HOW TO SEW A CIRCLE SKIRT FREE PATTERN

Have you ever wondered how to make a circle skirt? I have the perfect, quick, and easy tutorial to help you make a circle skirt! Plus, you’ll love my FREE Circle Skirt Pattern and printable instructions!

CIRCLE SKIRT SEWING TUTORIAL

If you’ve been looking for an easy knit sewing tutorial then this adorable Circle Skirt is perfect for you! I’ll walk you through this tutorial step by step and share some of my favorite tips and tricks for working with knit fabric. This FREE pattern is available in sizes Preemie through size 12.

I teamed up with Janome to bring you this tutorial featuring my favorite sewing machine the Sewist 740DC. Read more about the machine here or purchase it here.

Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a two young girls wearing circle skirts.

FABRIC RECOMMENDATIONS

For this pattern, I recommend using a medium-weight knit fabric with a content of 95% Cotton, 5% Lycra/Spandex. Having at least 5% Lycra or Spandex allows the fabric to have elasticity and bounce back to its original shape without getting stretched out over time.

Other suitable fabrics for this pattern are Double Brushed Polyester, French Terry, and Rayon Spandex

It’s essential that you use a fabric with at least 50% stretch especially on the waistband. Not sure what that means? A 4″ piece of fabric should stretch to at least 6″. 

Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of medium weight knit fabric with watercolor designs.

Let’s talk about how much fabric you will need for this project. These recommendations are based off of using a 58” – 60” wide knit fabric.

 For sizes Preemie through 0-3 you will need ½ yard fabric. For 3-6 months through size 4 you’ll need one yard of fabric. For sizes 5 – 12 you will need 1.5 yards of fabric.

Make sure to prewash and dry your knit fabric before cutting and sewing it! This will prevent your fabric from shrinking after you’ve sewn it.

Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of two young girls wearing circle skirts.

CIRCLE SKIRT SUPPLIES

Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of an iron, circle skirt pattern, rotary cutter, pins, and pastel rainbow fabric.

GET THE FREE PRINTABLE PATTERN DOWNLOAD AND TUTORIAL HERE.

Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman holding a circle skirt.

PRINT PATTERN

Print off the Girls Skirt Pattern. You’ll want to select Print at Actual Size when printing. Once it’s printed, it’s really important that you measure the 1” x 1” square. This is going to ensure that the pattern has printed to scale correctly. 

ASSEMBLE PATTERN

Secure the pages together using a glue stick or tape.

Begin by laying out page 1 in front of you. Aligning the stars and black lines around the pattern, line up page 2 to the right of page 1.

Using the page numbers, continue to piece the pages together sequentially.

The top row is made up of pages 1-3, while the bottom row is made up of pages 4-7.

Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman assembling a circle skirt pattern.

CHOOSING THE CORRECT SIZE

Measure the waist and hips of the person you are sewing this skirt for before selecting a size. This is going to ensure you get the very best fit possible.

Because this pattern will sit at the waist, the waist measurement is the most important. If you fall in between sizes I recommend you size up for the best fit.

CUT OUT CIRCLE SKIRT PATTERN

Now, let’s cut out the pattern. You can see that each size has it’s own color as well as a unique line type to help you differentiate between the different sizes. I’m going to cut out the size 3, so I’ll be following along the green line dashed line.

Make sure to cut out both the skirt and the waistband. When cutting out the waistband you can select from the normal waistband or a slightly larger yoga waistband that can be folded over.

Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a cut out circle skirt pattern.

CUT FABRIC

Now it’s time to cut out your fabric! Start by placing a cutting mat on the table in front of you. Next, Lay the fabric out in front of you. You’ll want to fold the selvage edge of the fabric inwards. If you’re working with the larger sizes of this pattern you can fold the fabric so the selvage edges are aligned.

Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman cutting around a circle skirt pattern.

Now place the sewing pattern on top of the fabric. The edge of the pattern should be aligned with the fold of the fabric. Use a few pins to secure the sewing pattern to the fabric so it doesn’t move around while cutting it. Using a rotary blade or a pair of scissors, you can carefully cut around the pattern. Repeat this process to create both a front and back.

Now, it’s time to cut out the waistband. It’s really important that the waistband is cut with the greatest amount of stretch going across the waistband. Pin it in place and then cut around it.

Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman cutting out a circle skirt pattern.

You should now have three different pieces of fabric to create the Circle Skirt.

Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a cut out circle skirt.

SEWING TIPS

Use a stretch stitch. This is a stitch that allows the fabric to have a small amount of stretch so that the thread doesn’t break after while it’s being worn or stretched.

Use lots of pins to line everything together and sew slowly.

Don’t forget to use a Jersey or ballpoint needle for the best results.

