This is how you make what I have decided to dub "the cutie patootie skirt". It's meant to look kitschy and handmade - so if you're only new to sewing, this may be a perfect project for you as any misaligned stitches will only make the skirt look even more adorable :)
What you need: Any fabric that you can wrap around your waist about 1 and a half times, and is long enough to be appropriate. A sewing machine is helpful, but not necessary. Scissors, pins, and a thread which is a contrasting colour to your fabric and so stands out! (I used white thread for the brown skirt, and bright pink thread for the blue one).
Step 1: Get any fabric that you can wrap around your waist at least 1 and a half times.
Then fold it so you get the length that you want. Add a couple of inches, and cut this rectangle out.
You should now have a rectangle like this (do yourself a favour and use a less crinkly fabric as well, haha).
Step 2: fold over one edge of the fabric. This is going to be the casing for your waistband. Sew all down the edge (like in the picture) BUT leave a small gap, where you will insert the waistband into.
Step 3: Fold up the other edge a bit and sew all along this time. This is the bottom of your skirt.
Step 4: Fold the whole thing in half, right sides facing together. Sew along the raw edges (see diagram). Don't sew over the waistband just yet - go back and finish up the job once you've completed steps 5, 6 & 7 (inserting the elastic). Anyway, now you should have a wide tube-type thingy that's beginning to resemble a skirt! It's time to add the elastic.
Step 5: wrap your elastic around your waist, pulling it tight (not too tight, just so it's comfortable). Then cut it off.
Also please ignore my sewing outfit. It's ridiculous. I know. Shush.
Step 6: Stick a safety pin through the end of your elastic. This will help guide your elastic through your waistband casing.
Step 7: Thread the elastic all the way through, making sure you don't lose the end! The fabric around the waistband will bunch up - that's good, that's what you want it to do :) You should now have something resembling a skirt, hopefully! Go back to step 4 and sew over the waistband part. Now you can add some cute pockets!
Step 8: Make your pockets. Use contrasting fabric, or the same fabric you used for the skirt, or any fabric you like - get creative, do whatever you like! Lace pockets work really well - it's what I used for my blue skirt (although they aren't exactly good for use as actual pockets, they look good!) Once you've made them, pin your pockets onto the front of the skirt however you want them to sit, and sew around the edges of them (everywhere but the top, if you want them to work as functioning pockets!)
Additional step: you can also add suspenders like I did with the blue skirt (see a tutorial for that here).
Step 9: strut yo' stuff.
All in all this sewing project is quite simple and only took around 2 hours to complete at a leisurely pace (this is including suspenders). It's a good one for beginners!
Let me know if you have any questions. I will be happy to answer them!