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How to make a reversible paper bag maternity skirt, with Chie of Vivat Veritas

Mar 7, 2011

Hello readers! My name is Chie, and I have a blog related to my sewing projects, named “Vivat Veritas”.  I am now 34 weeks pregnant and expecting a baby girl in mid April.  I’m thrilled to be guest posting here at DIY Maternity!

I’m sharing a tutorial on how to make a reversible paper bag skirt.  I really love this piece because of how versatile it is.  It can be worn before, during and after pregnancy.  The skirt is quite comfortable since the waist is elastic. This skirt is great for beginning level sewers because you only need to sew straight lines!

What you’ll need:


  • Any fabric (but I use light weight polyester fabric, but you can use cotton, jersey, etc)
  • thread
  • 2 inch wide elastic band
  • Bodkin

What to do:

  1. This skirt is reversible so, you will need two different fabrics. The fabric will be determined by the length of the skirt you want. The length I chose was 20”. The width of the fabric should be your hip measurements multiplied by 1.5 or 2, depending on how voluminous you want your skirt to be. I made my width 62”, which is about 1.5 times my hip measurement. So in my case, I cut a 20” by 62” square of each of my chosen fabrics. As you can see in the picture I chose a pink and brown dot fabric (fabric A) and a complimenting solid pink fabric (fabric B).
  2. After the squares pieces have been cut out, pin fabric A and fabric B with right side facing
  3. Sew the width of the 2 squares together
  4. Sew the side of the skirt, with fabric right side facing.
  5. Turn the fabric out so that wrong side of the fabric faces out, and iron
  6. Now, sew a loop hole for the elastic band to go in. The top sewing line should be measured 1.5” from the top of the skirt
  7. Sew straight line the full width of the skirt
  8. Sew the second line 2” below the top line. Leave a 2” opening so that an elastic band can be inserted
  9. Using a bodkin, insert the elastic waist band from the opening you made in step 8). The length of the elastic band should be your waist measurement. As a pregnant woman, I want to wear the skirt as high waist, more like right under bust, so I made mine 26”
  10. Pin the ends of the waist band
  11. Sew the ends together to make a loop
  12. Close the 2” opening you made at step 8)
  13. Hem
  14. You are done! Now you have a reversible paper bag skirt which you can wear while you are pregnant and after!

Thank you soooo much to adorable Chie for her guest post!! I love this skirt so much, and I think it would make a gorgeous addition to any maternity wardrobe!

Please don’t forget to visit Chie’s blog Vivat Veritas – it’s full of adorable sewing projects, and see how she wore this super cute skirt earlier in her pregnancy. I also love her weekly pregnancy updates!

So what do you girls think? Isn’t this one of the sweetest maternity skirts ever?!

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4 Comments

  • Wow that is so sweet! One of the loveliest maternity skirts I’ve ever seen

  • I love this skirt! Thanks for posting!

  • [...] a simple elastic waist skirt and Megan posted a tutorial for how to create a paperbag waist skirt here.  I fused the two and my skirt has a paperbag waist, pockets and an elastic waist!  I should also [...]

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