Try This DIY Easy Ruffle Skirt Tutorial to Make a Flouncy Summer Skirt

by Oaishe
11 Materials
2 Hours

Why not add some flare to your outfits with this DIY easy ruffle skirt! In this DIY ruffle skirt tutorial, I will show you how to make this gorgeous DIY ruffle skirt from scratch. It’s super easy, and you also won’t need a ruffle skirt pattern - just your own measurements.

Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Elastic
  • Safety pin
How to make a ruffle skirt pattern

1. Take your measurements

Let’s start making the ruffle skirt pattern. Take your hip measurement and divide it by 2. Then, add 3 inches to that number - this will be for seam allowance. Then, cut two of the same pieces with these measurements. 

Measuring the ruffle skirt pattern

These pieces will be for the top panel of the DIY ruffle skirt. I made mine around 12 inches long, but go ahead and measure your own desired length. 

How to sew a ruffle skirt

2. Sew the yoke

Now, sew the side seams with a lovely French seam, which is best because you won't have any fraying. To do this, lay both your panels wrong sides facing and sew the sides with a ¼ seam allowance. 

Trimming the sides of the skirt

Now, trim the sides by about ⅛ of an inch. 

Stitching the sides of the skirt

Turn the panel right sides out and stitch the sides with a one-inch seam allowance. 

How to make skirt ruffles

3. Make the ruffles

For the ruffle part of the DIY ruffle skirt, attach strips of fabric together by the ends using the same French seam method as above. The circumference was around three times more than that of the top panel. 

Making the ruffles for the skirt

To make the ruffles, sew a wide stitch on the top edge. Then, pull the string to gather the fabric and create a lovely ruffle effect. 

Gathering the ruffles

Make sure to gather the fabric, so the length of the top edge matches the panel’s bottom edge. 

How to make a ruffle skirt

5. Assemble the DIY ruffle skirt

Now, stitch the ruffled part to the top panel. Slide the top panel through the ruffle piece, align the side seams accordingly, and pin all around. 

DIY ruffle skirt

This is what it should look like. 

Hemming the bottom of the ruffle skirt

6. Hem the skirt edges

Now, go ahead and hem the bottom of the DIY ruffle skirt, as shown. 

Creating a tunnel for the elastic waistband

7. Make the tunnel for the elastic waistband

Fold over the top part of the ruffle skirt and pin all around. I folded it twice for a sturdier fit. 

DIY ruffle skirt tutorial

Then, sew all around and leave a little opening to insert the elastic. 

Inserting the elastic into the waistband

8. Insert the elastic

Using a safety pin as a guide, feed the elastic through the opening. To get a good measurement for the elastic, wrap some elastic around your waist and cut. 

Sewing the ruffle skirt

Now, sew the ends of the elastic and stitch the opening. 

DIY easy ruffle skirt tutorial

DIY easy ruffle skirt tutorial

Look at how feminine, flowy, and mesmerizing this lovely DIY ruffle skirt is. I also made the top I'm wearing with the ruffle skirt in this picture, and I created a tutorial on how to make this lace top here.

Let me know if you try out this DIY - I'd love to see your results.

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