Hula Hoop Skirt

HoopSkirtNeed a hoop skirt, can’t afford one of those ones off Ebay? Maybe you’re getting one last minute for a con and you can’t wait that long for shipping. No sweat. In this tutorial I will show you a quick and easy way to make a hoop skirt (and possibly in the future how to make a hoop skirt with more then one hoop!

*All images can be enlarged for a better inspection! Just click on them!

Here are the materials you will need:

  • Hula Hoop (5$ or Less at Walmart)
  • An old Bed Sheet (For Convince)
  • Safety Pins
  • Sewing Machine (OMG SEWING!)
  • Something that can cut a Hula Hoop
  • A Belt you’re not using anymore OR a used belt (2$ at Goodwill/Salvation Army)
  • Thread
  • DuckTape

Step One: Measure It Out!

First measure from your waist to the floor. The measure how thick your belt is. Triple the size of your belt and add that to your waist to floor length, plus about 3 inches on the bottom for about a inch diameter hula hoop. If you would like, I recommend using the uncut sheet before hand to just safety pin the hoop into place on one side of the sheet, then measure how much room you folded it for and times that by two.


Length from Waist to Floor
+ Width of Belt x3
+ Measured room for Belt x2
= How thick you need the fabric

I recommend using an old twin sheet for this because its about the perfect length to be able to go all the way around the hula hoop but still give you fabric and your legs room to move.

Step Two: Sewing ‘Pockets’ for Hoop and Belt

As easy as this step title says. Did you keep those measurements from before? Flip the long side’s top over once and over again to avoid stray threads and sew a seam along there to create a pocket at the top. Do not sew the ends closed. The top should be big enough for a belt and the bottom big enough for a hula hoop to fit into.


Step Three: The Hula Hoop

CuttingHoopFirst you need to listen to your hula hoop when you shake it. Does it make a sand noise or a water noise? Either way be causious of what environment you cut the Hula Hoop in. Oh! Did I not mention you have to cut the hoop? Well, ya do! My hula hoop has water inside it so I made sure to do it in my backyard so I didn’t get water all over the place.

Make sure to hold it steady and watch where the blade is going. Cutting a hula hoop can be tricky. Once you have cut it open, shake it out really well to get its contents out before taking it inside. Make sure while cutting it you know that there will be liquid (sometimes sand, but they are mostly made with a water type liquid now) inside of the hula hoop and keep this in mind when deciding how you wish to cut the hoop. You won’t want to get that gunk all over you and your fabric.

Now is the time that you feed the hula hoop into the pocket you created on the bottom of the sheet. Once you have feed it all the way throu, pull the two pieces you cut together and tape them with ducktape or gorilla tape. I like Gorilla Tape because I’ve had it on items and it hasn’t dried out like duck tape sometimes does. Once I have taped the sides together I like to push the hoop throu into the ‘pocket’ more so that the part of the hoop that shows a bit in the crease isn’t a taped up side, but a pretty side of a hula hoop.


You can also, at this time, put sand into your hula hoop to help weight it down if you like.

Step Four: The Belt & Finish

For this step I picked a belt from around the house. If you make the top pocket big enough to take the belt in and out of, you don’t have to waste a belt, you just have room for it when you want to wear the hoop skirt. I choose a belt that was really comfortable for me and that fit on my body snuggly. Loose belts won’t hold up a hula hoop skirt! Just feed the belt through the top pocket made for the belt.

Now lay the hoop on the floor with the fabic on it. Step into it. Pull up the belt and buckle. I like to spin the crease around to the back so that I have a nice flat front and because the bustle for dresses normally goes in the back. You can also stitch the fabric together to close the hole, however I did not do this for my hooped skirt so that I could fan myself and it would be more airy.

HoopSkirtOnThe end product should look something like this the photo to the right.

In the future I hope to make this tutorial with more information on how to add more rings to the skirt to make it fuller.

This skirt is good for making the subject look like she’s floating. It also is helpful for Victorian Age dresses.

Here’s some links to more advanced tutorials:
Hoop Skirt Advanced Instructions

How to Use a Hula Hoop to make a Hoop Skirt
(I based my initial ideas off of this tutorial)

How to make a Cheap Fast Hoop Skirt
(Kinda like my tutorial, with a few different materials and some drawings)