For one of my friend's weddings I was asked to make some flower girl skirts. Her request was to make them look fairy like. So we decided on a tulle skirt with petals on the edges. After making 5 of these bad boys, I pretty much have mastered the flower girl skirt making skills. So, I thought I would share them will all of you.
What you need:
1. Measure the waist of your little girl and cut the elastic to that length
2. You are going to measure from the waist to the desired length on your little girl of the skirt. You will then take that length and multiply it by two because you will fold the strips in half to attach them to the elastic.
3. If you are only making one skirt, then it might be easier to just buy the 6" wide rolls of tulle. Since I was making 5, it was much cheaper to just buy the bolt. You are going to cut strips of tulle that are 6" wide and the length that you measured in Step 2 multiplied by 2. You need about 150 strips.
4. Take the elastic and tie a knot in the end. You do not need to make it too tight just yet because most likely you will be able to cut off some at the end.
5. The easiest way to attach the tulle that I found was to place a heavy book in the middle of the elastic to weigh it down while you are tying.
6. As you can see in the pictures above, you are going to take two strips of tulle. Put all 4 ends together so that both strips are folded in half. Hold onto the middle of both strips and pull them underneath the elastic. The pull the four loose ends over the top of the elastic and through the loop you created. Pull tight. This will create on bundle. Remember, you have about 150 strips so you will be making 75 bundles of tulle.
7. When you are done with all of the bundles, you should have about a 1/2" left of just the elastic showing. You are going to cover the elastic that is showing and the knot with 1 yard of ribbon tied in a bow.
You are done with the skirt making!! Now, for the petals....
8. Grab one of the bundles that you made. Grab one of the four strands from that bundle. I would recommend one that is towards the bottom so the tulle can fade out the petal a little. You can use as many different colors of petals as you would like. My friend's colors for her wedding are purple and pink so that is what we chose.
9. You are going to sew the petal to the very edge and the front of the tulle. Start on the back of the tulle strip and then go back and forth through the petal and tulle 3x. Tie a knot on the back and cut off the excess thread.
10. Pull the other strips of tulle from that bundle over the petal to straighten it back out. Continue around the skirt until you reach the end. The pattern for the petals I used with two color was
Here is the final product!! Finally, all done!
The little SIL decided to model it for me.
I am excited to see them all together this weekend at the wedding! I can't wait to show you pictures of all of the sweet little flower girls in their adorable little tutu skirts.
Update: Here are some pictures of the beautiful flower girls strutting their stuff in their skirts. They loved them!