30 Minute Project: Ruffle Knit Skirt Tutorial

During the #iwantfabric giveaway last week it became overwhelmingly obvious to me that ruffle knit fabric is still very popular! I picked some up for myself from Michael Levine. I love the color, mustard. I’ll be very sad the day it is completely out of style. When I found this fabric I knew I had to have it. Making a skirt is so simple when you’re using ruffle knit fabric. No need to hem!

The one thing that has kept me away from sewing with ruffle knit fabric in the past is the sheerness of the fabric under the ruffle. A little flipped up ruffle could be rather embarrassing. This tutorial will show you how to easily line your skirt. No wardrobe malfunctions! We’ll show you how to make a ruffle knit skirt for girls or women.

Easy Ruffle Skirt Tutorial from GoToSew.com


  • Ruffle knit fabric: 20-24″ for women, less for girls (B below)
  • Solid knit fabric with 25%+ stretch in your skin tone or neutral: 18-22″ for women, less for girls (C below)
  • 1″ wide knit elastic (not non-roll elastic): waist measurement-3″ (D below)
  • Go To Leggings pattern for girls (optional)

ruffle knit skirt measurements

Ruffle knit skirt tutorial from gotosew.com

  1. Admire your fabric.
  2. Lay your fabric out flat.
  3. Cut the bottom of the ruffle knit fabric (with scissors) along the bottom edge of a ruffle.
  4. Cut the top edge of the ruffle knit fabric with scissors. Flip the top ruffle up and cut just under where the ruffle attaches to the fabric. This will leave you 1-2″ of fabric with no ruffle. Perfect for the waistband. (measurement B)
  5. Cut the width of your skirt with a rotary cutter (measurement A).
  6. Cut the lining fabric with a rotary cutter. (measurement  lining A x lining B). Optional: Cut and sew leggings- do not finish waistband yet.

Ruffle knit skirt tutorial from gotosew.com

  1. Fold outer ruffle layer, right sides together. Fold lining layer right sides together, wrapped around ruffle layer. Match edges. Pin well. Make sure the ruffles are laying flat and you match them at the seam. Sew. Learn more about how to pin.
  2.  Sew waistband together (measurement D). Pin it on the top of the skirt & lining (or leggings) so it is evenly distributed.
  3. Sew with a zigzag stitch or serger along the top of the elastic & skirt. Pull the elastic tight while sewing. Hold the fabric behind the needle with your other hand to prevent the needle from breaking.
  4. Turn waistband down toward wrong side. Pin.
  5. Sew all the way around the top with a straight stitch. Be sure to stretch the elastic as you go.
  6. You’re done!

Easy Ruffle Skirt with attached leggings tutorial

Ruffle Skirt tutorial

Have you sewn with ruffle knit fabric?

We have some extra ruffle knit fabric (this fabric!) to give away!

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  1. Why isn’t your #1 step, “Admire your fabric”, listed in more tutorials? Some people take it as a given I suppose, but this step uses up most of my time on a daily basis. Plan accordingly. ;-)

  2. Lovely skirt! I especially love that shade of yellow!

  3. yaraaguilar says:

    Lucky for me, your newsletter is how I learned about this tutorial. I need to make my girls some ruffle fabric skirts :)

  4. I already subscribe to your newsletter! Love that fabric – the little geometric pattern between the ruffles is extra-special

  5. Pam Jones says:

    I’ve been wanting to try the ruffled fabric! I love your newsletter.

  6. Your newsletter is great! That’s how I found this tutorial. The skirt is very cute; I love the color!

  7. This is so cute, I’m in love work ruffle fabric but its so expensive. Hoping to win this!

  8. What a awesome tutorial!!!!!!!!

  9. leah bragg says:

    I love that fabric! I would love to try it!

  10. Such a simple tutorial, I love it! Love the fabric also and have a grand daughter that would give great big hugs for a skirt made from it!

