Quick and Easy Fat Quarter Skirt Tutorial

Hello friends! I actually sat at my sewing machine and sewed last week. I know! So exciting! Today I am going to share a quick and easy skirt tutorial made entirely from Fat Quarters. I have been in love with Pat Bravo’s Summerlove collection and used it to make the perfect summer skirt for my daughter.
Fabric requirements:
1″ wide elastic for waistband
10 Fat Quarters (I used this many because I wanted the variety of fabric but you could get by with as few as 6 FQ’s)
Set aside 1 Fat Quarter for the hem finish.  Take the rest of the FQ’s and cut them in half lengthwise creating two 9″ x 22″ pieces.  You will need 9 total of these pieces. (You can set aside the others for a different project, or use them to make a second skirt.)
Using a 3/8″ seam allowance, sew the pieces together to form one long strip of panels.  Keep all the selvage edges on the same edge, lined up evenly. 
Press the seam allowances to the side. Optional: topstitch over the seam allowances for extra stability. 
Square off the raw edge (opposite the selvage edges) so that the bottom edge of the skirt panel is even.
From the remaining FQ (to use for the hemming edge) cut 5 strips 3″ x 22″ wide. Sew the strips together end to end to create one long strip.
Fold the strip in half lengthwise and press.
Pin raw edges of the folded strip to the wrong-side (back) of the bottom (not selvage) edge of the panel. Sew on using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Trim off excess.
Fold the panel up to the front of the skirt panel (raw edges should now be hidden underneath the hemming strip).  Press carefully and then top-stitch at the top and bottom edge of the strip to give a nice finished hem. 

 Bring side edges of the skirt panel together, pin, and sew with a 3/8″ seam allowance to create a skirt “tube”.

Take unfinished top edge of the skirt and fold down about 2″.  Because the selvages have a finished edge, I did not worry about turning that edge under, but if you don’t like the look of the selvages there, you could do so. Sew folded edge down to create a casing for the elastic, leaving a 2″ opening at the back to of the skirt open to insert the elastic. 
Measure the amount of elastic you will need and thread it through the casing, gathering the skirt as you go.  Bring elastic edges together and securely sew them to each other. 
And voila- a very quick and simple summer skirt, perfect for showing off lots of pretty prints.
This skirt perfectly fits a size 10-12 size girl.  You could easily make a smaller version by cutting the panels slightly shorter.  You could also add more panels for a fuller version. Happy Sewing!


  1. says

    I just love this fabric! my summer memory isn't a favourite but moving over 2 hours away to a new home in the middle of a new city, church, job and school sure has been an adventure so far!

  2. says

    I can think of several things for which that fabric would be perfect.<br />One of my favorite summer memories is of watching and sometimes catching fireflies. I now live where the altitude is so high that we do not have fireflies, and was thrilled when we were able to vacation where my daughter saw them for the first time.

  3. says

    My favorite summer memory is spending several weekend in a row at my favorite lake in Northern California. I would wake up to the smell of bacon cooking and the sounds of dogs barking kids splashing and boats running. LOvE. And I LOVE that bundle!!! Sooooo pretty!!!

  4. says

    What a great project – maybe I will have a granddaughter to sew for someday – sigh… My favorite summer memory is the fun we had swimming in our parents&#39; pool. Fun, fun times :-)

  5. says

    My favorite summer memory is my 15 month old eating a giant piece of watermelon on 4th of July. It was the cutest mess I have ever seen and she was so happy. I follow Art Gallery Fabrics on twitter and their blog on my google reader.

  6. says

    My favorite SUmmer memory is anytime I&#39;d go to the lake house that my grandparents owned. Swimming all day and delicious food! You get so hungry when you swim all day. :)

  7. says

    During the summer we used to slide down the grass-covered hill behind our house on pieces of cardboard. It was so much fun. And summer lasted forever in those days. Now summer is over in a blink.

  8. says

    My favorite summertime memory was having $.25 snow cones from Mendoza&#39;s store which was behind the city park which was across from my home. They were extra large with cherry and banana flavors and the best.

  9. says

    Oh how cute! Heading over there now Amy.<br />I really want to learn how to sew my own<br />skirts and other garments. :o)<br />Have a great week. Love ya! Trish<br />ps. Will be playing with the Tapestry<br />mini real soon. Thanks so much!!

  10. says

    The skirt looks divine. My favourite summer memory is spending endless hours in the surf with my brother at our annual summer holiday up the coast.

