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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tulle Christmas Skirts

Hello my friends! Are you surprised to see me?! It's about time I know! I've been busy working on Christmas in particular that is being done on the computer and long story short my computer is acting up and is lucky it hasn't gone through the window yet! :)

I finished my girls Christmas skirts a few weeks ago and we made it to see Santa last week so I thought I'd share the tutorial with you. I apologize for the horrible photos! I saw this tulle skirt and knew it would be so cute for Christmas! I'm all about the puffy skirts for little girls!

Here's what you'll need:
base fabric for skirt - I had mine on hand. It's satin silver
Tulle - I used about 4 yards for my 3 1/2 yr old skirt and 3 yards for 19 month old skirt
elastic for waist band
matching thread

  1. Take measurements and double the waist and add 3" to the length. So for my oldest it was 20x11 so I cut my fabric to 40x14.
  2. Cut tulle 6"x the width of the fabric cut in half. Lay tulle out (I had mine cut into 1 yard increments so it was easier to handle) cut along folded edge so you have 2 layers on top of each other. Then cut 6" wide strips.
  3. Press and hem bottom edge of skirt.

     4. Fold tulle strip in half and in half again and bunch together about an inch from the top (will look like a sack) and pin to skirt. I let the bottom of the tulle hang over the edge a little bit (I just eyeballed it...I knew I would need three rows for the bigger skirt and two for the smaller so I just centered them. I also decided after I took the pictures that the tulle bunches needed to be closer together and made them overlap the bunch next to it about an inch.
Tulle bunch (don't mind the lunch spot on my sleeve) :)

     5. Using sewing machine sew bottom row of tulle bunches on. Repeat steps for the next 1 or 2 rows.
Sewing second row on

Sewing second row on
      6. Fold over and pin top to make pocket for elastic.
      7. Pin ends of skirt together.
     8. Sew side seams together first. Then hem waist seam. Make sure to leave an opening to thread the elastic through.
Don't mind the head shadow...I didn't notice until after the fact! Oops!
     9. Sew ends of elastic together and sew up the opening and and you're done! Hooray!

And here's a little something extra to make you smile! Enjoy!


Jenny's Heart said...

The skirts and girls look great!
I love the Santa photo.

Christy said...

How sweet! You are so creative.

The Fords said...

SOOO cute!! I love the skirts! Holy toledo. I can't believe how old Deni is looking and she has long hair! I love it!:)

Rose and Heather said...

Beautiful. You did a good job. I would love for you to link up to my Christmas Party @ I also have a Crafty Lassie Tuesday each week you can come and link up to.
Thanks Rose

Blissful & Domestic said...

The skirts came out perfect! love them!! Thanks so much for linking up and sharing at my Feature Friday Linky Party!

Danielle @ Blissful & Domestic

Mom Daughter Style said...

ssoooo cute,

my daughter is almost 3 and is still scared of Santa/

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Santa photo is cute! We didn't even attempt it... my little one informed me she "don't like Santa". lol Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday! Merry Christmas!


Unknown said...

Oh your girls are adorable, the glasses on the one, and the crying other one, both so cute. I really like the skirts, I bet any little girl would love that.

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