How to Make a Skirt Out of Dish Towels

Hand-crafted skirts can run you a pretty penny at a trendy boutique. Make your little girl the belle of the playground with just a few dollars.


  • Step 1: Fold the top of the towel over 1 inch onto the inside of the skirt and pin. Use a straight stitch, closing the bottom edge, to secure the fold. Leave a 1-inch gap at the end of your seam for the elastic to be inserted.
  • Step 2: Sew the ruffle to the towel with a straight stitch, removing pins as you go. Iron the seam upward and then top stitch to keep the fold in place.
  • Step 3: Cut a piece of elastic, 1 inch smaller than your little lady's waist. Attach a safety pin to one end and feed through the hole, all the way around the waist.
  • Step 4: Hand-stitch the two ends of the elastic together and close up the waistband. Put your crafty creation on your sweet twirler and let her dance the day away.
  • FACT: The hobble skirt, a skirt so tight on the legs that the wearer hobbled, was designed by French designer Paul Poiret in the early 20th century.
  • Step 5: Lay the ruffle along the length, on the right side, of the towel pieces and pin the raw edges together. Pull the ruffle so that it is evenly spaced along the entire edge of the towel.
  • TIP: You can use a ruffle foot, if you have one, to sew along the raw edge to save time.
  • TIP: Sew the straight stitches beside the zigzag stitch. The zigzag is to keep the edge from fraying.
  • Step 6: Lay the right sides of the towel pieces together and pin one of the short sides. Sew the pinned side of the pieces together with a zigzag stitch and repeat with a straight stitch.
  • Step 7: Separate the two layers to make one big rectangle and sew a zigzag stitch around the remaining raw edges to prevent fraying.
  • Step 8: Cut a strip of the solid fabric 6 inches wide and 60 inches long. Fold in half lengthwise and press with an iron.
  • Step 9: Sew along the raw edge with the loosest and longest stitch so you can pull the thread to make the ruffle.
  • Step 10: Fold the towel in half lengthwise and cut along the fold. Cut the hems off both short sides of the two towel pieces.

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