Twirly Skirt


As you will soon realize I have inherited my mother’s tendency to make up words. I am a horrible speller so some might just be spell corrected wrong too. And like my mother I am sometimes oblivious to whether they are real or not. For instance, I more often than not call good food “Nummy” instead of “Yummy” and just realized recently, (I am 34 years old) when spell check caught it, that it wasn’t a word. My favorite expression of my mom’s is “bomb snifting” (not sniffing) dogs. She used to work in the event office at Brown University, she would love to tell stories of her helping the security of whom ever they were hosting.

That is the long introduction to the Twirly Skirt. That is Lucy and my collaboration on the adjective for this skirt! Very simple to make! It is modified from the oliver + s lazy day skirt.

Twirly Skirt Project


  • Fabric 45 inch width x however long you want
  • Matching thread (or contrasting if you want)
  • Elastic (enough to fit your child’s waist) in the width that you desire
  • Sewing machine or needle
  • Safety pin


  1. Take the width of pre-cut fabric and however long you or child want it.
  2. Fold it in half the long way connecting the finished edges, with the “right” side on the inside.
  3. Sew along the short side
  4. Iron one of the long sides for a hem. Fold it over about ¼ of an inch and iron. Fold it again about ¼ of an inch and iron. Depending on the fabric you are ironing, or your sense of perfection you may want to secure the edge with a couple pins as you iron. Or you can do what Lizzie does and use bias tape around the bottom edge instead.
  5. Iron the other long side for the waist. Fold about ¼ of an inch and iron then fold a little bigger than the width of the elastic tape. I like to use and inch plus width. Iron, again using pins if you want.
  6. Sew all the way around the bottom edge to create the hem.
  7. Sew along the top edge making sure not to get to close to the edge so the elastic can be thread threw. Also don’t sew all the way around. Leave about an inch un-sewn.
  8.  To thread the elastic through: Attach a safety pin to the end of the elastic. Thread the safety pin through the opening that you left in the waist hem. Scrunch the fabric and feed the pin and the elastic threw. Make sure that the other end of the elastic always stays out. I some times pin near the opening so it doesn’t disappear and you have to start over.
  9. Once the safety pin comes out the other side. Make sure the elastic isn’t twisted. Sew the two ends of the elastic together.
  10. Closes up the opening you left in the waist hem.
  11. TADA! A fun Twirly Skirt!!
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