This week I'm on a fringe project kick, thanks to my new fringe making abilities. On Wednesday I shared how I've learned to use the My Own Fringemaker® tool and how I can now turn any string, ribbon or yarn into gorgeous fringe. Today I'm showing how to make extra long, 12 inch fringe with it and how to turn that into a Fanciful Fringe Skirt in just minutes.
Why Make A Fringe Skirt?
With a pair of shorts underneath, this little skirt makes an everyday outfit look way more fun.
It's got a nice bit of sway - perfect for doing the hula:
And plenty of movement for pretty twirls:
It's also great for dance class, costumes and playing dress-up. The looks change depending on what type of ribbon you use. Green raffia makes a great Hawaiian grass skirt, silky strands a perfect for a 1920s flapper, metallic or variegated to make fun fairy looks. Lots more options and way cheaper than buying fringe by the yard or ready-made skirts. And by using the fringe's header as a casing, there's no complicated waistband to sew. Beyond easy!
Added bonus: the elastic waistband means it's easy for kids to put on & take off too.
- Skein of ribbon or yarn (1 should be plenty - exactly how much depends on the thickness)
- My Own Fringemaker® tool (foam noodle & tulle is included)
- Sewing machine
- 1/4 inch wide elastic and safety pin
I got this spool of metallic tie-dye ribbon with the My Own Fringemaker. I thought this would be perfect for a fairy-style fringe skirt:
The technique to getting the extra long fringe length uses a pool noodle on the bottom rod of the My Own Fringemaker. A perfectly sized foam noodle was included with the tool, so it was super easy to just slip it on the bottom rod and start working. I started by knotting the ribbon on the top rod at one end and then winding my ribbon on as I did with my previous fringe projects:
I made sure to cinch up & wrap the strands close together as I wanted to make it nice & full. I used the built-in ruler on the My Own Fringemaker base to get it the exact width I wanted - 24 inches - and then tied it off when ready.
To easily sew it up, and create the waistband casing, I placed a piece of tulle over the top fold and held it in place with the tool's elastic band:
Then I removed the rod unit from the base and it was time to sew it up with a zipper foot (while everything is still on the rods).
About 6 overlapping passes is just right to make sure every strand is strongly sewn down in place:
Time to cut! My daughter is 5 and I wanted it to fall at her knees, so I carefully cut the ribbon on one side just under the stitching (cutting further away would make it shorter):
The ribbon fringe simply fell away from the noodle covered rod in perfectly even pieces. Then I trimmed off the excess tulle from either side to neaten things up.
Now there's a nice, extra long fringe that's ready to be made into a skirt in a hot second. This could be sewn onto fabric or a ready-made skirt to simply add a fringe top layer, but thanks to ithe built-in casing, it can be made into it's own skirt:
I cut a piece of elastic to the waist size I wanted - my daughter was 22 inches. I used a safety pin to snake the elastic through the casing. I found it was easiest to put the safety pin right up to the rod and pull the fringe off the rod and directly onto the elastic. I made a second 24 inch wide piece, following all the previous steps, to get the fullness we wanted.
|One half of the skirt|
All that was left was to overlap and stitch together the ends of the elastic and then evenly spread the waistband to conceal it.
Now it's ready to add a little dazzle to any outfit:
And little legs can't help but dance & prance while wearing it:
Now I'm combing my stash looking for more fun materials to fringe up into skirts. What kind would you make?
I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the My Own Fringemaker® tool to review. The opinions are completely my own, based on my experience. For my complete disclosure policy, click here.