The Simplest Skirt Pattern

The Simplest Skirt - a free pattern from Shiny Happy World

Click here to download the FREE pattern.

Here it is – the simplest skirt you can possibly make and the best project I know for beginning sewists who want to make clothing.

Size this one up to fit adults – or down to fit dolls and stuffed animals. It’s all good.

What you’ll get

  • Complete instructions loaded with step by step photos – you’ll never feel lost or wonder if you’re doing things right
  • links to videos teaching you everything you need to know to complete the project

What you’ll need

  • fabric (amount will depend on your measurements)
  • elastic
  • double-fold bias tape (optional)
  • sewing machine, thread, basic sewing tools
  • less than an hour. I mean it. I’ve never actually timed myself, but I think I can make one of these in 15 minutes.


Very, very, very easy.

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Get the free pattern here.

Happy sewing!


PS – Want to see what some kids have made with this basic pattern?

This skirt got some fancy beading.

As did this one.

And I love the tutu on this Ugly Doll. And, of course, the gap-toothed kid holding it! πŸ™‚

These were all from a Summer Camp I taught a couple of years ago.



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  1. Thank you for the elastic lesson you told me things i really did not know and i’m an old sewer.

  2. Migdalia Cosme SAYS...

    Thank you so much for your free basic sewing lessons. I am going to view some more of your tutorials and then tomorrow, I will try what I learned using the sewing machine.

  3. Pamela SAYS...

    I can’t get any of your files to open. I download to adobe and when I try to open it tells me that it is not a valid PDF file. Can you tell me what I am doing wrong? Or can you help me in any way?

    • That’s really weird. I wonder if you’re using a very old version of Adobe? If you go to the Adobe site online you can update it for free.

  4. Kati SAYS...

    Thank you for this lovely pattern. Do you know if it’s possible to sew this skirt by hand? I haven’t got a sewing machine…

    • Absolutely! It’s very simple hand stitching – nothing tricky.

      • Anonymous SAYS...

        O.k….then I will give it a try πŸ™‚