Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt…..perfect for spring!

I can’t even tell you how excited I have been to share some really great talent here on Make It and Love It.  My insides are full of butterflies…….because this is just way too fun for me!  I shared months ago that I wanted to open up the free days on my blog (that I wasn’t blogging) to others who would love to fill those gaps and showcase their own work.  And you know, let some of you have as much fun as I have had for years and years here on this little ol’ blog. The sign-up forms FLOODED in and I was truly taken aback.  I could hardly believe the talent….and the interest!  It made me wonder how I could fit 500 more of you in here somehow.  (But that’s why I decided to start doing Link Parties every Saturday….and those have been so fun too.  There’s one still open here……join in!)  But I selected a large handful and will be introducing you to them over the next month or so.  I can hardly wait!!  Every single one has something unique to share…….and fits right in here with what I’m already doing.  Perfect!


So today, Crystal from Stitched By Crystal (who you’re just gonna LOVE!) is here sharing an absolutely adorable sewing project that is great for Spring!  And even better…….St Patty’s Day!!  And my gosh, that sweet little girl of hers is pretty hard to not gush over.  Oh my!  (**P.S. More about Crystal down below…)


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Hello!  I am Crystal from Stitched by Crystal and I am so excited to be here as a new contributor to Make it & Love it!  I have a fun skirt tutorial to share with you today that I think will be just perfect for St Patrick’s Day next month!


Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
Are you guys tired of winter?  I am!  This colorful skirt will certainly help you bust out of those winter blues!
Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)



The skirt is so simple to make and, gosh, I just love those rainbow colored stripes on the bottom!

 Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
It would be so cute paired with the perfect green shirt for St. Pat’s day (I am still looking for that perfect green shirt…I have a few more weeks!)  And then after St. Patrick’s Day, It looks adorable for spring and summer paired with a white tank.
 Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
Or pair it with your favorite color shirt, any color…they all work!
 Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
The skirts stripes are made with bias tape, you can use pre-made bias tape or make your own.  It is a great project to use up some colorful fabric scraps.
Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
And while I am quite partial to these fun rainbow colors, you could use any combination of colors.  I am thinking for my next skirt I might try an ombre look.
 Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
OK…Enough rambling…
Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (4)
…let’s make some skirts!
To make this skirt, you need about 1/2 yard of white fabric, 2 yards of 1/2 inch single fold bias tape in red, orange, yellow, green and blue, 2 yards of 1/2 inch double fold bias tape in purple (the purple bias tape is also used to finish the hem of the skirt so make sure you get double fold), and some 1 inch elastic.
Measure your child to determine how big to cut your skirt panel.  First measure their waist, multiply the waist measurement by 2 and add 1 inch, that will be the width of your skirt panel.  Then determine how long you want the skirt by measuring from their waist to the point you want the skirt to hit.  Add 1.5 inches to the length you want and that will be the length of your skirt panel.  So cut your skirt panel like this:
(Waist measurement x 2 + 1 inch) X (Length measurement + 1.5 inches)
 Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
Pin your blue single fold bias tape along the bottom of your skirt panel with the bottom edge of the tape 1 inch from the edge of the fabric.
 Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
Sew along both sides of the tape.
Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
Repeat with the other single fold bias tape colors.  The green tape will be 2 inches from the bottom, yellow tape 3 inches, orange 4 inches and red 5 inches from the bottom edge of the skirt.
Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
Fold your skirt right sides together, lining up the bias tapes.  Pin in place and then sew along the short edge with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
 Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
Next, we will add the double fold bias tape to the bottom edge.
Unfold the tape and pin raw edge of one side along the raw edge of the skirt.
 Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
Sew the tape to the edge along the fold in the tape.  Start sewing about 2 inches from one end of the tape and stop when you get about 3 – 4 inches from where you started sewing.
Lay the skirt flat and overlap the bias tape ends.  Trim off the extra so they overlap just 1/2 inch.
 Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
Pin the edges of the bias tape and sew them with 1/4 inch seam allowance.
 Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
Finish sewing the bias tape to the edge of the skirt.
 Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
Refold the bias tape, folding it over the bottom edge of the skirt and top-stitch it in place along the edge.
 Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
Whew, check out those gorgeous stripes!
Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
Now the skirt needs some elastic!
Fold the top edge of the skirt down 1/4 inch and press.
Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
Then fold it over another 1.25 inches and press.  Double check that you have enough room for your elastic.
Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
Sew along the folded edge to make a casing for the elastic.  Leave an opening towards the back that is about 2 inches wide.
Cut your elastic to the exact measurement of your child’s waist.  Using a safety pin, feed the elastic through the casing.
Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
Pull the elastic out the other side.  Over lap the ends of the elastic about 1 inch, making sure it is not twisted inside the casing.  Sew the ends of the elastic together. I like to use 2 wide zig-zag stitches for this.
Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
Then sew the opening closed.  If you like to add tags to your garments, now is the time to do it.
 Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
Woohoo, all done! 
Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt (makeit-loveit.com)
I can’t wait to make more, I think there will be lots of striped skirts in my daughters wardrobe this summer!
 blog contributor
Check out Crystal’s blog here.  Her darling shop here.  And her Pinterest page here.
 If your little girl is like mine, she could LIVE in a skirt. Check out these other fun skirt tutorials that your little girl is sure to love:

