How To Make Kilts

How To Make Kilts

How To Make Kilts

Making kilts are fun but it requires lots of practice if you are new in the kilt-making field.  There are many beautiful kilts you can see many kilts shops such as denim utility kilts, cotton utility kilts, camouflage kilts, leather kilts, and printed kilts. These modern and unique kilts required experience. A new maker can’t make difficult kilts at the start because it involves more effort and understands. Making a modern kilt at the start for the newbie is just like playing the new video game at a higher difficulty level.

Making a difficult kilt in the start also results in loss of time and money. So, we suggest everyone should try to make a simple kilt which is a Scottish tartan kilt. A tartan kilt has a simple and plain front apron that does not have buttons, chains, or anything so it saves your stitching work. These traditional hand-made tartan kilts also don’t have pockets, it saves you from purchasing more money. Making a traditional Scottish or Irish tartan kilt is also cheap and time-saving. We are going to discuss step by step How To Make Kilts in detail.

Steps To Make Kilts

Here follow each step in order to make a perfect Scottish or Irish tartan kilt

  1. Choosing the right fabric
  2. Tools
  3. Measurement
  4. Calculate the fabric
  5. Hem the fabric
  6. Pleats
  7. Stitching
  8. Adding Straps And Buckles

Choosing the right fabric

Choosing the right fabric is the key factor for making a perfect tartan kilt. The tartan colors are divided into three main classes whether you want to make a Scottish tartan kilt or Irish tartan kilt. These three classes are

  • Clan Tartan
  • District Tartan
  • Universal Tartan

Clan Tartan

Clan tartan is the tartan that represents the specific Scottish or Irish family. Every family has it’s own tartan, so you can choose the tartan accordingly.

District Tartan

The district tartan is the tartan depends on the specific districts. Every district has it’s own tartan. This is your choice which district tartan you want to wear.

Universal Tartan

Still, confuse? the universal tartan is the solution for you. These are the tartans are for everyone. There are many beautiful designs of universal tartans available for you to choose from.


Tools are very important in order to start making a kilt. Without a tool, you cannot make any dress. So, tools are essential for making a standard traditional tartan kilt. The following tools you must have before making the kilt.

  • Chalk
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Calculator
  • Measuring Tape
  • Iron
  • Sewing Machine
  • Pins
  • Matching Thread
  • Scissors


Size measurement is an important factor in making a kilt. Improper size leads to the tight or loose fit kilt. You also can’t cut the parts of the tartan into a kilt properly without the knowledge of accurate size measurement. Whether you make a kilt for yourself and for a customer, the size measurement should be taken into mind.

  • Waist Measurement
  • Length Measurement
  • Hip Measurement

Waist measurement is the first step towards size measurement; you must use the suitable measuring tape to measure your wais. Many kilt lovers, wear the kilt at the hip, and some at the naval, it totally depends on you. For accurate waist measurement

->Must stand erect

->Breathe normally

->measuring tape should around the waist

Remember: The waist measurement of a kilt never be the same as of pants, so always measure the waist of the kilt first before making the kilt.

Length measurement is another important step in the kilt-making field. You must use measuring tape where you want to fasten the kilt it may be your hip or at the waist than drop down to the top of the knee or where you want the length. This is the simple step but you must take help from your friend.

Hip measurement is only important when you want to wear the kilt at the hip. For exact hip measurement, you must measure the widest area of the hip.

Calculate the fabric

If your hip is 50 inches and for pleating and making waistband and other parts, you will need around 5-yard fabric. There is a mathematical calculation which is explained below.

25″ apron x 2 = 50 inches
25″ pleating x 9″ (8 inches sett+1 inch) = 225 inches
Total of 275 inches
add 20% for additional pleating and apron pattern = 55 inches
Total Fabric Required 330 inches
Divide by 72 (36×2 double-width) 4.58 yards.

If your sett is small then lesser fabric required. Suppose if you wanted to make kilt of 42″ hip then you need around 4-yard fabric.

Hem the fabric

Use a scissor to cut the fabric into required pieces, hem the edges of the upper side first, and then the lower side with the matching thread.


Pleating is important, you must use pin after every sett, this work is done manually which is fun. After pleating, you must Iron the pleats flat by using the latest Iron. The next step in pleating is to hem the pleats carefully.


Stitching is important and improper stitching with bad quality sewing machine results ruin your effort. Gather every part of the kilt and stitched them according to the quality standard.

Adding Straps And Buckles

A traditional tartan kilt is incomplete without the addition of leather straps and buckles. There is a minimum of two straps of leather material that have been attached on the sides of the kilt but you can add three it is up to you.

By following the above steps, you can able to know How To Make Kilts.

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