Add a splash of color (and pattern) to an ordinary skirt using this fun technique!
It's easy -- all you need is a miniskirt, some scrap fabric and ribbon, and a sewing machine.
Thanks to everyone who entered our giveaway, we have a winner! Sue said, " Very cute. I definitely would add a splash of pink as all 5 granddaughters love it, but lime green would be great, too." Totally rockin' color combo, Sue! We'll be in touch with you via email soon :)
Start by sewing the ribbon onto the piece of scrap fabric. I decided to make stripes, but you could make a checkerboard pattern, or even do a loopy design...!
When you're done, tidy up the edges of the fabric by clipping off the extra bits of thread and ribbon.
Then, take your miniskirt and mark off where you want to add the color splash. Make sure your desired splash isn't bigger than the scrap you just embellished. :)
Set your machine to a short (2.0) stitch length, and stitch around the line you drew. This is called "staystitching".
Cut out the middle of the splash area, being sure to stay about 1/8" away from your staystitching.
Slip the splash into the miniskirt, and play around with it until you like the arrangement. Pin it down, and sew it into place on top of your staystitching line.
Clip off any extra splash material from the back, and if you want, go ahead and zig zag around the edges to finish them. From the front side, rough up the raw edges of the skirt with your fingernail, to give it a slightly distressed, "lived-in" look.
Then, all that's left is to have fun styling your splashy new skirt into your doll's wardrobe :)
Thanks, and have fun with this!
For Pixie Faire,
This is a really inleglitent way to answer the question.
I would make the hole a star shape and add a bit of Christmas fabric and she would have a holiday skirt!
I would add a splash of PINK AND GREEN! What a beautiful little IVY….my mini AKA sorority doll would be with the skirt on…
I think I’d add a splash of Disney!
If I made this project, I’d add a splash of purple with silver/grey stripes, two of my favorite colours.
If I made this skirt, I’d add a splash of blue!
I would use dark pink for a splash to go with the top.
If I made this project, I’d add a splash of denim and rhinestones.
If I made this project, I’d add a splash of black to a white skirt. I like the crisp contrast between black and white.
Cute skirt, Would be nice to add to my doll patterns. Thanks
If I made this project, I’d add a splash of hot pink piping to the bottom edge of the skirt.
If I made this project, I would add a splash of burlap lined lace.
If I made this project (which I will) I’d use hot pink and neon green.
I would put lines of crocheted chain stitch, using a yarn that brushes into fluff, adding a fuzzy texture.
If I made this project, I would use demin skirt and red fabric with stars, to remind us of those who have fought to give us the freedom we have. We have so much to be Thankful for.
If I made this project I’d add a splash of camo fabric
I would add a splash of blue and lavender!
f I made this project I would add a splash of sequin or glitter fabric. I might even add a splash on top of the splash with another fabric Another Idea, if the skirt is made out of a knit or t shirt material would be to not cut out the piece on the mini skirt. but instead cut small 1/4 strips in sections out and then at the bottom of the area one could cut these off leaving a fringe like effect as the t shirt or knit strips would curl upon itself. Or not cut the strips at the bottom and have a jail door like effect with the splash fabric peeking out between the strips.
I’d make the hoodie peacock blue and add a blue splash to the skirt. I might make it a cat’s head instead of geometric.
I would add NEON PINK to the skirt.
If I made this project I would add a splash of Blue and Gold, our school colors.
Oh yes, It might be fun to put a picture in this spot—maybe a favorite pet.
Maybe I’m just anal but with a pink jacket, I would add pink color to the skirt
This is a darling idea. I think I might use a patterned fabric to get out of gluing on the ribbons. __ Lazy, yes.
Plaid is in right now…I would splash it with red sparkly plaid!
If I made this fun outfit , I would add a splash of green & gold – for Australia !
I would love to try this idea out.
If I made this project, I’d add a splash of …..metallic blue background, a little fish charm, then top it with yellow netting from a bag of onions or fruit. It would look like she had a goldfish splashing around in her pocket.
If I made this project, I’d add a splash of rainbow fabric!
When I make this project I would make several variations in the white denim. One with a splash of blue and red for the 4th of July. Another with teals & blue for summer fun nautical time. The other variation would in a black denim with gold and silver for a glitzy night out. Another would be a floral print with white lace and/or eyelet material. So many variations running through my mind right now…too many to list.
I would love a splash of purple and pink!
I will add a sparkly inset, probably in black metallic, which my granddaughter will love! I have the perfect miniskirt to add it to, made from the bottom of a leg from her old, pale blue jeans.
If I made this project, I would make the skirt in a washed denim blue with a splash of white lace!
If I made this project I’d add a splash of blue and lime green or gray and yellow. Love what you did though and love to win it!!
If I made this project I would have to do two because of my grandchildren would both want one so probably pink for one and purple for the other because that’s their colors!
If I made this project, the skirt would be red and I would add a splash of green holly leaves and a star of gold.
