This easy DIY knit skirt tutorial is a collaboration with JOANN. All opinions and ideas are my own. This post contains affiliate links at no additional cost to you.
One of the first things I ever made was a skirt. That’s probably because it’s one of the easiest things to make, like, ever. Today I’m going to show you a DIY knit skirt tutorial using knit fabric from JOANN, your own self-drafted pattern, and your sewing machine.
DIY Knit Skirt Tutorial:
To get started, let’s talk about what kind of fabric you’ll need for this knit skirt tutorial. The trick is to find a really good, stretchy knit. Pinch the fabric with each hand about an inch apart; when you pull your hands away from each other, the fabric should stretch about double in length or more. You’ll also want it thick enough that you won’t need to line it.
The fun part about selecting fabric from JOANN, is that there are tons of options when it comes to knits. I got mine from a few different sections, including cosplay. I knew this black hexagonal YaYa Han fabric would be great for an edgy knit skirt.
I also loved the elegance of this blush and gold fabric (also in the Yaya Han cosplay section). Its texture makes the knit skirt look super expensive, without me having to put a ton of effort into it.
The third fabric I selected was a fun cheetah print.
Brushed knits would also be great for this project; however, since they aren’t as thick, the skirt will probably be a bit more clingy.
Supplies Needed for this DIY Easy Knit Skirt Tutorial:
- Knit fabric of your choice. I always buy 2 yards in case I make a mistake and need to cut extra, but you can probably get away with buying one yard. Obviously different sizes and heights will require slightly different amounts of fabric.
- Ballpoint needle. Don’t try to sew knits without this needle, it seriously is a game changer and is only a few dollars!
- A straight skirt that fits you. It doesn’t necessarily have to be made of knit fabric. We will use the outline to create the pattern.
- Wrapping paper. Or any other paper you have that’s large enough to make a pattern out of.
- Rotary Cutter. This is optional, but makes the process so much smoother.
DIY Knit Skirt Tutorial – Sewing Instructions:
The first thing you need to do is fold your skirt in half and lay in of the edge of your pattern paper. Trace around the outline of the skirt. For visual help, watch the video tutorial above. You’ll want to create a waistband that is twice as tall. That way, when you fold it in half lengthwise, it ends up being the right height. Again, the video can help you visualize this process.
When you create your pattern pieces, you really don’t need to consider seam allowance if using a woven skirt as your example. If you are using a knit skirt as your example pattern, you’ll want to add some seam allowance around your pattern. Knits are very forgiving, so don’t stress about it being too perfect.
Now that you have your pieces cut, you can begin sewing. Start by pinning or using wonder clips to secure the skirt pieces together at the sides. You’ll need to make sure the right sides are facing. Sew down each each using a zigzag or stretch stitch. On one of my skirts, I did a straight stitch on the sides and it was fine since that area won’t really be stretched during wear.
For the waistband, sew the two pieces together at the short sides, with the right sides facing. Then, fold the waistband in half lengthwise, concealing the raw side seams inside.
Turn your knit skirt right side out, and place the waistband around the top with the raw ends of the waistband aligning with the raw end of the skirt. You’ll then want to pin/clip the waistband to the skirt. You may need to stretch the waistband a little while you sew it onto the skirt piece. This is one instance where you’ll need a stretch or zigzag stitch. That’s because the waistband will need to be able to stretch over your hips as you pull it on and up to your waist. If you use a straight stitch here, it will likely pop some of the stitches when you put it on.
Once you have attached your waistband, the only thing you have left to do is hem your knit skirt! Or since it is a knit fabric and it won’t fray, you could leave it raw too (it just won’t look as professional). I like to use a twin needle for hemming knits because it creates a beautiful seam. You can also use stretch hemtape if you don’t want to sew, but want a completed hem.