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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Two Tier Ruffle Skirt

This skirt is a great skirt to make when you have some extra fabric and about 30 minutes to sew.  I picked up this soft denim from the remnants bin at Joann Fabrics (you might recognize the fabric from the drawstring backpack), and it has made a great skirt for my one-year-old niece.  You will be amazed at how quickly you can sew this together.  The skirt I made finished at about 19 inches around the waist, 25 inches around the bum, and 10 inches long.  Adjust your measurements as needed.

  • 1/2 yard of fabric (you may need more or less depending on the size of skirt)
  • Thread
  • 21 inches of 1/2 inch wide elastic
  • Sewing Machine
  • Twin Needle (optional)
  • Scissors
  1. Cut two strips of fabric.  One should be 8 inches wide, and 26 inches long.  The other should be 5 inches wide, and 44 inches long.
  2. Fold each strip in half right sides together, so your strips are 8 inches by 13 inches, and 5 inches by 20 inches.  Sew along the short side using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Iron the seam open
  3. Take the 8 inch wide loop, and iron down 1/4 inch around one side wrong sides together.  Fold down an additional inch and pin. 
  4. Sew around the edge using a 1/8 inch seam allowance to make a casing.  Leave a 1 inch opening so you can add the elastic later.  Set aside.
  5. Take the 5 inch wide loop and sew around one edge 1/4 inch from the edge using the longest stitch your machine allows (be sure to not backstitch or fix the edge).
  6. Pull on one thread to gather the loop.  Gather until it measures 25 inches around.  Knot the thread ends together to fix in place.
  7. Pin the two loops together matching the gathered edge to the raw edge of the other loop (right sides together).
  8. Sew the two loops together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Pull out the stitches you used to gather the lower tier.
  9. Switch to the twin needle.  Iron the lower tier flat and sew around using the twin needle.  This adds a cute detail to the front, and encases the raw edge on the inside of the skirt so it will not fray.
  10. Iron 1/4 inch under on the bottom tier to start hem.
  11. Fold over again and pin.
  12. Sew the hem using the twin needle.
  13. Use a safety pin to pull the elastic through the casing.
  14. Switch to a regular needle again.  Sew the two ends of the elastic together, then sew shut the casing.


  1. What a cute skirt! I really want to try making more clothes this year - you make it look so easy!!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. Very cute - found your tutorial on Craft Gossip!

  3. Lovely! Easy tute...tks

  4. Lovely! Than you so much. It will be so helpfull for me!

    Kindly regards from Spain

  5. Love your use of the double needle. It's as easy as using a single, but gives it that professional look! Great job.

  6. That skirt is way to cute! Thank you for posting directions. Visiting from Show and Tell at Blue Cricket.
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  7. This is sew cute! I've love it if you stop by and link up to my ruffle, gather and ruching blog post today. I might have to make one of these for my best friend's daughter. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Simply-sweet and denim....what's not to love! ;)

  9. Cute!
    Thanks for sharing, I hope you stop by the party again!

  10. Fantastically fun and simple project! I haven't started yet, but I don't anticipate any problems. I think I'll hem the bottom of the ruffle before gathering its top. Did you have a reason for gathering first?

  11. So cute! i will make it for my daughter. thanks for sharing.


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