Sew a comfortable pencil skirt with foldover waistband from two tank tops. A simple DIY craft tutorial idea that is perfect for beginner sewers.
Don’t you love clearance? Recently, I found these tank tops that were on clearance for $2 a piece. I knew right away that I wanted to turn them into a cute skirt with a foldover waistband. I bought 2, 2XL tank tops.
Supplies Used: Links are to similar items that can be found online for your convenience.
- 2 Ribbed Knit Tank Tops
- Rotary Cutter
- Quilting Mat
- Quilting Ruler
- Sewing Machine – I have a Singer Fashion Mate
- or a Serger – I have a Brother 1034D
Begin by cutting off the top part of the tank top right under the arm holes. Do this to both tank tops, this will leave you with two tubes.
For my skirt, I used the solid tank as the body of the skirt and the stripe patterned tank as the foldover waistband. But you can arrange however you like depending on the tank tops you purchased.
Starting with the piece for the waistband, cut the length of the tank top base to 16 inches. Line up the edges of the tank top base along a straight line. Measure 8 inches down and 2 inches in and mark with a dot.
With a straight edge as my guide is cut a straight line from each corner to the dot. I did this on both sides and ended up with an hourglass shape, and 2 pieces of fabric. The tank top base now had a front piece and a back piece.
With the right sides together, sew the two pieces together along the sides that were cut inward.
After both sides are sewed together, you will have a tube again.
Fold the tube over itself. This is basically your waistband.
Finish the Skirt
All we have left to do is sew it to the main body of the skirt.
Turn the main body of the skirt right side in and put the waistband on the inside. Match up the raw edges and the side seams.
Sew around all of the raw edges and that is all there is to it! You now have a skirt with a foldover waist!
This skirt super cute and very comfy! You don’t have to worry about the hem because we used the finished edge of the tank top shirt as the hem.
I absolutely love my new skirt and I can wear it with my shirt tucked in or untucked.
Not too bad for a $4 skirt! Have you ever made a new DIY fashion item out of a t-shirt? Share, leave a comment below and tell us all about it!
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