easy ruffled skirt TUTORIAL

Easy Ruffled Easter Skirt

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i needed a fun new summer skirt, so i whipped this adorable Ruffled Skirt together. i love how easy it was to make, few supplies, and came together quickly! oh and looks ADORABLE on! :)  i was in a rush sewing it late Saturday night because i wanted to wear it to church for Easter Sunday, so here below is just the written instructions. i apologize i don’t have pictures for each step…. but it’s pretty easy! if you have any questions, feel free to email me. i’d love to help out!

Make a simple Skirt

if you make a Ruffled Skirt, please send me a link or pic!! :)

happy sewing!

Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1
    Kendall Schenck

    Sooo Cute!!!

  2. 4

    The ruffled skirt is so cute! I want to print off the directions to make one, but it is unclear when it prints. Is there anyway you can send me the document so I can print it off? It’s just easier for me to have a tangible copy of it.


  3. 5

    Very Cute! I’m going to make one. Cause you make it sound so easy!

  4. 6

    This is my kind of style! You write the directions so easily… maybe I’ll give it a try :) Great post!!!!

  5. 7

    Thank you so much for posting the tutorial! I cannot wait to make it and wear it! I will send you a photo once I finish :)

  6. 8

    Oh my…. you don’t even know how glad I am you posted this. I’m sending you a message with the story….


  7. 9

    Just in Time – I was looking at some Anna Maria Horner fabrics for a skirt and this tutorial will be great – thanks

  8. 10

    this is super cute! I just told my girls recently that mommy NEEDS to make my own skirts! I will be sure to try this one! Thanks for sharing! (I had same thoughts on CE or Snap, however I’m in Az! I saw your little one at CE too!)

  9. 12

    working on one right now, but for some reason I can’t find what the seam allowance is. is it 1/2″?

  10. 13
    Heather loves feathers

    I tired making this tonight. My first attempt ever, at making a skirt. Aside from the phone calls to my mom, who sews – everything, it went O.K. I got a little frustrated right before I was about to sew my ruffle on because my thread kept getting tangled. Grr. So I will revisit this possibly tomorrow night when I have reloaded my patience card.
    I did chose a black striped seer-sucker fabric. I was also thinking about possibly sewing on two cute ruffled pockets onto the front of it with funky buttons.
    I’ll let everyone know how it turns out, will post pic once I’m done.

  11. 14

    My first attempt wasn’t a total success but I still like it and will wear it anyways!!! I can’t wait to make more.

  12. 15

    This is great! I can’t wait to try it out. Thank you!

  13. 16

    Hmmm……Love the skirt and tried to do my measurements. It failed to be something that would fit me. Perhaps a small child, but not me.

    1. 16.1

      I’m so sorry, Shelly! The feedback I’ve received for others has been that it worked great! {and the pics they sent are adorable!} So I’m not sure why yours didn’t work. Did you measure the widest part of your hips? Maybe try having someone else measure for you?

  14. 17
    Lisa Borczynski

    love the skirt…but the shoes even more. probably got them a long time ago huh? what brand? thks. for all the great ideas.

    1. 17.1

      LOL a fellow shoe lover huh?! awesome. Those are some of my fave shoes. I wear them all the time!I bought them at Target last year. They are Xhilaration brand.
      hope that helps!

      1. wow! gorgeous. how i longed to make one for myself. Thanks for the tutorial link. could you please provide some step by step images too along with the description as i am not an expert in stitching. Thanks in advance

        1. Hi Mira,
          I am so sorry, but I did not take pictures of how I made this skirt! It was a last minute project and I didn’t have time to do a thorough tutorial. If you try to make it and have questions, feel free to email me. I’d love to help!!
          happy crafting,

  15. 18

    I love the idea of this skirt. I have never sewn on a sewing machine before….I would love to get one someday soon. So I am printing off these directions as well as the picture for future reference! Thanks for the great idea! Your skirt is gorgeous! :)

  16. 19

    Thanks for posting this! I’ve banned restrictive clothing for the summer (ie..shorts and pants, nothing too serious mind you) and your skirt will definitely pass the summer wardrobe requirements. Now, to find the perfect fabric and get stitchin’! Cheers!

  17. 20
    ali walker

    I LOVE RUFFLES!! I just bought a ruffler foot for my machine. Best $20 i have spent yet. It turns 44″ of material in to ruffles in about 1 minute. LOVE IT!!

