How to Make a Little Girl's Skirt from an Old Sweater

The snow is falling, fireplaces are lit up, and the smell of hot chocolate is in the air. It's the perfect time to pull out an old sweater from the bottom of your closet and create a cute and cozy sweater skirt for a little girl in your life.

(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Things You'll Need

  • Sweater

  • Straight edge

  • Marking pen

  • Sharp scissors

  • Pins

  • Safety pin

  • 3/4 inch elastic

(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 1

Use a measuring tape to measure around your little girl's waist and the distance from her waist to her knees. Divide the waist measurement in half and add 1 inch. Add 1 1/2 inches to the length measurement.

Lay the sweater out flat making sure the bottom of the sweater is even. Measure, mark and cut the desired width and length of the skirt. You will be cutting though both layers of the sweater. The bottom of the sweater will be the bottom of the skirt so there will be no hemming necessary.

(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Tip

Don't know what to do with the sleeves? Turn them into these adorable sweater mittens (a.k.a. smittens) to match the new skirt!

Step 2

Place the two pieces with right sides together. Be sure to match the bottom edges exactly. Pin and sew the sides with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Start sewing at the bottom of the sweater to make sure each side will be even.

(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 3

Fold over 1 1/2 inches of the top toward the inside of the skirt. Pin in place and sew a 1/2 inch from the raw edge to form a casing for the elastic. Leave a 2-inch opening.

(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 4

Cut a piece of elastic 1 inch shorter than your little girl's waist measurement. Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic. Thread the pin and elastic through the casing. Leave a couple of inches out of the casing on both ends so you can sew them together.

(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Step 5

Overlap 1 inch of the ends of the elastic and use a zig zag stitch to attach them together. Pull the elastic into the casing and finish sewing 1/2 inch away from the raw edge to close the opening.

(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Now your little girl will have a cozy, warm sweater skirt she can call her own.

(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)
(Image: Beth Huntington)