How To Sew A Circle Skirt With Free Printable Pattern

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At HappiestCamper, we love bringing you new and exciting sewing projects! This week we have a brand new pattern for you thanks to our sewing friend, Debbie! We are going to show you how to sew a circle skirt with free printable pattern! This woven circle skirt is such fun to wear and so easy to make. The skirt has an exposed elastic waistband and is designed to fit easily over the hips and snug at the waist with a modest below the knee length for anyone between 5’3” to 5’ 7” tall. You can dress it up or down for a casual or classy look!

How To Sew A Circle Skirt With Free Printable Pattern

What I love about this clothing project is the included free printable pattern. If you’ve ever tried to make your own clothes before, you know that having a pattern you can simple adjust to your size and cut out makes all the difference! No more worrying about fit, just cut out your fabric and sew. Let’s get started sewing our circle skirt!

Supplies For A Circle Skirt With Free Printable Pattern

supplies to sew a circle skirt

Size Chart:

Imperial (inches)SmallMediumLarge
Waist283032
Hip384042

Pattern Pieces Checklist

Once you have printed and assembled your pattern. You will cut the following pieces. (The elastic length is provided in a cut chart and is not a pattern piece). 

Main SkirtCut 2 on fold 
ElasticCut 1

Cutting Chart – Elastic for Waistband 


SmallMediumLarge
1.5 – 2” wide elastic262830

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

printable pattern to sew a circle skirt

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.  

Seam Allowance

Use a 3/8” seam allowance unless otherwise instructed

How To Sew A Circle Skirt With Free Printable Pattern

lay out pattern for sewing  a circle skirt

I like to start any project by washing, drying, and ironing my fabric. This acts as a preshrink and makes it easier to cut. Next, go ahead and lay out your pattern piece onto your fabric. Fold your fabric in half right sides together and place the pattern piece with the folded edge along the fold of the fabric.  If you are using a fabric with a one-way print, ensure that the print is facing the right direction. 

sew side seams of circle skirt

You should now have two half circles to start with. The first thing is to sew the side seams.

sew sides seams of circle skirt

Put the two half skirts right sides together pin at the side seams and sew using a 3/8” seam allowance. Finish the edges with a pinking shear or zigzag stitch. 

hemming circle skirt

Now we will hem the circle skirt. Set your sewing machine to the longest straight stitch. Sew around the entire hem of the skirt using 3/8” seam allowance. This basting stitch will make it easier to hem the curve of the skirt in the following steps. The fabric may gather a bit due to the curve, but this is what will help us to get a smooth hem in the next step.

adding gathers to circle skirt

Fold the hem along the basting stitch, distributing the gathers so that when you make the other 3/8” fold the hem will lay flat.  Press if needed.

folding over hem of circle skirt

Fold the hem again another 3/8” and pin. Press again if needed so that it lays flat.

sew circle skirt hem

Now, we can sew the hem of the skirt using a 1/8” seam allowance. Your circle skirt is now hemmed!

Next on this how to sew a circle skirt with free printable pattern sewing tutorial, we will make the waistband for our skirt! Start by changing your thread color if necessary so that it matches your elastic. 

sew waistband of circle skirt

Place the short ends of the elastic together and sew using a straight stitch.

sewing waistband of circle skirt together

Open the seam and pin or finger press to keep it open.  

sewing around circle skirt waistband
sew a square around waistband of circle skirt seam

Sew a square around the opened seam using a straight or small zigzag stitch. This will secure the seam allowance of the elastic in place. You are about halfway through this how to sew a circle skirt with free printable pattern sewing tutorial!

pin and quarter circle skirt waistband

Next, we need to mark the elastic into quarters. Start by folding the waistband in half at the sewn seam and place a pin at the sewn seam. Then, place another pin at the opposite end of the waistband. Fold the waistband so that the two pins are now on top of  each other. Mark the other two quarters of the elastic at the sides.

pin and quarter circle skirt

You will quarter the waist of the circle skirt in the same way you did the waistband. Place a pin at each of the side seams. Fold the skirt so that the side seams are on top of each other. Mark the other two quarters of the skirt at the sides.

pin elastic waistband to circle skirt

Next on this how to sew a circle skirt with free printable pattern sewing tutorial, we will pin the elastic to the waist of the skirt with the wrong sides together. Pin the elastic seam on one of the skirt side seams that you had sewn. Pin so that the elastic is 1/4” above the skirt edge. You will then match each of the pins in the elastic with a pin in the skirt until all four sections have been pinned. 

