Easy Petticoat with Oly*Fun

Categories: Kid Friendly, Costume, Fashion Accessories

What you need to make this project

1-2 Oly-Fun™ Craft Packs in Jet Black or 1 1/2-2 yards of Oly*Fun off the bolt
2-3" wide elastic - Long enough to go around your/your child's waist PLUS 1"
Scissors and/or Rotary Cutter and Mat
Sewing machine

Quick Shop


Step One

The amount of Oly-Fun you’ll need will depend on how the size of your child and how densely you gather the Oly-Fun.  I used one complete pack for my small 6-year-old.  My tall 10-year-old took 2 packs.  One pack is roughly equal to 1 1/2 yards of Oly-Fun off the bolt from your fabric or craft store.

Oly-Fun™ Craft Packs come folded a couple times and then rolled around a tiny cardboard.  Open up your craft pack and unroll it, but you do not need to unfold it completely.  you will have one long edge with a double fold and another long edge with several raw edges.  Cut 6 1/2 inches from the raw edges and approximately 3 1/4 inches from the folded edge.

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When you unfold the whole thing, you’ll end up with 3 really long strips approximately 6 1/2 inches wide.

If you’re working with Oly*Fun off the bolt, you’ll want to cut 6″ to 6 1/2″ strips.



Step Two

Cut one of your strips of Oly-Fun, so that it can wrap all the way around the wearers hips plus 3-4 inches.  Oly-Fun doesn’t stretch, so we want to make sure that it’s going to go over the hips easily, but without adding a lot of bulk at the hips.  We will call this your base strip.

Step Three

Take one of your other strips of Oly-Fun and begin stitching it to your base strip with a 1/2 inch seam allowance with your base strip on the BOTTOM and your new strip on TOP.  After you have stitched about an inch, we’re going to start hand gathering.the Oly-Fun in your new strip.

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You just start taking and inch or two so of Oly-Fun at a time, and bunching it up in front of your sewing machine foot.  Then stitch over your gathers and repeat with the next couple inches of your top Oly-Fun strip.

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Step Four

If you run out of Oly-Fun in your top strip, before you get to the end of your base strip, just get a new strip, overlap it by about an inch with the previous top strip and continue.

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Step Five

Don’t be afraid to really bunch it up well as you gather. The more gather and bunch it up, the fuller your petticoat will be.

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Step Six

Repeat to add a third tier to your petticoat.

Check the length of the petticoat, remembering that your elastic will add an extra 2-3 inches depending on how wide it is.  For my 6-year-old’s petticoat, I had to cut off several inches of the base strip for it to be the right length.  For a tall child or adult, you may need to add a 4th tier of Oly-Fun.


Step Seven

Cut your elastic to go around the wearer’s waist with an extra 1″.  Mark the elastic into quarters.  Mark the top of your base strip into quarters and pin the elastic to the top of your base strip matching those quarter markings.  Your elastic should be smaller than your base strip.  (Remember we measured the wearer’s waist and added and inch to get the elastic measurement and measured the hips and added 3-4 inches to get the base strip measurement.)


Step Eight

As you stitch the elastic onto the top of the base strip, you’re going to need to stretch the elastic as you sew, so that it is stretched to the same size as the Oly-Fun.  Be sure to backstitch at both ends.


Step Nine

Now fold your skirt around with RIGHT SIDES together and match the raw edges of your petticoat.  Stitch from the elastic to the bottom of your petticoat with a 1/2 inch seam.


Step Ten

And you’re done!  It’s all ready to slip underneath your favorite full skirt.

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Step Eleven

Find the tutorial for the Poodle Skirts here.

Poodle Skirt and Petticoat


Or the tutorial for the Harry Potter inspired Magic Wand Skirt here:

Harry Potter Wand Skirt