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Sewing Kids Skirt - Girls Skirt - DIY Tutorial for Beginners

  • Material for girls skirt
  • Sew children's skirt
    • The cuff
  • variations
  • Quick Guide - Children's skirt

There are so many different ways to sew a beautiful kids skirt that I can not decide each time, which I would like to implement as the next girls skirt. On my list are still many great projects. Some of them I will sew according to patterns, for others I would like to draw the respective cut myself.

Quick and easy upcycling to the self-sewn children's skirt - with free sewing pattern and instructions

Today I show you a cut for a girl's skirt, which I created myself and which you can easily "copy". This idea for a denim skirt in the "used look" is also ideal for residual use. I cut my old maternity jeans. The decoration for the children's skirt can be created with a bit of creativity from almost everything on fabric remnants. This time, however, I had a very clear picture for a girl's skirt in my head and got deliberately stretchy top in the color champagne and beige tulle worried, to give the project kids skirt a little more state and oomph.

Difficulty level 1/5
(this pattern guide is for beginners)

Material costs 1-2 / 5
(depending on choice of fabric and size about 0-20 euros)

Time required 1.5 / 5
(depending on experience and accuracy 30-90 min per children's skirt)

Material for girls skirt

For the pattern you need the hip measurement of the child and you can also measure downwards from the waist down to determine the skirt length. If necessary, draw up a small sketch on which you also draw planned deco elements. For the pattern, the dimensions are quartered, it is then simply cut twice in the material break.

These are my measurements:

  • Hip: 56 cm / 4 = 14 cm
  • Skirt length without waistband: 22 cm
  • Hem size: 19 cm

For the hem measure of the girls skirt, I can not give a mathematical clue. The children's skirt is A-line shaped. For me, the difference is 5 cm in the half pattern. You can continue to exhibit the skirt according to taste or less.

Here you can download the pattern for these measurements and customize it for your measurements: Sewing pattern for girls skirt

I have cut the girls skirt with about 0.7 cm seam allowance (by eye). If you want to hit the hem at the bottom and stitch it, you should add at least 3cm hem allowance! If you want to sew on a border, a cuff or lace, you can cut it easily with seam allowance.

For non-stretchable fabrics you should also add to the hip width of the pattern (ie ¼ of the hip width) 0.5 - 1 cm "game", so that the girls skirt can also be easily put on and taken off.

I also used some cuffed fabric, as I find this type of cuffing to be the easiest and most comfortable for smaller children. I have not paid attention to a matching color, because the skirt anyway a shirt is worn and you can not see the federal government. For example, if you want to dress the skirt with a bodysuit for your child, you can either wear cuffs in a matching color, or cut a skirt from the skirt and sew a wide piece of rubber.

Today I'm sewing a used-look kids skirt for my daughter, using a discarded maternity jeans, lace and tulle. Her hip circumference is 56 cm, the skirt length is 22 cm. At the hem edge of the girl skirt I would like to attach lace and tulle, therefore I only cut with seam allowance. The skirt requires two cut pieces: a front piece and a back piece. Both are identical and can be trimmed with the pattern in the bow.

Sew children's skirt

First, I put the two cut pieces for the kids skirt right to right (ie with the beautiful sides together) and sew one of the two side seams. Especially nice (but not necessary), I find it, umzubtep the seam allowances and abzuzustep from the outside again.

The kids skirt should look so "trashy", so I cut out of the lace fabric free hand in double layer of fabric from a bow, which I put in the middle of the side seam. At the top I stick the lace fabrics on the skirt, at the bottom he remains open. In my case, the bottom of the original material edge is already sapped, I'll leave it that way. If the fabrics slip a bit this is not only no problem, but even helps the "Shabby look".

I stitch the fabrics together at the waistband within the seam allowance so they do not slip anymore and close the other side seam. This is how the children's skirt looks after the turn.

At the hem I also want to attach tips. So that they have more state, I place the lace fabric with two layers of tulle.

