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! Here is an easy baby skirt pattern to fit any baby.
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.
- 1/2” (12mm) elastic for the waist
- Optional – lace or ric-rac to decorate. Make sure the lace you choose is not scratchy on baby’s delicate skin.
- Safety pin for threading the elastic through the casing.
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
Watch this short YouTube video I made showing you the steps to make this baby skirt pattern. Otherwise, I have included the written instructions below.
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Baby Skirt Pattern: The Instructions
- On the WRONG side of the front and back, press the top and bottom long edges over by 1/4” (6mm) then 3/4” (2cm).
- Pin the front to the back with right sides together with the pressed edges unfolded.
- Stitch the sides with a 1/2″ (12mm) seam.
- Finish the seams with a zig-zag, pinking shears or serger.
- Fold the pressed edges back over and pin.
- On the wrong side, stitch around the casing (top of skirt) leaving a 1/2” (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 read to give to baby! Wear it with a simple t-shirt or onsie decorated with some of your leftover scraps.