How to Sew a Muslin Skirt? DIY 6-Step Easy Method

by | Nov 19, 2023

Are you tired of looking at top muslin skirts on the market? Want to do something unique by yourself? Learn How to sew a Muslin skirt, 6 step easy method. 

There are two main advantages of a homemade DIY muslin skirt. Firstly, you can get a picture-perfect fitting with unique prints or designs. Secondly, you can save some bucks.

The Muslin Dhaka team has been working on fashion marketing for nearly a decade. Based on our real-life experiences and analysis, we show you the easiest way to make a DIY muslin skirt in no time. 

So, let’s get to our main discussion. 

How to Sew a Muslin Skirt Maxi at Home?

There are at least a dozen of muslin skirt types. Among them, the coziest option is a muslin maxi skirt. You can wear a maxi skirt almost anywhere. Maxi-style dresses can be worn at formal, informal, and occasional gatherings. 

And you know what? Maxi skirts are easy to sew at home. You don’t need an experienced tailor to make a skirt using beautiful muslin fabrics. 

Why Muslin fabric?

Muslin fabric

Why Muslin Fabric?

Before heading out to the step-by-step guide, you should know why we chose muslin to make a skirt. 

There are several fabrics out there you can use to make skirts or other ladies ‘wear. For example, silk, gauze, linen, muslin cotton, blend cotton, bamboo, cotton hemp, etc. Some feature comfort, while others are sustainability. But pure muslin cotton fabric features both. 

Skirts need to be breathable & beautiful. 

Otherwise, It can make you uncomfortable while walking. Also, skirts start to fade away and tear with regular use if the fabric is not good. 

Muslin is an excellent choice for women’s dressing, as it comes in pretty textures and prints. They also stay soft after several washes. Most importantly, muslin fabric doesn’t wear or tear soon. 

Things You Need to Make a Muslin Skirt

The first thing to do is collect these essentials. After that, you’re ready to go. 

  1. A large muslin fabric sheet with designs and prints you prefer
  2. Quilting pins
  3. Elastic
  4. Measuring tape
  5. Scissor
  6. Fabric pencil for sewing erasable
  7. Iron

Step-by-Step Guide

Gather all the stuff on a wide and plain table. And start working as guided below. 

Step 1: Take Your Measurements

Firstly, you need to measure your waist correctly and the desired skirt length. Also, decide how many layers you wish to give to the skirt. 

For example, let’s say your waist is 30” and the desired length is 40”. Count the top layer 25” and the bottom 15”. 

Step 2: Cut the Parts Out of the Sheet

Now, take the fabric pencil. Mark 2 rectangles for the top layer. The dimension is (½ of the waist)” X 25”. Cut them out and mark 4 more rectangles for the bottom layer. This time, they will be (½ of the waist)” X 15”. Cut them out too. 

Note: After sewing, the total shape or dimension of the skirt might be 2-2.5” smaller than expected. If you don’t like a very snug fit, count ½” extra while taking each measurement. 

Step 3: Iron & Sew the Layers

After cutting:

  • Iron the sheets for proper sewing.
  • Attach the lengths of the top layer sheets and bottom layer sheets to make two different circles.
  • Ensure you sew from the opposite side of the fabrics to hide the sewing line.

Take the top layer. Make a double-fold on any side to create piping for the elasting. Remember to iron press the fold for easy sewing. 

To finalize the piping, sew following the bottom edge of the fold. You can use quilting pins to hold the fold while sewing.

Note: Keep a small gap while sewing the pipe. It will help to insert the elastic. You can lock it after filling the elastic.

Step 4: Insert the Elastic and Give a Trial

At this point, take an elastic. It should be 1-2” less than your waist (28-29”). Take the pen cap and tie one corner of the elastic. Then, pass the cap through the piping to insert the elastic properly. 

Once done, attach both corners of the elastic to make it permanent. By this, the skirt also gets patterns similar to curtain pleating.

Give it a trial and see if the top skirt layer fits. If okay, give hem stitch to the bottom of this layer. 

(**Hem: hem stitching is the crisscross sewing over a folded edge. So that the border will not release any further threads. Simply, the locked edges are called hems.**)

Step 5: Make the Bottom Layer Fit to the Top Layer

After the top layer is done, prepare the bottom layer. Give any of the mouths a basting sew following the corner. 

Then, pull the thread of the sewer from one side. It gives several folds and layers to the fabric automatically. Pull until the pleated top matches with the upper layer’s bottom width. But don’t pull out the thread entirely. 

(**Basting: basting is a loose stitch. It is temporary, and people remove them after the job is done. This stitching helps to hold a shape until it gets sewn. You can remove it by just pulling the thread.**)

Step 6: Attach Both Layers

Now, attach that basting-sewed mouth with the top layer’s bottom. Then, you can pull out the thread of basting sewing. 

Finally, the skirt is almost ready. Give a hem stitch lock to the end of the skirt. Remove any extra threads or fabric remaining in the skirt. 

Give the new skirt a trial. If everything is okay, you have the best DIY muslin skirt for yourself. Hats off!

Expert Tips :

  • You can use 2 muslin fabric sheets with different prints for an exotic look. 
  • If you want to use more than 2 layers, then the measurement guide changes. For example, the circumference of the second layer will be “1.5 X first layer”, third layer will be “1.5 X second layer”, and so on. 
  • Pick an excellent elastic band so it doesn’t become loose after a few days. You can also use strings for better usability. You need to cut a string 1.5 X longer than your waist. Make a knot each time you wear the skirt according to your comfort. 

FAQ : How to sew a muslin skirt?

Does muslin fray when cut?

Muslin and other cotton variants can fray from the cut edges. That’s why we suggested to hem or lock the border after preparing the skirt. 

Does muslin fabric need lining? 

Usually, muslin doesn’t need lining. But if your dress design demands an additional layer with the main fabric. If required, use viscose, silk, or polyester. These fabrics are suitable for lining. 

What setting do you sew a muslin on a sewing machine? 

As muslin is lightweight, you need to keep the setting at 1.5-2.5 mm in your sewing machine. But you can increase the stitching length over 3.5 to for the quilt. Temporary stitching, like basting can have 4 or above. 

Is it a good idea to put muslin under a chiffon? 

Putting muslin under a chiffon is possible. But it is not a good idea. Chiffon might not fall over the muslin easily. 

What fabric should I use for the lining of a tulle skirt? 

To line a tulle skirt, you need to use smooth fabrics like satin and silk. That can adapt the shape of a tulle skirt appropriately. 

Wrap Up : How to Sew a Muslin Skirt?

Experts say that finding the best fabric for making a dress makes the job half done. Thus, our last advice is to be careful while choosing a suitable muslin fabric from the market. Take some time in this case. 

That’s all about making a good muslin skirt at home. 

By following our guide, you will barely need 30 minutes to make a new skirt. A face mask matching your new skirt enhances your personality. If so, read our expert’s guide how to make a muslin face mask at home

Shariful Alam

Shariful Alam

Shariful Alam Pavel, A fashion lover, passionate marketer. Love to share wisdom based on real life experience to enrich knowledge.
Founder of Muslin Dhaka, a brand, speaks the truth about royal muslin and fashion. Explore the digital fashion universe with organic cotton muslin and much more!


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