How To Make A Bubble Skirt with Free Printable Pattern

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Who doesn’t love a skirt with a playful hem! Today, I’m going to show you How To Make A Bubble Skirt with Free Printable Pattern It’ll make a statement no matter how you wear it! The above knee-length bubble skirt will not leave you exposed on windy days and the waistband is elastic so you can wear it in comfort all day.  This version is also made with an elastic in the hem for extra comfort. When my sewing friend, Debbie showed me this pattern, I was so excited. As you all know, I have lots of skirts on the site and am always looking for new cute patterns and designs. This one is so unique and I think it turned out so great. I used some print fabric for this, but you could make a few of these in a solid color to coordinate with your favorite tops. If you have done some of our previous clothing sewing projects, you should have no trouble with this one. I think this skirt will become a regular in my summer rotation. It’s perfect for a fun night out on a date or with friends. 

bubble hem skirt top photo

Gather up your supplies and let’s get started!

How To Make A Bubble Skirt with Free Printable Pattern

What You’ll Need:

bubble hem skirt supplies

Size Chart:

Imperial (inches)SmallMediumLarge



Waist283032
Hip384042

 This free bubble skirt printable pattern is drafted for a height of 5’ 4”- 5” 5” so you may need to length or shorten the pattern if required. If you need to adjust the pattern, be sure to check our post on Pattern Grading – How to Scale a Pattern Up and Down!

Printing Instructions

This pattern has layers so that you can choose to print only the size you need. To achieve this Adobe Reader must be installed on your machine or device. Adobe Reader allows you to click on the layers icon which will show you each size with an eyeball beside it. Click on the eyeball beside the size you do not want to print.

Before printing check that your printer is set to No scaling or Actual size. Set the Page orientation to Auto or Portrait. And then print page 1. Measure the 2” test square to see if it measures exactly 2”.  If it does, print the remaining pages.

Trimming Pages

Cut off the right and top margins of each printed page before assembling the pattern. You can use tape or school glue to adhere your paper pattern together. 

Pattern Assembly

After the pages have been printed and trimmed as instructed above, use the quarter circles located at the corner of each page for perfect alignment.  When done your bubble skirt printable pattern should look like this: 

Bubble Hem Skirt Pattern

Pattern Pieces Checklist

Once you have printed and assembled your pattern you will cut:

  • Main Skirt    – Cut 1 on the fold
  • Skirt Lining – Cut 1 on Fold – use the dotted line for the lining

Seam Allowance

Use a 3/8” seam allowance unless otherwise instructed.  

General Instructions

Where applicable, sew all knits with a stretch stitch such as a zigzag or a lightning stitch.  Always use a ballpoint needle when sewing knits. Finish all raw edges with a serger or zigzag stitch. 

How To Make A Bubble Skirt with Free Printable Pattern

The first step on this how to make a bubble skirt with free printable pattern is to is to wash, dry, and iron your fabric. I like to begin all my clothing sewing projects like this. It helps preshrink your fabric and prepares it for washing later so that your stitches don’t pull out or fray the first time you wash it. Plus, it helps make the fabric super soft. Once you have done this, print out the included printable pattern. Assemble it and use it to cut out your fabric pieces. With the right sides together, pin the main and the lining fabric at what will become the hem of the skirt.

Now on this bubble skirt pattern & tutorial, it’s time to sew! Sew them together using a 1” seam allowance with a zigzag stitch. Make sure you are using a ballpoint needle. Press the seam towards the lining. 

To determine the length of the elastic to go into the hem of your skirt. Stand with your feet together and measure 4” above your knee. At the 4” mark, measure around your legs similarly to how you would measure around your waist. Make a note of this measurement, then subtract 5” from it.

Next, divide your skirt hem and your elastic into quarters. Pin the elastic to the skirt aligning quarter marks. 

Pulling on the skirt until the elastic is straight, use a wide zigzag stitch and sew the elastic to the skirt 

Fold the skirt so the main fabric is right side together and the lining is right sides together. We are now going to sew along the seam starting from one end of the lining fabric to the other end of the main fabric. 

Fold the skirt so that the main fabric is right sides out and the lining is inside the main fabric. The elastic will not be at the hem of the skirt. 

Align the seam of the main and the lining together. Pin.

Baste both layers of fabrics together. 

Fold the elastic right sides together and sew the short edges. Open the seam allowance on the elastic and stitch a box around it to keep it in place. 

Now on this DIY bubble skirt sewing tutorial, we will start putting it all together. Divide the skirt and the elastic into quarters. 

Pin the wrong side of the elastic against the lining fabric. Pin the quarter marks together ensuring the elastic seam is at the skirt seam. Pin the elastic about a 1/4“ higher than the fabric. 

Sew the elastic to the skirt, stretching the elastic as you go. You will use a stretch /  zigzag stitch.

Flip the elastic over to the right side of the skirt and sew another line of zigzag stitch to secure the elastic to the edge of the skirt using a stretch stitch. 

finished bubble hem skirt

And that’s it! Now you know how to make a bubble skirt with free printable pattern! This is such a fun little skirt. I always get lots of compliments on it. It is super comfortable for all-day wear and I love having new skirts for summer. Pick out some fabric you love and sew your own today!

Fun Bubble Skirt Tutorial

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How To Make A Bubble Skirt with Free Printable Pattern

Bubble Hem Skirt Create Card

Sew this flattering bubble hem skirt! Cute and simple to make.

Active Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Difficulty Moderate
Estimated Cost $11.00

Instructions

  1. Print pattern and use it to cut out your fabric pieces.
  2. With right sides together pin the main and the lining fabric at what will become the hem of the skirt.
  3. Sew them together using a 1” seam allowance.
  4. Press the seam towards the lining. 
  5. To determine the length of the elastic to go into the hem of your skirt. Stand with your feet together and measure 4” above your knee. At the 4” mark, measure around your legs similarly to how you would measure around your waist. Make a note of this measurement, then subtract 5” from it. Next, divide your skirt hem and your elastic into quarters. Pin the elastic to the skirt aligning quarter marks. 
  6. Pulling on the skirt until the elastic is straight, use a wide zigzag stitch and sew the elastic to the skirt 
  7. Fold the skirt so the main fabric is right side together and the lining is right sides together. We are now going to sew along the seam starting from one end of the lining fabric to the other end of the main fabric. 
  8. Fold the skirt so that the main fabric is right sides out and the lining is inside the main fabric. The elastic will not be at the hem of the skirt. 
  9. Align the seam of the main and the lining together.
  10. Pin and baste both layers of fabrics together. 
  11. Fold the elastic right sides together and sew the short edges. Open the seam allowance on the elastic and stitch a box around it to keep it in place. 
  12. Divide the skirt and the elastic into quarters. 
  13. Pin the wrong side of the elastic against the lining fabric. Pin the quarter marks together ensuring the elastic seam is at the skirt seam. Pin the elastic about a 1/4“ higher than the fabric. 
  14. Sew the elastic to the skirt, stretching the elastic as you go. You will use a stretch /  zigzag stitch.
  15. Flip the elastic over to the right side of the skirt and sew another line of zigzag stitch to secure the elastic to the edge of the skirt using a stretch stitch. 
  16. Enjoy!

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