How to Make a Cool Tattered Skirt

by Heather Berkowe ; Updated September 28, 2017

Make a tattered "tutu" skirt using strips of one or many colors of tulle.

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A tattered skirt is a skirt comprised entirely of strips and pieces of fabric. You can make the skirt of one type of fabric or many, in one or more colors to achieve any look from a ballerina tutu to a punk rock mini skirt. Buy fabric for the skirt or cut old garments to make the skirt. For a truly meaningful piece, cut old T-shirts and use the logos and memorable emblems for your skirt.

Items you will need

  • Tape measure
  • 1 yard 1-inch elastic
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • 2 yards tulle fabric
  • 40 6-inch x 4-inch squares of fabric
Step 1

Measure your waist using the tape measure.

Step 2

Subtract 1 inch from the measurement.

Step 3

Cut the elastic to the measurement in Step 2.

Step 4

Stretch the elastic across the 2-yard length of the fabric.

Step 5

Put the wrong side of the elastic on the right side of the tulle, overlapping the elastic and fabric edge by 1/2 inch.

Step 6

Sew the elastic to the tulle in the center of the overlap using a machine zig-zag, stretching the elastic as you sew.

Step 7

Line one strip of fabric up with the left edge of the tulle edge, the long side vertical. Line the top of the strip up with the bottom edge of the elastic.

Step 8

Place another strip vertically, to the right of the first strip, overlapping the right side of the first strip by 1 inch, the top of the strip lined up with the bottom edge of the elastic.

Step 9

Place strips per Step 8 until you have covered the width of the fabric.

Step 10

Sew the strips to the fabric, using one continuous line of stitching, along the top edge of the fabric, just underneath the elastic edge. Use the machine's zig zag stitch for your sewing. You will be sewing the top edge of the strips to the fabric.

Step 11

Make another row of strips of fabric per steps 7-9, placing this row 2 inches underneath the edge of the strips on top. The two rows of strips should overlap by 2 inches.

Step 12

Sew the row of strips to the tulle fabric at the top edge of the fabric strips, per Step 10. The line of stitching should be hidden underneath the top layer of fabric strips.

Step 13

Fold the skirt in half, right sides together, lining up the edges of the fabric. Make sure the fabric strips are even and straight into the seam.

Step 14

Sew the seam, 1/2 inch from the fabric edge using a machine straight stitch.


  • Make the strips of fabric longer to make a longer skirt.

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About the Author

Heather Berkowe is a fashion designer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fashion design. She has more than five years of experience in the fashion industry, including design work for lingerie brands and owning the inner-wear company Soussuits. Berkowe has been writing since 1997, with work appearing in the "Journal News" and Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibitions.