HOW TO MAKE A TINSEL SKIRT
2m (78 ") silver ribbon, 10cm (4") wide 2m (78 ") silver fringed lametta tinsel strips, fringe approx. 45cm (17 ") long Felt pen Matching sewing thread
Channel your inner Christmas tree and swish into party season wearing the ritziest skirt there is. Ribbon, shiny tinsel fringing and a bit of machine sewing and you’ve got a look that’ll literally outshine everything else in your wardrobe.
Not only is this piece simple to make, you can easily personalise it by using longer fringing, trimming it to a shorter length, or picking a different tinsel colour to play with. Maximum glitter, minimum effort. The sparkly skirt is worn wraparound style, tying together at the back or the side.
01 Wrap the ribbon around your waist and mark where the two ends meet. Add on an extra 60cm (235/ 8") to that length, then cut the ribbon. Using the felt pen, make a small mark 20cm (77/ 8") in from both ends of the ribbon to indicate the area onto which you’ll sew the tinsel fringing.
02 Cut the tinsel fringing into six 30cm (117/ 8") long strips, discarding any excess.
03 Lay the ribbon down on the bed of your sewing machine, lining one of the small felt pen marks up with the needle. Lay a strip of tinsel on top of the ribbon at its bottom edge, making sure to line its end up with the first mark. Using a basic top stitch, sew back and forth for a few stitches to make sure the tinsel strip is securely fastened, then sew along until you reach the second felt pen mark. Sew backwards for a few stitches to secure it, then cut the thread.
04 Repeat Step 3 with each of the remaining tinsel strips, sewing them onto the ribbon in layers from the bottom edge to the top between the two felt pen marks to build up the thickness until the skirt is looking full.
05 Wrap the completed skirt around your waist. Use the two loose ends of ribbon to tie it on, angling the bow or knot to the back or side of your body. As the fringing will part as you move, it’s best to wear a pair of shorts or a mini skirt underneath.