How to Sew a Circle Skirt from a Kid’s Bed Sheet (or other Directional Fabric)

piece the skirt with right sides together
Hem the bottom of the skirt.

Using this pattern pieces, you can fussy cut directional fabric in several ways:

  • Folding the fabric in half and putting one side of the pattern piece against the fold will allow you to cut out half the skirt at once. The direction of the fabric will be perfect in the middle of each piece, and will gradually make a ninety-degree shift to each edge. 
  • Folding the fabric in half AND folding the pattern piece in half and putting one side of the pattern piece against the fold will allow you to cut out one-fourth of the skirt at once. The direction of the fabric will be perfect in the middle, and will only shift 45 degrees to each side.
  • Folding the pattern piece in quarters but leaving the fabric unfolded means that you will have to cut out eight pieces for your skirt, but will allow you to fussy cut each panel so that the directionality is nearly perfect on each piece.
She loves her Charlie Brown circle skirt!
She loves her Charlie Brown circle skirt!

Piece the panels of the skirt together, finishing each seam as you go.

To finish the waist with an elastic waistband, cut a piece of elastic about 1″ smaller than the waist measurement (this length actually depends on how the wearer prefers the waist to fit–snug or loose?). You can make an easy casing for the waist using bias tape, but I actually like to fold the raw edge of the waist over to the inside and baste it down, then zig-zag stitch the elastic directly to this hem. Stitch the elastic together into a circle before you begin, then mark both the elastic and the skirt’s waist with pins at the quarters, pin the elastic and skirt together at the quarters, and stretch the elastic as you sew to fit the waist–it will magically gather as you go.

To finish the skirt’s bottom hem, you can again use bias tape, or a simple double-folded seam.

And that’s how to sew your kid a Charlie Brown circle skirt in which Charlie Brown never has to stand on his head!

Written by Julie Finn

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, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.

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