Sew a Super-Simple Skirt with a little elastic and 5/8 yd. knit fabric! Your budding little sewists will bloom, as they create their first clothing project, with this FREE! I Sew For Fun Super-Simple Skirt Sewing Tutorial by Nancy Zieman.

Tune in and watch Nancy and her granddaughters, along with friends, take a modern approach to sewing. Nancy shares her team sewing-for-fun experience along with many tips for a big partner, and numerous insights for involving a little sewing partner—all while making simple, easy to sew kid-friendly projects. Watch I Sew For Fun on Sewing With Nancy!

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Skirt Sewing Tutorial

Supplies Needed:

Instructions:

Please read all instructions before beginning. Use the width of the presser foot as the depth of the seam allowance.

1. Take a few measurements to determine the size of the fabric rectangle to cut:

 

Have your little partner get out their tape measure, and show them how to take measurements.

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  • Measure waistline and add 10″ to that measurement.
  • Measure your littler partner to determine the finished skirt length and add 3″:

- Example: Waist measures 20″ + 10″ = 30″. Length measures 11″ + 3″ = 14″

(This measurement allows for a 1-1/2″ casing and a 1-1/2″ hem).

  • Draw a pattern rectangle on paper, using the final waist (width) and length measurements.

-For the example, draw the 14″ x 30″ rectangle on paper.

  • Cut the pattern rectangle from your knit fabric. (The length measurement (14″) should be parallel to the selvages of the fabric.)

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2. Stitch the back seam:

  • Fold fabric rectangle in half, right sides together, meeting short edges. Pin or use Wonder Clips to hold seam together.
  • Stitch about 1/2″ from the top edge; stop and backstitch, removing pins/Wonder Clips as you stitch.
  • Lift the presser foot and start stitching again about 1″ from last stitches.

The area that you left unstitched will be the opening for the elastic.

  • Continue stitching seam, backstitching at the bottom edge.

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  • Press seam open.
  • Turn skirt right side out.

3. Make casing:

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  • Stitch, guiding the edge of the presser foot along the cut edge of the casing, removing pins/Wonder Clips as you stitch.

     The bulk of the fabric will be to the inside of the sewing machine.

I Sew For Fun Super Simple Skirt Sewing Tutorial at The Nancy Zieman Producitons Blog

4. Prepare elastic and insert into casing:

  • Cut elastic about 2″ smaller than the finished waist measurement. Or, have your little partner try on the skirt, and snug up the elastic to fit comfortably; mark elastic. Trim elastic at the markings.
  • Center a 2″ square of firmly woven fabric under one cut edge of the elastic. Securely zigzag the elastic to the fabric.

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    Show your little partner a zigzag stitch, and let him/her try this new stitch on the small segment of elastic.

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     Help your little partner feed elastic into casing.

  • “Kiss” the other end of the elastic against the first end. Zigzag through the elastic and fabric several times. Trim away excess fabric as shown.

I Sew For Fun Super Simple Skirt Sewing Tutorial at The Nancy Zieman Producitons Blog

  • Distribute fullness evenly around the casing.
  • Optional: Hand stitch opening in casing closed.

5. Hem the skirt:

I Sew For Fun Super Simple Skirt Sewing Tutorial at The Nancy Zieman Producitons Blog

I Sew For Fun Super Simple Skirt Sewing Tutorial at The Nancy Zieman Producitons Blog

Tune in and watch Nancy and her granddaughters, along with friends, take a modern approach to sewing. Nancy shares her team sewing-for-fun experience along with many tips for a big partner, and numerous insights for involving a little sewing partner—all while making simple, easy to sew kid-friendly projects. Watch I Sew For Fun on Sewing With Nancy!

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The randomly selected winner of a set of eight Landscape Quilt Note Cards by Nancy Zieman, from the April 27 blog post is, Dee.

Her comment is: My favorite is Out on a Limb because it best describes the life and work of Nancy Zieman. She was always “out on a limb”…cheerfully leading and in the forefront of new trends in sewing, inspiring us to follow her as she tried those new ideas. And, obviously, she was a talented artist in many mediums. I miss her gentle “Bye for now.”

Be sure to check out the 2019 Modern Mini Quilt Challenge!

 

Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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