20 minute crafter: how to make a t-shirt into a skirt.

so i started with this tutorial from "sew like my mom"...but quickly decided that 1) shirring is of the devil and 2) i wanted a less fuss waist...so i made my own tutorial for making a mens t-shirt into the worlds most comfortable skirt ever.  perfect for summer.  this skirt makes me wish i knew how to sew before i had babies because this would be THE most perfect pregnant skirt as well...i'll be making a few more to get me through the hot, hot days of summer...
all you need to make this is a mens t-shirt.  i bought a size XL...i usually buy a medium skirt or size six shorts if that will help you figure out if you need to buy bigger or smaller...the tutorial i linked to suggests going goodwill to buy mens shirt on the cheap but if i'm honest with you...the thought of making a skirt out of a used mens shirt...gives me the creepers...unless its doug's. :) but...if you have less mental issues than me...by all means hit up the goodwill.  i got the bike shirt from doug's discard pile and some shirts from target for $8 and $6...which is still a good price for a skirt. :)
you will also need some 3/4in elastic. 
24in for a small...30in for a medium...36in for a large...48in for XL...
or measure your waist and make your best guess. :)




  start by laying your shirt out flat on cutting mat...i lined my cutting guide up on the top of each sleeve...and cut to get a nice parallel (to the bottom hem) line...
 ...see...nice and straight...from that first straight line...
i cut off a couple more inches...to get the collar out of the way...
 ...next...i lined up the corner of the bottom hem...with top of the sleeve...
...and cut...repeat on the opposite side.
 you are trying to get a nice symmetrical shape.  if you want your skirt to be shorter...now is the time to trim off the inches...keep in mind that you will be folding the top over by an inch...
 stitch up the two sides...starting from the bottom...so if there is any 
wonkiness you can take even it out at the waist...jersey won't fray...so you can get close to the edge without worry of it coming unraveled. :)
 fold the top under by about an inch...you can wing it. :)
 leave and opening to slide your elastic through...
 attach a safety pin to the end of your elastic and feed it through
...sew the opening shut.  
and done!
the perfect skirt!  especially if you have children who still use you as a nose rag. :)


super comfy...and easy.  it took me longer to 
write this post than it did to make this skirt. :)
now...if i can just get some sun on these legs...
and quit getting mystery bruises...i'll be in good shape. :)

i'll answer any questions in the comments. :)
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16 comments:

Amy said...

Cute Skirt! I will remember this one for our summer, as it is Autumn where I live at the moment.

Hubby has plenty of shirts he never wears so I may start the pilfering now :-P

gabbyfek said...

uh, i'm about to send you some tshirts! ;) these are awesome. xoxo.

Terisa said...

Great idea! That would be cute to wear over a bikini bottom at the beach. Maybe I could use a drawstring instead of elastic.

jejoba said...

Our Wal-Mart has Hanes shirts in the men's department for $4.50 in a bunch of colors. I see a lot of these skirts in my future :)

fuzzysmom said...

wonderful idea, as usual!
I'm going to have to go through the tons of Tshirts we have that no one wears.
In a former life I collected Hard Rock ts, I wonder how a skirt would look made from those??

The Killham Family said...

LOVED this. Just what I needed to get out of my crafting funk. Plus, I've been looking for a jersey skirt and couldn't find one.

I made a couple of changes, but I love it! I improvised a drawstring from pieces of the shirt, because I didn't have any elastic skinny enough. I also had to add a finished hem because I used the inside of the shirt on one half to hid the picture, which wasn't cool enough to be a design on the skirt.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/52621262@N06/5738239334/in/photostream

One Desperate Mom said...

I love this tut. I was so inspired that I tried it and made mine even easier. Check it out:
http://confessionsofadesperatemom.blogspot.com/2011/07/easiest-t-shirt-skirt-ever.html
Now where can I find that bike shirt?

Christine @ sugarandtrash.com said...

You're so right, shirring IS the devil! This is the tute I have been looking for, I love the tip about getting the angle. So simple and so genius.....
My boyfriend's parents are t-shirt silkscreeners by trade and I have a lot of hand me down shirts to play with :-)

Maia Neuman said...

did you make yours shorter? because i would want a skirt that went to about the middle of my knee or even to the bottom of my knee. Either way this a great tutorial and a really good idea :)

mommynik said...

I cant wait to hit up the thrift stores to do this. I have 2 little girls I want to try this for too!! T-shirt skirt = just my style!
Thank you so much for sharing!

Christine@ Projects Around the House said...

I have a tshirt I want to make into a skirt and this was the perfect tutorial to get me going!

Elisha Tafoya said...

Thank you
You've saved me so much money and have help me so much.
May God continue blessing you and may he still use you so you could help others like you've helped me.

Elisha Tafoya said...

Thank you
You've helped me out so much
You've saved me so much money,I've lost so much wight now i Don't have anymore cloths that fit so instead of buying now I can fix ALOT......thank you again.
May God bless you,and still use you so you could help others like you've helped me

momma frans said...

This is a great tutorial! I saw the one on sew likely mom, too, and being a beginner, it completely freaked me out. So I'll start with yours. :-)

Lisa said...

Yayy! Love this! Did you sew the sides right sides together?

Addie alexa said...

You are looking so awesome in this tee and your styling really impresses me a lot.http://www.apparelnbags.com/mens-t-shirt-cotton.htm

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