How to DIY a Fun and Unique Mini Skirt

BG Patterns
by BG Patterns
9 Materials
3 Hours

The simple DIY block-pattern mini skirt that I’ll show you in this tutorial is really quite simple to make. But it looks like you paid a fortune for it!

Follow along and I’ll give you step-by-step instructions for making the mini skirt pattern and how to sew it.

Tools and materials:

  • Pattern paper
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Skirt fabric
  • Block pattern fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
Drafting mini skirt pattern

1. Draft mini skirt pattern

On tracing paper that is folded in half, mark two parallel lines, the distance apart that you want the length of your mini skirt to be, starting at the fold.

Drafting mini skirt pattern

Make another parallel line indicating where the waistband of your skirt will be.

Drafting mini skirt pattern

Take the measurement of your waist and divide it by four. Mark that measurement from the fold along the top waistband line.

Drafting mini skirt pattern

Take the measurement from your waist to your hip, and place that mark on the pattern paper.

Drafting mini skirt pattern

Create a line, parallel to the others, at the hip mark.

Then, measure the circumference of your hips, divide by four, and place that mark on your pattern paper.

Drafting mini skirt pattern

Draw a diagonal line from the waistline mark to the hip mark.

Drafting mini skirt pattern

Then, taper the line back in a bit and extend it to the bottom of your skirt pattern.

Drafting mini skirt pattern

Go back and curve the waist-to-hep line a bit.

Drafting mini skirt pattern

Mark out a half-inch seam allowance down the side of your skirt pattern.

Drafting mini skirt pattern

Also create a band at the bottom of your skirt.

Drafting mini skirt pattern

Cut out your pattern and unfold it to see the full front of your skirt.

Drafting mini skirt pattern

Mark and draw in vertical lines down the front of the skirt pattern, 3 inches apart, from the lower waistline mark to the upper bottom band mark.

Drafting mini skirt pattern

Now, mark and draw in 3-inch-wide bands horizontally on your skirt pattern to create boxes.

Drafting mini skirt pattern

2. Cut your main fabric

Cut the upper and lower bands off your pattern, and lay the pattern, folded, on the fold of your main skirt fabric. 

Pin the pattern in place and cut the fabric.

Mini skirt pattern

3. Cut your patterned strips

Number the boxes on your pattern piece as above, to determine how many patterned strips you will need.

Cutting fabric

Mark and cut out 2-inch strips across the width of your fabric. Make them the full length of your skirt and add 2 inches to the length for a seam allowance.


4. Sew the strips

Fold each strip in half and sew the long open edge. If your patterned fabric has a right side and wrong side, sew with the right sides together and then turn it right side out.

Strips layed out

Lay all the strips out on your marked pattern to make sure you have enough and pin them onto the pattern paper.


Now, sew down the middle of each strip to attach it to the pattern paper.

Trimming strip ends

Trim the ends of the strips.

Making the back pieces

5. Make the back pieces

Follow the same steps to make two back pieces.

Releasing the grid

6. Release the grid

Gently pull your patterned grids off the pattern paper.

Attaching the pattern

7. Attach the pattern to the skirt

Place the patterned grids on their respective skirt pieces and pin them in place.

Sewing the skirt

8. Sew the skirt

With right sides facing, pin and sew the two back pieces to the front piece on the side seams

Attaching bottom band

9. Attach the bottom band

Fold each long edge of the bottom band into the center.

Pin the band to the bottom of the skirt, sandwiching the skirt between the two layers of the band.

Sewing the zipper

10. Sew in the zipper

Sew in the zipper at the center back of the skirt following the video from 7:28 to 7:40.

11. Attach the waistband

Attach the waistband following the same technique you used for the bottom band.

Completed DIY mini skirt

DIY mini skirt

Here’s the completed DIY mini skirt with my custom block pattern. 

If you decide to try this mini skirt yourself, please leave a comment to let me know how you liked the tutorial and how your DIY mini skirt turned out.

Suggested materials:
  • Pattern paper
  • Ruler
  • Marker
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