A handkerchief skirt is a bit of fashion with an airy 8-point hem line. The skirt is easily made by layering two squares of fabric which need no special measurements. In fact, the only special measurement for this handkerchief skirt is the waist. Choosing lightweight fashion fabrics makes a handkerchief skirt a winner with teenagers and the straightforward construction of the skirt is suitable for a sewing beginner and would make a suitable sewing class project.

Cut the 2 1/2 yards of fashion fabric in half, creating two pieces 45 inches square. Working with one square, fold one edge over a 1/4 inch to the wrong side and iron. Fold the edge over a 1/4 inch again, press and pin. Top stitch this 1/4-inch hem as close to the pinned edge as possible. Repeat the hem on the remaining sides of the square. Repeat the hems on the other square.

Measure the hips of the person who will be wearing the handkerchief skirt. Divide this number by 3.14. This will give you the diameter of the hip measurement. Add 1 inch to the diameter measurement. Draw a circle with the diameter measurement on the newspaper. If your compass does not have a large enough span, draw the largest circle it will allow and then measure out from its edge the additional inches and trace around the circle. Cut the circle out.

Place one square wrong side up on your work table. Position the second square, wrong side up, on top of the first square. Rotate the top square so that you have eight evenly spaced points and the layout resembles a star. Place the circle cut out in the center of the star and pin it to the fabric. Pin the fabric layers together outside the pinned circle. Cut the circle out and discard.

Baste the cut waist layers together. Turn the handkerchief skirt over so the right side is facing up. Match the right side of one long edge of the bias tape to the cut edge of the circle and pin. Sew the pieces together using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Fold the bias tape to the wrong side of the skirt, press and pin. Top stitch as close to the pinned edge of the bias tape as possible.

Measure the waist of the person who will be wearing the handkerchief skirt. Subtract 1 inch from this measurement and cut a piece of elastic. Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic and thread it through the bias tape casing on the handkerchief skirt waistband. Remove the safety pin, and sew the elastic ends together.