12 Days of Handmade Gifts: Day ELEVEN, Heather from Feathers Flights

**UPDATE: This post has been updated and will hopefully answer your questions in the comments… THANKS HEATHER! :D**
Adjustable One-Seam “No-Flashing” Wrap Skirt
I am so excited to be here today! Caroline is so sweet and fun, and I have loved all the DIY Christmas gift inspiration. I am Heather “Feather,” and I blog over at Feathers Flights. I love sewing, mostly apparel, and I love my family: a great hubby, a fun two year old boy, and baby girl on the way.
I’ve had an idea for a circle wrap skirt developing in my head for the last couple of months. I wanted to make a skirt that was easy, adjustable and child friendly. This skirt is so adjustable that you won’t be offending anyone if you give it as a gift. It’s really quick because there is only ONE SEAM to sew and no hems or edge finishes!

Even when I lift the part that wraps, nothing is uncomfortable flashed underneath!
You need:

  • Sewing Essentials (HERE is a great place to get started!)
  • Knit Fabric
  • Maxi half circle skirt 3-4 yards
  • Maxi full circle skirt 5-6 yards
  • Knee-length half circle skirt 3-4 yards
  • Knee-length full circle skirt 4-5 yards
Use this diagram to cut out your skirt. You will need two of each for one skirt. You’ll have to put in your own measurements. *When you are cutting from 1/4 height to the center waist circle, cut a tail from the inside circle for the tie.*

Here is a simple chart for quick radius measurements. Pick something in between or the next measurement up.

Waist or Hip Circumference
Radius for ½ Circle Skirt
Radius for Full Circle Skirt
6 ⅜”
3 ⅛”
7 ⅞”
3 ⅞”
9 ½”
4 ¾”
11 ⅛”
5 ½”
12 ¾”
6 ⅜”
14 ¼”
7 ⅛”
15 ⅞”
7 ⅞”

1. Using diagram cut out two pieces of the half circle skirt or the full circle skirt.
2. Sew the one long seam right sides together.

To put on your skirt:
1. Find the seam and put it on one side. 
2. Grab the side that will go across your front and warp it all the way around until it meets with the seam. Hold the seam and one wrapped side with one hand.
3. Grab the other side and wrap it around your back to the front until it meets with the seam.
4. Your two ties meet over your seam. Tie them in a bow or knot. 

This skirt is very comfortable and works throughout and after a pregnancy. The navy blue wrap skirt was worn by me AND my SIL who definitely isn’t pregnant

Who wouldn’t love a new skirt? And you don’t even have to tell them how easy it was for you to make!
You can play with the length for a fun maxi, midi, or mini skirt.
I had to include some fun bloopers. I had a hard time posing with my belly!

70 thoughts on “12 Days of Handmade Gifts: Day ELEVEN, Heather from Feathers Flights

  1. Love it! I have a couple questions, though. Are those yardages correct? Do you need more for the half circle knee-length? Also, what’s the difference between the half and full circle? I’m guessing your red one is half and the blue one is full. Thanks!

    1. Those yardages are estimates based on my height; I’m really tall so should be plenty for anyone shorter. The pink skirt is the full circle skirt and the blue one is a half circle skirt. The full circle skirt uses lots of fabric and has lots and lots of flare.

      1. I could swear that the red one is a half circle from the photo of laying it out for pinning. Am I crazy?

  2. The “radius” chart confuses me. Would you explain it a bit more please? and I didn’t understand about the ties, how they are cut. Love the skirts and want to try this, but need a bit more information.

    1. It’s hard to find the radius of a circle if you only have the circumference measurement so I have already done the math for you. Measure the circumference of your waist or hips and use that measurement in the left column. Then you can find the radius in the two right columns depending on which kind of skirt you want. (I had the table labeled wrong, sorry!)
      There will be a center circle where you measure the radius that won’t be used in the skirt. I just cut the tie into that. Alternatively, you can cut the tie right next to the long edge to make it as long as you want. Do these make sense?
      I’m sorry for the confusion and hope I can quickly help you figure it out!

  3. This skirt has a great look and wearability! I’m finding myself confused with the directions, though. From the diagram am I to understand that this is what the full completed skirt will look like or what half of the skirt will look like? If it is half, could it be cut on a fold or is it best to cut them separately? Could you possibly provide some photos if the measuring, cutting, and sewing process? Those would really clear up questions.
    Thanks! Mattie

  4. Did it! So fast!!! It took me about 20 minutes mainly because I was trying not move the fabric around too much while crawling around on top of it on the floor. Just to add to the discussion above about the directions this is what I did to interpret them. Height does equal length of the skirt you want. There is no hemming or waistband going on so I just stood in front of my mirror with a yard stick starting where my waist/upper hip is and measured how long I wanted it to be. This was my “height” measurement. For the short version for me this was 19 inches.

