How To Make A kilt

How To Make A Kilt

Making a kilt is fun. It is a beautiful art and if you are able to learn how to make a kilt then you can able to do make different design kilts with ease. In this article, we are discussing the concept of making a kilt. The kilt means here traditional tartan kilt, we take this kilt as an example in this article because tartan kilts are easier to make as compared to utility kilts. The traditional tartan kilt is easy to make as it has a front plain apron, no design, and buttons at all, there is also no concept of buckles and belt loops. Practice in making tartan kilt helps a lot in making other difficult and more complicated kilts. If you become a master of kilts then you can also able to make different handmade highland products such as Sporrans, Flashes, tartan ties, Tartan trews, etc. In the next paragraph, we are going to discuss the concept of making a traditional tartan kilt.

How To Make A kilt

It is the common question from many kilt lovers and wanted to know desperately how to make a kilt. The following steps must keep it in mind before making a kilt.

1. Fabric For Kilt

  • Choose The Tartan By Clan
  • Choose The Tartan By District
  • Universal Tartans

2. Measurement

3. Calculate The Material

4. Hem The Material

5. Pleating

  • Making The Pleats
  • Iron The Pleats
  • Stitched The Pleats

6. Waistband

7. Straps And Buckles

Fabric For Kilt

Fabric is very important because without fabric there is no concept of any garment. For making a tartan kilt, there is a need for a tartan. Tartan is divided into three categories which give you a lot of options to choose which type of tartan you want in a kilt.

  • Choose The Tartan By Clan

Tartan color depends on the clan; every clan has its own tartan which is also said to be family tartan

  • Choose The Tartan By District

There are also district wise tartans such as USA tartan, UK tartan, cities, and county wise tartans.

  • Universal Tartans

If you did not belong to any of the above tartans then there are also universal tartans. Universal tartans are the tartans that are not only for the Scottish people but also every man can wear a kilt in these tartan colors.


When you decide which tartan you want in a kilt after that measurement is the second step. Whether you are making a kilt for yourself or for a client, perfect measurement is important. For an exact measurement, you need the following tools

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Measuring Tape

Remember, the kilts measurement is always different than pants or trouser measurements.

Waist Measurement

Waist measurement is very important; you should stand erect and never hold your breath because improper waist measurement kilts will never fit on your body waist. Use a standard measuring tape around your belly button or where you want to wear a traditional tartan kilts.

Length Measurement

Kilts length measurement is also a very important factor and for this measurement, you should take help from your family member or friend. The measuring tape should point to the fastening area to below the top of the knee where you want the length of a kilts.

Hip Measurement

The hip measurement is also an important factor and sometimes it required when you wanted to wear the kilt at the hip. You should measure the widest part of the hip with the measuring tape.

Calculate The Material

You need more material for making a kilt because you have to make waistband and pleats. If your tartan has patterns which 6 inches wide then each pleat will be one inch wide. The material is however calculated by multiplying the half measurement with the pleat width and add an extra inch.

Hem The Material

The edge of the material is now hem by using the latest sewing machines. Cut half of the material, first hem the upper side, and after that hem the lower side of the tartan material.


Pleating is very important if you pleats perfectly then it increases the look of the kilts.

  • Making The Pleats

Making the pleat is an art; you already purchased more material for pleating. Use the pin to do better pleats.

  • Iron The Pleats

Use the latest Iron to do flat pleat.

  • Stitched The Pleats

Hem each edge of the pleat with the sewing machine.


The waistband size should be one inch more than the waist size.

Straps And Buckles

In tartan kilts, leather straps are used rather than tartan straps. The leather straps and buckles are stitched carefully with the sewing machine.

It is done, now you can able to know how to make a kilt. You can able to make not only tartan kilts but also other types of kilts. Wear this your new tartan kilts and enjoy it.

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