It is free pattern time again! This month I have a free skirt pattern with a rabbit applique. The pattern comes with 3 sizes of rabbits so you can mix and match to create your own original skirt.
Girls Skirt Pattern
Skirts are so versatile! Dress them up, dress them down, and wear them with tights on chilly days or over a swimming costume as you rush out to the beach.
Elasticated skirts are perfect for all sorts of waist sizes and girls can dress themselves as they pull on or pull off the skirt. Now add the gorgeous rabbit applique and you have a really cute little motif to decorate the skirt. This is an easy starter project and a includes free pattern too. Girls will just love this skirt to the moon and back.
Now add the gorgeous rabbit applique and you have a really cute little motif to decorate the skirt. This is an easy starter project and a includes free pattern too. Girls will just love this skirt to the moon and back.
It is the perfect project for beginners and those of you new to downloadable sewing patterns.
You can download the free skirt sewing pattern from here. Make sure you set your printer to 100% scale and double check the test square.
Girls sizes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
If you are unsure which size to make, please use the sizing chart below. I have just put the hip size since the waist can easily be adjusted with the elastic lengths.
Make this skirt sewing pattern from light to medium-weight, non-stretch washable fabrics. Cotton or cotton-blends will work best.
Extra Supplies Needed
- Double-sided fusible interfacing for the applique rabbits
- ¾ inch (2cm) wide elastic for the waist.
- Measure your little girl’s waist and cut the elastic one inch larger. For example for a 22 inch (56cm) waist cut the elastic 23 inches (58.5cm).
- If you can’t measure your little girl then use this as a cutting guide.
The fabric requirements provided are for 44 inch (112cm) wide fabric.
- All seam allowances are ½ inch (12mm) and the seam allowances are included in the pattern.
Printing and Assembling Pattern Pieces
When printing your pattern pieces, make sure that your printers “page scaling” is set to “none” and “auto center and rotate” is checked.
The pattern pieces print on 8.5” x 11”(letter) or A4 paper. You can check your pattern has printed in the correct size by measuring the 2 inch (5cm) test square.
If you are new to printing a PDF pattern >> How to print PDF patterns
Note about the applique
I have used 3 rabbits but you can mix and match the sizes and the numbers of rabbits you use to create a unique piece. Your pattern includes 4 sizes of rabbit.
Cut out appliqué fusible webbing (interfacing) to match your rabbit size. Press one side of the fusible interfacing to the WRONG side of the fabric according to the manufacturer’s directions. Draw around the pattern and cut the piece out.
Peel off the backing of the fusible interfacing. Place your rabbits on the skirt where you desire and press as per the manufacturer’s directions. Important: Make sure the rabbits are at least 2 inches (5cm) from the bottom, sides or top raw edges of the skirt.
Stitch around your rabbits with a zig-zag stitch. Tip: if you have a fabric that doesn’t fray much you could straight stitch instead. For the rabbit’s eye put your machine on a zig-zag stitch with a zero-length stitch.
This is what you will have so far on your front skirt piece.
With RIGHT sides together stitch the FRONT to the BACK at the side seams. Finish the side seams with either a serger, zig-zag stitch or pinking shears. Press the seams.
With the SKIRT the WRONG way out – Press over the upper raw edge by 1/4 inch (6mm).
Press over the casing again by 1 inch (2.5cm). Then stitch close to the edge leaving a 1 inch (2.5cm) gap at the back.
To form the bottom hem – On the WRONG side of the SKIRT, press the bottom raw bottom edge up 1/4 inch. (6mm).Press the hem up 1/2 inch (12mm) again. Then stitch the hem close to the upper folded edge.
Attach one end of the elastic to a safety pin and thread it through the gap in the top casing. Stitch the ends of the elastic together 1/2 inch (12mm) from the ends.
Distribute the gathers evenly and pull the ends of the elastic inside the casing so they are hidden. Stitch the gap closed.
Add a ribbon bow to the front center of the skirt.
Congratulations – you are finished! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and use it for lots of years to come.