How to make a Wrap Skirt; a Fat Quarter Fabric Project

We hope that you enjoy this Wrap Skirt Tutorial and use it to create fun skirt using a variety of your favorite fabrics. You can make it almost entirely from Fat Quarters!

Fat Quarter Wrap Skirt pattern.
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This skirt tutorial was created as a part of the Skirting the Issue series at Simple Simon & Co.

When Liz from Simple Simon & Co. told me about the Skirting the Issue project she mentioned that there was a need for skirts for older girls.

Since most of my previous skirt tutorials have been for little girls, I challenged myself to try to make a skirt for an older girl.

Note: I’ve added at the bottom of the post suggestions for changing the size of the skirt for an adult.

I came up with this wrap skirt because I thought it would be flexible and adjust easily to fit a variety of girls (since it’s a wrap). This skirt is for about a size 12-14 girl, or about a Woman’s size 2-4. However, it’s a wrap skirt and not meant to be an exact size since the width can easily be adjusted when worn.

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The skirt is made from 4 Fat Quarters and some lining yardage. Have fun mixing and matching them the prints of fabric to create something that is entirely your own!

Wrap Skirt Sewing Pattern:

Skirt Size: Girls 12-14 or Women’s 2-4

Skirt Supplies:

4 Fat Quarters for the skirt

4 Fat Quarters or 1 yard fabric for the lining

1 package double wide bias tape

2 yards wide ribbon

Step One: Cut your Fabric

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Cut each fat quarter into 2 pieces each 9″ wide by 20″ tall. Before you cut, double check and ensure that you can cut 2 pieces out of one fat quarter of fabric.

Measure in 2″ from each upper corner of one of the 9″ sides of the piece, and place a mark at each 2″ spot.

Draw a diagonal line from the 2″ mark on your piece to the bottom corner (on the other 9″ side). Cut along the diagonal line. Repeat on the other side. When you are done you will have a trapezoid shaped piece that is 9″ across the bottom by 5″ across the top and 20″ tall.

Do this for all 4 fat quarters, at the end you should have 8 pieces.

Using one cut piece as a guide, cut 8 lining pieces from your lining fabric then set lining pieces aside.

Step Two: Assemble the Skirt

Stitch 2 skirt pieces together along the long sides and press the seams open.  Repeat until you’ve sewn all 8 pieces together.

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Step Three: Sew the Skirt Lining

Repeat the skirt construction step using the fabric lining pieces.

Place skirt lining and skirt, right sides together. Stitch along the two side seams and bottom seam.  Press seams open and then turn skirt right side out.

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Step Four: Add the Ribbon Straps

Cut your ribbon into 2 pieces, 24″ and 48″.  Unpick about 2″ down on your skirt side seams at the top and insert the ribbon piece in and then stitch the opening closed.  The 24″ piece of ribbon will be stitched to the right most panel (the one that will show on the front) and the 48″ ribbon will be stitched on the left most panel.

Baste the top seam of the skirt, close to the edge.

Step Five: Finish the Top Edge of the Skirt

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To finish the top edge of the skirt, attach double fold bias tape.  To attach, fold the bias tape open and stitch the raw edge of the bias tape to the raw edge of the skirt.

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Fold bias tape over and top stitch in place.

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To finish, stitch a buttonhole close to the seam between the 2nd and 3rd skirt panels so that you can feed the strap around the back of the skirt.

Press well and you’re done!

Sizing Suggestions:

Note: these are only suggestions. I”ve not made the skirt in a larger size. If you wish to make this skirt larger you can do one of two things:

  1. If you only wish to make it slightly larger you can increase the number of panels. Instead of 8, you could do 9 or 10. Since it’s a wrap skirt it will just fold over itself until it fits.
  2. If you wish to make the skirt much larger- I would suggest only using each fat quarter once (or buy 2 of the same if you want to repeat fabrics) and increasing the rectangle size from 9″x 20″ to 12″ x 20″- still using the 2″ mark on each corner to create your trapezoid.
  3. If you wish to make the skirt longer- use yardage NOT fat quarters.

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28 Comments

  1. Very lovely!!! Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to make this. I prefer my skirts to hit below the knee. I’m 5’5″…do you think this will be long enough? Thanks!!

