Tutorial: Madras Plaid Skirt from Charm pack..

So yesterday we get an invisible fence installed and the CUT MY CABLE line… no internet until now… So FINALLY here is the tutorial..
I hope this makes sense… If you have a question feel free to email me!

*edited to add…. hi… I feel terrible that I have to add this… but this skirt tutorial is provided for your own FOR FUN at home use ONLY, please do NOT take this and make or sell a pattern of it. I just saw today that someone took my patchwork skirt tutorial and is selling a pattern of it… not cool.. I want to keep putting this stuff up for free and to share, but only if everyone can play nice!****

For the skirt you will need: 1-2 Charm Packs depending on size. (I used 28 squares)
1 yrd fabric for underskirt.
1/4″ yard for skirt waistband and bottom band (you can use a fat quarter for the waistband if you want another fabric for contrast)
1/4″ wide elastic

I used the April Cornell A little romance charm pack.

To begin:
Figure the size first… I would not recommend this for a small toddler unless you want it long… I think less than 2 rows of squares would not look right…
Measure the waist of the child you want to make the skirt for…
My daughters waist is 20″
Times that by 1.75 ( I want this skirt to be less full than the last one)
That give me 35″… Now here is the “tricky” part… the squares come 5″… so pick the number of squares that give you the closest size to that measurement… I was lucky… 35 is 7 charm squares. Just round up to the nearest 5″ and use that many squares.
So I had 2 rows of 7 squares for the front
2 rows of 7 squares for the back…

Waistband: (if you want it wider just make it bigger… I thought 3″ looked good)
3″x24″ (just add 4-5 inches to waist measurement, my waist measurement was 20 so I cut it 24″)

Skirt band:
WAIT to cut this until the skirt front is sewn together (as you sew the squares together it changes the width of the skirt)… Measure the width of the sewn skirt front = {skirt front}
cut 2 pieces.
2″ x {width of skirt} remember you need 2 pieces!

2 pieces that are
{width of skirt} x 13″ (if your skirt has 3 rows of squares … add 5″ so 18″ instead of 13″)

NOTE: It is VERY important to keep all your seams the same… otherwise your squares will not line up…

The rest of the skirt sews together the same as my previous tutorial… so the fabric is different but follow the same steps.

Run 2 rows of gathering stitches along the top of the 2 skirt pieces. Set aside.
On waistband piece, sew side seams and fold under one side 1/4″ and press. Fold under again 1/2″ and press. Then sew along bottom edge, leaving open 1/2″ to make elastic casing.

Gather skirt and attach to waistband. When I gather skirts, I think it is easier to gather in sections rather than the whole skirt, that way if the thread breaks you don’t lose the whole piece.
Sew skirt to the UNFOLDED edge of waistband.
Measure a piece of 1/4″ elastic to size and thread into waistband. Sew casing closed.

Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.


  1. says

    I wondered where you were. I guess I could just pick up the phone and call you, but that would be too easy. I love the colors of this skirt. It is beautiful. So pretty, yet so preppy. I love that you got a package in the mail. Isn’t that the best feeling when it isn’t even something you ordered. So cool. Call you soon.

  2. says

    That is soooo cute! I just need a little girly girl to make it for! I have a new niece… I bet she needs one. I wonder if I could cut it down to a size 3 months? LOL!

  3. says

    I just finished a St. Patrick’s Day version of this skirt for my daughter. It turned out beautifully and I have to thank you for sharing such a wonderful tutorial…so, THANK YOU!

  4. joyce says

    this is so cute but I think I am going to make the 2 skirts separate. that way when my little girl grows a little taller, I can just make her a new under skirt and add a row of lace to the top skirt, also I can make different top skirts and different bottom skirts and it will extend her wardrobe at teach her to mix and match

  5. Crafty Cougar says

    Thank you for this cutest skies pattern. I have some granddaughters who will love this. The best thing is that no two will look alike with different fabric choices. Love it.


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