DIY tutorial: Tiered ruffle skirt with elastic waistband
With this simple tutorial, you can sew a cute three-tiered ruffle skirt in any size you want, whether it’s for a baby, toddler, child, teen, or adult. The elastic casing makes this skirt so comfortable that it’s easy to slip on and off.
Step 1 – draft and sew the connector piece
I wanted a slightly flared ruffle skirt, so I added 4 inches to my hip measurement to determine the width of the connector piece. The trapezoid’s height is 15″ = (my desired skirt length minus 1″), the top edge is 20″, and the bottom edge is 24″.
Step 2 – cut your ruffle pieces
To figure out how much fabric you’ll need for the ruffles, add their widths together and multiply by 2.5. All of my ruffle strips will be 7 inches tall, plus 2 inches for the hem and some overlap.
Step 3 – attach the ruffles to the skirt
Sew a couple of strips together to form a loop for each ruffle; it’s much easier to hem your ruffle before ruffling it. I serged the top and bottom edges of my ruffle piece and made a small turned hem.
Step 4 – attach the waistband to the tiered ruffle skirt
Sew the elastic piece approximately 2 inches smaller than the waistline measurement. Cut a fabric strip for the waistband that is 3 1/2 inches tall and as wide as the opening of the skirt. Trim the seam allowance to about 1/4u2033 to reduce bulk.
How much elastic should be in a waistband?
A waistband’s elastic should be about 2 inches smaller than your waist measurement.
How long should you cut elastic for waistband?
The elastic is usually cut 2 to 4 inches smaller than the waist in most cases.
Can you cut elastic down the middle?
As a result, many people are asking if they can cut elastic lengthwise u2013 for example, u201cCan I cut 1/2u2032u2032 elastic in half to make 1/4u2032u2032 elastic?u201d I do not recommend cutting elastic lengthwise because it almost always causes it to fray and/or lose its integrity.
What can I use in place of elastic?
You could use hair ties or elastic headbands instead of regular elastic, according to Joann Fabric and Craft Stores, or you could use cord, yarn, ribbon, or other stretchy materials, such as bias tape. The CDC also suggests using cloth strips, rubber bands, or string.
Can you sew through elastic?
To shape a garment at the wrists, ankles, and waistlines, sew lengths of elastic directly to the wrong side of the fabric. Cut it slightly shorter than you need because it stretches during sewing. Sew with a stretch stitch or a zigzag stitch, which will stretch along with the elastic.
How do you sew ruffles?
- Determine the width of your ruffle.
- Cut out your ruffle pieces.
- Sew your ruffle pieces together on both ends with a seam.
- Sew a hem around the bottom of your ruffle pieces.
- Set your machine tension to the highest setting and change your stitch length to a gathering stitch.