There are plenty of wrap skirt sewing patterns and tutorials available online. In this article, we’ll take a look at 25 of the best wrap skirt patterns and tutorials that you can try out.
Now, you might be thinking: “A wrap skirt? That sounds complicated. I’ll just stick to my trusty elastic waistband skirts. Why would I go through all that trouble when I could just buy one?” But let me tell you, my friends, sewing a wrap skirt is easier than you think.
Sewing your own clothes allows you to have complete control over the fabric, fit, and style of the garment. You can choose the exact type of fabric you want, whether it’s lightweight cotton for a summer skirt or cozy wool for a winter skirt. You can also customize the fit to your exact measurements, ensuring that the skirt fits you perfectly and flatters your body type.
Another reason why someone might choose to sew a wrap skirt is that it can be a more sustainable and eco-friendly option. By making your own clothes, you can reduce your reliance on fast fashion and the negative environmental impact that it can have. You can also choose to use eco-friendly fabrics and materials, such as organic cotton or recycled polyester, to minimize your impact on the environment.
Moreover, sewing your own clothes is a fun and rewarding hobby. It can be a great way to de-stress and unwind. Plus, there’s something really special about wearing a garment that you made yourself – it’s a true expression of your style and creativity.
And guess what, wrap skirts are actually a great sewing project for beginners. They’re simple, versatile, and don’t require a lot of fabric. Plus, once you get the hang of it, you can customize it to your personal style and preferences.
Wrap skirts have been around for ages, and for good reason. They’re flattering on all body types and can be dressed up or down so you’ll feel confident and stylish no matter where you go. Plus, they’re perfect for those hot summer days when you want to stay cool and comfortable.
And yes, wrap skirts are definitely in fashion right now. They’ve been spotted on runways and in street-style looks all over the world. You can wear them to work, to brunch, to a night out with friends, or even to the beach.
What Is A Wrap Skirt?
This style of skirt avoids the use of zippers or buttons that you often find on skirts because it opens up completely and wraps around the body before tying at the waist.
There are many different comfortable and flattering variations on the wrap design; skirts can be short, long, or midi, asymmetrical, ruffled, sarong, and more!
Why Are Wrap Skirts A Popular Sewing Project?
While sewing other skirt types can be more challenging, wrap skirts are quick and easy to make (in an afternoon!) and they only require basic sewing skills. With this simple design, you don’t need to worry about fitting, or inserting a zipper, or making a waistband.
They are comfortable for all body types, and easy to adjust for any sizing changes (ex: losing or gaining weight).
Wrap Skirt Variation Ideas
Before we jump into today’s list of free wrap skirt tutorials (and free patterns), there are a few possible variations to mention. In case you thought the wrap skirt wasn’t versatile enough, you can also:
Add an optional button and buttonhole to the waistband for a closure that’s even more secure.
Make it reversible! For example, if you want to use a floral fabric pattern on one side, you may choose to use a solid (but coordinating) color on the reverse side.
Give the hem a little flair by adding ruffles to the hem, fashionable trims, a strip of piping, etc.
25 Wrap Skirt Sewing Patterns And Tutorials
I’ve rounded up a variety of wrap skirt patterns and styles to make sure there’s something for everyone.
This video tutorial from Thuy Sewing shows how to make a lovely, flowy, mid-length skirt. While there isn’t a pattern included, the tutorial is very detailed so that even beginners can follow along and make a skirt in the afternoon.
This YouTube tutorial from Comicat Creations provides a detailed tutorial showing you how to make this wrap skirt without a pattern. You’ll learn how to measure your waist, draw and cut out a half-circle skirt, make the waistband, use bias tape to hem the edges, make a buttonhole, and tie a wrap skirt.
This tutorial is ideal for beginners who are visual learners!
If you want a basic wardrobe staple, this simple wrap skirt from Gathered should work well. This wrap skirt features a classic tie closure and is perfect for beginners. Although the site says there’s a free pattern, it’s really more of a tutorial. The tutorial includes step-by-step instructions and photos to guide you through the process.
Here’s a simple tutorial from Brother for an adorable and versatile tulip wrap skirt. It’s an ideal beach or pool cover and can be made with a variety of fabrics for everyday wear too! Although there’s no printable pattern, beginners should be able to follow the detailed tutorial without trouble.
