Looped Ribbon Skirt Tutorial

Looped Ribbon Skirt Tutorial - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

 This skirt is easy to make, but it really makes a statement!  If your daughter has a skirt that is getting too short this is a great way to add some length and make the skirt last longer!  You can make it in any color scheme using the huge ribbon selection The Ribbon Retreat offers.  I used 1″ brown/pink/mint fashion dots, 7/8″ hot pink and 3/8″ mint ribbon.


The first thing you will want to do is measure the bottom circumference of the skirt.  That way you will know how much ribbon to cut.  My daughter’s skirt measured 23″ (6 month skirt).  I didn’t bother to figure out how many of each ribbon to cut I just lined them up along my cutting mat until I got to 23″.


I wanted 1 1/2″ of ribbon to hang from the hem of the skirt.  I cut my ribbon to 3 1/4″ to account for 1/4″ seam allowance.  When folded in half, 1 1/2″ of the ribbon will hang past the hem.

After I had all my ribbon cut, I sealed the ribbon ends using a candle.  It was nice to give the lighter a break.  I felt like it was a bit quicker too.  Just quickly pass the ribbon end directly over the flame.  It only needs a second, any longer and it will catch on fire.

Here is my pile of sealed ribbon cut to 3 1/4″.

Now that your ribbon is sealed it is time to turn them into loops.  Fold the ribbon in half and baste the ends together, no need to backstitch.   

Don’t cut your thread when basting your ribbon loops.  Just take your ribbon (in any order) and place under the pressor foot and sew the ends together.  In the picture above I am starting to get a ribbon loop chain.

The picture above is part of my ribbon loop chain.  Now cut the thread on both sides of each ribbon loop.

Now you should have a pile of  ribbon loops.


Time to sew the loops onto the skirt.  First turn your skirt inside out.  (In the picture above I have started to sew on my loops). 

 On your first loop put the top of the ribbon (where the ends are sewed together) on the skirt hem.  1/4″ of the ribbon will be on the skirt, leaving 1 1/2 ” of ribbon hanging past the hem.  Sew the ribbon loop to the skirt, make sure to backstitch. 

 Put  your second loop right next to your first ribbon, don’t leave any space between the ribbon.  Line up the BOTTOM of the ribbon loop with the previous loop.  Lining up the bottom (where the ribbon is looped) will make sure they all stay straight and even.  Continue sewing all your loops to the skirt until you have met back at your first loop and backstitch again.   

The Skirt is now turned right side out.  In the picture above you can see two stitching lines.  The one on the left is the original stitching for the skirts hem.  The one on the right is my stitching line from sewing on the loops.  You don’t have to but I decided I would cover this up with my 3/8″ mint ribbon.

To cover up your stitching line, place your sealed ribbon at the side seam of the skirt.  The measurement of the ribbon length will depend on your skirt’s circumference.  I used a zig zag stitch and covered the entire stitching line with the ribbon. (Backstitching at both start and finish). 

Looped Ribbon Skirt Tutorial - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}I guess I didn’t take a close up picture of the zig zag stitch. (Sorry).  But, there you have it!  A great way to add a little character to a skirt!  Go here to make a bow to match!

Looped Ribbon Skirt Tutorial - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}Tried hard to get a smile, but she kept giving me this look like, “what the heck”?  She told me she liked the skirt though. 😉

 Looped Ribbon Skirt Tutorial - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}Side view and a bit happier. 🙂 

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  1. Shirley
    Posted May 23, 2011 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    So cute!!! Love the ribbons you chose!

    • Cherie
      Posted May 23, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Shirley!

  2. Posted May 24, 2011 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    That is adorable! The ribbon is to die 4! CUte, CUTE!

  3. Christina
    Posted May 24, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the tutorial! I am going to try it with a pile of my daughters jeans that I would like to make into capris for summer and fall!

    • Cherie
      Posted May 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

      Christina, you are welcome! That is a great idea!

  4. Suzanne
    Posted June 15, 2011 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    How cute is that, I love it! Thanks!

  5. Jacque
    Posted June 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    I saw this same idea in a boutique last week. The person who made the item took a child’s t-shirt and sewed a piece of 1.5″ ribbon around the bottom, then attached the ribbon loops (like you did to the skirt). The 1.5″ ribbon was stitched so that most of it was hanging below the bottom of the shirt, then with the loops below that, it made for a good dress length for a little one.

    • Cherie
      Posted June 27, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

      Wow, I bet that was cute!

  6. Aija
    Posted November 6, 2011 at 3:50 am | Permalink

    I showed your tutorial to my younger daughter, she is twelve. She creates her clothes herself and don’t like my advices or help despite I make clothes myself and I thing that I do it good. But she, as normal teenager doesn’t like to listen her parents. Your tutorials are very useful. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Jennifer
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for the tutorial Im going to try to make it for my daughters birthday outfit 🙂

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