TEN minute maxi-skirt DIY

Today I am so excited to share with you my DIY for a 10-minute maxi-skirt.
Seriously, y’all. It’s that simple!
Be sure to read through all of the instructions, I added a bunch of tips :)
let’s get started!
ten minute maxi skirt DIY // sewcaroline.com
before you do anything, measure from your waist (or where you want the elastic of your skirt to hit) to your ankles and add 1″. For example, the length from my waist to my ankles is 40″ Therefore I needed to purchase 41″ of fabric (about 1 1/8 yard). Make sense?
What kind of fabric should I purchase? 
Jersey knit that isn’t too heavy and preferably has a one way stretch.
Also, be sure that it is at lease 54″ wide. (usually they will be 59″-60″ wide– this is great!!)
Often times I use these inexpensive knits from Jo-Ann.
Trick: since you are purchasing jersey knit that is almost 60″ wide, if you are smaller than a size…. 12 (maybe bigger? don’t know.) then the width will fit you!
Obviously, the smaller you are, the more “flowy” it will be, but how fun is that? pretty much a one-size-fits-all kind of project.
Read on to see :)
ten minute maxi skirt DIY // sewcaroline.com
supplies needed: jersey knit, tape measurer, 1/2″-3/4″ knit elastic, universal ball point needle (this makes sewing with knit 1000x’s easier!), scissors, sewing machine, safety pin
ten minute maxi skirt DIY // sewcaroline.com
lay out your fabric (still folded longways, as it comes off the bolt) and measure from one end to the other the length you determined (ie. 41″). Cut across the bottom with the width of the fabric.
ten minute maxi skirt DIY // sewcaroline.com
keep your fabric folded in half and sew a long stitch (with you ball point needle.. otherwise you’ll want to shoot yourself in the foot) all the way up. when you’re finished, it will look like a giant tube.
ten minute maxi skirt DIY // sewcaroline.com
inevitably, when you are sewing (because of the stretch) one end will be longer than the other. Don’t worry about this! Whichever end is uneven, make that the waist. 
Depending on the size of your elastic, fold over the elastic measurement + 1/4″ towards the wrong side of your fabric. 
Mark a spot on your sewing machine and use that as a guide so your fold stays even.
Sew almost all the way around the top of your skirt to make a casing.
ten minute maxi skirt DIY // sewcaroline.com
measure around your waist (where the elastic will hit) and subtract about 2″. Cut this measurement out of your elastic.
ten minute maxi skirt DIY // sewcaroline.com
attach the safety pin on one end of your elastic and feed it through the casing your created. 
When the elastic has made it to the other end, be sure it isn’t twisted inside the casing and sew the two ends together with a zig zag stitch.
Complete the casing by sewing a straight stitch over the opening.
try it on… and amaze your friends with the cuteness and simplicity of this project!!
but WAIT, caroline, we didn’t hem it?
Yes, I know. Jersey knit is so awesome that it DOESN’T FRAY!!! no need to waist your time hemming. Just let it be!
ten minute maxi skirt DIY // sewcaroline.com

if you make a skirt, email me! i would LOVE to see it!!!!!

PS—–> I am guest posting over at the Arizona Russums today. Come see what my goals for this Summer are!!! xoxoxo

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  1. I need to send you fabric so you can make me one of these!!!
    Where can I find navy and white stripped fabric?! Let me know!!!

  2. Make me one too! Maternity size! :)

  3. So cute! I was working on a paper bag/maxi skirt the other day. But time got cut short unfortunately!

    p.s. so glad to be sponsoring you this month, dear. Definitely one of my favorite blogs. <3

  4. Nothing more comfy than a jersey knit maxi skirt!! This is too cute & so are you!! LOVE your tutorials!

  5. I am going to try this over the summer! One of my GOALS is to figure out how to use my sewing machine properly! :)

  6. Love it! I’m going to make about 10 mmkay?

  7. Love it!! Thanks for sharing!! I need to give it a try!! On the search for a pretty color knit fabric! ;) xo Heather

  8. Love this! Now if only I was taller to pull off the maxi skirt look

  9. Oh man- I can’t sew : ( But I wish I could make this so bad!

  10. Thanks for the great tutorial!! I will definitely be making this as soon as I’m home again with access to a sewing machine.

  11. Thanks for the great tutorial!! I will definitely be making this as soon as I’m home again with access to a sewing machine.

  12. Love and am so happy Amy @ Evystree linked you in her blog.
    I am definitely doing this. Am looking at the fabric right now!

  13. Here’s a tip from my sewing teacher: When sewing with knits, use a zig zag stitch (if your machine can!) to avoid that awkward stretching. It works miracles! Great tutorial :)

  14. Caroline I have a picture to send you but can’t get to this site. I tried e-mail but says not correct e-mail address.
    Love the skirt. I have made 7. LOL

  15. I love this DIY! totally going to do it!


  16. I`ve made two already :) I love it, it’s so easy!

  17. I’ve been eying maxi skirts and dresses, but just haven’t quite liked the ones I’ve come across in stores (or the prices). It can’t get any simpler than this, even for someone who hates to sew. lol

    Thanks for the tutorial!

  18. I just found your blog. I’m just learning how to sew, so thanks for the inspiration! It’s a cute skirt!

    Amanda @ Running In Heels

  19. I love this and it’s so easy! I have a maxi dress with straps, I am cutting off the top today and turning this into a maxi skirt. I love the idea of being able to wear soft comfortable clothes in heat. Great tutorial !

  20. My favorite is when I get the dollar a yard fabric at walmart and can make my skirt for only $1!!!!! perfect blog! love it!!!!! :)

  21. It turned out terrible but that’s probably because it was the second time I’ve tried to sew in my life, haha. Oh well!

  22. Made maxi skirts for my two daughters tonight but I chose cotton, black/white chevron print material. For stretch-ability, I inserted solid black jersey panels at the side seems. It came out really cute! Might make one for myself. :) Thank you for posting this tutorial!

  23. How would u do this with non stretch fabric. It has to be possible. ….right?.

    • carolinehulse10@gmail.com says:

      definitely possible, but i think you’d need more width. i’d try searching for a woven maxi skirt diy and hopefully someone has already done all the work for you! :)

  24. I must sound real dumb but don’t know what a ball point needle is. I only know about the sizes of the needles…….can u explain?

  25. Wow! That us super simple, especially if you are an experienced sewer like I am (I have been sewing for about 8 years. I’m 13) I love maxi skirts and cannot wait to try this? Any idea how much the materials cost?

    • carolinehulse10@gmail.com says:

      oh, goodness- totally depends on the fabric you want to buy. knit can range from $2-$20+ per yard!

  26. Put a thin piece of paper under the fabric that you’re going to Sew. Then sew. This will prevent the fabric from stretching and being uneven. When you finish sewing, then carefully and gently rip the paper away from the sewn stitches. I use paper that comes in shoe boxes, or paper fillers used for gifts… the tinner the better so it can rip easily. Hope this helps.


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