How to make a magic wrap skirt

Updated April 17, 2017

Magic wrap skirts are very versatile items. They can be made in any fabric type and colour, so they can go with anything, and they are very light and easy to wear. They are the one skirt type that suits everyone. They are also very easy to make, and even easier to put on. These instructions will show you how to make your own magic wrap skirt out of the fabric of your choice.

Measure from your waist to your ankle with a tape measure. Write down this number as this is the width of fabric you need.

Measure around your waist, ensuring you aren't breathing in, so that the measurement is accurate. If you breathe in, the skirt may be too tight and uncomfortable. Double this number, and add 5 cm (2 inches). This is the length of fabric you will need.

Lay the fabric out on the floor, so it lies flat.

Mark the width you wrote down on the fabric, and draw a gradual line, so the other end is 35 cm (14 inches).

Cut the fabric along the gradual line, and down the two sides. Put this fabric to one side.

Mark another section on the excess fabric which measures 6.2 by 30 cm (2 1/2 inches by 12 inches). Fold the fabric over, and cut out. This should result in two equally-sized pieces with the above measurements.

Fold one piece in half, so that the patterned side faces inward. Iron the piece to create a crease, and repeat on the other piece.

Hem along three sides of both pieces, using a zigzag stitch.

Turn the pieces right side out, and press with the iron. These are the skirt's ties.

Lie the skirt fabric out on the floor, with the longest edge at the bottom.

Hem the two vertical edges of the skirt. Iron down the hems to create a straight, professional looking edge.

Hem along the bottom of the skirt. This is the longest edge. Iron this hem again when you are finished.

Measure 2.5 cm (1 inch) of fabric from the only unhemmed edge, and fold. Press this fold. This will create a waistband.

Pin one of the ties created earlier to each end of the waistband. Ensure that the top of the tie is level with the top of the waistband for a professional finish.

Measure another 2.5 cm (1 inch) of fabric, and fold again. Press and hem. Reinforce the hem around the ties, to ensure they are held in place securely.


You could decorate your skirt further by adding fake buttons or other embellishments to the waistline, or tie-dying the fabric. To make your magic wrap skirt into a dress, drape around the body and tie over one shoulder.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Cotton
  • Sewing machine
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Elle Blake has been writing since 2006. Her articles regularly appear in "All Women Stalk," "Parenting," "Education Plus" and "Glamour." She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in early childhood studies and primary education and a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in animal welfare and behavior, both from the University of Warwick. She is currently studying towards NCTJ Certificate in Magazine and Journalism.