Knot-Me Tie Skirt Tutorial

Knot-me tie skirt was made for my little Elle. I love putting her in a little skirt. She’s adorable in poofy skirt. And it is adequately named knot-me because my little Elle is always getting into things she is not supposed to and giving me the it wasn’t me look. You know the look. Innocence.

This is another repurposed skirt. Here’s a little secret. All the skirts for skirt week are repurposed skirts. I used a jersey knit shirt for this skirt. And since it was made from a shirt, I wouldn’t suggest making it for child older than a year old. I used a small size woman’s shirt. It was the perfect width for this skirt that is probably a 12-month size. If you want to make this skirt for you or an older child, you can use regular fabric and figure out the measurements. It is a pretty simple skirt to make. If you make a skirt using this tutorial, please upload pictures of it in our Flickr group to show it off to everyone. You may be featured on Simply Modern Mom. So on with the tutorial…


  • jersey knit shirt
  • matching thread
  • needle
  • 1/2 inch width elastic

1. Cut the shirt. Use the bottom of the shirt for the bottom of the skirt to save you hemming time. The best way to figure out the size is to grab a skirt of your child’s and measure the waist and length. I provided my measurements for a 12-month size and you can use that to figure out your measurements if that helps.

Waist circumference: 19 inches
Length: 9 inches

2. Cut your various pieces. The skirt bottom piece should be cut from the bottom of the shirt and kept as is. Don’t cut the sides. Keep this all one piece. The top piece includes the elastic casing. All measurements includes 1/4 inch seam allowance. These were my measurements…

Skirt bottom piece: 34 x 5 1/2 inches
Skirt top pieces: 9 x 4 inches (cut 2 pieces)
Tie pieces: 4 x 11 1/2 inch and 4 x 7 1/2 inch (cut one of each size)
Elastic: 16 inches

* Note: In the picture I didn’t cut the top pieces to 9 inch length yet.

3. Take the 2 tie pieces (they are different sizes) fold in half lengthwise and iron it wrong side out. Then sew one short side and the open long side. Cut the corners at an angle so it will iron flat when you flip right side out.

4. Flip the ties right sides out then iron flat.

5. Pin the ties to the top pieces. Allow room for the elastic casing. I pinned the top of the ties at 1 3/4 inches down from the top of the piece. Place the second top piece on top of it and sew the two edges. Since I don’t have a serger, I zig-zagged over the seam to keep it all in place.

6. With the bottom of the skirt right side out, do a basting stitch at 1/4 inch from the top. Then gather the skirt to fit the bottom of the skirt top piece.

7. With the skirt top piece right side out, match the bottom edge of the skirt top piece to the gathered edge of the skirt bottom piece. The skirt top piece is on the inside of the skirt bottom piece. Pin it in place. Then sew it in place with a straight line with a 3/5 inch seam. Then zig zag stitch over the seam.

8. Iron the 3/4 inch seam for the elastic casing into the inside of the skirt. Sew it all the way around, but leave a slight opening to put the elastic in the casing.

9. Pull elastic through the casing. Then sew the ends of the elastic together. Pull the elastic back into the casing then sew the hole close.

10. Tie a knot by doing a square knot or in my case I think I did right over left then right over left again. You’ll have to play with it to get it just right. Then Sew the knot to the skirt through the inside of the skirt so it doesn’t get weighed down and droop. And you’re done.

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39 Responses to “Knot-Me Tie Skirt Tutorial”

  • Christina

    Cute project, but I mainly am writing to say…”Now THIS is a tutorial!!!” I can actually understand every step..Congratulations..excellent job!

  • Nancy Lee

    I’m going to suggest this to the ladies and young women at church, and see if they would be like to make this little skirt or some of the other designs that you have. They are so cheap and easy that almost anyone could do it and they could donate them to those who need them. I just happened onto your site and am so grateful. I love to sew, but don’t have a lot of time so these patterns are perfect for me. Thank you again for how you help others.

  • Sharlyn

    makes me wish my teens were tiny so I could make them one of these 🙂 So cute!

  • Elissa

    I used this tutorial to make a skirt for my daughter yesterday and it turned out great! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  • Vicky

    Thanks for this! I just finished one for my 5-month-old (who must be ginormous because I used your measurements and it fits her a little too well) and uploaded to the flickr group.

  • LB

    I love this tutorial. Being a sewing novice I tend to move at a snails pace when following sewing instructions but this tutorial was easy to follow. I finished in record time (by my standards…


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