How to Easily Make a Cute DIY Circle Skirt With a Zipper

Maria Dotz
by Maria Dotz
7 Materials
2 Hours

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make a DIY circle skirt with a zipper. It’s super easy, and it’s a great sewing project for beginners, too. If you want to know how to sew a simple circle skirt, keep reading!

Tools and materials:

  • 1½ yards fabric
  • Zipper
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Measuring tape
DIY circle skirt sewing pattern

1. Make the pattern

The length of my skirt will be around 18 inches. So, go ahead and measure your desired length. Then, fold your fabric in half, and half again, into a square. Your square piece should measure the length you want; in my case, it’s 18 x 18 inches. 

Making the circle skirt sewing pattern

Next, mark with a pen all the way around the skirt, in a semi-circle fashion.  

Cutting out the circle skirt sewing pattern

Now, cut out your pattern. Cut along the marks you just measured. 

How to make a circle skirt pattern

At the top, cut a little circle. Make sure it’s not too big or small. 

Cutting out the fabric for the skirt

Now, with the excess fabric, make the top part of the skirt. Measure your waist and add 4 inches to that. So, for reference, my waist is 28 inches, and I added 4 inches, so my final measurement is 32 inches. 

Cutting a strip of fabric for the waist

Now cut a strip of fabric that is the length of your waist plus 4 inches, and make the strip 2 inches wide. Make 2-inch marks all the way through your strip. 

Pinning the waistband of the circle skirt

Sewing the waistband of the circle skirt

2. Sew the waistband

Open the strip, fold it evenly, with the right sides facing, and sew across one of the edges with a straight stitch. 

How to sew a circle skirt

Then, flip it, so the right sides are facing out, and sew the other edge with a straight stitch. 

Spraying the fabric with water

Now, it’s time to flatten the strap. You can either press it down with an iron, or if you want a quick fix like me, just spray the fabric with water. 

Pressing the fabric with a hair iron

Next, take your hair iron and gently press the fabric. Pretty neat hack, huh? 

Measuring the circle skirt waistband

Wrap the strap around your waist to see if it fits. Mine was a little too big. If yours is, too, simply take it in by folding the ends a little and sewing with a straight stitch. 

Measuring where the zipper will go

3. Measure the zipper’s location

To add a zipper to the DIY circle skirt, simply line up the strap to the skirt, and place the zipper on the edge of the skirt. Next, see how far down your zipper will end, and place a pin to mark this location. 

Cutting the placement of the zipper

Cut the side of the skirt up to the pin. 

Pinning the waistband to the circle skirt

4. Attach the waistband

Pin the edge of the waistband to the waistline of the circle skirt. Make sure that they are right sides touching and leave a little seam allowance on the open side of the skirt for your zipper. 

Attaching the waistband to the circle skirt

Pin the waistband in increments. So, halfway along with the skirt. Like this, everything will be evenly distributed and in place before you sew both pieces. 

Sewing the waistband to the circle skirt

Now, sew the waistband to the circle skirt with a zigzag stitch. Then, go through the same process, but with a straight stitch, ensuring that the waistband won’t rip. 

Hemming the DIY circle skirt

5. Hem the DIY circle skirt

Fold the bottom of the skirt by ½ an inch, and sew with a straight stitch, all around. 

Sewing the zipper into the circle skirt

6. Sew in the zipper

Align the edge of the fabric of the circle skirt to one of the sides of the zipper. Then, if you have a zipper foot, this is the perfect time to use it! If not, just sew carefully along with the fabric and zipper piece. Fold the fabric a little as you sew. 

How to sew a zipper into a circle skirt

Once you get halfway through, zip up the zipper, and carry on sewing. 

How to sew a circle skirt with a zipper

Repeat the same on the other side; unzip the zipper; once you’ve stitched halfway through, zip it up, and continue sewing. 

DIY circle skirt with a zipper

DIY circle skirt with a zipper

We are done! As you can see, you don’t even need a circle skirt sewing pattern! This lovely DIY project is so straightforward, and the result looks chic and trendy, don’t you think?

DIY circle skirt

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Thanks for tuning in and let me know what you think in the comments below.

Suggested materials:
  • 1½ yards fabric
  • Zipper
  • Scissors
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