No Sew Elf on the Shelf Skirt

How to Make a No Sew Elf on the Shelf Skirt for Less

If you love the Elf on the Shelf tradition at Christmas time like I do, you know where I’m coming from on this post! Being the Crafty Mom I am, one night last year, had Josie our elf make her own no sew Elf on the Shelf skirt. I felt that Josie was a little naked with no clothes AND I wasn’t about to spend $10 on a pre-made skirt at the store.

She does look a little naked here doesn’t she? This was one of her antics last year:

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In Case You Missed Them

If you missed any of my other Elf on the Shelf idea posts, here they are:

Making the Apron

You will need

To make the apron you only need three items:


Cut out these three shapes out of the felt.  I literally “winged it” on this one as far as the pattern and size goes. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I actually used felt scraps. You don’t need much for that tiny Elf waist!


I used a hot glue gun (because it’s quick and easy) and glued it together like this.

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I tied it around her waist as shown.

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It turned out great and the red and white felt match her perfectly.

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Here’s what I set out the night Josie made her own skirt for my daughter to find the next morning.

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More Elf on the Shelf:

Ten Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas – From being chased by reindeer to building a fort with Christmas cards, these ten ideas are clever, but simple.

The Elf on the Shelf Tradition – I wrote this after my daughter’s first year of Elf on the Shelf. This post includes a cute goodbye letter for the final night, including a special “baked” tray of mini gingerbread cookies.

Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas – This post shows the first night our elf showed up and nine other adorable ideas including a letter our elf wrote after a day of my daughter misbehaving.

Two Dozen Easy Elf on a Shelf Ideas – Two dozen ideas that are helpful, especially when you forget and need a quick move!

Elf on a Shelf Ideas – This is the first Elf on the Shelf post I ever wrote and includes 7 ideas incorporating my daughter’s toys and games.

More of my ideas!!

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  1. Where did you get the head? I got an elf almost identical, with the same head as yours, on a box of Russell Stover chocolates on 1966 and it has been on my Christmas tree ever since.

  2. This is great!! Perfect! Exactly what I was looking to do and your idea is so easy! I can’t see spending $10+ on an elf skirt either! I will make this when our Elf comes in November and post the pictures with a link to your website. Awesome job!

  3. I was hoping fora template– want to make one for a great niece out of town — but don’t have an elf. Can you tell me the size around the waist and about the length — wanted to make the shoes also

    1. Hi Sandy! The waist is about 5 inches around. I think a good length for the skirt is about 3 inches. For the shoes, if you use the handle of a foam paint brush (or even a pencil) as your guide, it’s the perfect size! I hope this helps!

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