48 + Free Skirt Tutorials

A few weeks ago, I posted an article on making bags, which is an easy place to learn how to sew, but if you’re wanting to start sewing clothes, then a skirt is a nice and easy garment to start with. All of the skirt tutorials below don’t require commercial patterns, but are either pattern-less, or show you how to draw up your own easy patterns. Of course this way, the skirt fits perfectly.

I’ve scoured the web to bring together some great free skirt tutorials. I found so many wonderful skirt tutorials that it was hard to choose which to include. If in doubt, I added a link. I’ve tried to include a variety of styles, sewing techniques, difficulty levels and funky inspiration ideas so that mixing and matching from these tutorials means that you can make almost any type of skirt imaginable. There are a lot of skirts for young girls, but they can be just as easily be made for adults by changing the measurements or vice versa.

As usual, these tutorials are usually for personal use only, not commercial use, consult each individual website for details.


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Simple A-Line Skirts

1. 20 Minute Skirt


2. Fast and Cheap Skirt


3. 5 Minute Skirt


4. Skinny Skirt


This is actually a video but it gives a good idea of how to make it and looks really easy.

5. Bias Cut Skirt


6. Gathered Skirt


7. Simple short gathered skirt

short gathered skirt

8. A-Line with Ruffle


9. Ruffled Linen Skirt


To draw up a pattern-less a-line skirt, check out this tutorial and this tutorial.

To make a skirt pattern with godets (little flared bits at the bottom, check out this tutorial.

Wrap Skirts

10. Wrap Skirt


11. Short Wrap Skirt


12. Longer Wrap Skirt

Part One and Part Two


13. Complex Wrap Skirt


Peasant Skirts

14. Peasant Skirt


15. Peasant Skirt


16. Summer Swing Skirt


17. Petticoat skirt


Pleated Skirts

18. Easy Pleated Skirt


More on making pleats.

Circle Skirts

19. Tablecloth Circle Skirt


20. Circle Skirt


For info on a 1/2 circle skirt, click here.

21. Striped Skirt


Panelled Skirts

22. Simple Circle 6 Panel Skirt


23. Fishtail skirt


Check out the same site for a pencil skirt and gored skirt or here for a gored skirt pattern, or here.

24. Two Colour Panel Skirt


Maternity Skirts

25. Maternity Skirt


The author altered this pattern to turn it into a maternity skirt

26. Maternity A Line Skirt


To draw up a pattern-less a-line skirt, check out this tutorial.

Recycled Skirts

27. Skirt from Man’s Button Down Shirt


Download the tutorial as a PDF

28. Scrap Skirt


29. Skirt From Jeans


30. Skirt from tablecloth


Girls Skirts

31. Twirly Skirt 1


32. Strip work Skirt


33. ‘Charming’ Skirt


34. Twirly Skirt 2


35. Ruffled Girls Skirt


36. Layered Circle Skirt


37. Twirly Skirt 3


38. Sydney’s Skirt


39. Patchwork A-Line


Something a bit different

40. Bubble Skirt


41. Lolita Ruffled Skirt


The black underskirt is a separate tutorial found here.

For a variation on the Lolita skirt see tutorials part one and part two here.

42. Full Gathered Skirt


43. Gypsy Skirt


44. Belly Dancing Skirt


45. Eight Pointed Skirt


46. Fairy Skirt


47. Burlesque Bustle Skirt


48. Victorian Skirt


Know of a great skirt tutorial? Why not add it to the comments section below.


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25 Responses to “48 + Free Skirt Tutorials”
  1. Kim says:

    Help! I was needing to make the Victorian bustle skirt before next weekend but the website that it links to is being “repaired” at the moment. Does anyone have a pattern for it or something like it??

  2. Satina says:

    Wow. Can I just…I mean…I am speechless at how helpful this is. Wowowow. Thank you soooooo much for putting these all in place. I won’t have to go anywhere else. It’s absolutely divine. Thankyouthankyouthankyou.

  3. Fin says:

    Hi, I love the maternity skirt in pic 25, but the link goes to a totally different skirt! Do you know what the actual link is? Thanks!

  4. Melissa says:

    Oops. Thanks Fin. I’ve fixed the link.

  5. Fin says:

    Thanks for fixing that link Melissa. I’m definitely going to make one of these!

  6. Rebecca says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    I was looking everywhere for a pattern or anything for a fishtail skirt but not a single one was right at all! I don’t think I would have found this one without your compilation, and its perfect!

  7. Melissa says:

    Glad it was useful. Thanks for leaving a comment.

  8. Mummyzilla says:

    Hi, I linked to your post, because it has so many cool skirts. You can find my post here http://mummyzilla.blogspot.com/2011/03/sewing-skirts.html

  9. Melissa says:

    Liz, if you’re out there, I hope you get to read this comment. I’ve tried replying to your email several times, and each time it bounces. So please don’t think I’ve ignored you, I’m trying to reach you!
    To answer your question, if you’re interesting in particular fabrics used in the tutorials for the skirts or bags, please contact the blog owners for each tutorial and they will be able to tell you about the fabric used.
    Thanks, hope you get this message.

  10. carol says:

    This is marvelous! As another said this is the only link I need for skirts:) thankyou for your effort-we appreciate it;)

  11. Cate says:

    Thanks so much for compiling a list of so many different types of skirts! I have a body shape that doesn’t like pants, so skirts are my friend. But the shapeless plus size skirts in stores are just awful, or so far out of my price range. Now with these patterns I can make my own at a low cost in whatever colour or fabric I like, and not needing one of those tissue paper patterns where I’d need to alter it several times to fit wide hips and rear with a smaller waistline. Thanks so much!

  12. Anshu says:

    Wow! Great list. I’m going to bookmark it and feature it one of my skirt sewing roundups on my blog here:


    By the way, Here’re a few skirt tutorials I have written:


    I hope you would like them and add them to your list.


  13. Kai says:

    I think this list of links is fantastic for a beginner like me trying to work out what sort of skirt I want to sew!

    The other one I came accross that I love is space fm’s calculator for working out a simple skirt pattern starting from the amount of material you have. Save’s fabric wastage!


  14. Cynthia says:

    thanks for this informative, well researched post…until now I didn’t know the skirt I was looking for was “godet”

  15. Nell says:

    Wow! Some great skirts! Cannot wait to get a chance to make one!

    Number 44 says it is a link to make a belly dancing skirt but goes to a cos-play skirt tutorial…


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