If you have a fabric that rolls, spray it with starch to make it stiffer and less likely to roll.

PIN SKIRT AND WAISTBAND

Lay one skirt piece out on the table in front of you. Take the second the skirt and place it on top with right sides together. Now you can pin the skirt front and back together along the sides leaving the top opening unpinned. 

Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a cut out circle skirt.

Fold the waistband in half aligning the short ends together. The right sides of the fabric should be facing each other.

SEW SKIRT SIDE SEAMS AND WAISTBAND

Using a stretch stitch (it looks like a lightning bolt) sew both sides of the skirt using a 3/8th-inch seam allowance. Sew the waistband together along the short end.

Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a cut out circle skirt.

PRESS SEAMS & QUARTER WAISTBAND

Take a few minutes to press all of your seams open. This is an easy step to skip, but it really gives your project a professional look and helps you to avoid having any bulky seam allowances. When working with knit fabric make sure to use plenty of steam to really set your ironing in place. 

Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of cut out circle skirt band.

Take the waistband and press the seams open. Then fold the waistband in half with the wrong sides facing each other. Using the iron, quarter the waistband by folding it in half and pressing it. This will make it easier to distribute it evenly when pinning it to the skirt. Press the side seams of the skirt open as well. Use the iron to also mark the center front and back of the skirt. 

PIN SKIRT AND WAISTBAND TOGETHER

Align the side seam of the skirt and the seam of the waistband together with the raw edges aligned at the top. Use a pin to secure the waistband to the skirt. Repeat this process around the entire skirt by aligning the markings of the skirt and waistband together.

Gently pull on the waistband and skirt to align the raw edges and ease in the skirt fabric. Place a pin in the middle of the fabric to secure the waistband and skirt together. Repeat this process around the entire waistband. The more pinning you do on this step the more evenly distributed the fabric will be giving you a clean and professional looking finish.

Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a pinned circle skirt.

SEW WAISTBAND

Now it’s time to sew the waistband and skirt together. For this next step remove the accessory box from your machine so that you can slip the waistband around the machine. The waistband should be facing upwards.

Use your left hand to gently pull on the fabric while guiding the fabric with your right hand. Don’t forget to remove the pins as you are sewing. Sew around the entire waistband using a stretch stitch. Go slowly to avoid creating any accidental puckers while sewing. 

Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a circle skirt on a sewing machine.

PRESS WAISTBAND SEAMS

Now, it’s time to press the waistband seam with a hot iron. Flip the skirt inside out and press the waistband facing downwards towards the skirt.

Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman ironing a circle skirt.

HEM SKIRT

Now, you can move on to hemming the skirt. There are two different methods that you can choose from.

OPTION #1 BASE AND GATHER

For the first method, increase the stitch length to the highest setting the sewing machine will allow.

Sew a basting stitch 1/4 inch from the raw edge of the hem all the way around the skirt.

Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman sewing a circle skirt.

Carefully pull the bottom thread to slightly gather the edge of the fabric. The hem should begin to curl up as it eases in the fullness.

Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman pinning a hem on a circle skirt.

Pin the hem up 5/8th inches evenly and then sew it from the front side using a 1/2 inch from the edge.

OPTION #2 APPLY SOFT STRETCH LITE

For the second method (my preferred method), use Thermoweb Heat N Bond Soft Stretch Lite to create a beautiful hem.

To do this turn the skirt inside out, unroll the tape, align it with the edge of the skirt and iron it in place. Gently pull on the tape to curve it around the rounded edge of the skirt.

Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a woman ironing a hem on a circle skirt.

Fold the skirt over along the edge of the tape and press it in place to create the hemline.

Now, remove the paper liner from the hem tape from the entire. Press the hem of the skirt with the iron to activate the heat and adhere it to the fabric.

Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of a circle skirt.

SEW HEM

Once you’ve pressed the entire hem, sew around the skirt from the front side using a 1/2 inch from the edge.

Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of woman sewing a circle skirt on a sewing machine.

Once you’ve finished sewing, make sure to press all seams well with plenty of steam. Now you have an adorable twirly circle skirt!

Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: image of two girls wearing circle skirts.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy circle skirt tutorial! 

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Circle Skirt by popular US sewing blog, Sweet Red Poppy: Pinterest image of two young girls wearing circle skirts.

Have you made a circle skirt before? Let me know in a comment below!

6 thoughts on “HOW TO SEW A CIRCLE SKIRT FREE PATTERN”

  1. you can add pockets to the side seams about 3/4 to 1 inch down from waistband edge of skirt. sew separate pocket pieces to front and back of skirt. sew up side seams to 2″ above bottom of pocket begin side seam again about 1″ from top of pocket to outer edge of side where waist band goes. next fold skirt out of the way and sew front and back of pocket pieces to each other stopping and starting at side seam..

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