  11. says

    Beautiful fabric and great tutorial. My fondest summer memory is water skiing on the glassy water as the sun goes down over the bay (hearing the jaws music in my head and hoping I won&#39;t fall off the ski)

  12. says

    Lovely fabrics and a great tutorial :) My favorite part of summer is time with my kids on a more relaxed schedule (and no preparing school lunches)

  13. says

    I love this skirt…super cute. Just so happens I have a 10 year old DD who would love it! The fabric is amazing. My favorite summer memory is every year as a kid we&#39;d travel from California to Montpelier, Idaho. We&#39;d drive all night long (15 hours) and arrive at Bear Lake in the morning. I could hardly wait to crest Logan canyon and see the sparkling blue lake. Even to this day (I&#

  14. says

    Such a cute skirt and gorgeous bundle! My best memory from this summer so far will be going swimming in the river with my dog on Saturday. The water was gorgeous but her reaction was the best part. She was so stressed! She&#39;s supposed to swim, mum and dad are supposed to stay out of the water. I think I kind of blew her mind!<br /><br />Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. says

    Was thinking of you yesterday….as I perused the Antique Emporium in Frederick! Wasn&#39;t as fun as when we went there!! Sorry…no cool Pyrex!xoxo

  16. says

    Cute, cute, cute fabrics! What a great way to end the summer! When I think back to my childhood summers, I remember running out after dinner to play with the other neighborhood kids until my dad whistled us home. He had this amazingly loud and distinct whistle, something like &quot;whee-you-WEEEEEEEE-you!&quot; and when we heard it, no matter what we were doing, we were to head home. Other kids

  17. says

    Cute fabrics – One of my favorite summer memories is the 4th of July – we have such a great tradition and the kiddos are really starting to enjoy it and look forward to it every year.

  18. says

    My favorite summer memory is going to the movies with my dad. I saw some great movies back then. Also, a favorite summer memory was going to the Central library with my dad. Those trips were the reasons I love to read so much.

  19. says

    an ongoing favorite summer memory would have to be going to the pool here on the farm with our 9yr old grandson :-)Luv these fabrics and your cute skirt, Thank You!

  20. says

    We follow AGF on FB and Pinterest (under Margaret W. and Margaret Quilts), and subscribe to the Art Gallery Fabrics blog. This is a cute skirt and does look like would be quick and easy to make. Thanks for the chance to win AGF fabrics, and the tutorial.

  21. says

    My favorite memory is picking blackberries with my sisters and bringing tons (well, not literally) of them home to my mom who made blackberry pies. Mmmmmm

  22. says

    Favorite memories are just spending the summer in MN with my grandchildren! Live in the south all winter so this is fun! Have 2 Little girls to make skirts for…..great tutorial!

  23. says

    Recent summer memory: an evening swim in a lake just 4 minutes walk from my home. The woods surrounding the lake, the eater soft and refreshing… Love it!

  24. says

    Running through the sprinkler, with the grass all crispy under my bare feet because we didn&#39;t usually water the lawn. I follow AGF on Facebook as well as their blog (and yours, do I get bonus points?)

  25. says

    Cute skirt. :) I am curious, on the inside seams, you didn&#39;t mention you used a serger or zig zag over them. Are you concerned that they will fray over time or will it be okay not to? It&#39;s such a cute skirt. The fabric is perfect! I would love to win and make my own. :) Thank you for the give away! I follow Art Gallery&#39;s block and Facebook.

  26. says

    With Spring/Summer looming around the corner in the southern hemisphere I can imagine so many uses for this soft summery range of fabrics, gorgeous!

  27. says

    Such lovely fabrics. My favorite summer memory is hunting shells on the beach with my family. I follow the Art Gallery Blog and follow them on twitter. Thanks for the nifty tutorial. So cute!

  28. says

    Very cute skirt! Love the fabric! My favorite summer memory is spending the day at Golden Gate park feeding the ducks and walking through the gardens.

  29. says

    Love Art Gallery fabrics Pat Bravo &amp; Bari J. so thank you for this giveaway. My favourite summer memory is the beach, walking in the shallow water to feel crabs hidden under foot or trying to get worms from the sand which were yards long. I never got the knack but some would just extract them taller than they were. Amazing. Hot sand, cold water, sun setting, kids again,<br /><br />Thank

  30. says

    cute skirt, love the fabrics, I follow AGF on Twitter and their blog. My favorite summer memory…12 years old, laying on the driveway at 10 pm getting a &quot;moon tan&quot;.

  31. says

    Those fabrics are just beautiful and my favorite summer memory when I was a child is riding a bike with friends and eating ice cream,going to the pool.Now I love go to the beach ,walking and tapas with.<br /><br />your skirt is just elegant and beautiful!!<br /><br />I`m a happy follower of you and Art Gallery Fabrics.Thanks for the giveaway!!

