Beginner’s Guide to Sewing (Episode 9): Easy Elastic Waistband Skirt

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Welcome back to the Beginner’s Guide to Sewing! In Episode 9, we’re going to put those creative juices to work and make an easy elastic waistband skirt. No pattern needed, just a large rectangle equal to waist measurement x2.

The skirt I’m making is a miniature version, so you can see the project better as I’m making it, but the steps are the same.

There are many different ways to make a skirt – this is just one of many. Go out into the web and explore different techniques. And remember, you’re learning something new – be patient with yourself and enjoy the learning experience!

00:48 – Measurements
01:00 – Center Back Seam
01:14 – Finishing the Raw Edge
01:30 – Hem
01:58 – Finishing raw edge of waistband
02:33 – Cutting and Attaching the Elastic

Next week we’ll be learning how to sew knit fabric – with tips, tricks, and hacks for easy learning.

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12 Comments

  1. Thanks, that was very easy. Please do a pair of pants next no stretch fabric.

  2. Maria Goumas says:

    Hi I love it but I'm deaf I really need the closed caption for the deaf!!

  3. UtahGmaw99 says:

    Knits! Yes that's what I need. Very helpful Thank you.

  4. Linda Penney says:

    Lovely update thank you for sharing have a blessed day

  5. Janet Cozens says:

    Love all your easy tutorials thank you so much
    Januk

  6. Time to get those creative juices flowing with our #videoTutorial  on how to make an exposed elastic waistband skirt. It's episode 9 of our Beginner's Guide to Sewing and we'll take you step by step to making your first gathered skirt! #sewing   #tutorials   #DIY  

  7. Shaneka says:

    What kind of fabric did you use?

  8. WOW, I can't believe how you have eased my mind. You have just made sewing look like fun and not something that would be very difficult to learn and understand. Where were you when I took home-economics class. You could have taught my instructor a thing or two. I probably would have gotten a better grade. Anyway, I am impressed and amazed by how simple you have made it to understand my sewing machine, as well as how to sew. God bless you.

  9. Hi Sarah, I just love your videos, been sewing for over 30 years  on and off and you are teaching me a few things that make sewing a lot easier. How I wish I had access to something like this 20 years ago would have made my sewing a lot more pleasurable. Thank you so much. 🙂

  10. Sweet Drop says:

    So how do you know how many pleats to make to fit the elastic band. Also I love thus tutorial. Could you make other items like pants with no stretch

  11. Sarah, love this. I sewed a circular waistband with a zigzag stitch by stretching as you instructed. Then I folded it over and straight stitch stretching as I went. HOwever, I ended up with "curls". Do you know what I did wrong? I did it on another item that was exacting the same and it didn't do it. It was applied to lingerie at waste. I would appreciate your response. thanks

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