How to make a little girl skirt with net fabric

Updated April 17, 2017

Whether your little girl wants to be a ballerina, a princess or a fairy, a puffy net skirt can help her dress for the part. Net skirts are easy and inexpensive to make. You don't need to hem net fabric or even sew the seams together. Netting comes in many colours. Some even sparkles, and it's relatively inexpensive. You can make a net skirt for your little girl and pair it with wings or a crown for an easy dress-up costume.

Measure around your little girl's waist with a measuring tape. Measure from her waist down to the length you want the skirt.

Cut three long rectangles out of netting with scissors. The length should be the measurement from your girl's waist to the desired length plus 1 1/2 inches. The width should be two to three times her waist measurement, depending on how puffy you want the skirt.

Lay the three rectangles on top of each other, lining up all the edges, and pin together.

Fold one of the long edges of the rectangles down 3/4 of an inch and pin. Sew along the bottom edge of the fold, making a channel for the elastic.

Cut a piece of elastic the length of your girl's waist measurement. Attach a safety pin to the end of the elastic. Fold the other end of the elastic in about a 1/2-inch and pin with a safety pin; this will prevent the net from falling off the end of the elastic.

Thread the non-folded end of the elastic through the channel you created in the skirt. Gather the skirt as you go. Remove the safety pins.

Overlap ends of the elastic 1/2 inch and sew together.

Evenly space the gathers around the skirt. Tack the sides and back of the skirt to the elastic to keep the gathers in place.


All three layers can be the same colour, or use a different colour for each layer. Netting comes in various types. Coarsely woven netting is stiffer and stands out more, but it is less comfortable to wear. Tulle is not as stiff, but it is softer.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Net fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • 1/2-inch-wide elastic
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About the Author

Nicolle Gunay worked in the fashion industry for several years before becoming a teacher. She has an Associate of Science in fashion design and a Bachelor of Arts in theater from Florida Atlantic University.