How to sew an easy 5 minute waistband. Part of the ultimate, easy-to-follow guide to making your own maxi skirt | Randomly Happy

How to make an easy maxi skirt | add a waistband in 5 minutes

How to sew an easy 5 minute waistband. Part of the ultimate, easy-to-follow guide to making your own maxi skirt | Randomly Happy

Maybe it’s just me, but I think maxi skirts should be as easy to make as they are to wear.

Out of all the maxi skirts I’ve made in my time, this tutorial has got to be my favourite way to make a perfectly fitting maxi skirt with a super easy waistband. Seriously, I went from fabric to skirt in less than 2 hours. Sweet.

How to sew an easy 5 minute waistband. Part of the ultimate, easy-to-follow guide to making your own maxi skirt | Randomly Happy

How to sew an easy 5 minute waistband. Part of the ultimate, easy-to-follow guide to making your own maxi skirt | Randomly Happy

I made this DIY maxi skirt a-g-e-s ago (which explains the significant lack of bump), but the maxi skirt is essentially the same. Just made more awesome with these simple pockets.

How to sew an easy 5 minute waistband. Part of the ultimate, easy-to-follow guide to making your own maxi skirt | Randomly Happy

So will you be giving this tutorial a go? Will you be spending your summer swanning around in maxi skirts, or have you got some other summer staple that takes your heart?

Want to make your own maxi dress of joy? Check out the other posts:

Easy 5 minute waistband

How to sew an easy 5 minute waistband. Part of the ultimate, easy-to-follow guide to making your own maxi skirt | Randomly Happy

1. Cut a rectangle shape out of your fabric. Make the rectangle as long as your waist measure and twice as tall as the width of your fabric.

Make sure the stretch is running from side to side (across the waist not top to bottom).

2. Put the elastic in the middle of the fabric. The fabric should have the right side facing down.

3. Fold the fabric over the elastic (wrong sides together), matching the raw edges. Sew along the bottom edge using a serger or a zigzag stitch (check out this post from more tips on sewing with knits).

Now you should have a tube with elastic in the middle.

4. Match the two short ends of the tube right sides together. Match the raw edges and sew.

You should now have a circular tube which is your waistband.

5. Place the waistband over the skirt, right sides together. The folded edge of the waistband should be facing down and the raw edges should be facing up.

Match the raw edges and sew all around the the top.

6. Flip the waistband over. The raw edges should be on the inside and you should have a perfectly fitting skirt. Yay!7. Finish your skirt by turning the bottom edge of the hem over by 1 cm and sewing. You can follow this knit hem tutorial.

  1. Reply
    Anonymous

    simply genial!!! merci beaucoup!!! i love all your ideas!
    kisses from Paris,
    Cristina

  2. Reply
    Fasonique

    Great skirt! I love maxis 🙂

  3. Reply
    Barbara Leffingwell

    Can this be used for woven fabrics. I live in snow country and it is late fall. I was wanting to make one using a wool or a blend that would be warmer than the jersey knit.
    Thank you,

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      You definitely could. You would just need to adjust the waistband to be the length of the elastic (plus seam allowance) to allow the fabric to stretch. You could always go for a wool blend jersey if you wanted to follow the tutorial – that has stretch.

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