  11. Cathy Thomas says:

    My niece would look soooo cute in a skirt made from this fabric. I may have to look for some

  12. I love the photos that follow of the little girl. I loved the tutorial, but the impact of those photos really got me.

  13. I already receive the newsletter & am SO in love w/ Ruffle fabric. Have been for about 2 years now. I have NEVER seen one this detailed tho & w/o the lettuce edge on the bottom of the ruffle. Beautiful fabric!!!! Thanks for the opportunity to get my little paws on some of this gorgeous stuff!!!!

  14. What a lovely fabric, definitely need to make my B a skirt!

  15. I just made rompers for two little girls out of ruffle fabric. Love the color of your ruffles!!

  16. Amanda Kaye Grant says:

    Love it! I signed up! Thanks for the chance!
    Amanda Kaye Grant

  17. I already receive your newsletter by email. Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. I have some ruffle fabric at home that I will have to use for this pattern. :)

  19. Nancy Miller says:

    I receive your newsletter by email.

  20. I’ve already subscribed to your newsletter, that’s how I found out about this fun tutorial :)

  21. love the skirt!!

  22. I just signed up the newsletter. Gorgeous fabric!

  23. Love this, it’s just too cute!

  24. Already receive your email, its great! Do you have a link to that type of ruffle fabric? It’s really lovely, and I would like to score some even if I’m not the lucky winner :-)

  25. I just subscribed to your newsletter. I love ruffle fabric – I recently made some skirts and a dress with it. http://123worksforme.blogspot.com/2013/01/ruffle-fabric.html Thanks for the help on lining it!

  26. Super cute! I wonder if my 3 year old sister would wear it…

  27. Stephanie says:

    Great tutorial and thanks for the giveaway. I am now a newsletter subscriber!!

  28. I haven’t seen that fabric before. It is lovely!

  29. Brittany Anderson says:

    Ohh, this is the one I was hoping to win on “I Want Fabric Day” Cute skirt!!

  30. I already subscribe! Yay! I love this fabric!

  31. Adorable! Great tutorial – I’ve always had a hard time with knits. You make it look easy!

  32. Already on your email list and enjoying it. Love this fabric!

  33. Kelly Young says:

    Super cute fabric! I also LOVE the legging fabric. Where is that from?

  34. what a great color and color combo for this outfit! joining the newsletter.

  35. Gorgeous fabric. And great tutorial! I have made some items with ruffle fabric but have been hesitant to attempt a skirt. I think I can manage it with these great instructions. Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. I subscribed right now! would love to win this fabric and THANK YOU for the great tutorial! I’ve been meaning to sew myself some decent skirts :)

  37. Elizabeth says:

    I’m subscribed!!! Awesome tutorial, would love to make one!!

  38. I am already subscribed . What a great tutorial. The skirts turned out gorgeous. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

  39. Britt Saari says:

    Eek! I’m TOTALLY going to make this! But if I won that gorgeous fabric it would be the icing on the cake :)

  40. where can you get the pattern?

  41. Thank you. I saw some of this fabric and bought it to make a skirt for my grand daughter now I have the pattern to do it.

  42. I love it! Please consider linky up to our first ever Pattern Party! Only those with free patterns to share are invited to link. Please check it out!

  43. Great tutorial! This would make a super cute skirt for my 2 year old or maybe even one for me?! I’ve never tried making a skirt for myself, maybe I should try it soon. I have a link party going on right now that I would love for you to link up to. Hope to see you soon! http://weliketolearnaswego.blogspot.com/2013/02/what-i-learned-wednesday-46.html

  44. I have a question, when you fold the ruffle over to the inside, do you sew just under the elastic or on the elastic? Thanks for the great tutorial. It is a sweet skirt.

    • Karen, I don’t fold a ruffle over the top. I cut the top of the skirt just below where the top ruffle starts so there are a couple inches of non-ruffle fabric. This eliminates extra bulk on the waistband. Hope that helps!

  45. I just bought some ruffle material to make skirts for my granddaughters. Thank you for the pattern.


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