Here is an easy baby skirt pattern to fit any baby. One of the joys of having a new baby is sewing them clothing. Baby clothes don’t take up much fabric and are quick and easy to make. When I look back at the clothes I made for my daughter they look like tiny little doll clothing. I can’t believe how small she was!
Baby Skirt Pattern
The skirts in this baby skirt pattern have a simple elastic waist and double-fold hem. Make your skirts look even cuter by adding ric-rac or lace along the bottom. If you have an embroidery machine, you could even add a personalized monogram or picture.
Baby Skirt Pattern - Supplies
- Cotton fabric – I used cotton quilting fabric. Lightweight chambray or corduroy can also look nice for a Wintery look.
- Elastic - ½” (12mm) elastic for the waist.
- Optional – Lace or ric-rac to decorate. Make sure the lace trim you choose is not scratchy on the baby's delicate skin.
- Safety pin for threading the elastic through the casing.
- Basic sewing supplies - thread, scissors
Measuring for Size
Measure your baby around the waist and from waist to knee or your desired length. Nappies do tend to make skirts appear shorter so I always like to measure to the mid or lower knee.
- Waist circumference ___________
- Finished length of skirt (waist to knee)__________
Baby Skirt Pattern - Cutting
Cut 2 rectangles from your fabric.
- Width – total waist circumference
- Length – finished length + 2” (5cm)
Cutting the width as the total waist circumference means the finished skirt will have a bit less than a two times gathering effect.
Baby Skirt Pattern - The Video
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Baby Skirt Pattern - Step by Step Instructions
- On the WRONG side of the front and back, press the top and bottom long edges over by ¼” (6mm) then ¾” (2cm).
- Pin the front to the back with right sides together with the pressed edges unfolded.
- Stitch the sides with a ½" (12mm) seam.
- Finish the seams with a zig-zag, pinking shears or serger. (Read: seam finishes)
- Fold the pressed edges back over and pin.
- On the wrong side, stitch around the casing (top of the skirt) leaving a ½” (12mm) gap at one side.
- Stitch all the way around the hem (no gap).
- Cut the elastic the same size as the waist. Thread it through the gap with the safety pin. Overlap the ends of the elastic by ½ inch (12mm) and stitch. If possible try on the skirt and check the elastic is comfortable and not too loose. Some elastics stretch more than others resulting in a looser waist.
- Stitch the gap in the casing closed.
- Give your skirt a final press and decorate with lace or ric-rac. (Read: how to sew lace, how to sew ric-rac)
Now your skirt is all ready to give to baby! Wear it with a simple t-shirt or onesie decorated with some of your leftover scraps.
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Baby Skirt Pattern
- Sewing machine
- Sewing Basics Needle, thread, pins, iron, safety pin
- Cotton Fabric
- ½" (12mm) elastic Length is baby waist circumference
- Optional - Lace or ric-rac
- Measure your baby's waist and the length from waist to knee.
- Cut 2 rectangles of fabric: Width = total waist measurement, Length = waist to knee + 2"
- On the wrong side of the rectangles, press the top and bottom long edges over by ¼" then ¾". After pressing, gently open up the edges.
- With the rectangles right sides together, stitch the sides. (All the way to the top of the open pressed edges). Finish the seams.
- Fold the pressed top and bottom back over.
- Stitch around the top casing leaving a ½" gap on one side.
- Stitch the hem.
- Thread the elastic through the gap in the casing with a safety pin.
- Stitch the gap closed. Decorate with lace or ric-rac.