Jun 29, 2009

T-shirt skirt

I saw this idea I believe it was on the blog Pretty Partridge. I hate just throwing away good t-shirts that I have "outgrown" and even though I give a lot away to the thrift store I always think there must be something that could be made from them. When small fry was first born she was too small for all the clothes we had for her so I made her some pants from a few of my old t-shirts. The material is super soft and if you cut them right you really don't have a lot of sewing to do. So when I saw this idea I knew it would be perfect for the stack of t-shirts I have been saving. Here is a quick tutorial on how to make a twirly t-shirt skirt.
First start with a t-shirt.

Cut off a band in the desired width. Honestly I just eye balled my cutting but you could get technical and use a ruler and stuff. Leave the bottom just how it is because this will be the perfect hem for your skirt.

Serge around the cut edge. This isn't necessary I guess but gives it a nice finish. You could zig zag with your regular sewing machine if you don't have a serger.

How it looks once serged.

Next fold under and press the desired amount to form a casing for the elastic. I made my casing just slightly larger than the width of my elastic which was 3/4". Sew along the bottom edge of the casing leaving an opening about an inch and a 1/2 wide to thread the elastic through. I measured a pair of small fry's pants to get the length of elastic I would need. Trying to measure her waist would be like trying to measure the waist of a greased pig. Put a pin in one end of the elastic and thread it through your casing. When you have both ends at the opening overlap them and sew them together. I sew back and forth about 5 times for extra stability.

Slip the elastic inside the casing and sew the opening closed. And that is it. Start to finish in about 15 minutes.

Here is small fry in the skirt I made her yesterday. She loved twirling in it and pulling it up so she could see what was underneath.
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  1. darling and easy!!!! (And Cheap) Can it get any better? I linked at somedaycrafts!

  2. I make these all the time! Women's t-shirts are perfect for skirts!


  3. like trying to measure the waist if a greased pig-Love it!
    Love the idea too
    Love ya Heather

  4. Heather, that is wonderful. I am glad that Jenni did it too. Now I can do it. I didn't knew you blogged. It is a lot of fun huh.


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