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DIY Christmas tulle circle skirt tutorial

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Easy DIY Christmas tulle skirt. Learn to sew a super fun circle skirt for girls, that will look gorgeous at any Christmas party.

This red pompom tulle circle skirt makes a great Christmas gift for girls. All eyes are going to be on your little one at any holiday party!

Hey everybody! Look at me!

It snows on my tulle skirt!

DIY Christmas tulle circle skirt tutorial

Not to mention this skirt will help you create some memorable photo Christmas cards!

Related: DIY pleated tulle skirt (step-by-step tutorial)

So, if you’re looking for some fun and easy Christmas sewing projects, look no more!

November is the perfect time to sit down at your sewing machine and make ahead a super cute DIY gift for your kid!

In addition, this DIY Christmas tulle circle skirt is also a great sewing project to make and sell.

I know this firsthand since I owned a small business selling handmade tulle skirts, and this red pompom tulle skirt has been a hit during the holiday season.

And here’s the best part – it’s super easy to make this awesome DIY Christmas tulle skirt!

DIY Christmas tulle circle skirt tutorial

Both the tulle layers and the skirt lining are full circle skirts.

To make a circle skirt you need to know a little bit of math, but don’t worry, it’s super simple!

Please read on and prepare to be amazed!

You only need two measurements: 1. Waist circumference and 2. Length of the skirt.

See the pink donut below? This is how a full circle skirt pattern looks like.

circle skirt pattern, DIY Christmas tulle skirt

To cut such an amazing piece of fabric, you need to figure out the radius of the circle – that’s the circumference of the circle (your waist measurement) divided by 6.28.

Here’s the magic formula:

Radius = Waistline Circumference / 2π (and π=3.14)

To make your own personal full circle skirt, you need to fold the fabric twice – once along the width and again along the length, and then measure the radius from the folded corner.

circle skirt math

If you don’t understand yet, just take a look at the instructions and photos in this tutorial.

I made this DIY Christmas tulle skirt for my 9-year-old daughter and I used these measurements:
Length of the skirt – 16 inches
Waist measurement -23 inches
Hip measurement – 28 inches

Nope, those are not standard dimensions for a 9-year-old girl. To clarify, she’s a bit on the short side of average, and so am I. 😊

You can make this tulle skirt in any size you like, and you only need these three measurements: length of the skirt, waist measurement, and hip measurement.

For this elastic waistband skirt, you also need the hip measurement. The waistline of the skirt needs to be larger than the hip measurement, to get the skirt on and off.

DIY Christmas red pompom tulle circle skirt sewing supplies

  • 2 yards of 118 inches (300 cm) super wide soft tulle
  • 1.5 yards of satin for the skirt lining
  • 1 inch wide elastic – approx. 23 inches long
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Ruler, measuring tape
  • Fabric marking pencil, pins
  • Hot glue gun
  • White pompoms – I’d recommend you to use two different sizes

Step 1

Cut the lining piece.

Fold the satin fabric in half, then in half again. Starting at the folded corner, use a ruler to measure and mark the radius in various places, so you can draw up an arc.

For a 28 inches waistline circumference, the radius is 4 ¼ inches, but I cut further than that.

(Take a look at the circle skirt calculator from byhandlondon.com, I find it super useful)

DIY Christmas tulle skirt, cut circle skirt pattern

I went with a 5 inches radius for the satin lining, which resulted in about 32 inches waistline circumference. I did this because I wanted to have more gathers to the skirt’s waistband and make the skirt easier to put on and take off.

Now use that arc as a starting point to measure and mark the desired length of the skirt – that’s 16 inches for me. Draw up another arc, that will be the hem of the skirt. Cut the fabric.

DIY Christmas tulle skirt, satin lining
32 inches waistline circumference

Step 2

Cut the tulle layers.

For the two circle tulle layers, I cut even further than I did with the skirt lining.

I used a 118 inches (300 cm) super wide soft tulle and folded the fabric in half lengthwise – twice, then in half again, therefore I had eight layers in total – see the picture below.