    1. 20.1

      I have been coveting a ruffler foot and finally ordered one for my machine. YAY!! thanks for stopping by Ali!
      happy crafting,

  18. 21

    What size elastic do you use for the wasitband?

      1. Anne

        thank you!

  19. 22

    I can’t wait to make this, but I’m a little ocd. What is the seam allowance?

  20. 23

    Cute skirt! If my thighs are wider than my hips, should I use that measurement instead? I always have trouble with skirts & pants becasue of my thighs. :(

    1. 23.1

      Hi Cory,
      Yes, use whichever is larger out of your thigh and hip measurement. Can’t wait to see yours! :D
      happy crafting,

  21. 24

    I LOVE this! l And the tutorial looks so easy. I think I might try this this weekend. Did you use just regular cotton material like the kind you would purchase for quilts?

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  23. 25

    Has anyone tried this on the bias? I bet it would be darling with jersey or a cotton fleece, too. :) Thanks for the directions!

    1. 25.1

      it would be super cute in jersey!! just might have to make another one! thanks for stopping by, Amy!
      happy crafting,

  24. 26

    Do you have photo of step to sew to sew an easy Ruffled Skirt ? I am Thai people , I am interesting in Your post very cute..
    but I cannot not understand English well. I would like to try to make Ruffled Skirt too. please post photo if you have..Thank you so much.
    Best Regards

  25. 27

    what is the name of your fabric…where did you buy it! I love this idea and want to make one now!!!

    1. 27.1

      Thanks! the print is in the Central Park by Kate Spain and made by Moda. {I don’t remember the exact print name, but that should help you find it!}
      happy crafting,

  26. 28

    I just finished making this skirt, and am pleasantly surprised with the results! This is the first skirt I have made that I have actually liked & will wear more than once! I am definately doing a repeat of this skirt! Thank you so much for sharing!

  27. 29
    Jennifer Proctor

    Thank you for the tutorial – love that there’s no pattern involved. I had a yard of fabric I was itching to make a skirt with and decided to just jump in and do it. Have to say I do not enjoy sewing ruffles, but it turned out cute. If I weren’t technologically challenged I would send you a pic.

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  32. 31

    This skirt is super cute and I made my first ever skirt following your instructions. Thank you so much for sharing :) i will send you a pic very soon.
    I am a novice and would like to know if I can follow sewing instruction for knitted fabric on cotton/ poplin. Sorry, I do not have much knowledge about fabrics and draping.

    1. 31.1

      Awesome! I’m so glad you used my instructions! I would love to see your skirt, when you have a moment!
      happy crafting,

  33. 32

    Hi, Thanks so much for this tutorial. I had been looking for a skirt pattern just like this. I have no experience with ruffles, so I have a few questions. On the skirt itself, how close to the bottom edge do you sew the ruffle? Also, when you are gathering the fabric circle for the ruffle, how far from the top edge do you put your gathering stitches? Do you sew the ruffle to the skirt at this same distance? I know these seem like silly questions (like I should know already), but it would really help if you could give me some idea. Thanks so much!

    1. 32.1

      Hi Kathy,
      I think I sewed it a couple inches above or so. {it was a couple years ago!} For the gathering stitches, you’ll want to sew them about 1/4″ from the edge. And yes, you’ll want to sew it to the skirt at the same stitch length- 1/4″.
      Hope this helps!

  34. 33

    Hi Linda. This is great for me. Im new to Pinterest and this look like it my have been posted quite a while ago, but I thought I would try to ask how. I’m a plus size (but losing weight slowly, down 77lbs) and wondered if you thought I should do anything special to make this darling skirt you designed?? Thank you and hope you are well!

    1. 33.1

      Hi Cristie,
      Congrats on the the weight loss!! yay!!!! That’s a lot of hard work, for sure. As for the pattern, just take your measurements today and use them in the pattern. Depending on how fast you’re losing weight, you could sew it a tiny bit small and then when you reach that mini goal, you’ll have a new skirt to celebrate the accomplishment! Good luck! :)

  35. 34
    Maria Larkins

    Thanks for teaching us the easiest way of sewing shorts without a pattern and the ruffled skirt is so dainty and easy to do.

    1. 34.1

      You are very welcome! Glad you enjoyed the tutorials :)

      1. Karen Lang

        What are the settings that make the difference with the ruffler doing “pleating” vs the ruffler doing “gathering?”