This Pretty Ruffle Wrap Skirt is the Perfect Summer Wardrobe Item

Jess Dang
by Jess Dang
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3 Hours

Let’s make a ruffle wrap skirt together! You’d be surprised how easy it is to make a cascading ruffle wrap skirt. I have the perfect step-by-step DIY long wrap skirt tutorial, including how to make the ruffle wrap skirt sewing pattern to your own measurements. Even if you’re a beginner, you’ll be able to make this like a pro!

Tools and materials:

  • 1.5m Soft cotton fabric (1.64 yards)
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
Measuring the ruffle wrap skirt pattern

1. Make the ruffle wrap skirt pattern

First, start drawing the ruffle wrap skirt pattern on paper. Draw the waistline measurement. This is a quarter of your waist size plus 4cm (1.57 inches). 

Marking the measurements on paper

Then, draw another straight line at 20cm (7.87 inches). This is the width from the belly button to the widest part of your backside. 

Using a ruler to draw the pattern

The length of the second straight line is 24cm (9.44 inches). This is a quarter of my hip measurement, plus 1cm (0.39 inches). 

DIY ruffle wrap skirt sewing pattern

Draw a line to connect the two sidelines, as shown.

Drawing the curved line on the pattern

From the first line, measure 2cm (0.78 inches) and draw a curved line. 

Easy ruffle wrap skirt pattern

Now, measure and draw the length of the DIY wrap skirt. Draw this on the folded line. The measurement of your skirt should be from the belly button to the knee. 

Drawing the pattern on paper with a marker

On the adjacent line, make a 60cm (23.62 inches) mark (5cm or 1.96 inches shorter than the length). Then, draw a curve downward to connect to the original folded length line, as shown. 

Drawing the ruffle wrap skirt sewing pattern

Now, cut the skirt. This is the back part. To make the front part, simply trace the back piece on paper. 

The cut-out pieces of skirt pattern

Hand draw to continue the curved line from the back to the front. I measured the front waistline to 32cm (12.6 inches, half my waist size) and put a mark, to gauge how to draw the curve.

The fabric pieces cut using the pattern

After you have both patterns, apply them to the fabric. You should have one big back piece and two front pieces. 

Pinning the fabric pieces together

2. Assemble the wrap skirt

Now, pin each front piece to the side seams, as shown. 

Sewing the side seams of the skirt

Then, carefully sew the side seams. 

Taking measurements for the ruffles

Now, measure the length of the skirt. Start from the top, and measure the side curves to the other top side. This will be for your ruffles. 

A long rectangle of fabric for the ruffles

3. Make the ruffles

Cut a long rectangle at 14cm (5.51 inches) wide and twice the length of the skirt. You can even join the strips, should the length not fit in one entire piece. 

Cutting the fabric on a curve

Now, cut some curves at the short ends of the strip. 

Folding the raw edges over and pinning

On one end of the strip, fold the raw edge over twice, and pin. This may take a while, but to ensure a neat finish, it’s totally worth it. Then, go ahead and sew the fold as close to the edge as possible. 

Sewing the fabric strips

On the other side of the strip, sew a loose seam. 

Gathering the fabric to create ruffles

Now, gather the fabric to create small ruffles. Make sure that the length of the strip is the same length as the outer skirt. 

Connecting the ruffles to the DIY skirt

Go ahead and connect the gathered side to the side of the skirt. First, connect the two ends on either side and then the rest after. 

Sewn to secure the layers

Now, sew to secure both layers. 

Creating darts in the fabric

5. Make darts (optional)

The waist turned out a little big for me, so I decided to make some darts on the back piece of the DIY long wrap skirt. To see how I do this, go to 6:06 minutes on my video tutorial. 

Long rectangle for the skirt waistband

6. Make the waistband

To make the skirt waistband, cut a long rectangle that measures 6cm (2.36 inches) in width and approximately 200cm (78.74 inches) long.

Connecting the fabric pieces together

Connect the middle of the rectangle to the side of the fabric that will be placed on top of the other side.  

The pinned waistband

Now, pin the whole waistband, right sides touching, as shown. Then, sew to secure. 

Folding the edges

Now, fold the top edge of the waistband over by 1cm (0.39 inches) and again over the bottom seam. Pin all around and sew. 

Making a small hole for the side strap

7. Make a small hole

Now, the last step is to make a small hole to insert the side strap. Make this hole on the side where the flap overlaps the other. Use a seam ripper for this part. Be sure only to do this right under the waistband. 

Blue ruffle wrap skirt

Ruffle wrap skirt tutorial

Woohoo, you’re ready to strut your new DIY ruffle wrap skirt! This is a great versatile item to have in your summer wardrobe. I hope you found this tutorial on how to make a ruffle wrap skirt easy to follow and that you'll try and make your own DIY wrap skirt too.

Suggested materials:
  • 1.5m Soft cotton fabric (1.64 yards)
  • Paper
  • Pen
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