Sew A Twirly Ribbon Skirt

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, sponsored by Fabricworm. Sylvie, daughter of my friend (blogger Macki), seems to love it!

Let me show you how to whip up a ribbon skirt…

How to Make A Twirly Ribbon Skirt

For this skirt I used a scrap piece of jersey and a 1/2 yard of Free Spirit Voile in Cilantro from Fabricworm, along with a pile of grosgrain and satin ribbon.

Start with a piece of jersey 8″ wide and the length of your child’s waist measurement plus one inch. Fold it in half with wrong sides facing, so the right side is towards you.

Cut a strip of fusible webbing (or steam a seam) – if you have the sticky kind, that’s best. Lay it along the long cut edge.

Cut ribbon strips as long as the length you want the skirt to be, plus 1/2″

Now arrange your ribbon strips right sides down with the length extending over the jersey. Start with thinner ribbons or the ribbons you want to show on top of your skirt.

Continue until you have all your ribbon in place the way you like it

Iron the ribbon in place, activating the fusible web.

Sew in place, above the fusible web and through both layers of jersey.

I also serged the edge to protect against fraying

Now flip your jersey waistband around to see what it all looks like.

Fold the waistband so the two unsewn edges come together, right sides facing:

And sew and finish the open edge.

Flip the waistband down over the ribbon:

Now for the skirt. Cut a piece of voile the length you want 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 a basting stitch across the top and pull the bobbin thread to gather the skirt so it’s a couple inches wider then the waistband.

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.

Sew in place with 1/2″ seam allowance and finish the edge by serging or sewing with a zig zag stitch.

Flip the waistband up. You’re done! Now twirl!




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