Ruffled Peplum


Easy Peplum Skirt


This ruffled peplum skirt is super simple to make, using only one piece of fabric and a bit of elastic. Once I finished this one for myself, I realised that it would be a great little girl’s skirt too. It makes me feel cutsey and childlike. It’s a playful skirt, but wearing it with a belt seems to make it a bit more mature.

Elastic Waist

Materials: 1/2 yd of  60″ Fabric. Be sure to choose fabric which is pretty on both sides.
3/4″ Waistband Elastic
Matching Thread
Sewing Machine




The width of the rectangle should be at least twice as wide as your waist measurement. The length should be equal to your desired skirt length plus your desired peplum length.

Using the rolled hem foot on your sewing machine, clean finish the hem along the bottom of the rectangle. Then, clean finish the top of the rectangle with a rolled hem as well. The top will fold down to create the peplum, so it should be sewn in reverse. The wrong side of the bottom hem will face one way, and the wrong side of the top hem will face the other way.

Finish the long edges of the rectangle with a rolled hem. This will clean finish the bottom of the skirt, as well as the peplum.


Flat felled side seams are clean and neat on both sides. Necessary for this project.

Next, fold down the peplum 7″ or 8″ and pin it in place when the skirt’s at the desired length all the way around.

Fold the peplum down 8″ and pin in place

Sew a casing for the elastic 1″ away from the top of the skirt, leaving a 2″ opening through which the elastic can then be inserted.

sew the elastic casing 1″ away from the top of the skirt, leaving an opening for the elastic.


Cut the elastic to the length of your waist, and slide it through the casing using a safety pin.

Insert the elastic using a safety pin

Sew the ends of the elastic together.

Sew the ends of the elastic together




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