Learn how to make a pretty floral skirt with side bows and ties in this simple tutorial for beginners. Perfect for spring and summer, this skirt features an adorable detail that little girls will love. Learn how to make fabric ties and attach them securely to the skirt.
This pretty floral skirt with side bows and ties is perfect for spring and summer! Not only is it quick and easy to make, but it also features an adorable detail that little girls will love: tying the straps into a bow. This is also a great opportunity to teach a child how to tie a knot. In this tutorial, I will explain how to make this pretty skirt and provide you with all the necessary details, so even beginners can make it easily.
Simple ruched skirt with side bows and ties – sewing supplies
To begin, you will need to make the skirt yourself. If you don't know how to do this, don't worry – I've already explained everything in my previous tutorial. Once your skirt is hemmed and elasticated, it's time to move on to the side ties.
But first, here's a look at the inside of the skirt. Instead of using a overlocker, I folded the raw edges for the hem and the elastic wrap. As you can see, it looks pretty cool!
How to choose the length of your fabric ties
To make my ties, I cut two pieces of fabric 28 inches long and 1.5 inches wide. My finished ties measure approximately 27″ x 1/2″.
Keep in mind that I made this skirt for a 5.5 year old girl. If you want to recreate the exact same look for your skirt, you can use the rule of three to determine the length of your side ties. It's easy, simple math, I promise!
For example, my skirt is 13 inches long and I used two ties on each side measuring 28 inches long.
So if you want to make a 10 inch long skirt, you will need two clips approximately 22 inches long. Likewise, for a 15 inch long skirt, you will need two 32 inch long ties, and so on. Using the rule of three, you can easily calculate the appropriate length of ties for your skirt.
Regardless of the length of the ties, I would always keep the same width of 1.5 inches for all sizes. This width seems to be perfect for tying a pretty bow on a girl's skirt – not too thin like a spaghetti strap, but not too wide to hinder hand movement.
However, you can always lengthen, shorten or widen your side ties – it's just a matter of taste, after all!
How to make the fabric ties tutorial
Once you have cut your fabric pieces, fold each one in half lengthwise, right sides together. Use pins. Next, fold about 3/8 inch of the fabric inside out over each short end of the fabric piece and press it.
Then, sew along the long edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving the ends open. I used a small safety pin to turn the clips right side out. Then press them with an iron to make sure they lay flat.
To attach the ties to the skirt, align the middle of each tie with the side seams of the skirt. Pin them in place, then sew them to the skirt using a straight stitch. Be sure to backstitch to ensure they are securely attached.
To finish the ties, tie them with a bow on the outside of the skirt.
To be safe, you may want to consider sewing the ties and loops to the skirt after you finish the knot. This will help prevent the ties from coming undone and keep your little one safe.
And that's all! You now have a pretty floral skirt with side bows and ties, perfect for any little girl. I hope you enjoy making this fun and easy project!
DIY Ruched Skirt with Side Bows and Ties
PS: don't worry about sewing – you can also place a bow in the center of the skirt. This creates a different but still beautiful look for your skirt!
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Did you find this cute gathered skirt with side bows and ties useful? I would love to know what you think! And I would love to see photos if you try this project.