    I used my hip measurement because I’m currently pregnant and wanted a skirt I could wear lower than normal. Using 40 inches in the chart above, gave me 12 3/4 inches for my radius (the distance from the middle of the inner circle to its egde).

    Using my measurements I actually worked from the outside in to draw the diagram above right on my fabric using water soluble marker. I spread out my fabric folded double on the floor and started from the outermost edge I measured 19 inches in made a mark- this is the outer edge of my inner circle. From that mark I measured 12 3/4 inches in an made a mark for the middle of my inner circle. Using the mark for the middle of my circle I worked my way around measuring 12 3/4 inches and making dots until I had enough that I could connect them and draw a rough circle for the middle. I then measured from the edge of my circle around making dots to connect to form the graduating length in the diagram above.

    Once I started drawing everything out it very clear. I cut along my drawn lines sewed my seam and am wearing what is definitely the most comfortable skirt I’ve ever owned!!!

    Thank you so much for the tutorial!

  5. Ive been racking my brain trying to figure this out 🙁
    Any chance of step by step tutorial with photos of folds/measurements etc?

  6. Just found this on pinterest, and I can barely wait to make one!! Just reading through it, without fabric in hand, I am a bit confused though. When you wear the skirt, is it 2 layers? or is the seam between the 2 layers (the long side) connecting 2 pieces that both wrap? Is there a tie at both short ends then, that wrap and connect? I’m just having difficulty visualizing, and I really really want to make this. Maybe it’s the wrap directions that have me confused.Maybe I’m over-thinking this whole thing! I know I could make it if I could just make my brain understand it. After all, I can do the “magic pillow case”, and basic a-line maxi skirts, tea-bag wallets (all mostly straight lines and very simple sewing)
    help a “newbie” skill level sewer out, please? 🙂
    thanks so much!!

    1. hmmm.. since this was a guest post, I am not sure. I would suggest reading through the comments as Heather has given some really great tips. I would suggest, though, to not over-think it 😉

  7. I want to try this for Christmas but don’t have that much money do you where I can find fabric that won’t cost that much.

      1. Hi love the skirt , have bought some stretchy material with a pattern on . When I go to cut the
        Skirt would I still have the right sides facing ?

  8. I am a begining seamstress so forgive me if this is a remedial question.
    I grasp all the drawings and discriptions but as a tall and pregnant lady I can’t figure out how to make the skirt panels from one piece of fabric. For example, I want to make a long (38inch) version for my 38″ hips. When I figured it all put for a fabric square I came up with a piece that was 100″ by 81″ at least. And as far as I know material generally doesn’t come that wide…
    I understand you are a tall once pregnant lady- so how did you manage this equation?
    Thank you,

    1. Ingrid,
      Thanks for you question! Are you doing a full circle or a half circle?
      For my long skirt I did a half circle skirt and my fabric was 64″ wide. That width fit the half circle skirt just fine. If you are doing a long skirt I would suggest a half circle skirt or it will be a LOT of fabric around your feet and hips.
      Does that help?

  9. I love this skirt but I don’t sew. Is there another way you would recommend putting it together without sewing? Glue? The stuff that you iron? What would work best?

    1. Personally i wouldn’t recommend anything but seeing because anything else would mess up the drape of the fabric. If i had to choose something i would probably say a thin line if fabric glue. Good luck!

  10. This is gorgeous. I want to make it. However, I’m slightly confused by the diagram pictures. It says to cut two of each…but the final skirt is only sewing two pieces of fabric together. So I have two sets of questions.
    First, is the left diagram the circle and the right diagram the half circle? If so, do you pick which you want and then cut out two panels based on that one diagram?
    Second, how do you pick the circle versus the half circle? What are the advantages and disadvantages of both?
    I am really excited about making this!

    1. Yes, just choose one skirt to make from the diagram.
      The full skirt is great for light, flowy fabric and a shorter skirt.
      The half circle skirt is great for maxi skirts and for a thicker knit that’s more opaque.

  11. Hello.looking forward to try this nice skirt.could u tell me why we need double fabric? I’d like to try single do you think will be ok? Can you give me info about this?
    Tx for sharing

    1. As long as you get the length and the radius right it should work out perfectly!
      I wouldn’t do a maxi skirt for young kids since it doesn’t work well for running and moving around. The knee length skirt would be best for young kids.