I wanted to cut two tulle circle skirts at once, so I went with the biggest radius I could fit into the tulle fabric.

Consequently, I marked a 13 inches radius which resulted in a giant 81.64 inches waistline circumference.

DIY Christmas tulle skirt

That’s cool because tulle is a very lightweight fabric and I want a fluffy gathered circle skirt.

DIY Christmas tulle skirt
81.64 inches waistline circumference

If your fabric is not wide enough to fit such a big circle, you can sew a set of two half-circles together to make a full circle.

Step 3

To maximize the fluffiness of the skirt, I gathered each tulle layer individually.

Just run a basting stitch at the top of each tulle layer and gather them to fit the waistline of the satin lining.

If you use more layers of tulle, the skirt will be poofier.

My skirt has only two tulle layers, and it’s just the right amount of fluffiness for my taste.

Step 4

Now place one tulle layer inside the other and sew them together. I have no seams on my tulle circles, so there’s no wrong or right side.

Step 5

Sew together the tulle layers and the satin lining.

DIY Christmas tulle skirt

Step 6

Cut the fabric strip for the waistband 31 inches long x 4 inches wide. The width of the strip is just fine for inserting a 1″ elastic.

Take the waistband piece and sew the short ends together to make a tube.

Step 7

Pin the waistband to the tulle skirt, right sides together, and sew with a 1/2” seam allowance.

Step 8

Turn the raw edge under ½”, then fold the waistband to extend a little beyond the waist seam.

The waistband width should be about 1 ½ inches, to accommodate the width of the elastic.

Pin the waistband in place and double-check on the inside of the skirt that the folded edge covers the original stitching all the way.

Stitch in the ditch of the waist seam to secure the waistband.

Leave a small gap for inserting the elastic into the casing.

Step 9

Insert the elastic through the opening using a safety pin. Make sure the elastic is not twisted inside the casing.

Overlap the ends of the elastic and sew them together, then close the small opening in the waistband.

Step 10

Hem the satin lining.

Trim the satin lining to the same length as the tulle. In the end, the lining will be a little shorter than the tulle.

DIY Christmas tulle skirt

Hem the satin lining with a rolled hem on your serger – that’s the easiest and fastest method.

DIY Christmas tulle skirt, serger, hem

If you don’t have a serger, you can make a rolled hem with a hemmer foot, or a basic double fold hem where you fold and iron the edge up twice.

DIY Christmas tulle skirt, narrow rolled hem
Rolled hem on Brother 1034D Serger

Step 11

Attach white pompoms to the first layer of tulle, using a hot glue gun. I used white pompoms in two sizes and I love how the skirt turned out!

DIY Christmas tulle skirt, hot glue gun, pompoms
Attach pompoms to the tulle skirt with a hot glue gun

Work with one pompom at a time – just dab a bit of hot glue on the pompom and then fix it to the tulle layer.

Make sure you don’t glue the pompom on all the tulle layers.

If you have to remove glue stains from the tulle, scrape off the stain using a cotton swab with acetone nail polish remover.

Step 12 (optional)

Add a tulle bow to the skirt. I made the bow using a tulle piece 9 inches wide x 12 inches long, folded in half three times.

Secure the bow with a small strip of tulle, then attach the bow to the waistband by hand stitching in place.

DIY Christmas tulle skirt, tulle bow, needle

DIY Christmas circle tulle skirt – hemming tips

There’s no need to hem the tulle layers since tulle doesn’t ravel, but you will notice after a few wears that the tulle circle skirt “falls” on the bias.

The uneven hemline is a problem for all circle skirts.

This type of tulle is soft and elastic, so it stretches big time on the bias while having basically no stretch on the grainline.

I find most of the tulle circle skirts fall on bias after washing and wearing, so you can’t level the hem once and for all.

In my opinion, there’s no point in letting the tulle skirt hang overnight before hemming, as the tulle is such a lightweight fabric and it won’t drop much with gravity.

When the hem of the tulle becomes uneven, just level it off with your scissors.

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