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DIY Hoop Skirt Tutorial

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Another DIY that I thought would be a fun challenge. Now… you can buy a hoop skirt petticoat for pretty cheap online, but doing it yourself would allow you to customize the size or shape, sometimes you want something a bit more unique. You can find a great tutorial for a kids version here, which is also where I found the idea of using pex pipe… I wasn’t sure what I would use until I saw it used.

This is a great example of not doing it quite right (test the size of the hoops under a skirt to make sure it looks even… you will see evidence of this in my Alice in Wonderland Wedding dress tutorial!). Ultimately, this was just a really fun project, and something I can use for plenty of costumes in the future.

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DIY Hoop Skirt Tutorial

You will need:

  • 9-10 feet of a cheap cotton or linen fabric, white
  • 60 feet of 1 inch wide, white
  • sewing machine
  • Pex pipe tubing (find it in the plumbing aisle)
  • 1/4 inch wooden dowels, cut into 2 inch long pieces
  • Hand saw
  • hot glue gun

Instructions:

1. Start by folding down one of the long edges of your fabric down and pinning so you have a two inch loop at the top. Sew it in place. This is now the top.

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2. Measure and mark down the short side of the fabric every six inches, starting from the top. Then, starting at one 6 inch mark, run the ribbon the long way down the fabric, making sure it is 6 inches away from the top, and pin in place.

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3. To attach the ribbon so it becomes a tube you can run the tubing through, sew down one side of the ribbon as closely as you can to the edge, then sew down the other side, again, as close as you can to the edge.

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4. Repeat steps 2 & 3, making sure that each row of ribbon is 6 inches below the previous row. For the last row, you may not have the full width, instead, try to put the last row around 2 inches from the bottom. For me, this resulted in an 8 inch gap between the bottom and second from the bottom rows.

5. Run the pex pipe tubing through the first row of ribbon until it fills out the skirt and comes through the other end. Use a hand saw to cut the tubing off at the right length.

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6. To complete the hoop, pipe hot glue into one end of the tubing and slide half of a 2 inch section of quarter inch dowel into the glue and hold in place until the glue sets. Then, fill the other end of the tubing and slide the remaining end of the dowel in and hold until it sets. Continue this process until you have placed all of your hoops.

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7. If you have a hoop that is too large or too small, you can remedy this with a quick adjustment. Slide the hoop around in the ribbon opening until you are past the original connection. Using the hand saw, VERY CAREFULLY cut through the tubing. Now, you can either cut out more tubing to make the hoop smaller, or add a section of pipe using set 6 to make it larger.

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Enjoy large full skirts on your costumes!

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • Hey Guys! I've been quiet on Insta so far this October, but its because IM SO BUSY and i'm pretty much in Halloween Heaven. Between finishing my first commissioned costume (its super simple, but I completed foam armor for the first time!!!) and doing makeup at the haunted house, i've hardly had time for sleep... and I wouldn't have it any other way. 
This is one of my first clown practice runs. I tried doing 30 minutes or less, and initially I wasn't planning on posting. Having a few days of the crazed makeup chaos that is getting ready for house open under my belt, I have a new appreciation for what details you can and simply cannot complete in such a short time period, and kind of like the grunge this clown pulled off. Not everything you will create is perfect, but thats how we all learn! #clowns #hauntedhouse #halloweenmakeup #halloween2018
  • I think this barrel look could make a great clown character.... am I going over to the dark side and starting to like clowns?!?! Only time will tell, and there are still 20 days until Halloween! #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "I say that we take a cannon, aim it at his door
And then knock three times
And when he answers
Sandy Claws will be no more!"
The props for Barrel were actually my favorite, even if they are a bit cheesy, and make this costume all the more fun. I'll have to keep an eye out for a skeleton costume this year... I would like to do this one again! #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "We're his little henchmen and
We take our job with pride
We do our best to please him
And stay on his good side"
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  • I am SO FREAKING PLEASED with this makeup... and I have no justification for why I love Barrel more than Shock... Could be the fun loving character or just that the colors popped more in these photos. Or maybe these clown-like looks are starting to grow on me.... #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "Jack said, "We should work together"
Three of a kind
Birds of a feather
Now and forever
Wheeee!!!"
Those poor red eyes! Thats not fx eye-blood... it's what happens when you do too many makeups close together... this stuff can be hell on your skin! They didn't look this red in all of the photos, but they sure felt like it. I have since invested in a serious eye cream... its only one week into October! #redeyes #muaproblems #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel
  • "Kidnap Mr. Sandy Claws
I wanna do it
Let's draw straws"
Maybe it is because this is my shortest wig or just the color palette, but I feel like my Shock makeup came across a bit like Beast Boy from Teen Titans... what do you think? #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel #teentitans
  • "He'II be so pleased by our success
That he'll reward us too, I bet
Perhaps he'll make his special brew
Of snake and spider stew!"
One last shot of Lock... three guesses what the next one is, and the first two don't count ;) #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel #halloweentown
  • "First, we're going to set some bait
Inside a nasty trap and wait
When he comes a-sniffing we will
Snap the trap and close the gate"
Ok, i couldn't wait to post this shot with the goofy masks I made 2 years ago... Im obsessed with this gorgeous wig from Webster Wigs. It's seriously my favorite. Speaking of the mask, Im excited to get these new pics posted on the blog, because the makeup and mask pics are super cheesy. It makes me proud to see how much I have improved in both makeup and prop-making in just a few years. #muapassion #lockshockandbarrel #nightmarebeforechristmas

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