Want a skirt that's quick and easy to make?
Well you came to the right place!
This simple poof skirt is all rectangles and straight lines!
But somehow it ends up as a classy "poof" with an elastic belt waist. It's easy, but looks so lovely!
So what have you got to lose? Give it a try!
- 1 to 3 yards of fabric
- 2'' Wide Knit Elastic (less wide for a child's skirt)
- Tape measure
Start with your fabric. Usually between 1 and 3 yards is good. 1 yard will give you a nice casual skirt, while using 2 or 3 yards will give you a really poofy skirt!
Take your fabric and fold it in half along it's length. It will look the way it is folded when it's on the bolt at the fabric store.
The distance from the folded edge across to where the sides meet will be the length of your skirt. Cut away any fabric along the open edge to make your skirt shorter.
Then, cut along the fold to create two identical long rectangles.
We will sew these two rectangles together to make an even longer rectangle.
Line the fabric pieces up side by side.
Then flip one piece over the other so that the fabric is laying with right sides together. (Right sides are the pretty sides of the fabric that you want to be seen on the outside of your skirt.)
Pin along the edge. This is where we will sew the two pieces together. Be sure to finish the raw edges so that they won't fray, by either using a Zig-Zag stitch or by sewing with your serger.
If you have a serger, use a 4 tread stitch.
If you only use your sewing machine, zig-zag the edges and then sew a line to attach the pieces.
Now you have one super long rectangle!
(This is a great time to iron the fabric if you haven't.)
If you are not using a serger, go ahead and use your sewing machine to zig-zag the top edge of the rectangle. (if you use a serger, you will serge the top edge later on.)
Next, we will gather the fabric along the top edge.
CLICK HERE to learn how to gather quickly.
Follow the link above for the next steps. You will gather along the long edge of the rectangle, and then spread out the gathers. It is important that you pull the threads out about 15-20 inches from the sewing machine before and after you gather, so that you can spread the gathers out over these strings later.
Once you have gathered the top edge using the How To, the fabric should be scrunched up very small.
You will need to spread the gathers out until the gathered edge is just big enough to fit around the widest part of your hips.
Use a measuring tape to measure around the biggest part of your lower half (probably your hips or butt!). Add 2 inches for wiggle room. You want the skirt to be easy to pull on and off.
Ex) Right now my fabric is gathered to about 15 inches.
I want to spread the gathers out to my measurement of 42 inches (40 + 2).
Spread out the gathers. Start at the middle, and shift the fabric down and spread it out evenly.
Once you've spread the gathers out to the correct length, it's time to sew the other sides together!
Line up the edges with right sides together.
Pin down the side. Again, serge or zig-zag to finish the edges, and sew.
Caution! Be careful not to cut the strings, especially with your serger's cutting knife. If you cut these threads your gathers will unravel!
Turn it right side out. It's starting to look like a skirt!
If you have a serger, go along the edge of the gathers to keep the ends from fraying. Be careful not to cut the threads holding your gathers, or they will unravel!
To finish it off, we need to attach a wide elastic waistband.
Follow these instructions: How To Attach A Wide Elastic Waistband
Just one more step! It's looking great!
Finish and hem the bottom edge of the skirt. You can turn the edge under twice and sew to hem it, or you can just serge the edge with a serger in matching thread.
Enjoy your new skirt!
Take it out for a spin ;)