Basic Twirl Skirt

12m, 18m, 2T, 4T, 6, 8


Basic Twirl Skirt

Lightweight to medium weight, washable cotton, knit, corduroy, denim

Iron, ironing board, sewing machine, serger (optional), scissors, straight pins, & safety pin

Coordinating thread & 3/4” elastic

Fabric Requirements
Sizes 12m, 18m, & 2T 4T 6&8 Fabric 1 1/4 yd 1/4 yd 1/4 yd Fabric 2 1/4 yd 3/8 yd 1/2 yd Fabric 3 1/4 yd 1/4 yd 1/4 yd

Sizing Chart
12m Waist Length 14”-24” 10.5” 18m 15”-25” 11” 2T 16”-26” 13” 4T 17”-27” 14” 6 18”-28” 15” 8 20”-30” 16”

Cutting Guide:
Please make sure to wash, dry, and iron your fabric before you begin to avoid any shrinking. All Tiers are length x width Sizes 12m 18m 2T 4T 6 8 Tier 1 6 x 27 6 x 29 6.5 x 30 7 x 32 7.5 x 32 8 x 34 Tier 2 5 x 41 5 x 43 6 x 44 Tier 3 3.5 x 30 (cut 2) 4 x 32 (cut 2) 4.5 x 34 (cut 2) Elastic 16” 17” 18” 19” 20” 22

6.5 x 24 (cut 2) 4.5 x 36 (cut 2) 7 x 25 (cut 2) 4.5 x 37 (cut 2)

7.5 x 26 (cut 2) 4.5 x 38 (cut 2)

Things To Know:
Read all instructions before beginning and email me for questions before beginning Wash, dry, and iron all material before making any cuts to allow for shrinkage All seams are ½ inch unless otherwise noted. Always press your seams as you go and topstitch where the instructions indicate to give your clothing a finished and professional look. If you are unfamiliar with any terms listed in these instructions, please refer to the GLOSSARY section at the end of the document.

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Sewing Instructions:
Please make sure to wash, dry, and iron your fabric before you begin to avoid any shrinking. 1. Make all necessary cuts before beginning. This is what your pieces should look like. (Tier 1 in black print, Tier 2 in cupcake print…certain sizes will have 2 Tier 2 pieces, and Tier 3 in black print…all sizes will have 2 Tier 3 pieces)

2. Take both Tier 3 pieces and put them on top of each other, right sides together, forming one long strip.


Make sure to zigzag your seam if you are not serging.


Gather Tier 3 using which ever method you are most comfortable with.


Adjust gathers on Tier 3 to width of Tier 2. Pin in place.

6. Serge or zigzag stitch the Tiers right sides together matching top of Tier 3 to bottom of Tier 2 if you have directional fabric.


Open up seams and press seam upward.

8. Gather the top of Tier 2 using whichever gathering method you are comfortable with. Adjust the gathers to fit Tier 1. (In my photo, I sewed 2 smaller pieces to form Tier 1 to have an additional side seam at top.)


Match top of Gathered Tier 2 to bottom of Tier 1 and pin in place.

10. Serge or Zigzag the raw edges removing pins as you sew. Open up seams and press up. This is what your skirt should look like at this point.

11. Press your waistband down before forming your skirt into a tube. Press the top edge of Tier 1 down 1/4”. I use a piece of Cardstock with a ¼” line drawn.

12. Fold over again 1 ¼” forming a casing for elastic to go through. Again, I use a cardstock with a line measured across it at 1 ¼”.

13. Take the skirt and fold it in half with right sides together forming a tube. Make sure to unfold the top edge before sewing down the side or you will not be able to insert the elastic for the waistband.


Pin the raw edges matching seams and edges from all 3 Tiers.

15. Serge or zigzag the raw edge forming your skirt. Again, MAKE SURE TO UNFOLD THE WAISTBAND BEFORE SEWING!

16. At this point, you should refold down your waistband on the pressed fold lines. Mark where your center back will be and add any tags. If you do not have a tag, you can use a piece of twill tape or bias tape folded over to mark the back.

17. Sew the edge 1/8” from bottom fold of waistband leaving a 1” opening to insert the elastic into. I like to do this on the seam to keep it less noticeable.

18. Using a safety pin or elastic guide tool, insert cut piece of elastic securing the end so that it does not feed completely into the waistband. Feed around until it comes out the other side. Overlap the ends 1” and sew a couple zigzag stitches to secure it in place. Pull the elastic completely into the waistband and close your opening.

19. Finish the skirt by adding a bottom hem. If you serge the bottom, you can fold the serged edge under and stitch close to the edge.

Or, you can fold under ¼” and again ¼” – ½” and stitch close to the edge.


Give your skirt a professional finish by topstitching on each seam.

Congratulations, you have now finished your 3 Tiered Twirl Skirt!

- A line of stitching that runs parallel to the seam or fold and is used to
give a more finished look to your piece by helping the seam lie flat. Use a medium machine stitch length and stitch 1/8” from edge/seam.


– loosen the needle thread tension slightly. Set the stitch length for a long

stitch. Working from the right side of the fabric, stitch the ¼” from raw edge. Stitch again ¼” away from that stitch. Leave long thread tails. Pin the long piece to the shorter piece and gently pull on the bobbin thread, sliding the fabric along until the long piece is the same length as the short piece.

Hem - Press under Seam allowance, and then press raw edge down to meet first
crease at seam allowance. Stitch in place.

Pin - A small sharp thing for holding garments together temporarily, and for holding
patterns to fabric for cutting out. If you are told to pin something together, then place the pins so that they go in and out of the face of the fabric, thus: 0- --

Pressing - The art of pressing is different from the art of ironing, Most importantly, one
usually uses a dampened pressing cloth rather than steam, and the iron is picked up off the cloth and moved, rather than rubbed back and forth.

Raw Edge - The cut edge of a piece of garment. It may fray or unravel if left in this

Seam Allowance - The little bit of fabric between the cut edge of the garment
and the seam line. Frequently this is 5/8" or 1.5cm. Teensy Couture patterns ½”.

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