This tutorial will show you how to make a quick and easy crochet lace summer skirt without crocheting it yourself!
I always wanted a crochet lace skirt, but didn’t want to spend weeks to crochet the skirt. So here’s my tutorial how to make a full circle crochet lace skirt the easy way with a crochet tablecloth! 😀
- a crochet lace tablecloth (I found mine cheap on eBay)
- measuring tape
- sewing thread
- optional: sewing machine, elastic, crochet thread, crochet hook, satin ribbon
You can use a round crochet lace tablecloth – like I did – or a square one, then the hem will be uneven. A tablecloth with a diameter of 150cm (60″) would make a ca. knee-length skirt.
Waist: Measure round your waist or hip, depending on where you want to wear the skirt. If you want to make the skirt without a closure, add some extra width to your waist measurement, so you can easily put on the lace skirt.
r: r = waist/2π. π ≈ 3,14. Example: If your waist measurement is 90cm, then r = 90/2π = 45/π ≈ 14.
Fold the crochet lace tablecloth twice and mark the center. Use a measuring tape and draw a circle with your calculated radius (in the example the radius would be 14cm). Now cut out the circle. Tip: Some crochet lace stretches more, some less. So better cut a smaller circle at first, then try on the skirt if it fits. Adjust the circle if necessary.
Don’t throw away the cut out circle, you can always use the lace for something else. I used it to make a crochet lace hat.
I zigzagged round the cut out circle with the sewing machine to prevent the lace from fraying, but the lace hardly frayed at all.
To finish the waist of the skirt:
- Option 1: just leave the cut edge unfinished (if the lace doesn’t fray badly) and thread a drawstings through the holes of the lace.
- Option 2: finish the waist with an elastic waistband.
- Option 3 (which I did): use a crochet thread of similar color and thickness and crochet a waistband casing around the cut edge. You can thread the crochet waistband with elastic or a satin ribbon. I used leftovers from my 1920s mint green cellulose acetate dress and sewed a small fabric belt.
In some of the pictures I’m wearing a white cotton crepe skirt underneath, and in some pictures, where the crochet skirt looks more puffy, I’m wearing a cream-colored, multi-layered tulle petticoat underneath.