  32. says

    I follow Art Gallery Fabrics on my yahoo page and follow your blog as well. Oh, and I follow AGF on Twitter, too.<br /><br />LOVE the skirt! It&#39;s so cute!<br /><br />My favorite summer memory is of the years before the recession hit us so badly and we were able to go home to the US and visit my side of the family and all of our friends. Sigh… Please God we&#39;ll get to that point again!

  33. says

    honestly, my favorite thing about summer is being to just relax with my kids at the pool. they get worn out, i get a tan. everyone&#39;s happy. i follow AGF on FB and pinterest, as well as follow their blog in reader. thanks!

  34. says

    I thik that skirt is adorable and I love the fabrics you used. Thanks for having a giveaway and thanks for the tutorial. <br />nanrae44@hotmail.com<br />

  35. says

    Thanks for the FQ give away. I love your skirt! My fav summer memory is wading in a cool creek with my brother and sisters,(that we were told not go near to by our parents). Of course one of us fell in so we were busted.

  36. says

    Thanks for the give away – my favorite summer memory is waking up and having the whole day ahead of me to do what I wanted – no school! I would usually end up walking to the neighborhood pool and go swimming.

  37. says

    My favorite summer memories always involve family vacations. The two that stand out are a 3 week long road trip throughout all of California&#39;s great sights, and the others are all of our Disney vacations. I&#39;ve been to Disney World too many times to count…

  38. says

    I love to take my little boy to the splash pools or the beach in summer, lots of good memories of doing that :)<br />Love the skirt :)<br />I follow and subscribe to AGF too!

  39. says

    My favorite summer memory was two years ago when we took my then two-year old daughter to the ocean for the first time. She loved it! :-) Thanks for the chance to win – this fabric is so lovely!<br /><br />Caryn (www.sewneatbycaryn.com)

  40. says

    It&#39;s such a great skirt Amy…and the fabrics are beautiful! My favorite summer memory is chasing fireflies as a little girl while visiting my Grandparents in Iowa! They were such a magical thing that we didn&#39;t have in Nevada!

  41. says

    Such a cute skirt. I have a 12 year old girl that I could possibly convince to actually wear a skirt if she had one like this. We could also make a mini version for her 2 year old sister. My favorite summer memory is watching my dad&#39;s face turn red after I see him looking at a pretty girl on the beach and informing him that she was in my class at school. So funny!

  42. says

    I adore fat quarters! Especially the ones you picked. Cute! My favorite summer memories involve southeastern Idaho – miserable in the winter, but absolutely incredible during the summer (a season I never appreciated while living in so. NV). When you could see the Tetons clearly, they were absolutely breathtaking! Even though summer lasted for just a couple of months, hiking at the Palisades in

  43. says

    Our little local water park, &quot;Cherry Hill&quot; in Farmington Utah, is our memory making location. Fun in the Sun! I love the colors of this current giveaway. So warm and sunny. I would be tickled pink to win.

  44. says

    PS- I am loving the note on your comment form and I couldn&#39;t possibly agree more. BLOGGER IS MAKING ME INSANE! Don&#39;t they hear the 1000s and 1000s of bloggers griping all over the net about this problem? It&#39;s maddening. Hoping an easy solution is found soon, for all of our sakes! XO

  45. says

    lovely skirt and fabrics! my favorite summer memory is glastonbury festival! (all of them, haha). I am hoping to add to my favourite summer memories with the birth of my little girl in a couple of weeks :)

  46. says

    Ahhh… I just can&#39;t get enough of Art Gallery. Nothing better than their silky soft feel. And your stack of fq&#39;s with those soft tones…to die for! Love love love! Thanks Amy and Art Gsllery Fabrics<br />-Amber!

  47. says

    Love this fabric! My favorite summer memory is of visiting relatives in beautiful western NY. It was always so much fun hanging out with everyone and being in the country for a while.

  48. says

    My favorite summer memory is spending two weeks in Michigan with our family. We are military and we only get to see them twice a year. Not enough! Ice cream, cook outs, country life, swimming, cousins, kayaking, and kittens. Hugs and kisses… oh the memories! Shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

  49. says

    Love these fabrics! My favorite summer memory is seeing Lady Antebellum in concert. Such a fun night! <br />Thanks for the chance to win!

  50. says

    Both the fabrics and the skirt so nice! Thanks!<br /><br />I&#39;ve got mye best summer memories being at my grandparents house by the sea, fishing and bathing and doing all kinds of fun stuff.

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