I've had a stack of old t-shirts languishing in my craft cupboard for months without any ideas about what to do with them. It always seems such a waste to get rid of t-shirts that are in perfectly good shape, but just don't seem to fit right. I'm proud to say I thought this pattern up all on my own and sat down the other evening to whip one up after work.
Ten whole minutes later, I had this cute little skirt on this cute little girl...
If you wish to make one for your little sweetie, here are the super simple steps...
- Figure out how long the skirt needs to be; either measure your child or use an existing skirt as a guide.
- Take that measurement and add approximately 1.5 inches for the waistband.
- Measuring up from the finished hem of your previously-loved t-shirt, mark your measurement.
- Cut the t-shirt at the line you just marked. [I found it helpful to fold the t-shirt vertically a few times before cutting. Knit material is a pain to work with, so making a shorter cut is easier than trying to stay in line for a longer cut.]
- Fold the unfinished edge in about .5 inches and then about 1 inch again to make a channel for the elastic waistband, pinning in place as you go.
- With the wrong side out, sew the bottom edge of the channel being sure to leave about 1 inch open in order to feed in the elastic later on.
- Make a second line of stitching just along the top edge of the waistband channel (i.e. about 1-2 mm from the top of the skirt). For whatever reason, that stitching will ensure the elastic won't fold over down the road.
- Measure your child around the waist and add about 1.5 inches to your measurement. Cut your elastic to length and attach a safety pin to one end and feed it through the channel. [I used 1-inch elastic for this skirt.]
- Overlap the ends of the elastic and stitch securely together.
- Even out the gathering on the waistband and stitch up the opening you left earlier.
That's it! You're done. Pretty easy, eh?