Crinoline Skirt Tutorial Made Easy

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Making a crinoline skirt doesn’t have to be intimidating or hard! Here’s a simple version you can make in an hour or less!

If you’re looking for more easy sewing project ideas, be sure to read our list of 10 Simple Sewing Projects, Sewing Blogs I Love, and 20 Darling Pillow Tutorials.

lay flat image of an outfit for a little girl

A Simple Skirt Tutorial

My daughter saw a TV show with a girl her age wearing a cute puffy skirt and asked me to get her one for her birthday. (What little girl doesn’t want a frilly hoop skirt to spin and dance in?)

Lucky for her, I found a fabric skirt on clearance and was able to add some frills to it for just pennies! It was an easy project that got the approval of my 6-year-old who twirled and pranced around in this for hours!

What is a Crinoline?

Pronounced Krin-el-in, a crinoline is a stiff structured petticoat that holds out a woman’s skirt. It was popular at various times in women’s fashion since the mid-19th century.

supplies needed to make a crinoline skirt

How to Make A Crinoline Skirt


  • cotton skirt
  • fabric measuring tape
  • scissors
  • straight pins
  • tulle – I used 2 strips that were about 4 inches wide and twice as long as the circumference of my daughter’s skirt
  • needle + thread
  • sewing machine
sewing tulle fabric to make a ruffle


Step One – Sew the two pieces of tulle together using a wide stitch on your sewing machine.

sewing a ruffle and pulling the seam

Step Two – Pull one end of the thread to ruffle the pieces of tulle.

pinning a ruffle to a skirt with straight pins

Step Three – Pin the ruffled tulle to the bottom of your skirt.

sewing a skirt with a sewing machine

Step Four – Sew a straight stitch to attach the ruffle to the skirt, pulling the straight pins out as you finish.

little girl wearing a crinoline skirt

… and that’s it!

A fun, twirly crinoline skirt your daughter will LOVE!

Do you have any easy sewing projects you’d like to share?

Leave me a comment below – I’d love to hear about them!

collage of images showing how to make a little girl's skirt

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  1. you've done it again Disney! Was that an old pillowcase you used!? it looks great! And thanks for directing me over to this great new blog to follow!
    Project K

  2. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this skirt!! I love that tulle peeking out from the bottom!!

    I linked to your tutorial at Craft Gossip Sewing:


  3. Another great one Disney and thanks for the link to an exciting new blog…can't wait to explore Stephanie! A perfect idea to add some length to a skirt that is getting to short, but still fits in the waist!