Pretty Pieced Peasant Skirt: An Easy Pictorial Tutorial

Is your weather as lovely there as ours is here? Doesn’t it make you just want to sew something delightful & sunny & whimsical? Yeah, me too…

So here is a tutorial for a lovely little pieced peasant skirt:

Now, as you already know, if you are a strict measurement and perfect line sort of girl, this is not for you, but if you are a get-it-done-before-naptime’s-over gal, you’re in the right place!

First gather your supplies:

fabric: 2 strips–about 45″ wide & 6″ long, and 3 strips each of five fabrics–about 10-12″ long & 4″ wide (the length of these 15 strips will determine the length of the skirt—the finished skirt will be about 3″ longer–so adjust for the height of your child or desired skirt length)

3/4″ elastic (enough to reach around your daughter’s waist without stretching)

sewing machine & scissors

Okay, put your babies down for a nap, and let’s do this!

First lay out your short fabric strip stacks in the pattern you want the skirt to be (you can see I tweaked it a bit from below left to right so I had the pattern I wanted).

Take the first two strips and lay them right-sides together, then sew them together with a straight stitch (be sure to lock your stitches by sewing backwards for a stitch or two at the beginning and end of each of these). Then unfold the two pieces and you will have two connected strips (below)…

…Then repeat that about fifteen times to connect all your short strips, laying the next strip right-side-down on what you’ve already sewn (below left) until you have sewn all the short strips together.

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Now, you’ll have something like this:

Next, lay your two long strips along the top & bottom of your skirt (you can trim off the extra length now or later).

To attach [what will be] the hem and waistband, put those pieces right-sides-together and sew a straight stitch across the top & bottom making sure to line them up with the shortest short strips (you can see above that the green strips are the shortest, so I will line up my long strips with those–below).

Next, fold-in-half the whole assembly right sides together (below left) and sew a straight stitch to join the two edges. You will end up with a “tube” that looks something like this (below right).

I sew my hem by folding over the fabric once (towards the inside) and sewing it all the way around, then folding it over again and sewing it again… Here it is being sewn the first time around (below left). This is where the REAL seamstresses cringe and talk of pinning and ironing seams… but remember: we’re on a naptime sewing schedule here!  😉  This way–I find–is easy, fast, and effective!

For the waistband, just sew it once around for now (bottom right) before carrying on to the next step.

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Now you have something like this (below)–the bottom seam is done and the top waistband is sewn over once and ready for the elastic.

“Measure” the elastic by holding a strip around your daughter’s waist and cutting it to wrap around her once without stretching. Then overlap the elastic onto itself and sew it to itself to form a closed loop (below).

Next, fold the elastic under the waistband, being sure to fold the fabric over enough to completely cover the elastic band (below left then left middle). Sew around the waistband seam the second time (you already did the first in a previous step) making sure not to sew on the elastic (below middle). When you seem to run out of elastic (long before you run out of dress, below right middle), simply lock the fabric in place by lowering the needle through it and pull the elastic through your “tunnel” until you have enough elastic to keep sewing (below right). Your fabric will bunch behind the part you’re sewing as you pull the elastic through (below right), but no worries: repeat lock & pull as needed until you make it all the way around the waistband.

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And before you can say “bob’s your uncle,” you’re done!


{Now, we need a whole outfit… So click over here for the fabric flower-embellished shirt tutorial.}

Add a pair of leggings if there’s a chill in the air, and let your little lady get out there and dance!

Can’t wait to hear what you create! Have fun, and happy sewing!

10 responses to “Pretty Pieced Peasant Skirt: An Easy Pictorial Tutorial

  1. I feel like a total dummy (and I’ve never sewn anything before in my life) so please forgive my stupidity. I’m lost on a step — the one where you’re laying out your long strips of fabric over the little strips, why do you lay the long strips where you do when it looks like in the next picture (after you’ve folded) that the long strips (for the hem/waist) are no longer in the same place. It looks like in the picture of the two strips laying over the little strips that the long strips should be laying over the top and bottom of the little strips. Does that make sense? I’m racking my brain trying to figure it out and I can’t! Help! 🙂


    • First of all, BRAVO! I’m so excited that you are tackling this project! I can’t wait to see how it turns out for you! Wheeeee!

      I think I’m following your question (but if not, ask again please!): In the first photo with the long strips, I am just showing–everything face up–approximately where they will go (they are not even touching the rest of the sewn skirt part yet in this photo). Then the second photo with the long strips shows them both turned over so that the right sides are together (of the already sewn short strips and the two long strips). From there, you will sew a straight line across the top & a straight line across the bottom to attach the waistband strip and the hem strip, respectively. Maybe it would have made more [visual] sense to attach the waistband strip, photograph it, then attach the hem strip? Hmm… not sure I’m answering what you’re asking… Let me know, friend!


  2. This is so cute! Think my 9-year-old would go for this? LOL I’m thinking I must make it work…maybe with sparkly materials. Really enjoying your blog. 🙂


  3. You were right – it really did only take a napping hour to get this one done! I love how it turned out – thanks for your inspiration:) I can never think of what to make with the leftover fabric scraps:) I modified it by removing the waistband hem so it would be short enough for Miss Emery, our 9 month old. It is just precious. Thanks for blogging and sharing your heart and talent(s)!


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