How to Make a Ballerina Skirt


I got a sewing machine for my birthday and after a couple of weeks of just sitting there, I was itching to put the pedal to the metal!  I remembered a had a LOT of tulle leftover from my wedding almost 7 years ago.  I don’t know about you, but the first thing I think of when I picture tulle is a ballerina skirt.  I thought, that ought to be simple enough so here is what I came up with!  I made three skirts spread out over the course of a couple days.  This project can easily be done in a day and I’ll definitely be making more because they were very easy to make!

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The sewing machine I got for my birthday!

  • tulle (probably 3-4 yards)
  • sewing machine
  • thread to match tulle
  • sequins (optional)
  • craft/fabric glue (optional)
  • scissors
  • elastic
  • safety pin
Game Plan:

1.  Measure the length you want the skirt and then add 1.5″-2″ to the length.  Cut.

I cut 8 panels for a 3 year-old’s skirt.  Basically I cut her length + 2″ inches 8 times, using the entire width of the bolt of fabric each time.

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Leftover tulle from my wedding finally being put to use!

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8 panels of tulle cut to length

2. Fold each panel to desired thickness.  Each of my panels was 4 layers of tulle because I folded it twice.

3.  Fold the top over by 2″ and then sew a hem at 1.5″, leaving enough room for elastic to fit through.

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Stitch a line across the top of the panels

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1.5" pocket to slide elastic through

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8 panels with pockets sewn at the top for elastic

If you want, you can clean up the unfinished side by trimming off the excess tulle below the seam.  I did not because once you scrunch up the tulle, you can’t even tell so I decided it would be a waste of time.

4. On each panel, cut the long sides apart up to the seam so that all the layers are separated from each other.

5. Cut the elastic to size, allow for a 1.5″ overlap to sew the two ends together

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Cut elastic to size

6.    Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic.  Slide the elastic through all the panels, making sure the panels are all facing the same way as far as finished and unfinished sides.

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Use a safety pin to push elastic through the pocket

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Slide elastic through all of the tulle panels

6. Sew the elastic together.  Give it a good tug to make sure it is secure.

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Overlap the elastic and secure with stitching

7.  Spread the tulle out around the elastic.

8. Check to see if you need to do any trimming.

  • If you want a classic ballerina look, make sure the edges are cut straight.
  • If you want a rockish ballerina look, cut the edges jagged and the layers at different lengths.

9.  If you want to add some sparkle to your skirt, use fabric glue or craft glue to attach sequins to it.  Just dab some glue on the back of the sequence and stick it where you want!

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Use fabric or craft glue to attach sequins to the skirt

These are fairly quick and easy to make.  It may take you a little bit to get the hang of it at first but then you should be able to whip them out in no time!  Make some for your own children or give as a gift! Any little girl would love getting one of these as a present!

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A two-hued pink ballerina skirt with a little bit of sparkle!

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A purple ballerina skirt with a rock edge!

I made a teeny tiny ballerina skirt for my friend’s little one month old since I don’t have any girls of my own to model or make cute things for. Isn’t June just adorable? I think purple just may be her color!  I did not add sparkles to June’s skirt because I thought they could potentially be a choking hazard.

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A tiny purple skirt makes a cute picture for a precious newborn!

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You didn't think I could just put up one picture of June did you?

Check back tomorrow to see how to make a fairy skirt that requires no sewing at all!

I’ve got lots of tulle left; do you have any ideas for projects I can do with tulle?

7 comments to How to Make a Ballerina Skirt

  • Marsha

    I was wondering which of your boys you made model this skirt! Glad to see you used a friend’s little girl!

  • Dennae

    Thanks for posting this Brady. My mom and I were wanting to make one for Piper. Can’t wait. Maybe the baby will be a girl and I can make matching ones!

  • Caroline

    I’m waiting for the fairy skirt for the “no sewing required.” Otherwise, I’ll just wait for one of my dearest, crafty friends (hint, hint, jk!) to make one for my own daughter since I have no sewing skills…or any creative skills for that matter. LOVE the idea, Braids! And, side note, June looks just like Jack to me–what a cutie pie!! 🙂 Nice choice for a model!

  • Brady

    Ha, well…I don’t want to say too much because I wouldn’t want to ruin someone’s birthday, but you can save yourself the stress of trying to make one!

  • I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to find a tutorial like this – needing to make one for Belle and now I know how – thank you!

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