  12. Hi! Thanks so much for this tutorial! I just completed this skirt for my sister, and it turned out gorgeous! We did it out of a thick sheer-like fabric, and did a rolled hem/lettuce hem all the way around. I would love to make a knit version for some of my friends’ little sisters. Could you please tell me how you converted the radius? I would need to convert it for a very small waist! Is it done the same way you figure out the radius measurement for a normal circle skirt? Thank you!

    1. Yay! I’m so glad you made one, and it worked out for you! Are their waists smaller than 20″? I would just do slightly smaller than the 20″ radii. I don’t have a formula; I read about it in a book and derived the measurements from their chart. I hope that helps!

  13. Love the skirt, is just what I have been looking for to make a wrap skirt that will fit without all the pleating into a waist band. It’s so simple as well, can’t wait to get fabric and start making.

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  15. Hi Heather! I love this idea, and can’t wait to make it… but even after reading through twice, and reading the comments, there a couple of things I’m not quite clear on.

    1) In one of the comments, you said the blue skirt pictured is half circle, and the pink/red is full circle. But then in another comment, you said the pink/red skirt is half circle. So then they’re both half circles, or no? Do you have a full circle skirt pictured? I really like the layered look of the blue (maxi) skirt, so whichever type that is is the one I want to make.

    2) I’m a bit confused about the ties. How exactly do I cut it? It would be very helpful to have the diagram show where the tie needs to be cut from. And also, will the ties always somehow meet in the middle? I mean, if it’s adjustable (for maternity wear, or just someone gains or loses 5 lbs.) then in theory the ties would no longer meet perfectly…so I’m unsure as to how that would work.

    Thank in advance for clarification!

    1. 1. The blue skirt is a half circle and the pink skirt is a full circle. Sorry for the confusion! The blue skirt is definitely a half circle skirt.
      2. The ties are cut straight into the small circle in the center. It doesn’t matter how you cut it since it will stretch. In the picture where the pink skirt is just cut and lying on the ground, the tie is shown straight across the middle. That’s how it was cut. The tie stretches so it can work with multiple sizes. The part of the skirt that leads into the tie is thin and can be used as part of the tie if needed. This skirt is very forgiving!
      Does that help?

  16. Hi Heather ~
    I’m soooo excited to make the blue maxi skirt you have pictured, but the more I read and reread the instructions and comments, the more confused I become. I think if you can answer two questions (sorry if you’re repeating yourself), I should be clear:

    a. The blue skirt pictured is the HALF circle, correct? Can you help me understand the difference between the half and full circle? Is it that the half wraps half way around each way, and the full circle wraps all the way around with each ‘side’? I just can’t visualize the difference, and I’d hate to cut the wrong skirt.

    b. Radius: is the table labeled correctly, showing a LONGER radius for the HALF circle? My math mind isn’t making sense of this, which might have everything to do with the answer to question ‘a’.

    Thank you for your help – can’t wait!!

    1. A. The blue skirt is a half circle skirt. The circle name does not apply to how much it wraps around you, but it refers to how much flare is added to the skirt. A full circle is a full circle at the hem of the skirt and a half circle is a half circle at the hem of the skirt. Does that make sense?
      B. Which means less flare = a longer radius and longer waist seam. When you add length to the circle at the hem it’ll take away length to the circle at the waist. Does that make sense?

  17. hi. there sooo many comments! and soo many people liked the skirt! can anyone share a photo of this skirt?

  18. Hello, I’m so glad I found this! I’m actually wanting to do a wrap full circle skirt but I do want it to “flash”, as I’m wearing another tiered skirt underneath I want to show of (it will be a Puerto Rican costume skirt). I want to do something like the skirt in this picture: http://www.tipicospr.com/dance-white-plena-bomba-woman/
    Of course, I would need to add a ruffle tier to the bottom to make it similar to that one.

    Do you think I should round both sides then? Would that be the base of the look I’m looking for?

    Thanks in advance for the reply!


    1. I think this would work great! I think you can cut it how it explains in the tutorial, and then after trying it on you can decide how much extra to cut off so the petticoat to peak through. And don’t do ties, just sew it into the waistband instead.

  19. Hi 🙂 I love this skirt!
    Question, please if I may. You sew the long seam right sides together, turn it and don’t sew any of the other seams? Just wrap the 2 layers loose like that around the waist? Can I hem the edges of the layers then?
    Thanks!!! <3

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