rainbow skirt tutorial and free pattern


ย I can’t tell you how stoked I am about how this skirt turned out…Ok, I will. I AM SO STOKED ABOUT HOW THIS SKIRT TURNED OUT!!!!

I have a tradition (sometimes kept, sometimes not..lol) of sewing something for my girls to wear to their party that fits the theme.

see some of them here, here (scroll down a bit), here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

I know. I have problems.

This year for Charlotte, it was unicorns & rainbows! (with a little glitter thrown in!)

scroll down for many pics, a tutorial, and FREE 4/5/6 skirt pattern!.

EDIT: My skirt won an award! Go SKIRT! I couldn’t have done it without you. srsly.


rainbow skirt tutorial and free pattern! #rainbow #rainbowskirt

So for Charlotte’s unicorn/rainbow theme, I had to go all out and combine the two for a rainbow circle skirt & gold unicorn appliqued shirt! (plus party favor horn-tute and template coming soon!)

rainbow skirt tutorial and free pattern! #rainbow #rainbowskirt

rainbow skirt tutorial and free pattern! #rainbow #rainbowskirt

Please excuse the plethora of pictures, but golly gee this skirt is super photogenic.ย  (and the kiddo ๐Ÿ˜‰

rainbow skirt tutorial and free pattern! #rainbow #rainbowskirt

rainbow skirt tutorial and free pattern! #rainbow #rainbowskirt

The shirt is a plain white tee I picked up at Target, and then printed off a unicorn clip art to free hand cut out the shape from some thick gold fabric I have.

Then I sewed it on around the edges with gold thread…it got a little puckered but, hey, Charlotte didn’t even notice! (kids rarely do ๐Ÿ˜‰

rainbow skirt tutorial and free pattern! #rainbow #rainbowskirt

rainbow skirt tutorial and free pattern! #rainbow #rainbowskirt

rainbow skirt tutorial and free pattern! #rainbow #rainbowskirt

rainbow skirt tutorial and free pattern! #rainbow #rainbowskirt

rainbow skirt tutorial and free pattern! #rainbow #rainbowskirt

tutorial and template for the unicorn horns coming soon!

rainbow skirt tutorial and free pattern! #rainbow #rainbowskirt

So here’s the tutorial! and download the FREE 4/5/6 Skirt pattern!

I say it fits that many sizes because it’s long on my Charlotte but just right for Sadie-the elastic waist you can adjust as needed.

(I reference Dana’s circle skirt tutorial to get you started, and you can also use it to see how to attach the elastic. ๐Ÿ™‚


rainbow skirt tutorial and free pattern! #rainbow #rainbowskirt

rainbow skirt tutorial and free pattern! #rainbow #rainbowskirt


  1. So super cute.

  2. Hello? Can we just say BEST. SKIRT. EVER. The End.

  3. oh dang that is SO CUTE!! cute girlie too! em would love a skirt like this for realz, will be pinning for later. is the fabric shot cotton or voile or something? It looks lighter than normal QC.

    • nope it’s random QC’s…and the yellow is twill actually! It’s all what I had on hand. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I am SUPER excited!!! This skirt is super super cute … and the kiddo ๐Ÿ™‚ You have done a really great job!
    many greetings

  5. Love this! Thanks for doing the math for me!

  6. i know 2 girls that will be getting these outfits!!! absolutely love it

  7. Whoa. I’m going to have to close my laptop right now, because if my three year old sees this skirt, she will not rest until she has one (and neither will I)! This one is added to the top of the list!

  8. I love this idea! My niece is also planning a rainbow unicorn party. I am thinking about making her a rainbow dress. I haven’t quite decided how I will do it. I am leaning towards a circle skirt with eight panels, but I really like your skirt. I might just have to give it a try!

  9. That is an AWESOME outfit! My daughters would love some skirts like these…. after I get some solid fabrics! =)

  10. Oh how I love this skirt!!! And a rainbow unicorn birthday, is there anything more perfect? I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this morning that links to your tutorial:


  11. LOVE! Now I have to go make some striped circle skirts for my girls ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. LOVE!!!!!!!!


  14. this turned out AHmazing and I think sewing birthday outfits is one of my favorite things ever!

  15. O she is just adorable, and poses so beautifully! I love the simplicity of this skirt, and the colours really pop x

  16. Cute little unicorn.

  17. Adorable outfit! Do you know about how much fabric you used for each color?

    • It was hard to tell because it all came from my stash, but probably at least a yard for the larger rings

    • Carren miller says

      I ended up having to get a yard each of the pink, orange, and yellow and a 1/2 works for the green and blue if you fold it right. Figured you probably figured this out already but thought I’d reply in case someone else has that question.


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