lazy days skirt free pattern

August is meant for relaxing and hanging out on the porch. At least, that’s what we had in mind for this skirt. It’s about as easy to sew as a skirt can be, since it’s made from a single width of fabric. And when it’s finished you’ll still have plenty of time to contemplate the day from the porch swing.

We’ve been testing it on several little girls, and it’s perfect for dog walks too.

With a simple elastic waistband, it’s also comfortable, which is a crucial element for hanging out during the most relaxed month of the year.

But our favorite part is the ribbon at the hem. You can use almost any sort of ribbon in any width you like. It makes a clean finish to the hem, as you can see.

Download and print your free instructions for the Lazy Days Skirt here. We hope you’ll make a skirt or two, and when you’re finished be sure to post photos of your finished skirt (or skirts) to the Oliver + S Flickr group.

And then go enjoy the rest of your summer. Maybe you’ll find a hammock to share with your favorite active little girl.


  1. August 17, 2008 at 2:46 am Link

    Cool! Thanks so much for a free pattern. I have been wanting to try a simple skirt pattern lately and this looks perfect!

  2. August 17, 2008 at 10:49 pm Link

    lovely, and easy. just the way i like it. thank you.

  3. August 19, 2008 at 11:53 pm Link

    Very sweet… I like the simplicity of it:)

  4. August 20, 2008 at 12:01 am Link
    Sakura Rose

    Adorable. I love the ribbon hem!

    Jessica Rogers
    Owner, Sakura Rose Boutique

  5. August 20, 2008 at 12:10 am Link

    So pretty, love the perforated fabric and mint trim. Hmm…with no kids in tow, I’ll make one for myself. ;+)

  6. August 25, 2008 at 3:16 pm Link

    I have been SEARCHING for the perfect and EASY skirt pattern…this is adorable! I can’t wait to make one! Thanks!

  7. August 26, 2008 at 1:35 pm Link

    Thank you! Just what I was looking for…

  8. September 24, 2008 at 10:09 am Link

    This is wonderful! Thank you (via Soule Mama today).

  9. September 24, 2008 at 5:17 pm Link

    Thanks so much for the link to the pattern download. I know I could probably work something out myself, but yours are so, so cute, and I really….. don’t have the time for pattern designing right now! Your pictures are lovely too.

  10. September 25, 2008 at 11:55 pm Link

    wow, thank you so much for the pattern, I’ve just made two skirts for my 4 yo and she loves them. I now have to make one for every day of the week apparently.
    I have photos on my blog if you want to see what I’ve done.
    Thanks again

  11. October 9, 2008 at 11:04 pm Link

    Thanks for the free pattern. I have 2 nieces that I would like to make this skirt for. I don’t sew very much but this skirt pattern looks super easy. Thanks again!!

  12. October 12, 2008 at 11:01 pm Link

    I found you via SouleMama also.
    Thank you very much for this great pattern. It helped me to get a couple of skirts done when I really wasn’t sure I could! Very much appreciated. The post with photos is here:

  13. October 14, 2008 at 5:46 am Link

    This is so pretty, I can’t wait to try it. Thank you. (I also came to you from Soule Mama)

  14. October 14, 2008 at 9:23 am Link

    Thank you for the pattern. I have just made a skirt for my 8yo and she loved it!


  15. October 25, 2008 at 6:39 am Link

    Wow…I did it!
    I sewed a skirt for my 10yo daughter.
    Thank you so much.
    You can see the photos at

  16. November 2, 2008 at 5:58 pm Link

    thanks so much, off to make one (or three) right now:)

  17. November 11, 2008 at 10:30 am Link

    Thanks for the great pattern! I love the simplicity of it.

  18. December 2, 2008 at 11:46 pm Link
  19. December 17, 2008 at 9:28 am Link

    I dont even have a little girl and im going to make a couple … mmm think that will make a great present for the childrens home up the road from us!!


  20. December 31, 2008 at 2:17 am Link

    Oh, this is sooo fabulous. Right up my alley, EASY! I can’t wait to make a few.

  21. February 27, 2009 at 11:05 pm Link

    Just finished this skirt for my 6 yr old…Shazam! that was easy, it practically makes itself! THANKS!

  22. March 17, 2009 at 10:20 am Link

    Just what I was looking for! I'm going to get right to work on these! My little girl is so excited! Thank you 🙂
    ~Joy & Caroline (4)

  23. March 24, 2009 at 10:19 am Link

    Can’t wait to make one for my daughter when she gets older. 7 months is a little young for it…maybe make one for me? THANKS!

  24. April 12, 2009 at 7:19 am Link

    I was looking for a pattern for a simple skirt for my 5 yr old. This is perfect and I made it quickly. It looks lovely. thank you!

  25. April 16, 2009 at 4:22 am Link

    Thanks so much for this, great for a beginner sewer like myself, and solves the problem of what to get for my one year old niece! Pic at

  26. May 7, 2009 at 4:39 pm Link

    Just made two for my daughter this weekend. I have barely sewed a stitch in my life and it was easy as pie. Thanks for sharing this wonderful pattern.

  27. May 14, 2009 at 3:45 pm Link

    I just finished my 3rd one – I think I’m addicted. (will post photos to the flickr pool tonight)

  28. May 16, 2009 at 10:17 pm Link

    Thanks for the great pattern! It turns out wonderfully. I posted a picture of the one I made on my blog today, with a link to yours. Thanks!

