Circle Skirts in Five Steps

Ten Sleep is having a baby boom.  Twelve, well, I think it’s twelve, people from Ten Sleep are having babies!  Some live other places now, but we count them just the same!  Additionally, some people know what their little bundles of joy are… and for the first time in a while, we have girls!  Seems like we’ve been on a streak of boys lately, so we’re happy to see some girls come along.

With that many gifts to buy, I went on a search the other day and found this site on Pinterest.  I just HAD to make some and here’s my take on Baby Circle Skirts!

These are easy.  Of course they are, or I wouldn’t be doing them!  However, it did NOT take me 15 minutes to make each one.  I’m slower than that!  Let me show you the steps.

circle skirt 1Aren’t they just CUTE?  I have some pastel onesies on the way from Amazon (affiliate link) and paired with these skirts, you’ll have an irresistibly dressed little sweetie.

1.  Find some fat quarter fabric… in Worland, there wasn’t a big choice for “baby” print.  But these are bright and colorful, so I grabbed them!  These skirts would look great in seersucker or fabric that doesn’t necessarily have a “right” side and a “wrong” side, but I went with good ol’ cotton.  I also purchased 1″ colored elastic from JoAnn’s Fabric (online).  I’m on the lookout for some cowgirl print, which I think would just be perfect…  anyway… you simply need to fold the fat quarter in uh, quarters… ha!  and cut a circle out.  The site at Dana Made It has a printable one for little babies like this, but you can create your own for a bigger girl or yourself, if you want.

circle skirt 2Congrats!  You have a donut!

circle skirt 32.  Now, turn on your iron and iron down a little hem on both sides.  Here’s where I split from the original pattern.  I don’t have a serger.  The next step was to serge the hems, well, I just sewed them.  It caused the bottom seam to roll up.  Plus the rough edge was showing, yuk!  So I doubled the hem and sewed it down.  Looked good but still rolled up.  Aargh.  If these weren’t so darn cute, I would have sewed my mud room curtains right about here… but I hung in there.  Does anyone cut the curves anymore?  It wasn’t in the instructions, but ????  Then I found if you use rickrack or lace or even tiny hem lace, it will keep that cotton from rolling up and looking UGLY.  So, put a ruffle on the bottom seam.

3.  Cut 15″ of the colored elastic.  Again, I deviated from the original.  Her elastic was doubled back on itself when sewn together and I just made it a flat seam.  Much easier, looks better, and no lump for the little sweetheart to lay on!

circle skirt 4

4.  Once you’ve sewn the elastic together, (I did it in a box shape because it’s hard to reverse stitch on elastic, I found!) then pin it to the top waist opening.  You want the elastic to show, so your fabric needs to be on the INSIDE.  I struggled with this, and it’d be much easier if you had serged the top and then stretch stitched it to the elastic.  But, my machine is simple and so, I pinned the tarnation out of that elastic!  First, pin it halfway on the skirt and elastic both, then in half again and again and again…

circle skirt 5

Eventually, it looks like a porcupine.

circle skirt 65.  Sew carefully around the elastic.  Keep your needle down when you stop to remove pins, if it’s up, you create jagged seams on the elastic.

That’s it!  Seriously!

I did these 6 skirts today plus dishes, laundry, chickens/bees, cooked lunch, and visited with Megan and Quinlan (though I put Megan to work helping me sew!).  I’d say it was successful!

circle skirt 6



Circle Skirts in Five Steps — 8 Comments

  1. Carol, these are so darn cute!! I sure wish I had a grandaughter come along so I could make some little skirts like this for her. So far just grandsons (but they are great to have too)! 😉

  2. These are adorable! Colorful and a great way to use up some of those
    fabrics and trims we all seem to have in storage! I liked the way you were able to finish them, and did it without a serger.

    You might find some cowgirl or western-themed fabric on e-Bay. I’m a quilter, and I also “pin the tarnation out of” most projects!! 🙂

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