Clothing + Fashion Sew a One-Seam Skirt

Published on June 24th, 2016 | by Julie Finn

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Sew an Easy One-Seam Skirt

This simple, one-seam skirt is super easy to make from a single length of fabric.

This simple, one-seam skirt is super easy to make from a single length of fabric.

Remember my most favorite ever fabric print, that Hobbit book cover panel that I turned into a fabric wall hanging?

There were actually TWO Hobbit book covers in that yardage that I bought!

The burning question that I asked myself then became: what ELSE can I do with this beautiful fabric to show it off to its fullest extent?

I think that this skirt fits the bill perfectly. It’s made from that single panel, with a casing made from stash fabric, and its existence in my life is currently making me very, very happy.

Even if you don’t have your own perfect panel, this skirt is super easy to make from one single length of fabric. You will need:

fabric. My Hobbit panel is 54″x22.” Since the skirt is elastic-waisted, quite a wide margin of lengths will work well here.

You will also need stash fabric for the waistband.

elastic.

1. Measure out your skirt. The selvage-to-selvage side will be the length of your skirt, so cut enough for the length that you want plus an inch or so for a bottom hem. The fabric’s yardage will be the width of the skirt, gathered up by the elastic waistband.

2. Measure the waistband casing. The waistband casing should be twice the width of your elastic plus an inch for a seam, and the same length as your skirt’s width. Fold the casing fabric in half lengthwise and iron to crease the fold.

One-Seam Skirt

3. Sew the casing fabric to the skirt. Place the fabrics right sides together, and sew the casing fabric to the skirt. You’ll be closing the casing and top-stitching it down after you sew the skirt’s side seam.

4. Sew the skirt’s side seam! I used a French seam for this, because I like the way that it encases the raw fabric edges and is so sturdy, but you can use your favorite seam.

5. Close the casing. Fold the casing back down along the crease line so that the wrong sides are together, then follow the exact same line of stitching to sew that side, too, to the front of the skirt. Leave an opening to insert the elastic later.

One-Seam Skirt

Fold the casing up so that it’s no longer folded against the skirt, then iron the raw edges down toward the skirt. Top stitch all the way around. Your casing should now look like the skirt’s waistband, other than that hole you’ve left for the elastic.

6. Hem the bottom of the skirt. Use your favorite method.

7. Insert the elastic. Use a safety pin to help you feed the elastic through the casing, then sew the elastic together, sew the casing closed, and you’re done!

I made this skirt for my younger daughter, but I really like the fact that since the width of the skirt is so generous, it really ought to fit her until she’s an adult. I may have to replace the elastic a couple of times, but she should be able to walk around in her twenties in an awesome Hobbit skirt!

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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.



2 Responses to Sew an Easy One-Seam Skirt

  1. Beth says:

    I have this exact act same fabric and planned to make a skirt too! I teach 7th grade and have an awesome t-shirt with a JRR quote to go with it. Perfect outfit! Love your version!

    • Julie Finn says:

      That is so cool! We’ve moved from The Hobbit to Lord of the Rings as our family read-aloud, so our entire family is now flat-out obsessed with Tolkien. So far I have a Hobbit wall hanging, this Hobbit skirt, and a quote from Lord of the Rings stenciled on my wall. I wonder what will be next?

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