Here is How to Make a Ribbon Skirt. It’s such an easy beginner sewing project for girls.
Note: Since writing this post years ago when our own girls were tiny, I have learned that a ribbon skirt is a prominent garment worn by Native American women and girls in many tribes including the Saskatchewan and Navajo. Indigenous people in the prairies great lakes of the US and Canada continue to make and wear them in native communities and for traditional ceremonies. While we didn’t realize their cultural background when we made this tutorial, we hope that by mentioning the spiritual significance of the ribbon skirt and it’s relevance as a symbol of womanhood for native women, we can use this post as a reminder of their importance as a traditional form of identity for tribal communities for future generations.
While it might be seen as simply a distinct fashion piece to the non-indigenous eye in western culture, it felt important to mention its ties to Native American culture and to honor their generations of ancestors rather than give them new meaning.
Welcome! Last ribbon week we showed you how to make a twirly fun Ribbon Dress. That was such a hit here at home, I decided to make another version. So here we have a twirly ribbon skirt with a stretchy waistband in bright spring colors. This is a great project for beginners. Sylvie, daughter of my friend (blogger Macki) was the recipient and seems to love it! Look at the pride on her cute young girl face wearing her own ribbon skirt!
Let me show you how to whip up a basic ribbon skirt dear viewers…
Here is How to Make a Ribbon Skirt
Step by step Instruction
For this skirt I used a scrap piece of jersey and a 1/2 yard of Free Spirit Voile in Cilantro along with a pile of grosgrain and satin ribbon.
Measure your child’s waist with a measuring tape.
Now for the skirt. Cut a piece of voile the desired length of the skirt plus one inch by twice your child’s waist measurement. Hem the bottom edge by folding 1/4″ and ironing, then another 1/4″ and sewing in place.
Sew the side edges together right sides facing with a straight stitch. Insert the skirt into the waistband with the right side of the skirt out. Pin in place, stretching the waistband slightly to accommodate the skirt width.
Published 3/12, updated 10/22