Ribbon Trimmed Girl’s Christmas Skirt

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I love all sorts of Christmas traditions, especially those involving children, and sewing, of course! So each year I dream of making special Christmas dresses for my girls to wear to celebrations and our worship services. The dream doesn’t always come true given all the other demands of these season, but this cute skirt can be accomplished in an afternoon!

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Materials to make a Ribbon Trimmed Girl’s Christmas Skirt

  • Your girl’s Waist Measurement and the Desired Length of the skirt measured from the waist down.
    • I’m making a skirt to fit my daughter’s 22″ waist with a 15″ drop from the waist.
  • White cotton fabric measuring 2 times the Waist Measurement and the (Desired Length + 1.5″) x two. We’ll be creating a double-layer skirt so it is less shear and more stable for the ribbon embellishment.
    • For my skirt I’m using fabric 44″ long and (15″+1.5″) 2= 33″ wide.
  • Four different kinds of ribbon in red and green.
    • I used all grosgrain with a mixture of patterns and widths.
  • 1″ wide elastic the length of your girl’s Waist Measurement.
    • I cut mine 22″.
  • White thread and thread matching your ribbon color.

How to sew the Ribbon Trimmed Skirt

  1. Fold your fabric in half lengthwise and press a crease so your fabric is doubled. This crease will be your hem.

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2. With your fabric doubled as you have pressed it, fold your fabric again so the short raw edges meet. Pin along this short edge and stitch with a .5″ seam allowance to create the back seam. Edge finish the seam allowance with a zigzag. Press.

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3. Now we’ll create the elastic waist casing along the raw edge. Do this by working with the double layer of fabric and fold down wrong sides together 1/4″ and stitch with a zigzag close to the raw edge. Press.

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Fold this hemmed edge again 1 1/4″ to the wrong side and stitch close to the hemmed edge to form the casing. Leave 2″ open for threading the elastic. Press.

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4. Lay out your ribbons on the right side of the skirt to figure out the placement. I started about .5″ up from the bottom edge (the crease you created earlier) of the skirt and then spaced the ribbons about 1/4″ apart.

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5. Starting at the center back seam, lay the ribbon you’ve chosen to be closest to the bottom edge flat on the right side of the skirt and pin it evenly .5″ above the creased edge. Overlap the center back seam by .5″. Be careful to catch both layers of fabric but not the other side of the skirt.

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When you have pinned the ribbon all the way around and come to the center back seam again, cut the ribbon .5″ longer than you need to reach the seam, fold the ribbon under itself and pin overlapping the start of the ribbon.

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Now switch your thread to that coordinating with your ribbon. Topstitch very close to the bottom edge of the ribbon, removing the pins as you go. When you have finished, topstitch again very close to the top edge of the ribbon.

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6. You can now use this first ribbon as a guide to place your next ribbon. I placed mine 1/4″ above the first ribbon.

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Stitch the second ribbon in place as you did the first…

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…and continue until you have sewn on all the ribbons.

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7. Your final step is to thread the elastic through the casing, stitch the ends of the elastic together and then stitch the opening in the casing closed.

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I hope your girl will enjoy this fun and festive skirt!

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84 thoughts on “Ribbon Trimmed Girl’s Christmas Skirt

  1. I’d not sewn holiday garments in many years, but the birth of my first grandchild almost four years ago was the impetus for buying my 880. And now I’m back in the spirit of Christmas finery!

  2. I used to sew matching Christmas dresses for our three girls, every year. They are now grown. I have one granddaughter that I have sewn for, but now she is 8 and for the past few years she wants nothing but store bought clothes. And SHE has to pick them out. Her mom (my daughter) says she won’t even shop for her unless Casey is along because anything Mom picks just isn’t “right”!

  3. I used to sew Christmas outfits when my kids were little but then my sewing machine broke and I haven’t sewn in 20 years. I just got a new machine and will probably sew for my grandchildren.

  4. I don’t usually make garments. I will make an apron for a special friend once in awhile, or I will buy a already made apron and embroider something special on it a gift.

  5. What a sweet idea! I made a vest last year but nothing is on the books for this year but after seeing this that could change ; ) Thanks for the chance to play!

  6. Yes I do. This year I made aprons for my 2 foster children’s teachers and counselors. The children never knew about giving so it is a teaching lesson and it makes my heart feel good to teach them about giving and to give a homemade gift that they are so proud of that Nana made.

  7. I sew doll clothes for my granddaughters but mostly use my emobrodery module to personalize ready wear garments or other items. This year I embroidered the names of each child (15 of them) on a beach towel. I also use my machine to make holiday gifts using wool.

  8. Thank you for the instructions. They seem like they would not only make a sweet little girl’s skirt, but a fun party skirt for a big girl, too! I sew mainly for myself now, but I often sewed Christmas and other clothes for my little girl many years ago.

  9. I used to sew Christmas dresses and make all kinds of ornaments and tree skirts out of felt (remember using white glue and bitty pins and sequins to decorate!!

  10. I used to sew a lot of costumes for Christmas plays, which was fun, and once made 7 very difficult women’s dresses for a Christmas choir performance (wine-red slippery fabric; long sleeves with tiny pearl buttons at the wrists; set-in square bodice; obviously a pattern selected by someone who did NOT sew), but lately, I’ve just made quilts and more quilts. Although, I’ve been thinking of sewing up some Christmas pajamas… Thanks for the drawing!

  11. The only garments I make at this busy time of the year is Christmas flannel PJ’s for my grandchildren. Love the little Bernina storage case for our USB sticks etc. Thanks for the chance to win this prize.

  12. A better question for me – what holiday garments have you always planned making, but never got it done due to Christmas present projects being a higher priority? ?

  13. This year and last year I am creating doll clothes for American Girl doll, Isabel and American Girl twins by recycling my grand children’s play clothes. I also made them ruffled skirts using jeans from Goodwill that provided the waistband, pocket and hip portion of the skirt?

  14. I sew Christmas dresses for my 3 granddaughters and occasionally a few other young ladies. I have been known to take them with me on my pre holiday vacation to finish them in time for Christmas. I found a local sewing store that will rent you a machine to finish sewing them.

  15. I sew everything. Doll clothes, clothing for little girls and big girls, and quilting is a favorite too. I am working dresses for the grand daughters for Christmas I better hurray and quite looking online for more ideas.

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