How To Cut A Full Circle Skirt

There are so many great patterns out there that make use of a full circle skirt for the ULTIMATE twirl factor! We have several ourselves. There's Sahara, Maci, Lisa... And there's an easy way to cut that full circle in 2 cuts... let me show you how!

First thing's first. You need your materials. Obviously, you're going to want your fabric and your pattern piece. Depending on the size of the skirt, you might want pattern weights. As I'm cutting a doll sized skirt, I won't need those. And you'll want a rotary cutter. If you're using scissors you'll want those, a fabric marking pen or chalk, and straight pins as well.

To start, we're going to lay out the fabric flat. I like to lay it with the wrong side up so I can see the direction of my fabric a little more easily.

You can see my selvage edge at the bottom of this picture. So first, I'm going to fold that bottom edge up, creating a fold.

And then I'm going to lay the pattern piece on top to make sure it's folded enough to fit... but also not too much that I'm wasting fabric.

I moved the fabric down a little bit after this picture so there wasn't quite so much extra between the end of the pattern piece and the fabric edge. Once you have that sorted, you're going to make a second fold in the opposite direction. So, since my first fold was bottom-to-top, my next will be left-to-right, like so:

So on the left, I have what looks like a single fold, and at the bottom there are 2 visible folds.

Then comes the easy part! Lay your pattern piece down so that the straight edges are along those folds.

If you're using a larger pattern, this is where you might want to use weights to make sure nothing moves around.

If you're using scissors, use whatever marking tool you have on hand to trace the edges of the pattern piece. Then, remove the piece, pin well through all layers along the inside of your markings, and cut along the lines.

If you're using a rotary cutter, my recommendation is to cut the bottom edge of the skirt first.

Then cut the small curve that will be the waist of the skirt.

And when you get it all unfolded, you'll have a perfect one-piece circle skirt!

I hope this helped some of you who do better with visual learning! I know that's where I struggle personally... If I can't see it, I have a really hard time doing it. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask in the comments or make a post in our wonderful Facebook community!

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