Thursday, June 11, 2020

Simple Elastic Waist Barbie Skirt -Three Seams

These simple Three Seam Elastic Waist Barbie Skirts whip up in no time! I've made a couple and think I might make more in solid colors so they go with any top or occasion... If you're trying to build an inexpensive doll wardrobe, this is a nice way to start. What I love about this most is, it only requires a 6" x 3-4" piece of scrap fabric. The variation being, you can make the skirt as long, or short, as you'd like (or using whatever amount of fabric you have for the length).

6" x 4" rectangle of thin fabric
4" long piece of 1/4" wide elastic

What I did:
  1. Fold top and bottom (6" sides) of fabric over about 1/4", crease with nail or iron.
  2. Sew 1/4" bottom hem.
  3. Pin elastic to center, then to each side of folded top.
  4. Place one end of elastic under presser foot, lower needle, Stretch elastic with both hands and stitch, removing pins before you get to them if desired. Ideally we'd use a zig-zag stitch which creates a waistband of sorts. If you're having difficulty with the zig-zag stitch (and I did), a straight stitch will work fine for this small doll garment.
  5. Fold so right sides are together and sew 1/4" back seam (creating a tube shape), back stitch top and bottom.
I think this pic gives a good idea of the procedure:
Bottom seam, stretch elastic and sew, then just fold in half and sew wrong sides together to create the skirt.
Turn right side out-done😀

I used the zig-zag stitch for the waistband on this one:

Barbie says a girl can never have too many cute little skirts😉

✂Make something just for fun and have a happy day!


  1. Hi, Lynn. What I love about this post, is it is a great project to do with a mom/daughter, a little group of girls, or a granny share moment. I learned how to sew by sewing for my dolls, and it was cute things like this that we all started with!

    1. Thanks Sandi, that's exactly what I hope... That it creates a teaching moment, or special memory for folks:@)

  2. Thanks, every machine is different and I had my old one for over 30 years:@)

  3. A great project to get kids sewing for their Barbie, I used to love making mine clothes when I was little (although I'm in the Uk and we had Sindy dolls back in the day!)

  4. Nice skirt! I love the simplicity of it!


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