How to Make Your Own Fringe Skirt

How to make your own Fringe Skirt.

How to Make Your Own Fringe Skirt

If you’ve been reading the magazines or any article on what to wear lately, I’m sure you’ve noticed a lot of fringe reappearing! This idea came to me when my mom showed me this skirt from her closet and asked me to measure it so she could shorten it. After going home and talking about the idea of a fringe series for the blog with a friend, I mentioned to mom that we should change her skirt into a fringed one!

The reason I think this could be perfect for us older women is because 1-you probably already have a long skirt in your closet, 2-it’s an easy way to update an item without sewing or spending a dime! and 3-when the fringe is no longer wanted, you can cut it off and return a normal skirt back to your closet (at a more flattering length).

The Process

1-Look through your closet for a skirt that’s too long (I would say one that extends past your calves). It doesn’t have to be a straight skirt—mom’s skirt that I used was flared.

2-You’ll need to measure to where you’ll want the fringe to stop. I’d recommend it to end right at your knees (or just below). If you don’t have someone to help you with this step, you can always use a existing skirt as a reference and hold it up to the longer skirt (make sure the waistlines hit on your body the same—or compensate if they don’t)

3-Now you’re going to need to mark that measurement. I used a strip of tape on the outside to do this. You could also mark it with a chalk line (I’d turn it inside out in this case).

How to make your own Fringe Skirt.

Here’s a picture of my set-up. I was able to use mom’s rotary cutter and mat (if you’re a quilter you might already have these). You can also just use scissors (good quality fabric scissors might be helpful)

4-Now you need to decide on the width of the fringe. I went with 3/8 of an inch. Half an inch seemed too big, and a quarter of an inch seemed like too much work!

5-You need to establish whether to cut off the hem before or after cutting the fringe. If you have a rotary cutter, I think it’s easier to wait until the very end for this step. Then the fringe stays lined up and isn’t in your way. If you’ll be using scissors, then it’d be better to cut the hem off first, so you will have an even thickness when cutting up the skirt to create your fringe.

6-If you have the rotary cutter, then line up a metal ruler (the cutter can damage a plastic ruler) and cut your first line—I did not cut all the way to the bottom because of the reason above. Then measure over the decided amount and cut your next line. Continue around the entire skirt.

7-If you’re using scissors, then hold the ruler firmly while cutting up to the line (it is nice to have some sort of hard surface underneath). When cutting the subsequent pieces, make sure the newly made fringe is not in the way.

8-After cutting all of the fringe around the skirt, you’ll need to clean up some of the fringe. In the case of my mom’s skirt, I did not do anything special to the lining—I just cut it along with the suede material. Therefore at the end, I had to trim some areas (where the seams were) and make sure all the fringe was separated.

I like that the lining material is part of the fringe as it makes the skirt slightly more modest. Now if your lining is a totally different color, you might need to hem it (or take it out).


I thought that mom’s skirt turned out so good that I actually went and bought a skirt at Goodwill (and spent $4 for it) so I could turn into a fringe skirt for myself. You’ll see mom wearing her skirt in an upcoming series. Check it out here! And here’s the one I made for myself.

I’m always trying to figure out how to keep up with the fun trends yet not spend a lot of money! This fringed skirt is one of those pieces that was fun and turned out great!!

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  • This turned out so great!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I bet you have a skirt you can do this to too!! The rotary cutter did make it quite easy!

  • sue

    Wow! That looks so good Jodie! Thanks for the idea. x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Mom thinks she’ll have to trim off the lining fringe at some time because it’ll ravel. But really, how often do you wash a suede skirt—so I’m thinking it won’t be for awhile! Thanks Sue!

  • Audrey at Munofore

    Everything old is new again. Isn’t it fun the way fashions come and go and come back again. Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      So true, so true. But really, aren’t there limited ways to wear things? I must admit though, I must’ve missed the first fringe trend, so I’m all about it now!!

  • Fringe is huge!! What a clever idea. Thanks for sharing with us on Thursday Favorite Things!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Isn’t it? And I’m always a big fan if I can recycle to produce the newest trends!!

  • Charlotte Miller

    The skirt is actually real suede that i found at a resale shop many years ago.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      The question is…did you ever wear it before now?

      • Charlotte Miller

        Yes, many times-then I grew out of it, Put it in back of closet-until now it fits and has been recycled.

  • Wow, that’s a brilliant idea and completely updates the skirt.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      And it turned out pretty well even the first time!! That’s what I call success!!

