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Fabric/Tulle Skirt……for dolls and decor

Remember when I showed you that wooden LOVE sign that I made for Chloe’s room a couple months ago?  Well, I placed a little mini dress form up on her dresser, in front of the LOVE sign……with plans to add a bit of color/ruffle to it.  And I finally did.


Let girls be girly, right?  Well, that’s what I tell myself at least. ;)  And I know not all of you will have a mini dress form the exact same size (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby, in case you’re looking) but the ruffled skirt I made was also the perfect size to fit an 18 inch doll… this will work great for that too. In case you have a girl or two into those American Girl sized dolls.




But Elli’s doll isn’t going to wear the skirt for long…….because it belongs on the dress form.  And that’s it. (Do you hear me Elli?!)





But, I may have to make another one for that little doll.  Because I can’t stop gushing at how cute it looks on her.  :)





The skirt is full and fluffy and adds some great color to that plain dress form.  It totally makes me smile. :)





And it has an easy on/off velcro closure in the back……..





……..which makes it easy for little fingers to put on a doll as well.





I kinda love it!




Want to make one too?


**Keep in mind, the way I put this skirt together is not for regular use.  It’s not meant to worn a lot or to be washed.  If you want to create a skirt for a child to dress up with, you’ll have to adjust a few thing. (hem the bottom, possibly add a different closure, etc.)


First measure the waist of the dress form (or doll) you’re making the skirt for.  Mine is 11 inches.  (Which is also about the same as Elli’s doll.)  Then cut a larger strip of fabric that is 3-4 times as long as the waist measurement, to give the skirt some really nice fullness.  As for the height of this strip, mine is about 4 inches tall.  But I didn’t hem the bottom since it won’t ever be washed (resulting in fraying) but you’ll need to add more for a seam allowance, if you wish to add one.  Cut a piece of tulle that is the same length but is about one inch taller, so that it peeks out below the bottom of the skirt.


Next, you’ll need a smaller strip for the waist band.  Add two inches to the waist measurement and cut the strip that long……and then make it about 3 inches tall. 



Now, serge (or zig-zag) along one side of the strip and then fold the strip in half lengthwise and iron flat.  Then, fold under the edge that’s not serged (or zig-zagged) towards the inside of the ironed fold, about a 1/2 inch.  Iron that flat too.


Then, on each end, fold each end towards the inside a 1/2 inch, and sew in place.


Then, sew a basting stitch along the top of the fabric strip and the tulle strip, about a 1/2 inch from the top, and then gather it in to the same width as the waistband.  (Need help with gathering?)


Then, open up with waistband and then pin the tulle to the “wrong” side of the serged (or zig-zagged) edge of the waistband.


See that?  The tulle is overlapping the bottom edge of the fabric by about a 1/2 inch. 


Sew in place.


Next, pin the gathered fabric to the folded side of the waistband (remember, keep the waistband opened up).  The “wrong” side of the waist band should be pinned to the “right” side of the gathered fabric.  (Overlap by about a 1/2 inch.)


Before sewing in place, fold the waistband back into place, to be sure everything looks correct and is facing the right way. 


Then open it back up and sew the gathered fabric in place, making a seam about an 1/8 of an inch from the bottom edge of the folded edge of the waistband. 


Then sew a square of veclro onto each end of the skirt opening.  One piece on the inside of the skirt and one on the outside…….so that you can overlap the skirt and close it.



And that’s it.



Have fun with it!




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  1. Maryann says:

    Just a little unclear about the finishing on the waistband. Instructions say to unfold the waistband to sew on the gathered fabric but then the side with the netting and the side with tbe fabric remain permanently “unfoldable”? Or is it the seam from sewing on the velcro that holds them together? Hope that makes sense…

  2. Evie says:

    Hello Ashley:):)
    I love this tutorial and I had to give it a go!!!
    I made few skirts from it:):)
    and they are so sweet!!

    and thank you soo much for teaching me gather!!!
    best wishes Evie

  3. Amy says:

    I was wondering how you could make one of those mini dress form stand things or where you bought yours cheaply from as all the ones I have looked at are £30 or more expensive

  4. courtney says:

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  5. Abby says:

    OMG I just found your website and im addicted I see many diy things in my future

  6. christina says:

    THANK YOU! just what I was looking for.

  7. Lab says:

    I would like to ask from where could I buy exactly the same doll? Thank you…

  8. Patti Haggerman says:

    I’m in need of a new bedskirt to go with the comforter I purchase and I particularly like the pic of the one you have posted! :) Love your site!

  9. Krista says:

    This is the cutest little skirt! I love it and wish I had a little girl that still played with dolls to make it for!

  10. Amna says:

    Such a cute skirt. It is easy to use by children. I wonder if it works to make a dress out of it or it could be in children size

  11. RobyGiup says:

    I’d like to have one of my size too! ;)

  12. Three Counties Mum says:

    I love this, absolutely gorgeous – I made a version and linked my post back to your site:


  13. Dawn says:

    Love the skirt, my daughter is not quite three and just got her first real doll like this for Christmas. Luckily it came with enough clothes to satisfy her for now, but I’m sure we’ll be making some in time. In a completely unrelated question, I saw in the original Love sign post that the curtains in your little girl’s room came from Ikea. I love them but are they more red or orange?

  14. Simplicity says:

    Thanks! Everything seems so easy when you explain it :) Great blog!

  15. Lindsay says:

    Very cute! I might have to make some of these for my daughters’ new dolls! Thanks for the tutorial!

  16. Sarah Dugo says:

    Love it! Re-posted it on my FB Fan page. Hope you get more followers!

  17. Cindy says:

    Super cute! I love just about anything “tutu.”

    All: You can buy this mini dress forms on Amazon. I have one and it cost a little under $20. :)

  18. Ellen Christian says:

    This is seriously gorgeous. Makes me wish my daughter was young again.

  19. maryanne @ mama smiles says:

    That is adorable! I think I know what to make for my daughter’s upcoming 7th birthday – thank you!

  20. Sophie says:

    This is adorable! And so easy! Will make one for sure!

  21. Melanie P. says:

    I LOVE IT!! Bonus- I already have all of the supplies at home! So cute!

  22. Lynne says:

    Thank you Ashley!
    We gave our oldest granddaughter an Am Girl doll for Christmas and this will be the perfect start to her collection of outfits!

  23. Colette says:

    So cute! I’ll have to add it to the list.

  24. Elaine says:

    I would love to know where you got the dress form from also. I want one for my sewing room.

  25. Jillian says:

    Love this!!! My daughter and I make clothes for her AGD. This is def going on our list. Thank you for sharing!! :)

  26. melle says:

    okay… WHERE did you get the doll sized dress form???? I need that for my studio!!!



  27. Sheila G says:

    What a great idea! Now I know what to do with some left over fabric. Can you tell me the manufacturer of the doll dress form? I’d love to have one and I do not have a Hobby Lobby anywhere close to me. Thank you!

    1. Missie says:

      You can make a dress form yourself. check out Liberty Jane Doll clothes for the pattern. I made one using scrap material and it turned out great!

  28. Rachel says:

    Oh, cute! Little doll skirts! Love them.

  29. Anna says:

    The skirt turned out so cute! I’ll have to try one for the dolls at our house!

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