make this one, thank you!

  29. Landon and Kylie says:

    You are seriously a genius…it boggles my mind the things you come up with from scratch! I might have to make this in my size. :)

  30. Rob-O says:

    Hah! I have the same skirt but I purchased mine at the store in adult size. Good work ash!

  31. GSGC StrongFamily says:

    By the way, it is super super cute! I hope I can try it out on my daughters aged 4 and 6! Thanks so much for all of your cute cute ideas that you share! I am in awe!
    (and still can't wait for the baby boy bootie pattern, I'm due to have a boy anyday…)


  32. GSGC StrongFamily says:

    This is kind of a silly question, but what kind of knit do you buy for projects like this?

  33. by night says:

    This is soooo cute! Thank you for the tutorial!!! & too bad I don't have a daughter… but some of my friends do ;-)

  34. The Neglected Nest says:

    As always, cute cute cute. I think I must make this for my little girl!

  35. Jackie says:

    This is adorable. I have been following your blog for a while and I just want to say, I absolutely love the projects you post. I want to make every single one of them for my daugher….now I just need to find the extra time :)

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