Inside: This adorable pleated skirt DIY is easy with the free sewing pattern. Make it in six easy steps, plus there’s a video to walk you through it.
You can make an pleated skirt that is perfect for girls in the fall. This free pleated skirt pattern can be made from fleece or jersey knit. It can also be made in a shorter mini length or a longer length.
You will need:
1/3 fleece or jersey knit color A
1/4 fleece or jersey knit color B
16-19 inches elastic
Get the video tutorial here, written below:
Girls Pleated Skirt DIY
1 – Cut out free sewing pattern of the pleated skirt
Print up the free pattern (you can get assembly instructions here)
While you’re at it why not make a matching hat? Get the free pattern and tutorial here.
2 – Begin to build the easy skirt
3 – Begin to make the box pleat
Using your Handy Dandy pleat guide, begin making the box pleats. Hem is the bottom – you will pin along the top. Place the guide on the B fabric (it should fit there perfectly). Fold the A on the left fabric to the dotted center line, pin.
Keeping the guide on the B fabric fold the A fabric on the right to the center crease, pin. continue down the skirt.Note: There is one pleat that you haven’t made yet, because the final “back” seam to the skirt hasn’t been made – leave this please unpinned – we’ll get to it in a minute.
Press using an iron,with a low setting and a pressing cloth the pleats. (Be sure to check your iron temperature on a scrap – fleece will melt under the iron if it’s too hot). Sew your box pleats in place, using a straight stitch, and a .25 seam allowance from the top.
4 – Sew the girl’s skirt together.
5 – Make the drop waist.
Take the bottom half of the skirt (right side facing in and place the top half outside of the skirt – so right sides are touching. Pin together, sew together using a .5 seam allowance and a straight stitch.
6 – Finishing
Using a safety-pin pinned on one end of the elastic – thread the elastic through the waistband (taking care to keep the other end exposed). Sew elastic ends together. Sew opening closed. Trim thread and Voila!
I take the elastic and hold it around my child’s waist to give it the right fit. Safety pin the elastic and then pull it down over the hips to you can tell that there if there is enough / or too much stretch. Gauge how much to use from there.
Want to learn more about box pleats? Sew4Home has some great instructions and tips. You can learn more here.