Wrap skirts are so freaking easy to make I don’t know why I’ve never made one before! I love the look of them and how you can have a bow (I’m a sucker for bows). I knew I wanted to make a skirt out of this palm print fabric and I’m so glad I did a wrap skirt. It’s tropical, fun, and can double as a swimsuit coverup. I think I’ll be making a DIY wrap skirt out of linen next since it’s my favorite material and I think it would drape nicely.
I wanted to make this wrap skirt as easy as possible. I read a few other tutorials who cut it first into 3 pieces or 2 different pieces and then sew it together, but I didn’t see the need. Mine is so easy, I can tell you every part in one sentence. You start with one rectangle, add two darts, sew two ties on the ends, and hem the edges. That is basically it. Keep reading for more details on those steps and you’ll be whipping out DIY wrap skirts in no time.
Cut out a rectangle of fabric. Get the measurements by taking half of your waist measurement and multiplying it by 3. This will be the width. For the length, wrap the fabric around yourself and decide on how long you want it. My palm print fabric was very thin and see-through so I sewed white fabric to the back of it.
Side note: my fabric looks uneven in the photo but that’s just because of the angle the photo was taken at. I promise it’s an even rectangle.
Draw curves on the edges of the bottom left and right of the rectangle then sew along the lines you drew. You can use the tape measure to make sure the curves are even. Cut off any excess fabric.
Time for darts. You’ll want to wrap the skirt around yourself for this to know how wide you will need to make the darts. Use pins to keep your darts intact. You’ll want to make sure the darts are placed in the center of the back of your skirt. I made my darts wide enough so that the skirt would be tight around my waist.
Darts are very easy to sew. They are just a triangle and the top is the widest part. For my darts, I had first sewn them too short and my skirt was looking weird when on, so I made them longer and they were perfect. You can see where my first darts were in the above photo.
Cut off the excess fabric from the darts.
Make two ties, one that is 2″ x 16″ and the other 2″ x 32″. Cut one end of each tie into points. I sewed white fabric to the back of the palm print fabric, leaving the straight ends open, and then flipped them inside out (to be right side out).
Fold about half an inch of the edge of the skirt around the sides and bottom in and sew them down to hem. Pin the ties to the top sides of the skirt then fold the top of the skirt down over them and sew along the top of the skirt and down across the ties so that they are now attached to the skirt. That’s it! The skirt is done and now ready to wear.
How To Wear
To wear the skirt, start with it on your butt and wrap the side with the longer tie around the back of your waist then tie it to the shorter tie.
You can wear this DIY wrap skirt out and about or as a swimsuit coverup. I am in love with it and it might be my new favorite DIY. It’s so easy to make and it looks super cute!
See my full outfit here.