This cute design from Sew Guide shows how to make a midi-length wrap skirt that’s reversible with false piping. Although there isn’t a printable pattern, the tutorial provides quite a bit of detail so you can follow along step-by-step.
The video tutorial from The Stitchery isn’t one I would recommend for beginners, but it is a very detailed video that even shows how experienced sewists can take a project and adjust it when they don’t like how something turns out. The final result is an adorable skirt to wear!
For a practical twist on the classic wrap skirt, try this wrap skirt with a pocket. This tutorial from Collective Gen has clear images and should be easy for experienced sewists to follow. The final product is a cute skirt that’s perfect for everyday wear - or the occasional safari.
This YouTube video from Rosery Apparel walks you through how to make her cute straight Hannah Skirt pattern. But you get a three-for-one in this video because she also shows you how to adapt the pattern to turn this skirt into three different styles. You can make the basic, add a short ruffle, or make a midi version.
Either follow along with the tutorial or click through her link to purchase the pattern.
Here’s a tutorial from The Creative Curator that shows how to take an old skirt or dress and turn it into a simple wrap skirt with ties. It also includes how to add binding to the hem for a fun pop of color.
This tutorial from So Sew Easy shows how to make a wrap skirt style that’s more common in Asia than it is in the States. This style looks very elegant thanks to the use of silk fabric. Though some beginners could make this skirt, it’s not one I would recommend starting with, as silk can be challenging to work with.
The site provides a visual tutorial, but you can click through the link to purchase the pattern, if desired.
Here’s a simple tutorial from Makyla Creates for a cute wrap skirt with ruffles. It’s made with linen to feel cool and look fashionable even on the hottest days. The detailed tutorial is easy to follow, even for beginner sewists, so everyone can enjoy this fun skirt.
For a feminine and flirty look, try this wrap skirt with a cute ruffled hem from Collective Gen. Although it’s not quite as detailed as some of the other tutorials, it should be easy enough for experienced sewists to follow.
This half circle skirt from Owlipop is a fun and simple wrap skirt design that even beginners can sew. The tutorial on the site isn’t as detailed as many on this list, but there is an included video that walks you through the process.
This tutorial from Happiest Camper is a good, basic DIY wrap skirt that you can wear casually or easily dress up for slightly more formal occasions. It’s a good beginner-level project, so even new sewists can feel successful and enjoy their final product.
Visual learners can follow along with the tutorial, or you can grab the free pattern.
This tutorial from Sewing For A Living walks sewists through the process of taking a pattern for a great-fitting skirt and turning it into a wrap skirt to ensure it has a flattering fit. There are several options provided for an asymmetrical design, a curved front design, and even a flared skirt design.
Here is a basic midi design that all sewing levels can create. There isn’t a step-by-step tutorial on the site, but you can download the pattern. This pattern from Peppermint Mag is free to download, but a donation is requested to help support the site.
Aimsy’s Antics took a free frilled wrap skirt pattern from Made Label and created a step-by-step tutorial that will help beginners feel successful. There’s also a video on the page so visual learners can watch the process.
This is a cute design from Heather Handmade. And it’s a simple project to create - it only has a single seam and uses quite a bit of bias binding. The best part is that if you’ve ever been concerned about the wrap blowing open in the breeze, this design has an overlap that prevents exposure.
This design from Bernina creates a lovely reversible straight wrap skirt with straps that also has the ends reversed as an eye-catching detail. The step-by-step tutorial provides lots of detail to make it easy to follow.
This pattern from Fabric Store is cut on the bias to create a figure-flattering and beautiful drape that will look great on anyone. The online tutorial doesn’t offer much detail, but you can download the free PDF pattern to make this skirt yourself.
This tutorial for a basic, knee-length wrap skirt from We All Sew provides step-by-step instructions for visual learners and basic instructions on how to draft your own pattern based on your measurements.
Although most experienced sewists should be able to follow along and draft their patterns, I wouldn’t recommend beginners start with this tutorial.
Wrap skirts are some of the easiest sewing projects so that even the newest sewists can feel successful and gain experience. If you’ve been wanting to make a wrap skirt yourself, I hope you find a tutorial on this list that gives you the design you want.
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