Long Napkin Skirt Sewing Pattern Tutorial

9 Materials
30 Minutes

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to sew a long skirt for beginners.

I used a non-fray jersey fabric for this skirt sewing pattern so I could leave it unhemmed.

The skirt is so easy to cut and sew, you could make it in as little as 30 minutes! So give it a try and let me know how you get on in the comments.

Tools and materials:

  • 64 inches (160 cm) of 60 inch (150 cm) wide jersey fabric
  • 1.75 inch (4 cm) wide elastic
  • Large safety pin
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Serger (optional)
Cutting out skirt

1. Cut out the skirt

Trim your fabric into a 59 inch (150 cm) square. 

Cutting out skirt

Fold it in half diagonally with the right sides facing. Fold the longest edge in half again.

Place it in front of you with the double folded edge toward you and the folded edge to your right.

Cutting out skirt

Measure a radius of 6 inches (15 cm) from the folded corner around a quarter circle.

Cutting out skirt

Join the points into a curved line and cut it out.

Creating waistband

2. Waistband

Open the skirt out so the waist forms a semicircle.

From the remaining fabric, cut a strip 40 inches (102 cm) long by 4 inches (10 cm) wide for the waistband.

Cut the elastic to fit around your waist comfortably, with an overlap.

Creating waistband

Join the short edges of the waistband, with the right sides together.

Fold the waistband in half lengthways with the wrong sides inside.

Creating waistband

Pin and serge or sew both layers of the raw edges of the waistband to the waist edge of the skirt on the right side.

Leave an opening to insert the elastic.

Creating waistband

Use the safety pin to thread the elastic through the waistband. Make sure to keep the elastic flat and not allow it to twist.

Overlap the ends of the elastic and sew them securely together.

Sew the opening closed.

DIY skirt

DIY skirt

Skirt sewing pattern tutorial

If you use a fabric that frays, you will need to either serge the bottom of the skirt or turn up a narrow hem. 

It’s important to use a fabric that moves and drapes well for this skirt to look its best. With a smart top, this would make an elegant evening skirt.

I like to wear the skirt with one of the points at the front, but you can swivel it around so it’s shorter at the front and back, or however you want.

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Suggested materials:
  • 64 inches (160 cm) of 60 inch (150 cm) wide jersey fabric
  • 1.75 inch (4 cm) wide elastic
  • Large safety pin
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