Wednesday, December 28, 2011

petticoat skirt tutorial

We have a great tutorial that our sweet friend, Shelley was kind enough to share with us today. I love this skirt! So adorable that I wish one for myself! Take it away, Shelley...

So it's time for family pictures again and I wanted something super cute for my daughter to wear. I've been looking for a while and still didn't find anything. I decided I needed to make the skirt I wanted for her and it only took less than an hour and a half. Here's how.

I used a twin size bedsheet in tan. Trim the seamed edges off. I used 3 strips lengthwise. Cut a little at the end and tear the rest of the way. So quick and easy. Each strip was about 4 inches wide.

I tore another strip about 3 inches wide for the flower. Fold the 3 inch strip in half and gather. I love my gathering foot for my sewing machine!

It's not one continuous strip but you could sew it that way if you wanted.

Make a simple A-line skirt to fit your little girl. Sew the sides of the front and back together.

Next I pinned the ruffles in place. One goes all the way around the back and makes kind of a V in front.  I added a small piece of ruffle under the V.  Stitch the ruffles down.

After you have added all the ruffle, I used a cereal bowl to loosely mark a large circle to use as a guide for the flower.

Here's the flower loosely placed to make sure I had enough ruffle for the space.

 After the flower is sewn down, cut a casing for the waistband.

Cut a piece of elastic to fit and pin the four corners.

Pin the elastic in place and serge or zig-zag.

Fold over the casing and stitch down.  And Done!

What a fabulous, inexpensive, skirt!


  1. wow !!! amazing . i really want to sew !!

  2. It's darling! No hems, right? Just the frayed edge of the torn strips? And did you add a second ruffle under the first all the way around? What a cute skirt!

  3. This is unbelievable! Really inspiring me to learn to sew. I can't believe the simplicity. Ingenious.

  4. Wow! I don't know if I'll get around to ever making one, but it's just gorgeous! thank you!!!

  5. how cute is that!makes me dare to want to make one for me lol

  6. Great job! I love that that beautiful skirt came from a bedsheet! Awesome! :

  7. WOW! How gorgeous is this, it looks amazing.
    Do you do them in a size 12?
    Love Sheila x

  8. Super cute! Can't wait to make one!

  9. Is this done with a knit sheet? It is darling!

  10. love this, I went and bought some super cute fabric today to make some for my girls

  11. LOVE LOVE LOVE...I love pinterest. I must do this!

  12. So cute, that I had to make one of my own. I used a pillowcase, because Im making it for a 2 year old. It turned out DARLING! Thank you for the tutorial!!!

  13. I love this skirt, the layers of ruffles and flower-beautiful! I want to try to make it for my daughter. Would it be possible to add to the post a front view of the skirt taken straight-on or could you email that to me? A straight on picture would help me visualize the proportions of the ruffles and flower to the entire skirt. A huge thanks!

  14. Is there a tutorial for adult sizes? I'm a 10 or 12 women's. Also, what is the best material for this, a cotton or a blend sheet? Or a knit? Thanks!