Simple Elastic Skirt

I have made a ton of elastic waist skirts, with pockets, without pockets, with ruffles without ruffles and so on. This is a tutorial on how to make a simple elastic skirt. It is very easy and quick to make, in fact I made two of these during the children's nap-time (one for me and one for my sis)

First measure your waist and cut your elastic:

Determine how long you want your skirt. I made my 22 inches long (including the seam)
To determine the width of the fabric. You need to take the measurement of the waist and times it by two then subtract six.

For example:

I cut my elastic at 32 inches, so that times two is 64. Then I minus 6 inches. So I cut my fabric 58 inches wide. This little formula works for me.

Then take your fabric and fold in half with the right sides together:

Sew the edges together:

Iron the seam that you just sewed open:

For the hem, fold a half an inch and iron:

Then fold over an inch and iron:

Then sew the hem:

OK, now the skirt part is done for now, Now grab that elastic you cut and fold in half and sew at a half inch allowance. (Don't forget to back stitch):

Then open the elastic and sew both side down like so. (Don't forget to back stitch):

OK, now with the elastic and fabric with the right sides together pin the two together. Line the seams of the elastic and fabric:
OK, this is the tricky part. When you sew the elastic and fabric together, YOU MUST stretch the elastic. Other wise you will be left with to much fabric and not enough elastic.

All Done:

I love elastic skirts, so comfy and playful. Especially since I haven't lost all the baby weight, they are very forgiving.



  1. that is so cute and way simple!! i am really lovin the navy blue sailor stripes right now!! i also love how you paired it with yellow!

  2. Thank you, I love the sailor stripes to, they are so versatile, you can wear it with almost any colored top.

  3. so cute I pinned this cuz I have to make it

    A mommy's life with a touch of YELLOW

  4. Cute! I am in a skirt making mood, and I love this one. Bookmarked! I am your newest follower too.

  5. This is so darling- I love the stripes! And it seems easy enough for me to do it! I am bookmarking this for later!
    I am your newest follower- and I would love to have you stop by my blog and follow back if you'd like!
    Camille @

  6. Adorable skirt and how easy you made it seem with your tutorial.

    I'm a new GFC follower.


  7. Super cute and simple! Thank so much for sharing!

  8. This was very wonderful of you. I love it! Thank you.

  9. Wow that is so cute, ill have to make it! What kind of fabric would be best to use? And is the elastic u used a certain kind? Thanks for posting!