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St. Patrick’s Day Ribbon Skirt

St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Skirt - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Hello, Ribbon Retreat readers! This is Sarah from Bombshell Bling, and I am so excited to be here again posting this tutorial for a festive St. Patrick’s Day Ribbon Skirt Tutorial. I love love LOVE making fun holiday ensembles for my kids! It’s made entirely of ribbons, ribbons, and more ribbons. Do you want to learn how to make one for your own little leprechaun?

Ok, let’s talk about measurements. THIS IS IMPORTANT….and a bit lengthy. I don’t know how exactly to explain to you how I figured out my measurements. I am going to try my best to explain my process, but, to be honest, it was a bit of trial and error. I apologize for not having exact measurements for you.

My little lady is almost two, but she is super duper petite, so you will have to adapt this for your child. She wears a size 18 -24 month clothes pretty roomily, just as a reference. I only needed one, but if your little gal is any taller than mine you will probably want two of the ribbon mixes in order to have a long enough skirt. I had measured from her waist to her knee and determined that if I cut the ribbons in half I could stack them all up and it would be the right length.

Now let’s talk about width / circumference of the skirt. Each ribbon is about 2 yards long, and I knew that my gal was much thinner than that. The thing about these ribbon skirts is that you don’t want them to be wide and billowy like a twirly skirt. Ribbons don’t drape and fold nicely like fabric because they are so stiff, so you want the skirt’s circle to be wide enough to slide on and off easily, but not so wide that it folds and looks funny. What I did, was use a soft measuring tape to measure loosely around her waist and hips. I made sure to move it up and down to see if it would realistically work after it was sewn.

Once I measured, I determined that if I cut the ribbons in half it would work well. Once I sewed them together. I realized it was too long, so I ended up cutting some off after I held it up to her body and figured out how much excess ribbon I had. I ended up wasting some ribbon, which was sad. But I do love how it turned out. Hopefully my trial and error will help you find simpler success.

Done with the rambling, and on to the pictures and tutorial. All you need is ribbons, ribbons, and more ribbons, along with a bit of elastic. I used the Just My Luck ribbon mix. If you have a bigger gal than I do, you’ll probably want to grab two mixes. Cute stuff, huh?!

St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Skirt - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

As I told you, I cut them in half, and then I laid them out in a pattern that I liked.

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Now, this process is pretty straightforward. It’s all straight lines. It’s too hard to pin things that only overlap such a small amount, so I just held them carefully and sewed slowly. I messed up every once in a while, but I fixed that pretty simply. Let’s take a look at the process.

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Then I just kept lining up the ribbons and repeating the same process over and over and over.

St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Skirt - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

If you are not a confident seamstress you may want to stick with only thicker ribbons. The super skinny ones were a bit tricky. Here is how I handled that — I overlapped the larger ribbons only on the back of the super skinny ribbon. In fact, you couldn’t even see the skinny ribbon from the back, but it still looked great from the front. See pics below.

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The back view of the hidden thin ribbon (above) and the front view (below).

St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Skirt - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Here’s what happened when I messed up. As you can see in the picture below, I wavered while sewing and part of the ribbon line was left gaping open. So I simply went back and resewed it. I did a bit of backstitching at the start and end of the gap. It’s not perfect, but in the front it still works. As my friend Jessica’s grandma always says about sewing mistakes, “You won’t see that from a galloping horse.” Whatever that means. Haha.

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At this point I held it up around my daughter and saw that it was much too large. I ended up cutting off about 10 inches.

St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Skirt - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Now put the right sides together and sew the two edges together.

St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Skirt - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Iron the ribbons to one side so the skirt will lie a bit smoother.

St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Skirt - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Now sew a casing for the elastic. Just fold the large top ribbon in half and iron it.

St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Skirt - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Sew around the skirt to create a casing, but leave a space open for the elastic.

St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Skirt - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Measure your little one’s waist and subtract a couple of inches. Cut the elastic that long. (My little gal had a waist about 21 inches around, so I cut the elastic about 19 inches long.) Grab a couple of safety pins. Pin one end of the elastic to the skirt, and put the pin through the other end but don’t pin it to the skirt, as shown below.

St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Skirt - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Now push and gather and scrunch and pull until you have gotten that safety pin all the way around the waist and pulled out through the other end, as shown below.

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Now sew the elastic ends together, wiggle them into the casing, and sew the opening in the casing closed.

St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Skirt - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

You are done!! Simple, right? A bit tedious with all the ribbon, I know, but LOOK at the end result! Too cute, am I right?!

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My little leprechaun is pleased. 🙂

St. Patrick's Day Ribbon Skirt - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Thanks for hanging out with me today, and come visit me at Bombshell Bling sometime!

If you enjoyed this post then you may also enjoy these St. Patrick’s Day baby girl related projects:

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Lucky Charm Hair Bow from Craft Quickies

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Oh my goodness…I am in LOVE with this adorable little ribbon skirt! With all of the fun, bright, and sparkly ribbon out there, can you imagine all the possibilities with this cute skirt? This is a serious must add to the sewing To Do List….go ahead and add it to yours too. All little girlees need a skirt just like this! 🙂

Thank you Sarah for your brilliance and for sharing your incredible talent with us! For more spectacular tutorials by Sarah, jump on over to Bombshell Bling for some major fun!

Do you need a cute bow to match your St. Patrick’s Day Ribbon Skirt? Take a look at these fun, festive, and frilly bows perfect for your little gal’s St. Patrick’s Day attire.

Pink St. Patty's Bow - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}Pink St. Patty’s Bow

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Are you ready to get down to ribbon business and start sewing a cute ribbon skirt for all of the little ladies in your life? I am picturing some adorable Easter skirts with some gorgeous Easter ribbon in pretty pastels and cute little eggs and bunnies……ohhhhh, the cuteness!

To pick up your favorite ribbon mix or to pick out a bunch of ribbon on your own, visit our amazing Ribbon page where you will find all the ribbon you could ever want!


What is your favorite ribbon mix?

Happy Creating & Happy ADORABLE Ribbon Skirts!
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