High Chair Ribbon Skirt

Learn how to make an easy ribbon skirt for the high chair - fun for birthdays!

When your little one turns ONE, you just want to celebrate, and celebrate big!

I have a bunch of fun tutorials coming of crafts I did to celebrate Brady’s first year.

First up, is this super cute High Chair Ribbon Skirt!

When you have a boy, you can’t do big bows and frilly tutus.
I did the appliqued one on his shirt, but I wanted to do more.
(Learn How to Applique by clicking on the link.)

This high chair ribbon skirt was perfect for taking Brady’s birthday party to that next level.

And the best part? It’s easy to make and super cheap using The Ribbon Retreat’s high quality ribbon.

– Supplies –

Ribbon (any size or print) – I used Swiss Dot Ribbon and Polka Dot Ribbon in four different colors
Hot glue

Here are the exact ribbons that I used:

1 1/2″ Polka Dots Ribbon in blue with white, mint with white, yellow gold with white, and yellow with white.
7/8″ Swiss Dots Ribbon in yellow with white.
5/8″ Swiss Dots Ribbon in blue with white and mint with white.
3/8″ Swiss Dots Ribbon in yellow gold with white and Swiss Fun Ribbon in White/Apple/Blue.

Click the links to see more wonderful colors and awesome prices.

Now onto the tutorial:

Measure around your high chair to find out how long your ribbon skirt needs to be. Then cut your ribbon to that length. Make sure to heat seal your ribbon ends. Click the link to learn how to do this.

The ribbon I used was Yellow Stripes Ribbon in 5/8″.

Cut the length for your high chair ribbon skirt.

Next figure out how long you want your high chair ribbon skirt to be. I wanted mine to be 10″ long.

Cut the length of your ribbon

You will also need to figure out how many ribbon strips you need.

Take the first measurement you made around the high chair and divide that by the size of your ribbon. My ribbon was 1 1/2″ wide. If your measurement is 30″ then divide that by 1 1/2″. 30/1.5 = 20 strips of ribbon. (This is for the base ribbon.)

I had four different colors so I divided 20/4 = 5 strips of ribbon at 10″ per color.

Cut and heal seal your ribbon

Remember to heat seal all of your ends.

I wanted more ribbon (can you ever have enough? :)) so I layered the strips with more ribbon.

I used 5/8″ and 3/8″ ribbons. I used the same colors and mixed and matched them. I cut these shorter than the base ribbon at 8″. How many you will need depends on how many base ribbons you have. I knew what colors were going with my base colors and figured out how much I would need from that. Again, seal your ends.

Cut and seal your ends for the second layer

Next lay your ribbons in the pattern that you like. Sometimes it takes a little tweaking before I know what I want for sure.

Figure out the pattern you want for your ribbons

Now for gluing!

Apply hot glue to the top of your base ribbon.

Apply hot glue to the base ribbon

Lay your top ribbon on your base ribbon, specifically pressing where the glue is.

Lay your top ribbon on your base ribbon

Add glue at the top across both ribbons. Then take your long ribbon (the one that will go around the high chair) and glue it on top on the ribbon strips.

Glue ribbon strips to long ribbon

Continue gluing your ribbon strips to the long ribbon until you get to the end. You can space them as close or as far apart as you’d like. Mine are about a 1/4″ apart.

Continue gluing your ribbon strips on your long ribbon

When you’ve finished gluing your strips, your skirt is all finished!

I got mine to stick to the high chair by using tape. If the baby pulled on it, it did come off. I am not sure of a better way, so if any one has suggestions, I’d love to hear them. I made tape loops and put them on the high chair ribbon skirt every two – three inches or so.

Doesn’t Brady look so cute!?

Happy in the high chair ribbon skirt!

High chair ribbon skirt perfect for birthdays!

Coming up I have a birthday banner using ribbon and a cute outfit for smash cake pictures.

Thanks for reading The Ribbon Retreat Blog and make sure to check out all the awesome products
we have to offer at The Ribbon Retreat.

Have a great day!


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  1. Nancy
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    I think you could use stick on Velcro dots then just peel them off after. A bit sturdier than tape and any adhesive from the Velcro can be removed with some goo gone.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 22, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

      Yeah that is possible. Thanks for the suggestion Nancy! – Shirley

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