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Striped T-shirt Skirt TUTORIAL {guest: Whipperberry}

my good friend, Heather is filling in for me today while I’m away. she’s sharing the how-to’s for an adorable striped skirt made from t-shirts and revealing her fab green sewing machine. enjoy! -linda

Hello Craftaholics!  I’m thrilled to come and hang out with you guys today while Linda {one of my all time favorite people} enjoys a little time with her family.  My name is Heather from WhipperBerry and today my daughter and I would love to share our Shirt to Skirt refashion with you guys…

skirt made from a tee Hales and I have had quite the challenge trying to find skirts that,

A. I find modest

B. She finds stylish

So… we decided to make one of our own out of some old t-shirts and then thought we would share it with all of you!  This is the PERFECT first sewing project for your girls or for you, if you are new to sewing.  If I can do it {I’m a rather novice seamstress} ANYONE can do this!!  Not only that, but it is super quick as well.  Here is what you are going to need…

 

  • 2 t-shirts
  • cutting mat
  • rotary cutter
  • scissors
  • yard stick or some type of straight edge to help with cutting the fabric
  • sewing machine
  • thread

To begin, I carefully laid out one of the shirts and cut a 7 inch strip out of the bottom of the t-shirt using the cutting mat, rotary cutter and straight edge ruler. Now, the 7 inch measurement works for my daughters size, you may want to measure against one of your skirts and figure out what the best measurement will be for your height.

I preserved the finished bottom of the shirt to use as the finished bottom of the skirt, so as to not have to worry about the finished seam.  I then cut one more 7 inch strip from the blue shirt and then two 7 inch strips from the white shirt.

Now as you lay them out, don’t worry when they don’t match-up. That’s not going to be an issue, we are going to cut down the sides and even things out in just a bit.  At this point the t-shirt strips are tubes.  What you need to do is open up the tube by cutting down one side of each of the strips and then opening them up to make long strips of fabric. Hales and i decided that we should double up the white fabric so she didn’t have to worry about it being see-through. We layered the two white strips and stitched them together on the the sewing machine.

O.K. I am going to pause right here and offer a TRUE CONFESSION… I own a Hello Kitty sewing machine!!!

Phew… I’ve been holding that in for almost two years of blogging now.  I don’t LOVE nor do I HATE Hello Kitty.  I found this fabulous starter sewing machine on clearance at Target for $40 {it was normally over $100} and had to buy it.  The funny thing is that I now LOVE this little green machine… We’ve had a lot of fun together her and I! Now I can finish the photo tutorial without trying to hide my Hello Kitty machine. he he!

The next step is to sew the long strips of fabric together. Make sure that you place the finished bottom of the t-shirt at the bottom of the skirt for the finished bottom and then sew the layers together layering them one on top of the other… Blue, white, blue {or whatever colors you select.

 

Once you have the layers sewn together, fold the long strips on half, basically like you are recreating the tube of the the cut t-shirt.  I placed one of Hales’ skirts on top of the fabric to measure the perfect width of the skirt making sure to leave a little room for seam allowance. {That skirt was one of those a little too short skirts that i didn’t like, so I kept the length of the skirt quite a bit longer on purpose.}

 

Turn the two different layers so that the you have the wrong sides on the out side and carefully match-up the stripes.  Sew a seam down the length of each side. Go slow, keep in mind that the jersey knit fabric can be a bit of a challenge to sew with. Just take your time and you won’t have to worry about the fabric stretching out of place.  When you finish the two sides, take a look at the sides of the skirt. If you find you have too much fabric on the sides {that will make the sides of the skirt lay funny when you are wearing it} trim down the sides a bit to create a skirt that will lay properly.

Once you complete both sides, turn your attention to the top of the skirt, the waist.  Because of the type of fabric you are using, you won’t have a need to worry about adding elastic or anything. If you take the proper waist measurements the skirt will naturally hug the hips and stay in place.  I folded down the waist of the skirt one inch, and then sew around the top of the skirt to finish off the top of the skirt.

