How to Sew Skirt With Elastic Waistband? – (Easy Guide)

Last Updated on October 18, 2023

Making your own elastic waist skirt is a simple and enjoyable sewing project I’m thrilled to share with you today. Do not worry if you have ever felt frightened by sewing. This Skirt With Elastic Waistband project is quite simple and suitable for beginners. You can accomplish it, I guarantee it!

How to Sew Skirt With Elastic Waistband


  • Yes, you can create a stylish elastic waist skirt, perfect for those new to sewing.
  • Choose your favorite fabric and adjust the length for a personalized touch.
  • All you need is fabric, elastic, a measuring tape, scissors, and a sewing machine to make this fashionable skirt.
  • Complete this sewing project in no time and wear your creation proudly, showcasing your unique style.
  • Boost your sewing confidence with this simple yet rewarding DIY skirt, ideal for novice and aspiring sewists.

How to Sew Skirt with Elastic Waistband

How to Sew Skirt with Elastic Waistband

To sew a skirt with an elastic waistband, measure and cut your fabric to the desired length, create a casing for the elastic at the waist, insert the elastic, sew the side seams, hem the bottom, and you’re done!

 Materials You’ll Need

  • Fabric: Choose a fabric of your liking. I recommend cotton for its comfort and ease of sewing.
  • Elastic Band: Opt for a 3/4-inch elastic band (or adjust according to your preference).
  • Measuring Tape: Essential for accurate measurements.
  • Scissors: Fabric scissors are preferable, but regular ones will work too.
  • Sewing Machine: Your trusty sewing companion.
  • Safety Pin: Handy for threading the elastic through the waistband.

Step by Step Guide

This project is incredibly easy and yields a cute, personalized skirt that you’ll be proud to wear.

Step 1: Measure and Cut Your Fabric

Measure and Cut Your Fabric
Measure and Cut Your Fabric

Start by measuring your waist (or hips, depending on where you want the skirt to sit) and the desired length of your skirt. Double the length measurement and cut out the fabric accordingly. Remember to add a couple of inches to accommodate the elastic waistband and the hem.

Step 2: Sew the Waistband Casing

Sew the Waistband Casing
Sew the Waistband Casing

Fold down the waistband area about an inch and sew along the edge, leaving a small opening to insert the elastic. This will create a casing for the elastic band.

Step 3: Insert the Elastic

Insert the Elastic
Insert the Elastic

Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic band and thread it through the casing, being careful not to let the other end get lost inside. Once it’s all the way through, sew the ends of the elastic together securely.

Step 4: Sew the Side Seams

Sew the Side Seams
Sew the Side Seams

Turn your fabric inside out and sew the side seams of the skirt, leaving openings for the elastic band.

Step 5: Hem the Bottom

Hem the Bottom
Hem the Bottom

Try on the skirt to determine the ideal length. Hem the bottom of the skirt by folding the fabric inward and sewing along the edge to create a neat finish.

Step 6: Final Touches

How to Sew Skirt With Elastic Waistband
Sew Skirt With Elastic Waistband

Trim any loose threads, turn your skirt right side out, and voila! You’ve just created your very own elastic waist skirt.

FAQ – People Also Ask

Can I use a different type of fabric for this project, or does it have to be cotton?

While cotton fabric is recommended for its ease of sewing, you can experiment with other lightweight fabrics like linen, jersey, or even denim. Ensure the fabric is thick enough, as it might be challenging to work with.

I don’t have a sewing machine. Can I sew this skirt by hand?

While a sewing machine makes the process faster, you can sew this skirt by hand using a simple running stitch. It might take a bit longer, but the result will be just as charming.

Can I add pockets to this skirt?

To add pockets:

  1. Cut out pocket shapes from your fabric before sewing the side seams.
  2. Attach the pockets to the front pieces, leaving the top open for your hands.
  3. Continue with the rest of the sewing steps as usual.

Can I make this skirt for a child or teenager?

You can adjust the measurements to fit any size. Measure the child or teenager’s waist and desired skirt length, and follow the same steps to cut the fabric accordingly. 

Feel free to reach out if you have any more questions.


This project is not only beginner-friendly but also highly customizable. Experiment with different fabrics, lengths, and elastic sizes to create a variety of skirts tailored to your style. So, what are you waiting for?

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