Cute Gathered Skirt With Pockets DIY

by MadebySimstatic
7 Materials
2 Hours

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to sew a gathered skirt with pockets. This is an easy project that is good for people with any level of sewing skills, including beginners. I love the simplicity of this design, and I’m sure you will, too.

Tools and materials:

  • Half a yard of fabric for skirt
  • Half a yard of fabric for lining
  • Elastic
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Fabric chalk
  • Sewing machine
Measure the fabric on your body

Measure how much fabric you need

I started with one yard of fabric, which I folded in half lengthwise and wrapped around my waist to measure how much fabric I would need. It fit around my waist perfectly, and the length was where I wanted it, so all I had to do was cut the fabric in half lengthwise, leaving me with half a yard of fabric for my skirt.

Cut the fabric to size

Cut the fabric in half

Fold and cut the fabric

Since I was planning to add pockets, I folded my fabric in half widthwise, and cut it, so I would have a seam on either side of the skirt, where I could sew in a pocket.

Mark the top of the skirt

Mark the top edge

I drew an arrow with some fabric chalk on the wrong sides of the fabric so I would know where the top of the skirt should be.

Make the shape for the pockets

Make pockets

To make pockets, I folded my fabric, right sides facing, and simply traced a curved shape around my own hand.

Cut out the pockets

Then I cut the shape out of the fabric. I used the first pieces I cut to trace the shape for the second pocket, and cut those out, as well. 

Gathered skirt with pockets pattern

Decide pocket placement on the skirt

I laid one pocket piece on either side of one skirt piece to decide the placement of the pockets.


Angle the pockets

At first, I laid them perpendicular to the side seams but realized that they should actually be somewhat angled. So I repositioned them and cut the excess fabric off before pinning the straight edges of each pocket piece to the sides of the skirt. 

Decide the placement of the pockets

Before pinning the pocket pieces down, I made sure they were level with each other. I placed each one about four inches from the top edge of the skirt. 

Sew the pocket pieces

Sew the pockets

I used a straight stitch to sew one pocket piece onto each side of the skirt fabric.

Iron the seams

Then I ironed the seams flat.

How to make a gathered skirt with pockets

Finally, I topstitched the seam allowance onto the skirt side of the pocket-skirt seam. I repeated this process for the remaining two pocket pieces and the second skirt piece.

Trace the skirt

Cut out the fabric for the lining

To cut the fabric for the lining, I simply placed my skirt on top of the lining fabric and cut around it. This created the lining for one side of the skirt.

Cut the lining

I laid the first piece on top of the remaining lining fabric, and cut around it to create the second piece of lining.

Pin the lining to the skirt

Pin the lining onto the skirt

I pinned each lining piece along the top edge of each skirt piece, right sides together.

Pin the lining right sides facing

Sew the skirt and lining together

Sew the lining onto the top edge of the skirt

Once the lining pieces were pinned in place along the top edge of the skirt, I sewed each one down.

How to sew a gathered skirt with pockets

Sew along both side seams of the skirt

Then, I laid each piece of the attached skirt and lining pieces one on top of the other, right sides facing, pinned them together along the side seams, and sewed all the way down each side, making sure to sew around the edges of the pockets, as well. Once everything was sewn together, I turned the skirt right side out. 

Measure the elastic for the waistband

Measure the elastic

To measure how much elastic I would need for the top of the skirt, I wrapped a length of elastic around my waist so it was slightly extended, but not too tight, and then cut it at that point.

Zigzag stitch the ends together

Sew the ends of the elastic together

I sewed the ends of the elastic together using a zigzag stitch.

Mark the elastic and the skirt

Mark the center point and quarter points

Next, I folded my elastic in half and marked the halfway and quarter points, and did the same along the top edge of the skirt.

Pin the elastic to the skirt

Pin the elastic onto the skirt

I then pinned the elastic to the skirt, matching up the halfway and quarter points I had marked on each.

Sewing a gathered skirt with pockets

Sew the elastic onto the skirt

I sewed the elastic onto the top edge of the skirt using a zigzag stitch and stretching the elastic as I went.

Hem the skirt

Hem the skirt and the lining

The last step was just to hem the skirt and the lining, which I did by double folding the bottom edge of each one, and sewing them down with a straight stitch.

Hem the lining

Completed skirt with pockets

Make a gathered skirt with pockets

Back of the skirt

I hope this tutorial was helpful. Check out my other tutorials for more cool DIY ideas. 

Suggested materials:
  • Fabric for the skirt
  • Fabric for the lining
  • Elastic
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