I’m not going to lie – having a little girl to dress up is totally awesome!
And making her some adorable clothes myself gives me a total sense of pride!
I love seeing my kids running around in things that I have made – and not to toot my own horn, but my kids love when I make them things.
Since I feel this way about it - you would think I would do it more… o-well! I did make something this time!
I have seen these cute little tiered ruffle skirts before and looked up a tutorial on how to do one – but I couldn’t find one anywhere. I could be searching for the wrong terms but I looked and looked and then finally decided to make one of my own!
This has been one of my very favorite things that I have made for my kids – they are darling and playful and really pretty easy to make.
A few months ago, I received this fun Indian Summer Fat Quarter Bundle from Riley Blake – I love seeing it all bundled up but almost felt badly about taking it apart, but after seeing all the darling fat quarters it was worth it! I knew it would be perfect for my daughter’s skirts.
How to Make A Tiered Ruffle Skirt
Let me apologize in advance – I was making these late a night (you know, when everyone sews) and so my pictures aren’t totally fantastic. Sorry! Also, you will want to adjust the measurements for you or your kids.
You will need:
First: I cut a fat quarter in half and sewed it together. It worked out perfect, but had that not been her measurements, I would have measured her from hip to hip, added about 3-5 inches depending on how full I wanted it and from waist to knee or however short I wanted it and added on an inch and used those as my measurements for both sides. Then I ironed down the top hem – leaving space for my elastic – and the bottom hem. I sewed the top hem with a straight stitch and the bottom with a zigzag stitch. This is the base for your skirt. If you stitched the sides together and added your elastic you would have a simple skirt – but hold off on that part.
Second: I prepped my layers. I made mine 4 inches wide and one and a half the length of my base. So, since my base was 40 inches long, I made the strips 60 inches long. Basically 3 skirt sides sewn together. I hemmed both sides – the bottom hem is a zigzag stitch. The top stitch is a baste stitch. I gathered the top by pulling on the thread – the same way you ruffle – so that it was the same length as the base piece. Then I pinned my top layer in place – right over the top stitching of the base piece of fabric.
Third: Using a straight stitch I sewed on the top layer – Then I flipped that layer up and about half way down where the above layer would end I pinned on the second layer – (already prepped using step 2) and stitched it on. And so on and so forth… until all the layers were sewn on. For the skirt I am showing the tutorial for I did four layers – but I will show you a picture of a five layered skirt too.
Fourth: After each layer is sewn on – you will have one long piece of fabric with layers sewn onto it. Pick one end and line up the end of the layer piece with the end of the base piece and pin it securely. You will want to do this for each layer on BOTH ends. Do not skip this step!! If you do your seam will look horrible! Trust me!!
Fifth: Thread your elastic into your top seam and pin it flat. You want your elastic to sit snug on your waist.
Sixth: With RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER use a straight stitch and sew your ends together.
This will secure your elastic and create one simple seam in your skirt.
Snip off your threads and you are done!!
Hopefully those instructions and pictures made sense! I know that the tutorial seems daunting but once you start and get into it, you will find it super easy! You’ll get into rhythm and be done in no time! Here is the five layer skirt I made the same night! This one is a little more full.
I love the polka dots and stripes together – so cute!
I will warn you… once you put one on your little one…
You will be hooked!! I want to make her one in every. single. color!! Pair them with some cute leggings and you are good to go!
I have a HUGE and FUN announcement coming tomorrow! I can’t wait to share it with you!!