DIY IKEA Striped Skirt

Let’s get these things out of the way up front:

– I’ve got to learn how to use my camera! That picture above was not intentionally.. uh.. artistic.
– Taking pics of myself is the worst! I don’t know how Kendi and Indiana do it, but I have a new project coming up that means I have to get comfortable being on camera, so….

(Don’t worry husband! I wasn’t really falling down the stairs!)

Last week I went to IKEA to buy new salad bowls. Of course, once I walked inside I completely forgot about the bowls and spent my time taking pictures of the outdoor furniture and buying fabric.

I bought a yard and a half of this black and white stripe fabric to make some throw pillows for our bedroom, but when I got home I didn’t feel like the scale of the stripe was right for pillows. But it was just right for a poufy striped skirt.

I didn’t have a pattern, I just knew wanted a paper bag waist (especially after seeing Kristen’s DIY) and a poufy, dramatic skirt. To keep it kind of stiff and poufy I left the fabric doubled over so it’s two layers thick and used the full yard and a half length for this skirt.

Here are my steps – this is probably the opposite of good construction technique, but it worked for me!

Step 1: Wrap the fabric around you and use a belt to secure the waist so that you can determine the correct length. I did a little adjusting because I wanted the top and bottom to end on black stripes.

Step 2: Put the right sides together and sew along the full length of the fabric (1.5 yards for me). Trim off the extra and turn right side out.

Step 3: Sew along the entire length of the fabric again about 1.5 inches from the side of your fabric that you want to be the top of the skirt. This will keep the ribbon tie from going up any higher and give the paper bag waist look.

Step 4: Sew the short ends together being careful to match up the seams. I did a french seam which is not required.

I tried the skirt on like this but felt like there was too much bulk in the back so I decided to add some darts.  I’m one of those people who can’t just learn a little about something – I’m either totally winging it or I’m trying to get a Ph.D. Since this is just supposed to be fun (and the fabulous Gertie has the Ph.D. angle covered) I didn’t read up the right way to do this.

Step 5: I measured  5″ to the left and 5″ to the right of the center back seam and pinched 1″ of fabric at the top. I started there and then tapered off as I sewed down the skirt, ending the dart about  4 stripes down. (How’s that for a unit of measurement! I think the striped are 2 inches wide.) I did the same thing on the center back seam as well.

Step 6: Add a ribbon drawstring (or you could use elastic). I cut two slits in the front center a few inches apart, being careful to only cut through the top layer of the skirt. I’d like to say that I finished them like buttonholes or something, but that would be a lie. Pin a large safety pin to the end of your ribbon and start pushing it around the inside waist of your skirt until you get to the first dart. There’s a better way to do this, but I just cut slits on each side of the two darts and the center seam. No one (except you guys!) will ever know.

I used a navy ribbon because I had one and I like the combination of navy and black, but you could use any color. I plan on having a few different colors including black and pink to change it up.

I have a story about the shoes I’m wearing too- tomorrow.

Do these instructions make sense? Has anyone else ever made clothes from IKEA fabric?


  1. Molly says:

    Ohmygosh, I really love this! I’m thinking it would make a good Christmas present for your loved ones…. 😉 Oh, and that first pic is actually totally awesome!

  2. This is difficult. I can’t decide which one I love more: your brilliant DIY striped Ikea skirt or you ridiculously fabulous home. I’ll say it’s a tie for now. That skirt remind me of Anne Cramer’s flynn skirt, which I’m also utterly obsessed with. I’d love to see a more photos of your beautiful home!

    • Alicia says:

      Oh thank you, that’s so sweet. I definitely want to share more of our house- I just need to get used to the fact that it will always be a work in progress. But in the next few weeks I think I’ll be able to post the dining room and bedroom!

    • Alicia says:

      Just looked at that skirt- adorable! And very similar, though I must admit it’s much more polished than mine… but also $150 more expensive :)

  3. I sell skirts made from that fabric on etsy! I love it so much. I have them in every color and dresses too! mine have a zipper and waistband but yours looks really comfortable. I have found Ikea fabric to be wonderful for apparel because it is so thick and high quality cotton. Their gingham is one of my favorites too. They have it in red or navy.

  4. Agata says:

    Wow, so cool! I have a whole bunch of the very same fabric from Ikea and still haven’t used it, because I was looking for something really worth it – it’s just my favourite pattern (except dots). And now I think I know what to do with it, thanks! xxx

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