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 skirts 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 Tutorial
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)__________
Cutting Your Baby Skirt Pattern
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 Video Tutorial
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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 the 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 the 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
- 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.