How to Sew a Tiered Ruffle Skirt – DIY Tutorial


Hi, I’m Jen from Online Fabric Store. Today we’re going to make a medium tiered ruffle skirt out of cotton jersey. This skirt is comfortable and easy to wear in the summer. So let’s get started. The materials you’ll need are: a rotary cutter mat, a rotary cutter, a fabric pen or marker. 2 yards of jersey fabric, I’m using Robert Kaufman Red Laguna Cotton Jersey fabric, 1 yard of 1 inch wide non-roll elastic, thread, elastic thread (at least 4 spools are recommended), ballpoint pins, a ballpoint needle, and safety pins. With the rotary cutter, cut 4 connector pieces 36 inches long and 5 inches wide. For the ruffles, cut 4 pieces 56 inches long and 5 inches wide. The connector piece is the strip of fabric that’s stitched underneath the ruffles, connecting them together. Take the connector pieces with the right sides facing each other and sew the open ends together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. A zig zag stitch is not necessary for this part. For solid color jersey fabric there is no difference as to determine the right side. For any stretch fabric make sure you’re stitching with ballpoint needles. These needles are made to help the thread stretch with the fabric. Do this for all 4 connector pieces and set aside. Before you stitch, make sure that the stitch length on your machine is set at the longest stitch possible which is usually 5 or 6 depending on your machine. The reason for this is that a longer stitch is looser, which will help glide the fabric for gathering. Starting a 1/4 inch in from the top, stitch a straight line across. Elastic thread is only used in the bobbin. This thread will help the stitch stretch with the fabric. Leave 4 to 5 inches of thread before cutting it. 1/4 inch down from there, stitch a second line. Stitch a third line 1/4 inch down from the second line. Gently pull and tug on the thread to gather the fabric together. Line the fabric up to the connector piece to make sure they’re both the same length. For a zigzag stitch, make sure the length is 2.5 millimeters and the width is 3 millimeters. By setting it at this length and width, it helps the stitch stretch with the fabric. Starting from the bottom, pin and stitch the right side of the connector piece to the right side of the ruffle. Stitch with a 1 inch seam allowance. Fold the connector piece up. Pin and stitch the wrong side of the second ruffle along the top. Pin and stitch the right side of the second connector piece to top of the second ruffle and fold up. Continue this step for the next 2 ruffles. First, trim the inside seams down a half inch. The last connector piece will be the waistband. Since we’re using 1 inch elastic, trim the waistband down 1/2 inch on each side. Pin the right side 1/2 inch down from the top and stitch with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Fold the waistband over and pin on the inside. Zig zag stitch along the inside seam leaving 2 inches open at the end. To insert the elastic, attach safety pins to both ends. Attach 1 end to the opening of the fabric. Insert the other end through the waistband and use the safety pin to pull the elastic through. Once it’s through, remove the safety pins, overlap the ends 1/2 inch, and zig zag stitch. The zig zag stitch will help the elastic stretch, Stitch the opening and your tiered ruffle skirt is now complete. If you’re using a cotton fabric that doesn’t stretch, you only need elastic thread for the waistband. This skirt is fun to dress up for a fancy look or dress down for a casual look. Thanks for watching this OFS project.