Thursday, May 12, 2011

DIY T-Shirt Skirt

If I told you that this skirt was free would you believe me?  Well it was free because it came from our "donate to Goodwill" pile!  An upcycled skirt! This adorable skirt used to look like this...

And then I came across an amazing idea! I sat in front of my computer and looked at my husband and said out loud "I've found the solution to all my problems!" He looked at me rolled his eyes and said "what now, honey" and I said "a t-shirt!".  Can you imagine the look I got after that statement!? ha!  Over at Sew Like My Mom she shows all the great skirts she has made!  I loved the blue and white striped one!

Here are the basic instructions
1. Find an old XL or larger t-shirt or polo from your husband's "donate" pile or thrift store
2. Cut across right under the arm pits
3. HAND WIND elastic thread into your bobbin.  (If you let your machine wind it in there it will be too tight!) Use coordinating thread in the top threader.
4. Line up your presser foot along the cut end of the t-shirt and use that as your guide to keep your lines straight.  Backstitch a couple times first to keep your stitches from coming out and backstitch again once you make your way around.   
5. Line your presser foot up to the line of stitches you just made to keep your next stitches straight and sew across again making sure to backstitch both in the beginning and when you make your way back around.  Do this as many times as you like (I did 4 lines of stitches for mine).
6. Take your steamy iron to the stitches to make them shrink up a bit for extra stretchiness.  
7. Take a step back and look at what you have made! :) A "new" spring skirt! ADORABLE!  

This blue skirt was actually my first attempt.  It was an XL mens t-shirt from Dollar Tree!  :)  Pretty much anyone that has a sewing machine and knows how to use it can make one! So get to it! And let me know how they turn out!


  1. Hi I love your blog. Following from the social parade on Friday! I'm your newest follower. I took a peek at your blog and love that lamp redo you did it's fantastic! I enjoy your type of creativity. Would love for you to check out my blog as well.


  2. Love this!! It is funny cuz I just made a skirt from a polo shirt two weeks ago (a little differently no gathering) but I LOVE it- SO comfortable, I am definitely doing it again!

  3. Very cute! I made a maxi dress from 4 mens tshirts. Although I have elastic thread, I've never used it before! I would be nervous!! I'll have to try it some time. Thanks for stopping by the S&R weekend hop!