How to Make a Broomstick Pleated Skirt

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How to Make a Broomstick Pleated Skirt
A child wearing a short broomstick pleated skirt (hippie child image by Lisa Eastman from Fotolia.com)

Broomstick pleated skirts are popular with women and girls of all ages. They are especially popular with the hippie and peasant styles of dress. Broomstick pleated skirts may look difficult to sew, but they are actually easy to make. With common sewing supplies, any amateur seamstress can make her own broomstick pleated skirt. Homemade skirts are often better than store bought ones since they are custom fit, custom designed and they are much less expensive.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Cotton fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • 1/2-inch wide elastic

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure your waist with a measuring tape. Cut out a piece of fabric that is 14 inches wide and 10 inches longer than the waist measurement. Fold the fabric in half (right sides together), bringing the shorter edges of the fabric together.

  2. 2

    Sew the shorter edges of the fabric together, forming a tube of fabric. Fold over one of the longer edges of the fabric 3/4 inch and sew the fold in place, tucking under the raw edge of the fabric as you sew. Leave a 1-inch opening in the seam.

  3. 3

    Cut a piece of elastic that is just long enough to wrap around the waist. Thread the elastic through the waistline of the skirt, using the 1-inch opening and gathering the fabric as needed.

  4. 4

    Sew the two ends of the elastic together. Sew the 1-inch opening closed.

  5. 5

    Cut out a piece of fabric that is 14 inches wide and 10 inches longer than the first piece of fabric. Fold the fabric in half, bringing the shorter edges together.

  6. 6

    Sew the shorter edges together, forming a tube of fabric. Sew a gathering stitch along one of the longer edges of the tube of fabric.

  7. 7

    Gather the edge of the fabric until it is the same width as the bottom of the first piece of fabric. Sew this gathered edge to the bottom edge of the first piece of fabric.

  8. 8

    Cut out a piece of fabric that is 14 inches wide and 10 inches longer than the second piece of fabric. Sew the shorter edges of the fabric together, forming a tube of fabric.

  9. 9

    Sew a gathering stitch along one of the longer edges of the fabric. Gather the fabric until it is the same width as the bottom of the second piece of fabric.

  10. 10

    Sew the gathered edge of the third piece of fabric to the bottom of the second piece. Fold over the bottom of the skirt 1/2 inch and sew the fold down, tucking under the raw edge of the fabric as you go.

Tips and warnings

  • To get the crinkled look in the skirt, twist it into a ball when it's wet and secure it with rubber bands. Allow the skirt to dry this way and untwist it once it's dry.

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