Tip: Cut the fabric strips for the children's skirt in the "used-look" free hand to underline the "used-look" even further.

The lace fabric I do not fold exactly in the middle along you put it edge to edge on the two tulle layers.

I stitch both layers within the seam allowance with the longest possible straight stitch and DO NOT sew the end.

Tip: For the "Shabby look" I would like to curl the top seam only minimally. So it should not be frilly border, but it should not look too neat. If you want a ruffled trim, the stripes should be at least half the length of the hem and they will just curl until you reach the desired length. The rippled strip should go around just once - also remember the seam allowance to make the strips a circle!

To curl, gently pull on the bobbin thread on the side of the strip you have not sewn on and push the fabric together. Work here with feeling, otherwise the thread breaks and you have to start over. Then put the strip together right to right and sew across the open ends to make it a circle. Sewn right from the outside to the right, then hit the hem down and stitch the seam allowance from the outside.

The cuff

Measure the waistband again and multiply by 0.7 for the cuff length. Add another 1.5 cm for the seam allowances. The height of the cuff is a matter of taste. In my case, I took 10 cm including seam allowances. Close the cuff strip to the circle. Fold the cuff centrally along the middle. Mark both the skirt and cuff strips. Here are the side seams as two marker points. Mark two more, which are exactly in between. Use the marker points to put the cuff on the skirt, sew it on and fold it up. I then like to step on the seam allowance from the outside. For a detailed tutorial on stitching cuffs, see the tutorial: Sew on cuffs

My skirt is ready. But I was inspired by a rose made of denim and lace fabric and therefore I would like to sew such as a decorative element on my children's skirt. Here I tried a lot of different possibilities, because I could not find any nice instructions online. The most beautiful was the rose then:

I've cut circles in three different sizes, one denim at a time, one lace and two tulle at a time. The circles I then geachtelt individually (ie only folded: first in the middle of the semicircle, then again in the middle of the quarter circle and finally a third time). Then I started to cut at the sides (I kept at Spitz), and I have begun laterally about 1 cm above the tip to cut as irregular a bow as possible, on the other side again about 1 cm above the tip I arrived.
Then I started layering with the biggest denim part. On it, as far as possible, put the two largest layers of tulle, then a layer of tops, then the average size of circles and at the end the smallest. The whole thing was quite nice, but unfortunately much too flat and therefore not particularly impressive. So I pressed all the layers in the middle down and sewn together loosely in about 1 cm height. Then the flower just had to be sewn to the skirt - and you're done!

Have fun sewing!


Instead of the cuff, a rubber waistband can be attached. To do this, cut a strip with a height of 8 cm and a length of waist size x 0.8 + 1.5 cm seam allowance from the desired fabric (for example from denim). Fold the fabric along the middle left to left and iron a center fold into it. Fold it up, put the open ends right to the right and sew it to the ring. Sew a rubber band about 3 cm wide with the calculated length (waist size x 0.7 + 1.5 cm) also to the ring. Stitch the overlapping area several times with a large zig-zag stitch. Now put the rubber band in the other ring and stick it - like sewing cuffs. Sew it on now. Make sure to stretch the fabrics and the rubber band until no wrinkles occur. This can be a bit difficult for beginners.

All fabrics that are sewn for reasons of decoration, can also be more or less crimped to taste, as for example in my case the top, which is sewn on the waistband. It can be worked into additional holes and drawstrings. "Shabby-chic" allows a lot of interpretation.

Finishing with glitter pens is another way to give a simple denim in the "used look" pep again.

As further projects I have among others a "Peppermint Swirl", different Volantröcke and maxi skirts on my list. Other shabby denim skirts still haunt my head. It remains exciting!

Quick Guide - Children's skirt

1. Create pattern with hips and skirt length
2. Cut the cut twice in the fracture (note the seam and hem allowances!)
3. Close one side seam
4. Sew on lace fabric
5. Close second side seam
6. Ruffle hemstitches with tulle and sew on
7. Sew on cuffs
8. Make and sew rose and other deco elements

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