  29. June 8, 2009 at 2:20 pm Link

    I've made this pattern for my girls (8 & 6) and love how easy it was. Now I'm wondering if I can make it for myself?
    As a beginner, I'm not confident about any changes in a pattern. What would need to be changed…elastic and length? But how about the fabric width?

  30. June 10, 2009 at 5:34 pm Link

    I dont have any girls and thought I would make a couple for the missionary gal take with her. I dont know the length for a typical child, does someone know a length and apporox how do you know the size the skirt becomes>?

  31. July 3, 2009 at 12:12 am Link

    These are sweet & sassy, I like!
    It's been awhile since I've sewn because of a neck injury but this seems like a short & sweet project & the pain is less intense during these HOT summer months!

    Thanks so much for sharing!
    I will definitely send you some pics, if u like.

  32. October 5, 2009 at 1:00 am Link

    Lovely pattern, thanks for inspiration 🙂

  33. October 28, 2009 at 11:48 am Link

    Can't wait to try this with holiday prints for my girls. Thank you so much for posting!

  34. April 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm Link

    Thank you so much for sharing! I made one this afternoon and have plans to make another before the day ends… a quick and easy project that leaves a new skirt in the hands of a joyful child! Thanks again!

  35. April 30, 2010 at 1:20 pm Link

    I made a half dozen of these using babywale corduroy for my kindergartener for school – it’s all she wants to wear…

  36. April 30, 2010 at 4:35 pm Link

    So pretty but it’s getting on for winter down here in New Zealand. Would it work with a heavier weight fabric?

  37. April 30, 2010 at 6:11 pm Link

    Thank You for the free download-Simply yummy and the hem detail is perfect!

  38. July 6, 2010 at 4:22 am Link

    The girl so cute… and her skirts also 🙂

  39. July 26, 2010 at 10:47 am Link

    thank you for this pattern. I am a novice at sewing but want to make a skirt for my daughter. This is by far the easiest to understand and the best looking skirt as well.

  40. July 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm Link

    thank you for the pattern. it took me about 30 minutes total and I adore the skirt I made for my little girl. instead of folding the ribbon over though I just used the edge of the ribbon as the bottom edge of the skirt. looks great.

  41. August 27, 2010 at 5:49 pm Link

    I just finished this last night. Thank you so much for sharing! The ribbon hem is such a nice detail.

  42. September 8, 2010 at 7:53 pm Link
    Tania D.

    I’ve made a bunch of these for my girls over the past year. They are all wonderful. I love that they are super easy, take less than an hour to make & are really cheap to make too! Thanks!!

  43. September 17, 2010 at 11:03 am Link

    I love love love this pattern! I made my daughter a Strawberry Shortcake skirt – the first skirt I ever made – from this pattern but I changed up the hem a little bit by adding lace. She loves it!

  44. October 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm Link

    This is just what I was looking for to make quick little skirts to send to some children in Haiti!! Thank you!!

  45. October 16, 2010 at 1:06 pm Link

    I’m relatively new to sewing. Yesterday my birthday gift from my parents was a delicious little sewing machine and this site came along at the perfect time! As bizarre as it may be for a thirteen year old to like to sew, I love how creative and artistic I can be.Today,I experimented with this pattern, downsized for a doll, and it was so easy to follow.

  46. October 30, 2010 at 9:53 pm Link

    I don’t even know how to run our sewing machine (no, really, it’s a vintage White, and I can’t yet make it go consistently forwards with the treadle, so I’m just turning the wheel by hand), and I made one of these for my kindergartener! from fabric and ribbon she picked out! What a clever and clearly written pattern!

  47. November 30, 2010 at 1:22 am Link

    thanks so much for this simple but inspiring pattern. i’ve been looking for an easy sewing project for my 5 year-old and she’s super excited about this. we’re running out to the fabric store tomorrow!

  48. January 2, 2011 at 10:56 pm Link

    I love your tutorial. I have made several skirts and my girls love them. Thanks


  49. March 4, 2011 at 5:03 pm Link

    Thanks for the inspiration. My daughter is growing tall, and needs a seasons worth of dresses, ASAP, so this came just in time to save my money and my time!

  50. March 17, 2011 at 6:40 pm Link

    I have made quite a few of these for my three daughters and some as gifts too. The design is so beautifully simple, it allows the fabric to really shine. I’ve even managed to make a few from lovely fabrics that were heavily reduced in price, so each skirt only cost about $2 to make!

    So many possibilities for embellishing too: ribbon, applique, pockets, buttons, beads, lace peeking out from under the hem.

  51. May 16, 2011 at 8:16 am Link

    would love to try this one. looks simple. I like!! Thanks for sharing.

  52. July 3, 2011 at 9:59 pm Link

    I’ve made this skirt a few times for my four year old – it is such a satisfying project! Thank you for your simple approach – it really gave me the confidence to have a go. I’ve even made a couple from pillowcases!

  53. July 22, 2011 at 10:41 am Link
    Suzanne Estilette

    Love, Love you patterns

  54. July 22, 2011 at 10:42 am Link
    Suzanne Estilette

    cute skirt

  55. October 17, 2011 at 1:44 pm Link

    Thanks for the free pattern! I was looking for a simple skirt for my daughter’s costume and this was perfect.

  56. April 9, 2012 at 7:37 am Link


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