I actually went around the top twice with a quarter of an inch between the two stitches to create the same look as the finished bottom of the skirt.  Turn the skirt right side out and voila you have a super cute skirt made out of two old t-shirts!!  How fun and easy is that?! Oh, and doesn’t Hales look cute?

Thank you, thank you Linda for letting me come over and share one of my fun projects from over at WhipperBerry.  I would love for all of you to swing by and say hello… Here are a few more goodies from WhipperBerry to wet your whistle…

 

A fun piece of wall art made from  some special buttons from my Grandmother using my Silhouette CAMEO. I love to cook and bake as well, last week i made some super delish homemade chocolate pudding. I also dabble in a little home DIY, here is a post about my cage lights that i made out of some wire baskets, super fun!!  Come on by and say hello… I would LOVE to meet some of Linda’s sweet friends!

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About Linda@CraftaholicsAnonymous

Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When not crafting, I can be found chasing my 2 small {but very energetic!} boys or playing with my new baby girl. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1
    Vanessa says:

    How cute is the skirt and just lovely.

    Vanessa

  2. 2
    Bonnie @ Uncommon says:

    Wow! This is perfect! I too struggle with finding appropriate clothing for my daughter…what’s up with the super short skirts??? This is just fabulous!! Great job! Bonnie ;)

  3. 3

    That looks awesome Heather! So cute and trendy!

    P.S. – I love your Hello Kitty sewing machine!! =) Too funny!

  4. 4
    Denise says:

    To cute…I pinned it so I could save it and try with my girl later,,,
    Thanks,
    Denise

  5. 5
    Mindy says:

    She’s beautiful Heather! And so is that machine! lol

  6. 6
    karri says:

    Love! Perfect summer skirt! (and you have a gorgeous daughter!!)

  7. 7
    kiki comin says:

    yep, your daughter is gorgeous! love this tutorial..i’m definitely trying it out in mini size (for my daughter!)

  8. 8
    Chrissy Gavin says:

    I LOVE it!! It looks so cute! Seriously perfect choice of colors too

  9. 9
    Amanda says:

    What a great project! I will have to do this for myself.

  10. 10
    Allice Carlo says:

    That sewing machine is cracking me up! Cute skirt and idea though!

  11. 11
    Laura M says:

    Great tut! My daughter will love it too. Your daughter is gorgeous!!! Maybe a tut on how do hair like that would be great! Thank you for sharing and stepping in for LInda.

  12. 12
    Valerie says:

    Awesome idea and I love your sewing machine. I wish I would have thought to buy myself one of those. All I really need is a beginner’s sewing machine at this point and for that price how could you go wrong?

  13. 13
    Adena says:

    Can’t wait to try this!! Loving her hair too!

  14. 14
    Deb Hornick Gotham says:

    This is a great idea..love it (!!!(and your daughter is gorgeous:)

  15. 15
    Sarah says:

    I absolutely love this skirt! I’m going to sew one over spring break. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  16. 16
    PoshPilar says:

    Cute! I actually saw this done a long time ago (almost a year) on cotton & curls here: http://cottonandcurls.blogspot.com/2011/01/day-28-seeing-stripes.html. She has a good explanation and I would recommend something she does and that I did when I made my own in September, see here: http://poshpilar.blogspot.com/2011/09/striped-distraction-skirt.html.
    *Just FYI for anyone trying this* It’s much easier & faster if you use the two bottoms of two shirts one for the waistband/top and one for the bottom. Figure out the length of the skirt before and adjust the stripes accordingly so you don’t end up cutting off the finished edge and have to finish the waistband yourself. It looks much better too.

  17. 17
    Sarah Helene says:

    Sweet photo of your daughter, Hales, modeling your simple stripe skirt sewn from 2 plain T-shirts. I love the white and turquoise knits to create wide stripes for a pencil skirt that’s so versatile. FAB project using 2 used T’s. THANKS for sharing the tutorial. Sarah Helene in Minneapolis