  • PetiteOver40

    This looks great, Jodie! I can’t wait to see your mom wear this in your upcoming post!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      She was surprised at how much she like this after I DIYed it!! We’ll see if she ever wears it besides for the post!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I figured it could be a great way to recycle some of our older clothes!!

  • That is a great idea dear
    Fringe is a nice trend now.

    Have a great day!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Zarrah—I am loving fringe the more I see it around!!

  • I love this idea! This would be a great festival skirt!
    Eileen | Instagram | Facebook

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hey—it would—I never even thought of that!! Thanks for the input!!

  • This is actually amazing! never thought of doing anything like this before. Thanks for the inspiration. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      And it was pretty easy!!

  • What a clever DIY! There are always an abundance of long, unflattering skirts at the thrift store, now I’m going to be keeping an eye out for a suede one! I can see how the rotary cutter would make this a breeze.

    Chic on the Cheap

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Yes…when I researched it, people did use scissors…but both times I did it, I used the rotary cutter—super easy!!

  • fabulous idea. makes me want to hit up a local thrift and give this a try.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You don’t have a lot to lose…especially if you find the skirt on a half price day!! Love to see yours if you do it!!

  • Lorena Lorena

    How very creative ! I would have never thought of this.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lorena—-I really lucked out the first time on mom’s skirt (i think because it was suede). When I did it the second time on my skirt (just a woven material)–i did have some fraying—but I just cut it off—we’ll see how long it lasts!!

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    How cool! I am so the opposite of crafty and creative…lol! Can’t wait to see you style it on your mom…

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Sometimes I think the creative process is partly practice and part determination (i’m always thinking if so & so could do it —than I can do it)The funny/crazy part is when it doesn’t turn out great (often), but then if I do it again, it gets better!!


    This is such a cool idea, I love it

    Filipa xxx | Instagram

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Filipa!!

  • Laura

    What a wonderful idea! I love your step by step instructions! Cannot wait to see how it looks on your mom!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What’s funny Laura, is I did it for mom because she wasn’t into it…but when I finished, she was very surprised at how nice it turned out!! Thanks for chiming in!!

  • This is an excellent idea. I love multi use apparel and the idea of making a fringe skirt to wear for as long as the heart desires then turning it into a regular skirt is genius. Saving money in the process is the icing on the cake. Thank you for sharing.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Stephanae!! I’m all about thriftiness & reusing items (or fixing them) so this was right up my alley!! Thanks so much for your input!!

  • This reminds me of making a flannel blanket without tying the strips together. Great idea. Good occupational therapy also. Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share very week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday. Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is like those flannel blankets Marilyn!!
      Is wonderful wednesday on your site also? (i didn’t see it there when I just looked—but I know that sometimes I miss things)
      Can you tell me what you mean by “comment your link #” because of course, I’ll do it??

      • You cn lways find current parties in my footer. My page only shows the latest 6 posts and I do 7 week 3 re ipe, 4 parties. Link number is where your post is in the linkup. They are numbered in order of entry. So sy ypur link is #40, let me know. Once you enter it, lookat the party again and you should be at the end. Thank you Jodie! If you have any questions let me know! And in the large parties you don’t get unseen as most linkers check their posts and yours will show up!

  • Wonderful!
    A great project that is actually wearable and (more importantly) doable!
    Your step-by-step instructions are perfect.
    I am looking forward to your efforts appearing on the blog, styled up.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I have to admit (shamedly) that I thought the skirts were a little silly at first, but the more I see them, the more I like them!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    How creative! A perfect way to create the trend without the cost of a new suede skirt. Looking forward to seeing you style these!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Tracey…especially since my mom’s closet it overfilled as is!!

  • Hi Jodie, knowing it’s Monday and we all seem to publish on Monday, I thought I would drop in to see what you are up to. Fringe! I remember in ’70 I had this glorious fringed bag. And the material of the skirt? Is that a suede cloth? I would think you would need something that wouldn’t fray but I guess a heavier jersey would do it. I am looking forward in seeing your Mom in this.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hi Terri. Mom’s skirt is a suede—and I think because of that it didn’t fray at all. The skirt I bought afterwards at Goodwill and did for myself is polyester (and did fray a little—I just trimmed off those ends). I’m not sure what will happen when I wash it—but maybe I’ll just do it by hand. Luckily I don’t have to wash my skirts that often and the one for me is black so it’ll hide the stains…ha ha!
      Thanks for reading!!

  • Queen of Rods

    That was a great tutorial, Jodie. Thanks for all of the attention to detail 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well I tried to write it, right after I’d done it so I didn’t leave anything out (i’m sure I did though)—but it’s quite a fun project!! Thanks for reading!!