DIY 10-minute ruffle skirt (Sew or no-sew!)

DIY 10 minute no sew ruffle skirt


This may be the easiest DIY I’ve done… 😉


In my last post, you saw how to make a sleeveless choli top that’s perfect for your holiday theme performance.


In this post – Holiday DIY series Pt 2 – I’ll show you how to make a SUPER EASY skirt with ruffles.


This is so easy that I’m not sure I call even call it a tutorial… BUT if you have fabric that you love and just can’t cut… this would be a great skirt to make with it! Or if you need a quick skirt for an event, this is perfect. Let’s get started!



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To make this skirt, all you need is:
1m of stretch fabric – I’m using the same 4-way stretch fabric I used to make the choli top.
If you want to sew, matching colour thread and regular sewing tools.
If you don’t want to sew, have a few safety pins ready.


DIY 10-minute Ruffle Skirt (Sew or No-Sew)


Step 1. Stand in front of a mirror with your fabric


10 minute ruffle skirt DIY step 1
Step 2. Hold the fabric with both hands, and adjust the length by fold the top edge inside. This also creates cleaner edge at the top. I like to make it so that the skirt touches the floor a little.


10 minute ruffle skirt DIY step 2
Step 3. Bring the ends forward and adjust the location of the slit. I like it over my right leg.


10 minute ruffle skirt DIY step 3
Step 4. Make sure it’s pretty tight around the waist, and that’s key. The stretchier your fabric is, the tighter you’d have to make this. Place pins to mark where the ends meet.


10 minute ruffle skirt DIY step 4
Step 5. Stitch down about 15cm or for a no-sew option, hold the layers together with a few safety pins.


10 minute ruffle skirt DIY step 5 stitch


If you want a funkier look, you can adjust where the ends meet so that the ruffles are asymmetrical and more random.


Asymmetrical ruffle idea


If you are willing to cut the fabric, after you stitch or safety pin the layers together, lay the skirt on the ground, and measure the skirt length at the slit. Pivot the measuring tape and transfer the measurement over to the edge of the fabric. From that point, trim the bottom corners like this. Cut in a nice curve. This way the bottom ends don’t touch the ground too much, so you don’t step on them and the ruffles cascade nicely.


Finishing touch for no sew skirt


Skirt hem cut line


That’s it! It’s a 10-minute project, and all you need is a meter of stretch fabric. But in my opinion, it doesn’t even look like such an easy skirt to make! It flows nicely, ruffles add nice detail, and it’s perfect for any dance occasion 🙂


No sew ruffle skirt DIY


Hope you liked this DIY, and if you did, please share with your dancer friends who may be working on a last minute holiday costume! 😀


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10 minute no sew ruffle skirt DIY


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  12 comments for “DIY 10-minute ruffle skirt (Sew or no-sew!)

  1. Marilyn Wolf
    December 2, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    I LOVE this! I can even wear it out when I’m not dancing. Thank you!

    • Mao
      December 3, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Oh so happy to hear that! Thanks, Marilyn! 🙂

  2. anwar
    December 5, 2016 at 7:55 am

    i like it

    • Mao
      December 5, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Thanks, Anwar!

  3. denise leavitt
    December 5, 2016 at 8:00 am

    That’s so clever Mao! Thank you. It’s also a great idea for a quick sarong on vacation, to go from the beach to shopping or dancing when you don’t have time to buy a skirt that you forgot to pack! Denise

    • Mao
      December 5, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      Yes, true! 😀 I’m hearing from people who used veils or scarves to make skirts this way. Lots of creative ideas!

  4. Kim
    December 8, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Beautiful and flowyyyy~~ As a DIY beginner I’m definitely going to try this!
    Thank you for your fab idea~~ *^.^*

    • Mao
      December 9, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Awesome! My pleasure, Kim 🙂 <3

    December 10, 2016 at 7:17 am

    This is a great idea! Every dancer should keep a yard of stretch fabric in her bag, just in case something happens to the original costume. (Heaven forbid! lol)

    • Mao
      December 11, 2016 at 11:43 am

      That’s so true, Virginia! A yard of fabric and a bunch of safety pins are gig bag must-haves! 😀

  6. Amy
    February 12, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Mao your tutorials are amazing! And so easy to follow too. Thank you!

    • Mao
      February 13, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      Aw thanks so much, Amy! Let me know if I can help you in any way 🙂

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