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45 Responses to “Rainbow Bias Tape Skirt…..perfect for spring!”
  1. 1
    Robin says:

    Such a cute idea. I LOVE it and I want to make one for myself. Thank you, Crystal! Ooooh This is going to be so fun meeting your new contributors.

  2. 2
    Mariana says:

    Its adorable! I must try this! Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. 3
    Maria says:

    Lovely idea and perfect look, loved it!

  4. 4
    Lesley says:

    This skirt is so cute. Thanks for all the pictures with directions, too!

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    Beth says:

    Oh my goodness, super adorable skirt. I have boys, but I am already considering making some bias tape to go around the legs of their pants at the bottom, just for a fun touch! Great job!

  6. 6
    millie says:

    Oh this is darling, I love it! And it gives me a good idea…

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    Linda says:

    This is so cute! Can’t wait to make one. Might even make one for myself…lol!

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    Lossless says:

    Where did you find the pretty bias tape? I love it!

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    Paula says:


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    Katy Roberson says:

    Such a cute skirt! I think I am going to love all of the new contributors if they’re as amazing as Crystal!

  11. 11
    Arlyn says:

    Godó tutorial. Thank hoy.

  12. 12
    Arlyn says:

    SORRY. Good tutorial. Thank you.

  13. 13
    gigi la chti says:

    très jolie jupette merci pour le tuto bravo bonjour de France à bientot

  14. 14

    Love this project!! Have added Crystal’s blog to my feedly and can’t wait to learn more from her!
    And I think I’m going to have to get a little bias tape making gadget!!! Brilliant!!! So much easier than burning my fingers doing it myself with the iron!

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    cucicucicoo says:

    What an adorable idea! Love it!:) Lisa

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    Becky says:

    This is exactly how I hoped the guest posts would be. Soooooooooo perfect!

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    Rachel says:

    I love how you jazzed it up! What a fun addition to a plain skirt. Your model is the cutest!

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    Jen says:

    What size bias tape maker did you use? Such a CUTE idea for a skirt! Love it ♥

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      Crystal says:

      Thanks Jen! I used a 12mm bias tape maker to make the single fold bias tape for the red-blue stripes and a 25mm bias tape maker to make the purple double fold tape for the hem.

  19. 19
    Emily says:

    Very adorable!

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    Christenna Carr says:

    Just finished this adorable skirt. Great tutorial. I will be making more of these. I was thinking rick rack also. Thanks for this great tutorial and all the pictures. I am a visual learner and this helps greatly.

  21. 21
    Mary says:

    What a fabulous idea, so simple, yet it looks gorgeous. Here in Ireland we are totally fed up with the storms that have been battering the country since Christmas, will winter ever end??? This little skirt will give me something to do while I wait and dream of warm summer days, although I don’t ever remember a Paddy’s day being warm in this country, we sometimes even get snow on that day. Dream on …

  22. 22
    Amber says:

    Wonderful tutorial! I gave this skirt a shot and love how it turned out. I even mashed it up with Ashley’s tulle lined skirt and I’m in love with how it turned out! Thanks for a great, easy to follow tutorial!

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    Haine copii says:

    Its adorable! Soooooooooo perfect! Wonderful tutorial!

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    Wanda says:

    I am so going to make this cute skirt for my 6 grandaughters ages 4 to 14. Thank you for putting this on here!!!!

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    Sophia says:

    This looks so easy! I haven’t sewn in a long time and I have a one year old that I would like to make one of a kind since I live in a very small town and we’re limited with shopping stores. I will definitely give this a try!

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    Susan says:

    Thanks for sharing Love it!

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    pixiedust says:

    cool idea! will surely make one for my daughter :) Thanks for sharing…

  28. 28
    Sophie says:

    My fabric store used you on its Facebook page!

    You always pop up everywhere I look! It’s like meeting a friend when you don’t expected it.

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    Tricia says:

    I LOVE this. For those of us with a slight (teeny tiny) ribbon addiction, er, collection- would that look as gorgeous? I love the look of bias tape but would also like an excuse to get rid of some ribbon and rick rack that has been around forever…