If I made this project, I’d add aqua in two tones.
Oh my! I’d add a bit of sparkle or lace insert. Such a stylish touch!
I love your skirt. Initially, I thought I’d add a splash of pink, but that doesn’t really give it the edge that this skirt deserves. So, maybe black with a little embroidery pattern with a rainbow thread.
For some Christmas sparkle, I would add “something” metallic to a denim mini.
If I made this project, I’d add a splash of …… Orange! Thanks for the give-aways and tutorials.
If I made this project, I’d add a splash of pink or turquoise!
I would add a splash of pink.
Very cute. I definitely would add a splash of pink as all 5 granddaughters love it, but lime green would be great, too.
My grandkids would love this. I would add black material with white ribbon.
Two granddaughters and two dolls means two skirts. One would have to be pink and purple, and the other lime green and teal blue
I’d do a pretty sunshine yellow in a round design.
Love the skirt and can think of multiple colour combination. However, I would probably go with blue or red.
I’d use a rich green with a gold ribbon for my splash of color.
Chevron pocket in each (3) of my grand daughter’s fav color.
If i made this skirt I will add some red and blue strips of color
I would make the skirt out of a peach colored denim and accent it with a flower cutout. The insert would be a splashy peach, pink, yellow and red floral print to match the trim on the button up shirt.
Love this idea. I would add a splash of red with white dots.
When I make this project, I’ll add a splash of sparkly gold denim w/brown strips of ribbon to my existing brown mini skirt! Thanks for this FUN idea — now the ideas are swirling in my head!!!
If I made this project, I’d add a splash of pink/purple, colors my grand loves
I would cut out a wreath shape out of white denim, put a Christmas GREEN print as a splash,k and add a a red bow to compliment the wreath.
Simple and so effective.
So cute and so easy. I would design this skirt in a light gray soft fabric with a pink lace insert over a turquoise satin fabric with sequins sewen here and there. Thanks for the great tutu rial.
I would make a denim skirt with a silver sparkly accent.
I will add the color blue from my old jeans
My grand daughters will love it
I’d add a plaid color patch with a top opening for a pocket- possibly two-one in front side and back hip pocket.
If I made this project, I’d cut a heart shape and add a splash of bright pink, and then add some dainty white lace to one top corner of the heart, diagonally.
cant wait to try this! so cute!
If I made this project, I would use either a leather or lace insert in a denim skirt.
If I made this project, I’d add a splash of turquoise.
I would make this in light denim with the splash in black lace over rose or turquoise satin . Then I’d add biker boots and jacket with a lacy tee. Very cute!
I will make this fabulous little skirt with cordurory as the main fabric with a leather insert.
I love all your patterns and never is there a hard one to put together. A BIG plus for this old Granny‼️
If I made this project I would add a splash of navy blue sequins.
When I make this I will add a fabric that has all the crayon colors. My grand daughter will love it!
If I made this I would add embrodiery on the front with a xmas theme or flowers for spring.
What a lovely idea. Thanks for the opportunity to win something.
It would be fun to try many different combinations and shapes.
If I made this project I would use purple or turquoise with a matching hat!.
Oh yes! Thanks for the tutorial. I can see a black skirt with hot pink accent. Gonna give it a try.
It’s so cute and adorable!
I would add a splash of a matching shirt.
If I made this project, I’d add a splash of aqua with zebra print!
I think I would change it up a little bit and make the patch into a heart shape and add lace to the heart opening and surround the outside border in pink fur.
This is so adorable and would be fun for the granddaughter too.
I would have to add a bright green since it’s my great niece’s favorite color.
I think some colorful tiny buttons and ribbons would look nice.
I’d probably use a splash of awesomeness like pink or purple. Those are the two staples in our house. Or animal print. You can’t go wrong with animal print.
How cute is that! Of all the beautiful colors to pick from, how about red and aqua. Thank you for the chance to win!
If I made this pattern I would add a splash of an animal print like a leopard!
If I made this project, I’d choose a blue denim skirt and add a red bandana splash. A tribute to the 1960’s!
When I make this skirt, I will add purple and gold. A Christmas print would be cute too!
I would add to this hot pink and black leopard print with clear gems.
If I made this project I would definitely add pink!
I’m sure this will add a new look on an old favorite!!
If I made this project, I would add purple with gold teddy bears.
something shiny and sparkly, turquoise blue!
If I made this project, I’d add a splash of pink and turquoise.
If I made this project, I’d add a splash of lavender, apple green and aqua!
If I made this project, I’d add a splash of raspberry pink with aqua blue polka dots.
If I made this project, I’d add a splash of gold and blue.
When I make this project I am going to add a splash of a red, white and blue print making it not only colorful but also patriotic. (Perfect because this is for an AMERICAN Girl Doll.)
When I make this skirt I would use pink ribbon secured with a decorative stitch using silver thread
If I made this project, I’d add a splash of Christmas fabric along with tiny gold bells!
July 01, 2016