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Re-purposing: Bubble Skirt


Need a new skirt for your little girl? Or how about for you? You could use this same tutorial to make one in your size…..go on and give it a try.

And you may want to hurry and make one in festive colors/fabrics for your holiday parties this season.

(I know, not a lot of time left…..but who knows, you may need a project.)

A sassy little bubble skirt.

I used an old skirt of mine. (And I used the lining on the inside of my skirt for the waistband/lining of this new skirt.)

Begin by making a waistband/lining by using the tutorial here. But just make the bottom part of the waist band longer than described in the tutorial, so it doubles as a lining too. I made mine long enough to hit my little girl mid-thigh.

Continue to make the main part of the skirt like the tutorial I linked to above…..but add several inches to the length (4-5 inches……but varies with the size skirt you’re making) so that you can fold it under and attach it to the lining, creating the bubble. (This will make more sense in a moment.)

Again, follow the linked tutorial above and create a gather all along the top of your main skirt section and attach it to the waist band.

Turn the skirt inside out………

……….and hem the bottom of the main skirt section. (The waist band section should already be hemmed under.)

Then, gather the bottom of the skirt the same way you gathered the top……..

And then line up the main skirt section with the lining and pin into place.

Now, sew these two layers together, right along the edges.

Then turn right side out.

And you can see the gathers and the hem in the inside.

Now you have the perfect little bubble skirt. And you could adjust the waist band so that it’s all one continuous color and piece. You don’t have to attach the main skirt section a bit down from the waist band like I did. It’s up to you and your preference though.

So fun.

Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Anna says:

    If I was a kid again, all i would wear are circle skirts and bubble skirts. So cute.

  2. Katie says:

    How funny, I have that EXACT same skirt in my pile of "scraps". I've been searching for an idea for repurposing it. Thanks!!

  3. Ashley says:

    Hey Erin,

    I will always have the patterns in my shop. No worries! And the skirt in a 3T/4T would take maybe a yard?

    Best of luck!


  4. Erin says:

    I just found your blog and I love it! I am going to buy the dress and tie patterns you have, they are so cute. How long do you leave things in your store? Also, if I wanted to make this skirt from scratch how much fabric do you think I would need? (I would be making a 3T/4T)


  5. nidodilana says:

    This skirt is fantastic! I must make it for my little girl!
    My blog is:

  6. Dana says:

    That is so cute! Just one question though….would this be impossible to iron if you use cotton fabric?


  7. Katie says:

    This is really cute. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Sophie says:

    This is so cute, I think about making one for myself too.
    Thanks for sharing..

  9. Scott says:

    I MISS YOU!!! Love the bubble skirt! Brooke keeps asking where Elli is. Too cute/sad. Hope your travels are going well. Love you guys!

  10. says:

    Super adorable!

  11. Chance and Beth says:

    Super cute. I can't wait until my little girl is a little older to start making all of these awesome clothes for her!

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