I loved how much you all loved my post about my $1, two hour dress! I’m obsessed with learning new ways to make life’s necessities in quick, easy, and super affordable ways. So, I’ve decided to continue posting sewing tutorials and techniques from time to time.
Today’s tutorial is probably one of the first clothing items I ever made for myself….
The Quick and Super Easy to Sew Linen Mini Skirt!
These skirts have become a staple in my wardrobe. Throw them on with a pair of leggings and you’re good to go! Here is how it’s done…
1. To get started, you’ll need:
- Linen or Linen Blend Fabric ( To figure out how much fabric you need, take your waist measurement and multiply it by 1.5 then divide by 2 (since fabric is folded in half when you buy it). This is a VERY rough estimate. As long as it goes around your waist with room for a little gather, you’re good.)
- Strong elastic – I used the 3/4 inch, no roll kind.
- Sewing essentials (scissors, matching thread, sewing machine, etc.)
2. Lay your fabric out, folded, and cut off the rough edges. Figure out how long you want your skirt to be, add about 3 inches for the waistband and bottom hem, then cut. I actually ended up cutting this much short than the pictures shows, so just know that you can easily adjust the length later on.
In this picture, the fold is at the bottom. Be sure to leave your fold intact when you cut!
3. Pin and sew along one edge (opposite to the fold) to make a tube.
4. Take the elastic and “measure” it by stretching it around your waist. When it is snug enough to hold up your skirt (but not too tight that it’s uncomfortable!), overlap by about 1 inch and cut.
5. Now, back to the skirt. Starting at the top, fold down the top edge about 1/2 inch and iron. Then, fold again, but this time about 1.5 inches or enough to incase the waistband elastic (as pictured on the right).
6. Straight stitch along the bottom of your waistband fold, leaving about 3 inches open to insert the elastic later on.
7. Back to the ironing board – Fold the bottom edge up about 1/2 inch, iron, then fold the same amount again and iron.
8. Straight stitch along the bottom fold to finish your hem.
9. Attach a safety pin to one end of your elastic and insert into the waistband opening you left earlier. Guide the elastic all the way around, but be sure to leave both ends out for the next step.
10. MAKE SURE YOUR ELASTIC IS NOT TWISTED IN THE WAIST BAND! I’m type-yelling because I seem to do this EVERYTIME. I even double check. So, just know that it’s easy to twist the elastic as you guide it through. With both ends of the elastic in hand, overlap by about 1 inch and zig zag stitch 2 or 3 times vertically.
11. Let the elastic fall back into the waistband, close the opening with a straight stitch, and you’re done!
If you’re like me, these things get addictive. The more you make them, the faster you go. All those gorgeous linen summer prints I fawn over every time I’m at the fabric store now have a purpose! You can make it any length (although, I feel like they look the best short) and in any pattern, fabric weight, or blend that you want! Experiment and have fun! I’ve even added some cotton lace and ribbon to the bottom for some extra embellishment.