Using an XL t-shirt, cut t-shirt into two long rectangles by cutting
from bottom up and across from below the collar. Make sure you cut
through front and back of shirt.
Measure around your hips and add 4-5 inches to the measurement. Cut
your t-shirt rectangles to fit your measurement.
Sew along side edges. Turn bottom edge of skirt up 1/4-1/2 inch and
pin. Sew hem.
Sew a casing for inserting elastic. Measure
elastic around waist and add 1-2 inches. Cut length of elastic
needed. Insert elastic into casing. Try on to make sure it fits
properly. Sew elastic together backstitching several times to make
secure. Sew 1 inch gap.
3 Tier T-shirt Skirt
From 3 separate t-shirts, Cut the following rectangles depending on
your size. If you need to, sew two pieces together to equal the
length needed. If you cut #3 along the bottom hem of your t-shirt
the hem is already done for you.
1.) 6x 36
Continue to add 2 inches on each length for each year
For example size 10 would be 6x40
Once you've cut your rectangles from your t-shirts, sew
a gather stitch on top of #2 and the top of #3.
Gather skirt ruffle #2 and pin to match bottom of #1. Sew together.
Gather skirt ruffle #3 and pin to match bottom of #2. Sew together.
On top edge of skirt turn edge 1/2 inch down and then 1 inch
down. Pin along edge. Sew along edge leaving a 1 inch gap for
inserting elastic. Insert elastic and sew securely. Sew 1 inch gap
Need a reminder on how to insert elastic?
T-shirt Skirt with Ruffle
Use one or two XL t-shirts, whatever style or colors you like. Cut
t-shirt into long rectangle panels by cutting from bottom up along
armpits and across the top below the collar.
With a different t-shirt, cut a ruffle piece by cutting bottom of
t-shirt about 4-5 inches wide or as wide as you would like. Include
the hem of the t-shirt so you won't have to sew a hem later.
Sew the two side edges of your top. Set aside.
the top of the ruffle piece. Gather. With right sides together match
gathered edges with bottom of top piece. Pin in place. Sew together.
If you didn't cut ruffle piece on hem turn edge up and sew a hem.
If you have a closet of t-shirts you don't like anymore, try cutting
rectangle panels out of your shirts. Starting along the sides, cut
up the side and across the top. This pattern works great for
t-shirts with designs or logos.
You will sew your rectangle panels together, sewing as many together
as needed to go around your hips and waist plus a few inches for
stretch. Sew a casing on the top of your panels and insert elastic.
Check out the Recycled T-shirt Skirt Video for more ideas.