Simple Skirt Tutorial :: 18″ Doll Clothes

We just wrapped up a great week at the studio!  Our campers stayed busy sewing up a storm of doll clothes.  We made everything from shorts and capris to pillowcase dresses, fairy wings, and everything in between!  It was a delight working with these girls, they are young but full of sewing talent already!

Here’s a few pics from this week!

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Yep, it was loads of fun!

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In fact, I had so much fun that somewhere in the mix, I promised the girls to share a simple skirt tutorial online!  There are so MANY ways to make doll clothing.  But, today I’m sharing a super simple version that still produces a nice finished look.  This skirt is oh-sew-simple!  After you make one, you won’t be able to stop! 🙂

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To make this skirt you will need the following:

8″ x 22″ fabric remnant

10″ piece of 1/2″ wide elastic

all purpose thread

(2) safety pins

seam gauge


straight pins

Step 1: Hem the bottom of the skirt.

Using your “seam gauge”, fold up 1/2″ along one LONG edge of the fabric.  Pin in place as you go.

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Now, sew this down to hold it in place, try to keep your stitches centered on the pretty part of the fabric.

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Clip your threads and iron (press).

Fold this long edge AGAIN 1/2″ and pin.  Use your previous stitches as your sewing guide.  Sew all the way down the long edge.  After sewing, you will have a finished hemline.

Step 2: Elastic Casing

Fold down 1/2″ along the TOP LONG edge of skirt fabric, pinning as you go.  (Use your seam gauge to double check your measurements.)

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Stitch this in place to secure, stitching down the center of the pretty part of the fabric edge.

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Clip your threads and press (iron) your stitches.  (Ask your parents for help when using the iron, they get super HOT!)

Fold the TOP LONG edge down again, this time turning down 1″, and pin in place.

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Sew in place following your previous stitching as your guide.  Sew directly on top of your previous stitches, this will leave enough space to insert your elastic.  (And don’t forget to make this seam stronger by back-tacking at the beginning and end!)

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Step 3: Inserting Elastic

Cut one piece of 1/2″ elastic 10″ long and attach a safety pin to each end.  Be careful not to stick yourself! 🙂

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Now, do the “scrunch, scrunch, slide” by pushing and pulling the safety pin through the elastic casing (tunnel).

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When the opposite end of the elastic is even with the side of the casing, stop pulling through and secure it by stitching it in place.

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Continue scrunching and sliding the safety pin down to the other end of the casing.  Once you’ve pulled it through, stitch the casing closed to keep the elastic from slipping back inside the casing.

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Step 4: Back Seam

Now your skirt should look like this, you are almost finished. Just one more step left until it’s complete!

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Fold your skirt in half so that the “pretty sides” are facing each other.  Stitch along raw edges (using your presser foot as a sewing guide) making sure to back-tack at the beginning and end of your seam.

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Yay, you’re finished! Flip your skirt pretty side out!

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Okay girls, there you go! Now, you can make more of these at home!  Don’t forget to embellish, add a bow, add a trim, the sky’s the limit! Have fun creating!

P.S. For a shorter version, follow the same steps above but start with a 6″ x 22″ fabric remnant, or for a maxi length begin with a 12″ x 22″ remnant.


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