Little Fun and Frilly Skirt Jelly Roll Skirt tutorial

Little Fun and Frilly Skirt Jelly Roll Skirt tutorial by  www.fleecefun.com This Jelly Roll skirt uses long ruffles and tulle for extra fluffiness.  This skirt is big, puffy, and great for pictures.
For the skirt:

 

1 yard cotton fabric (fabric 1)
1 yard contrasting cotton fabric (Fabric 2)
3 yards tulle (in alternating colors if you like)
Thread (lots of it)
Pins (lots of them)
Sewing Machine
.75 wide elastic approx 15 inches depending on child’s waist
You could also use a jelly roll or dessert roll to make this skirt

Little Fun and Frilly Skirt Jelly Roll Skirt tutorial by  www.fleecefun.com


1 – Cut out the pieces if you aren’t using a roll

Little Fun and Frilly Skirt Jelly Roll Skirt tutorial by  www.fleecefun.com Normally I would have you print up the pattern (you can get assembly instructions here) but this skirt is all long strips).

Basically this skirt is made out of a bunch of fabric strips sewn together so there is not need for a pattern!  For my little girls that is a 5T (but I did also try this on my girl who is in 12 mo, and it worked for pictures) I cut the following:

In the top (more visible fabric) or patterned fabric I cut

5 – five inch wide strips the width of the cloth so (5 inches by 40 inches)

1 –  six and a half wide strip the width of the cloths (6.5 inches by 40 inches) (if using a roll you will want to sew two strips together to make it a little wider.)

Of the under cloth I cut:

4 – five inch wide strips the width of the cloth (five inches by 40 inches)

Note: IF you use a jelly roll the skirt will be shorter – so you will need to add layers.  Basically I make each tier 1/2 bigger, and it will make it very full.  Try increasing it 1/3 for a less full skirt.

2 – Begin to gather and sew

Little Fun and Frilly Skirt Jelly Roll Skirt tutorial by  www.fleecefun.com With right sides together, sew 2 strips of fabric “1” together end to end (so it becomes 80 inches in length). This will be strip C. Sew 3 strips of fabric “1” together so it becomes 120 inches in length.  This will be strip E. Of fabric 2, cut one strip in half, sew one half to one strip so it becomes 60 inches in length. This will be strip B  Then sew 2 strips of fabric 2 together plus remaining half end to end so it a is a total of 100 inches in length. This will be strip D.  The top strip that is six and a half inches wide is strip A.

Then if you have a serger, finish the ends of the cloth, to prevent unraveling.  You can also zigzag around the edges or cut with pinking shears to prevent the fabric from unraveling ( some jelly roles are already cut with pinking shears).  I chose to do baby hems so the skirt would last a long time.  You will want to finish the ends in some fashion because of all the gathering this skirt entails.

3- begin to build the skirt

Little Fun and Frilly Skirt Jelly Roll Skirt tutorial by  www.fleecefun.com Sew  a basting stitch ¼ inch from the top of strips C and E.  Gather strip E to be the length of strip D, with right sides together, sew together using a straight stitch and a ½ seam.

Repeat. gather strip C to length of strip B and sew.

If you desire to add tulle to the skirt (although it’s cute without it too) place strips along the top of strips B and D in a repeating pattern.  The length should be a tad longer than the under cloth (fabric 1)so it will peak out from under the ruffle.  (There are no hard fast rule here just eyeball it).  Sew the tulle to the skirt using a short straight stitch.

4 -Build the Rest of the Skirt

Little Fun and Frilly Skirt Jelly Roll Skirt tutorial by  www.fleecefun.com Sew  a basting stitch ¼ inch from the top of strips D and B.  Gather strip D to be the length of strip B, sew strips B and D together using a straight stitch and a ½ seam.

On Strip A fold down top 1 inch and sew casing for elastic – being sure to leave a 1 inch gap to insert elastic.

Then gather strip B to be the length of strip A and sew strip B to strip A – right at the seam where you just sewed the casing.

5 – Final Steps

Little Fun and Frilly Skirt Jelly Roll Skirt tutorial by  www.fleecefun.com You now have a long ruffle – it’s time to make it a skirt.

With right sides together sew the ends of strips D and E together (taking care that strip C is out of the way.

Next , with right sides together, sew strip A ( and the casing top of strip A, but not he ruffle) together.  Flip skirt right side out.

Now with right sides together, sew the ends of strip C together.  With right sides together sew the ends of the ruffle section of strip A together.

Run elastic through casing at top of skirt sew, elastic together and sew seam shut.  Now you have a great skirt for photos, play and even Sunday – if you girl likes big skirts!

 

Little Fun and Frilly Skirt Jelly Roll Skirt tutorial by  www.fleecefun.com

Angel Hickman Peterson

Creator, Editor and Author at Fleece Fun
Angel has a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Utah, with a professional background is in film, television, radio and ad production. Angel currently divides her time between her small production company Angel Dawn Productions, her online sewing and crafting blog www.FleeceFun.com, her two little girls, baby boy, husband and on very good days also manages to get the dishes done.
Little Fun and Frilly Skirt Jelly Roll Skirt tutorial by  www.fleecefun.com
Little Fun and Frilly Skirt Jelly Roll Skirt tutorial by  www.fleecefun.com

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Comments

  1. 4

    Sheryl DeCarlo says

    I just love the pictures and going to attempt this for the new baby girls in my life. Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. 7

    Brittany says

    I love your patterns and tutorials but this one has me stumped. I was wondering if maybe next time you make one could you make a video on how to make it. I am having a little bit of a problem following the directions, and I find your videos very helpful when they are on here with some of your patterns. Thank you.

  3. 8

    Arleen says

    Hi, the skirt appears to be cute but it’s very difficult to see what the finished product looks like. The pics with the child wearing it against a background of the same color/print makes it difficult to get a good look at the skirt. A pic of the skirt against a solid background might work best. Thanks!

  4. 9

    Jen says

    I am a little confused and really want to make one for a first birthday coming up! More pics or a video pretty please?!?!?

    • 10

      says

      Jen, I’m sorry but I don’t have time right now to make a video. Could you tell me where you are stuck and I’ll try to help.

  5. 13

    Beverly Adams-Gordon says

    You could save much time, effort, frustration and thread by using a gathering foot — available for all sewing machines. I have one on my serger!!! a real time saver. It joins, gathers one layer to another and finishes edges all in one step! The regular machine gathering attachment will gather and join layers in one step, but not finish off the seam as well as a serger, but if you don’t have a serger it sure beats gathering and so forth.

  6. 15

    mummahowell says

    Hi I have a very chunky 18 month old and I’d love to make this for her for Christmas this year. By then she will be 20 months, almost 21 months. What sizing/length would you recommend for the pieces of fabric?

    • 18

      says

      Hi,
      My little boy is now 16 months and he still uses this quilt size. But the strips are 5 inches wide by the width of the cuddle. So you’ll just need to do the math and figure out how big you want your quilt to be. (Minus the seam allowance. the strips are 4 inches wide).
      Good luck with your quilt!

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