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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Girl's Ruffled T-Shirt Skirt {Tutorial}


I used a men's t-shirt to make this Girl's Ruffled Skirt.  Upcycled stuff is so much fun!  Here's how you can do it too.  :-)


I didn't take pictures of the first part, but basically you just cut a straight line right under the armholes.  You should end up with a squarish or rectangular shape.  The bottom is the hemmed part.

You will need some elastic cut to approx. 2 inches smaller than the waist measurement.  Check it on your model to be sure it fits right.  {I used 1 inch elastic, but you can use whatever you like}.

Cut four 1 inch strips off the top of your t-shirt fabric square.  These will become your ruffles.

This is what you should have.


Clip the strips so you have four long pieces.  Two will make the top ruffle and two will make the bottom ruffle.

Set your machine to a basting stitch and sew down the middle of the strips {lengthwise}, attaching two strips together so that you have two strips total when finished.  Pull thread at the ends to gather.

Pin ruffles to skirt where you want them. 


Sew the ruffles to the skirt by sewing down the middle of the strips {on top of your basting stitch}.

Using a serger or a zig-zag stitch, finish the top edge of the skirt.

Fold the top edge down to create a casing for your elastic.  Make sure that you will be able to slide the elastic in after the casing is sewn down.  Sew casing, leaving a 2 inch gap unsewn.


Put elastic into casing.  Using a safety pin atatched to the end of the elastic makes it easier to pull through.  Overlap the elastic ends and stitch together.


Stitch the opening in the casing closed.


Voila!  You're finished!



19 comments:

Julia Brinkerhoff said...

Very cute! I think I'll make one for myself:) Here's another link for one for the moms:www.sewlikemymom.com/the-shirt-skirt/

Sarah said...

Oooh I love that one too! Looks so comfy and cute. Thanks for sharing Julia!

More Than Photography said...

Love it Sarah!! Very cute! I am going to try and make some for our girls!

LouAnne said...

What an adorable skirt! Love the fact that it's so easy. Thank you!

aquariangoddess said...

Another thing you could do is use the sleeves of the t-shirt to make pockets. Use the sleeve hem for the top of the pocket and either surge or zigzag stitch around the unfinished bottom and sides. Fold the zigzag stitching under and "applique" the pockets on the skirt.

Heidi said...

You could also use the sleeves to add pockets to the skirt. Use the sleeve hem as the top of the pocket, then surge or zigzag stitch around the sides and bottom along the unfinished edges. Press the stitching under, and applique the pocket into place.

Sara @ ThrivingMama said...

What a great idea - with a couple other cuts it would make cute pants too. Our local Dollar Tree has a bin of imperfect T-shirts that would be great for this project! I'll have to keep an eye out...

Alicia said...

Very cute! I'll be trying this soon!

ScribbleHaven said...

Oh I absolutely love it! Simple projects like this make me SO excited since I'm not a very . . .detailed sewer. :)

See Jamie blog said...

Totally adorable! I love this idea!

Mrs. Mordecai said...

That is very cute! I made a t-shirt skirt once, but I never would have though of ruffles. My little girl would love ruffles.

Heather said...

I think this may be my new favorite skirt to make for my girls! It is SO cute! Thanks for sharing =)

Sabrina's Thoughts said...

That looks easy enough that even I can do it! Thank you for the tutorial!

Sarah said...

aquariangoddess & Heidi, Making pockets with the sleeves is a great idea! That would be a cute addition. I might try that on my next skirt! :-)

Unknown said...

I love it... Iam new at sewing and will try it.
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Nancy

Margo said...

what a fantastic idea! My girl would love one of these - and I would like more practice sewing with knits, anyway. thanks.

Wanting What I Have said...

This is ADORABLE!!! Thinking I might try to use some of my girls' ts that are stained, etc. to piece something like this together...

Sarah said...

It looks so easy I might just have to try it! Thanks for the idea.

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Denise said...

OMG, can you imagine a tshirt with a cute little design on it...I have one with a crab on it...set to the side and near the bottom would be so cute. Im not goodwilling my old tshirts anymore!