You will notice that the fabric for your circle skirt is longer than the elastic. That is because we want the elastic to stretch when we have finished sewing it. We need to use a stretch stitch to attach the elastic to the skirt. A good stitch to use is the zigzag stitch so set your sewing machine to a 3 width and 3 length zigzag stitch.

sewing elastic waistband to circle skirt

With your sewing machine needle in the skirt and the presser feet already down, hold the next quarter point and stretch the elastic so that it will be as long as the area of the skirt you are trying to sew it to.  Sew the elastic to the skirt remembering to leave about a ¼” of the elastic at the top. 

When you have finished sewing the first quarter point mark on your circle skirt waistband, hold on to the next quarter point and continue to stretch your elastic to fit the skirt waist. Repeat these steps until you have sewn all around the skirt waist.

fold over elastic onto skirt
pin in place

Flip the elastic to the right side of your circle skirt and pin in place.

add waistband

We are at the last and final step in this how to sew a circle skirt sewing tutorial! Using the zigzag stitch we used before, sew along the bottom of the elastic to secure the elastic to the skirt so that the raw edges are hidden. You will stretch the elastic slightly as you sew. 

finished skirt

That’s it! Now you know how to sew a circle skirt with free printable pattern! This super cute skirt makes a great addition to any wardrobe and would make a nice gift for any occasion. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned sewist, this tutorial will have you looking fabulous in no time!

Easy Sew Circle Skirt Sewing Tutorial

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How To Sew A Circle Skirt With Free Printable Pattern

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This cute Circle Skirt is a great addition to any wardrobe! The included free printable pattern makes it easy to get all your fabric cut to the correct size you need. Fun and simple sewing tutorial! Pick out your fabric print and have fun!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $50.00

Instructions

    1. Print & cut out the pattern. Assemble using instructions on pattern.
    2. Lay out your pattern piece onto your fabric. Fold your fabric in half right sides together and place the pattern piece with the folded edge along the fold of the fabric. 
    3. You should now have two half circles to start with. Put the two half skirts right sides together pin at the side seams and sew.
    4. Finish the edges with a pinking shear or zigzag stitch. 
    5. To hem the skirt, set your sewing machine to the longest straight stitch. This will be a basting stitch.
    6. Sew around the entire hem of the skirt using 3/8” seam allowance. This basting stitch will make it easier to hem the curve of the skirt in the following steps.
    7. Fold the hem along the basting stitch distributing the gathers so that when you make the other 3/8” fold the hem will lay flat.  Press if needed.
    8. Fold the hem again another 3/8” and pin. Press if needed
    9. Sew the hem of the skirt 1/8” from the fold.
    10. To make the waistband, change your thread color if necessary, to match your elastic. 
    11. Place the short ends of the elastic together and sew using a straight stitch.
    12. Open the seam and pin or finger press to keep it open.  
    13. Sew a square around the opened seam using a straight or small zigzag stitch.
    14. Mark the elastic into quarters.
    15. Quarter the waist of the skirt like you did the waistband.
    16. Pin the elastic to the waist of the skirt wrong sides together so that the elastic is 1/4” above the skirt edge. 
    17. You will then match each of the pins in the elastic with a pin in the skirt until all four sections have been pinned. 
    18. When you have finished sewing the first quarter point mark, hold on to the next quarter point and continue to stretch your elastic to fit the skirt waist. 
    19. Repeat these steps until you have sewn all around the skirt waist.
    20. Flip the elastic to the right side of the skirt. 
    21. Using a small stretch stitch, sew along the bottom of the elastic to secure the elastic to the skirt so that the raw edges are hidden. You will stretch the elastic slightly as you sew. 
    22. Enjoy your new Circle Skirt!

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