Paper Bag Skirt DIY

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After I posted this What I Wore Wednesday post a few weeks ago, several readers asked for a tutorial on how to make the Paper Bag Skirt in my post. I’m here to day to show you how :)
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for personal use only, please.
Fall is approaching fast & I’m ready for a new-ish wardrobe. I love skirts, but don’t like to wear them out too soon…so I make them & can wear them as many (or as few) times as I’d like without feeling wasteful. It takes less than a yard!! 


My favorite kind of skirt is the paperbag skirt. I think, if worn correctly, it accentuates the smallest part of my waist & yes, I like that!!
Here are a few I love:
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Now, lets make one!
here are the supplies needed:
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First, take your measurements. Take a measurement around the largest part of your rear. Divide that measurement in half and add 2.5″. Decide the length you want your finished skirt to be and add 3.5″.
(my first measurement is 22″ and my second measurement is 23″, just for reference.)

The first measurement is the width & the second is the length. Cut two pieces of your fabric equaling these dimensions.
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Place them right sides together and sew up the side seams.
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Keep your skirt inside out and fold over and iron 3.5″ from the top. Sew a close seam almost all the way around the skirt, leaving only about an inch and a half open.
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From that seam, measure about an 1.25″ towards the fold. Sew another seam, this time all the way around the skirt. (if your elastic is wider than 3/4″, you need to measure accordingly).
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To measure the elastic you need, find your measurement in the spot you want your skirt to hit. and subtract 4-5″. Cut your elastic to this length. Now, add a safety pin to one end of your elastic and feed it through the casing you created.
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When you have fed your elastic all the way through the casing, sew the two ends of elastic together using a zig zag stitch, being careful the elastic is not twisted inside the casing.
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Finish the bottom seam of the skirt that you left open. Now, fold up about 1/4″ from the bottom and hem in place.
Flip your skirt around and it should look like this:
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Make a cute belt out of coordinating fabrics, or put on your usual belt & hit the town!
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29 thoughts on “Paper Bag Skirt DIY

  1. This is SO cute! I am definitely going to try this out! My sewing machine is being delivered today! I am a beginner with sewing only a few projects under my belt, but I am super excited to get started!! Also leaving love on the sweet giveaway!

  2. girl. seriously, this is so cute. I just finished making one from this tutorial using one of my Grandpaw’s old dress shirts. I can’t wait to wear it this weekend on our girls roadtrip. thank you!!!

  3. I realized I’m a few months late, but I’m in love with this skirt, so I just had to comment to let you know. I didn’t realized making something this cute was so easy! I’m trying to hand make most of the Christmas gifts I give this year, and this has definitely been added to the list! Xo, Katie

  4. Dear Caroline, I’m 14 and I’ve been into sewing ever since I took fabric arts as an activity at my summer camp… I love to sew (even though I’m just a beginner), and I even had a sewing birthday party where all of my friends got to make cute pillows! I saw this tutorial after getting the CUTEST paper bag skirt from H&M for Christmas, and I just had to make it! My friend (who got a sewing machine for christmas) and I went to the fabric store and then spent the whole night sewing 3 of these skirts to share! It is such a great tutorial and so easy to follow! We changed a few small things and we both are so excited about these skirts :) thanks!

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