Easy Circle Skirt by Merrick’s Art

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Looking to create a beautiful wardrobe piece with your new Janome sewing machine? Check out this circle skirt created over at Merrick’s Art. It’s easy to follow, requires few materials, and is a great starter project to try with your new sewing machine.

Materials:
  • 2 yards fabric (mine is a polyester suiting fabric which has a fantastic drape)
  • matching thread
  • 12-14″ zipper
  • Janome sewing machine

circle skirt

1.) Fold your fabric in half, and along the folded edge, cut a large half-donut shape, as shown. Measure the inner half circle (waist) by finding your waist radius using the following equation:
waist measurement / 3.14 / 2 = radius
Make a point in the very center of the inner circle (which will be right on the folded edge since your fabric is folded in half), and measure the radius distance in every direction from this point to form a perfect half circle. Next, determine how long you want the skirt, and repeat for the outer half circle.

Finally, cut two (2) waistband pieces on the bias (diagonally, so you get a bit of stretch). These pieces should be half of your natural waist measurement, plus an extra inch for your seam allowance.

2.) With right sides together, sew your two waistband pieces together on either end to form a circle.

3.) Fold the waistband in half so it’s doubled up, as shown.

4.) With right sides together, attach your waistband to your skirt. Make sure all the raw edges are all matched up.

5.) Cut the back of the skirt open and insert a zipper. You can cut the whole skirt open, or just enough to insert the zipper.

6.) Hem the skirt to your desired length and you’re done!

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About Kelly

Kelly is a writer for Create and Craft as well as an avid reader and crafter! She began her crafting journey during a production of a Tale of Two Cities where she learned to knit for her role as Madame Defarge. Since then she has crafted many kids projects, DIY home decor, scarfs, hats and more.

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