    1. Probably not- I’m 5’9″ and it hits me about mid thigh. (not that I could wear it, as it’s tiny LOL!!)

  2. How cute! I’m totally going to have to make one of these for myself. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Debbie..(O:
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  3. l looove this skirt, and can’t wait for my pregnancy to be over so that I know what size I should make it in. Making sure it will fit around the “waist”. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. I just have to say, that i saw this and i ran to buy the fabric, i am size four and i did not 8 but 9 cuarters. Also as the first lady asking for her size 5.5 i’m that tall and what i did was to keep the measures sugested here and add a 2 inches hass instead of ribbon, it is awsome. I used diferent fabrics in wine red and it is in the lnee as i love……………

    Thanks for the super idea

    1. Thanks for the details you shared, I think they will help many people who are making the skirt!

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  6. Hi, Love this skirt! Going to make one for my daughter today. I’m going to use 9 fat quarter pieces instead of 8, just to be on the safe side. She’s soon-to-be-twenty-one and a college student, and prefers her skirts mid-thigh. She’s 5’5′ and her waist is 27″. Would I just make the length shorter than 20? Say about 17 inches for the lengths of all the pieces and keep all the other cutting measurements the same? I’m kind of a newbie. 🙂
    My fat quarters are in the washing machine on gentle cycle right now! So I’m in need of a quick reply! LOL
    Thanks,
    Kat~

    1. Hi,
      I would keep the length the same since it’s easy to shorten if it’s too long, but harder to lengthen if it’s too short. I can’t wait to see how it turns out! Good luck!

  7. I love this idea! And I love being able to make a skirt and not having to really measure for it 🙂 (this is extremely helpful when you are losing the baby weight) What about using extra fabric and making it into a sort of fat bias tape for the tie?

  8. I’m using this to teach my daughter to sew. I’m probably not the best teacher as I got confused by the “measure 2″ on each side and get 5″ on the top.” Finally after talking it out, I got it. What a ditz I am! We’ll report back on her success!

    1. I am also having problems working out the 2 inch on each side and get 5 inch on top. I have drawn out a diagram on paper but still can’t figure it out. It looks like a trapezoid but the measurement isn’t 5″ across. It seems if I did it another way I would waste fabric and I don’t think you’re meant to do that! Could you provide a diagram, please? I love the idea and I know it should be easy!

  9. Hi, can you tell me what fabric you’ve used in the picture… Want to make this skirt exactly as per your photo..l its lovely!

  10. Please help me to understand. I am a new sewist. I want to learn how to sew, especially how to measure fabric for cutting instead of using an already made pattern cutting.

    My question is what is basic or standard way to follow for the sizes of fabric that I want to cut? e.g. making a skirt. 86cm waist, 103cm hips, 91cm length.

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  12. I’m a bit confused about the measurements for cutting the trapezoid shape. If I mark 2 inches on the top (a 9 inch side) and cut from there …don’t I then have a 7 inch top? Tutorial says 5 inch.

    I imagine I’m just missing something simple…..can you help?

    Thanks, Sarah

  13. I made 2 of these skirts in the past couple of weeks and just bought more fabric quarters to make more! I love this idea and am so happy with my skirts! I’m 5’0″ tall and the length is good for me. I generally wear a size 4 and did 9 panels, which gives a good amount of wrap for me. Thank you so much for sharing this post! I’m so happy I found this on Pinterest!

  14. I am excited to run across this skirt and pattern! I wore one of the same design in 1969 and everyone I worked with wanted the pattern for themselves. I purchased mine but one of the secretaries was a seamstress and so we were all made wrap-skirt rich.
    Mine was a solid on one side and small checks of the same color on the other side so it was reversible.
    I love your bright large print idea and can’t wait to make one for my granddaughter.

  15. Hi. I would like to try this but with an elastic band at the top instead of a wrap. Can you tell me how to do this?
    Thanks

  16. Have you won an award for this idea? I hereby nominate you for “Best Clothing Idea” in the “What in the World do I Make with this Crazy Fabric Gift.” Thank you. I like this skirt so much.

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