How To Make A Kilt

The Scottish kilt is apparel not casual wear like trousers, pants, and shorts. This apparel is the wrapping apparel that covers your waist to the knee area. This apparel is made with different fabrics i.e, cotton, wool, tweed, and leather. Nowadays, this apparel is the fashion these days. These apparels are unique and modern garments. This apparel is easy to wear which makes this important dress. Many fashion lovers prefer kilts to other bottoms. The front side of the kilt is non-pleated while the back side has pleats. This is the standard rule for wearing the kilt. That rule will never change whatever type of kilt you wear.

The kilt is a beautiful wrapping trendy garment these days. Making a kilt requires practice because it is not the same as making pants. Our kilt-making guide is helpful for making any type of Scottish kilt.

How To Make A kilt

How to make a kilt is a hot topic these days. Everyone wants to know how to make a standard quality kilt for men. Well, the kilt is not so difficult to make and at the same time not so easy. Practice is the key to success, and it is necessary to make a kilt. You may waste a few kilts at the start but don’t panic. It happens to everyone who is new.

Steps For Making A Good Quality Kilt

This is our easy kilt-making guide for the non-Scottish and for the new person. In this article, we take traditional-style tartan kilts as an example. These kilts are slightly easy to make as compared to other types of kilts. If you understand making traditional kilts then you can make any kilts with ease.

  • Fabric For Kilt
  • Measurement
  • Calculate The Material For Pleats
  • Hem The Material
  • Making The Pleats
  • Iron The Pleats
  • Stitched The Pleats
  • Waistband
  • Straps And Buckles

Fabric For Kilt

There are various fabrics available for making the Scotland kilts. In this article, we use tartan fabric which is made with acrylic wool. This fabric is available in two different weights i.e, 13oz and 16oz. 13oz tartan is commonly used for making traditional kilts. However, 16oz tartan is used for making heavyweight kilts. Tartan depends on clan, you can choose tartan according to your clan. The selection of fabric is important for making any type of kilt.


For making the kilt, you should know your or your customer’s exact kilt size. The kilt measurement will never same as the trousers measurements. So never neglect the importance of the kilt measurement. If you already measured your size for the kilt then ignore this step. This step is necessary for new people who don’t know about measurement.

Waist Measurement

This is the most important measurement for making the Scottish kilt. If you don’t know how to measure the waist then you may make a tight-fitting kilt. Standing erect and breathing normally are important for this measurement. Furthermore, you can take help from your friend. Your friend should wrap the measuring tape on the belly button or at the waist.

Length Measurement

It is the measurement from the waist or belly button to the knee cap. You can take help from your friend or a family member.

Hip Measurement

Wider area hip measurement is necessary for this step.

Calculate The Material For Pleats

Calculation of pleat is another step, you must add an inch for each pleat. For example, if your tartan is 6 inches in width then add one inch extra for each pleat.

Hem The Material

A Hemming machine is used to hem the fabric. You must use the matching thread for hemming.

Making The Pleats

As we discussed above, you must add one inch extra for a pleat. You can use the pin and chalk to do straight pleating. The more pleats increase the beauty of the kilt.

Iron The Pleats

You must use the Iron after manual pleating. It will not damage the pleats.

Stitched The Pleats

Trim the excess material with your scissor. After that, stitched every edge of the pleat with the best hemming machine.


The waistband must be attached to the kilt whatever type of Scottish kilt you made. The size of the front apron plus one inch is the waistband.

Straps And Buckles

For making tartan utility kilts, the same fabric straps would be used with buckles. However, for making traditional kilts then black leather straps would be used with that kilt.


The pockets are the additional step if we are making utility-style kilts. Two pockets have to be attached to the utility tartan kilt. Moreover, these pockets must be 8 inches deep. Hemstitch them according to the quality standard.

Final Words

Our helping guide is designed for making traditional kilts. However, you can apply the same method for modern-style kilts. If you like this helpful kilt-making guide then share it with your friends.