Easy Circle Skirt Tutorial + Free Pattern

Skirts are so easy to make. Use this easy circle skirt tutorial and free sewing pattern to make your own custom circle skirt!

Whenever it starts to warm up I get an itch for a change in my wardrobe and especially for a fun Spring skirt. Maybe it’s the warm weather and flowers popping up or the tradition of Easter dresses, but a skirt for Spring is a great way to welcome the new season.

My favorite easy skirt to make and wear is an easy circle skirt. They are quick to cut out and sew, and they can be flattering on lots of shapes and sizes.

Enjoy this easy circle skirt tutorial and free sewing pattern! Don’t miss the quick video of the process at the end of the post. 

easy diy circle skirt tutorial

I have always loved circle skirts. I think they are flattering and feminine without a lot of work. Something about circle skirts make me want to dance around my kitchen especially when the fabric is soft and fluid.

I hope you enjoy this easy circle skirt tutorial! Here’s a giant list of free skirt patterns so that you can make something you’ll love!

Another version of a circle skirt is to make a square hem circle skirt. It’s a little easier to mark and cut out, and it’s really easy to hem since it’s all straight lines.

Easy Circle Skirt Tutorial and Free Sewing Pattern // heatherhandmade.com

Cutting a circle skirt like this isn’t perfect, but it makes up for it because it’s so easy. You can from all sides below that my hem isn’t perfectly horizontal.

Luckily, Liverpool doesn’t stretch on the bias to make your hem uneven, but the curves of your body does make it slightly uneven.

If this bothers you, you can have someone mark the same distance from the floor while you wear it. Then cut it on the new line. This will make your hem perfectly straight. I like easy so I’m happy with how it looks.

How to Make a Square Hem Circle Skirt

What fabric works best for this skirt?

A double knit fabric like interlock, ponte, scuba or liverpool will work best. These fabrics don’t roll up at the hem, but they have enough body to hang nicely.

Should I prewash the fabric?

Yes, you should prewash the fabric. Treat the fabric the same way you’ll wash and dry the skirt once it’s finished. Remove any shrinkage before you cut and sew.

Do you like to sew skirts? Try one of these sewing projects:

Easy Circle Skirt Tutorial and Free Sewing Pattern // heatherhandmade.com

Easy circle skirt tutorial + free pattern


  • sewing tools
  • 1-2 yards of 2 inch elastic
  • 2-3 yards of Liverpool fabric* (or other easy to sew knit fabric)
    • Liverpool fabric* is a polyester fabric with a crepe like look to the front. It’s easy to sew, easy to wear, and it doesn’t pill or fray
  • Circle Skirt pattern – get it at the end of the post


Read up on how to sew knit fabric if you need extra help.

how to measure for a Circle skirt

Use the circle skirt template (at the end of the post) to measure yourself and find your radius for the waist and hem. Mark your waist and hem on the fabric.

Cut out the skirt.

Easy Circle Skirt Tutorial and Free Sewing Pattern // heatherhandmade.com

Measure the elastic around your waist and pull it tight until it’s comfortable. Account for seam allowances and cut the elastic.

Zigzag or serge the raw edges of the elastic separately. 

Easy Circle Skirt Tutorial and Free Sewing Pattern // heatherhandmade.com

Sew the elastic together with a straight stitch.

Topstitch a rectangle around to secure the seam allowance and make it lie flat.

Easy Circle Skirt Tutorial and Free Sewing Pattern // heatherhandmade.com

Divide the elastic into four sections and pin.

Divide the skirt waist into four sections and pin.

With right sides together match up the four pins on the elastic with the four pins on the waist. Line up the raw edge of the skirt with the edge of the elastic. Pin in between the four pins.

Sew with a zigzag and 1/4″ seam allowance around the waist and elastic. Finish the edges.

Easy Circle Skirt Tutorial and Free Sewing Pattern // heatherhandmade.com

Click here to get the free circle skirt pattern!

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

easy diy circle skirt free pattern

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Hi – Where are the free patterns mentioned?

Great work,i would like to learn to sew using your patterns and sewing lessons they are easy to follow .I would be more great full to receive free patterns for easier use.

Thanks for your free tutorials, could you please help me with steps on how to fold the material before cutting

How do you know if you should get 2 or 3 yards of fabric?