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Maker Monday: Olympic Skater Skirt

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Sally Quinn
January08/ 2018

With the 2018 Winter Olympics coming up, all eyes are on the beautiful figure skater costumes. Your little skater wannabe can practice her axels, bunny hops, swizzles, and twizzles in front of the TV in this fluffy Olympic Skater Skirt.

The no-sew skirt is easy and fun to put create. Kids can put their own spin on color choices and length. You can by tulle by the yard, or by the spool, making the cutting job a whole lot easier.

A word of warning: Avoid the tulle that is decorated with sparkles and spangles. They look beautiful, but we know from experience that you will be manning your vacuum cleaner for hours as the glittery bits end up everywhere!

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Supplies:

5-6 yards of tulle or 2 spools (25 yards each) of 6-inch-wide tulle

1-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon or 1-inch-wide elastic

Scissors

Measuring tape

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Measure the girl from the waist down to the length wanted for the skirt. You can make it longer toward a knee length or shorter. If you have bought tulle by the yard, cut it into 6-inch-wide pieces. Using the skirt length measurement, double the length and add 2 inches. Cut the pieces to that size.

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Measure the waist of the girl to determine the length of ribbon or elastic. Add 20 inches to the measurement for a nice bow and cut the ribbon that length. If using elastic, add 4 inches to have enough to tie a knot. Tie the ribbon or slide the elastic over a chair back for a good working space.

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Take a length of cut tulle, and fold in half lengthwise. Slide the loop of the folded tulle behind the ribbon or elastic.

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Pull the two ends together through the loop, tightening into a neat knot.

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Continue adding pieces of tulle until the skirt is as full and fluffy as you want it.

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For more Maker Monday projects and other fun stuff for kids, visit the Kidsburgh Activities page.

Sally Quinn

Sally Quinn is an award-winning writer and editor who has been covering her favorite city for more than 20 years. She welcomes comments and story ideas for Kidsburgh.

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