Learn how to sew a Shirt Skirt! Start with a shirt, end with a skirt! An easy DIY craft tutorial idea that you will love to wear and show off.
Isn't this such a cute skirt?! It is called a shirt skirt and it even has pockets! Brilliant! But the best part is this it only took 15 minutes to sew! Yes, it really is Sew Easy! (ok, sorry for the horrible pun)
Can you guess why it is called the shirt skirt? I know, you're so smart, it's because it is made out of a t-shirt!
Supplies Used: Some links may be too similar items when exact items couldn't be found online.
How to Sew a Shirt Skirt
Begin by sewing the pockets.
Turn the shirt inside out and lay the sleeves you can pin if you wish to keep them in place. Sew along the opening of the sleeve to sew them closed.
Cut the edge around the neck hole so you have a raw edge.
At this point, try it on because you may need to make the neck hole a little larger. If it is too big then don't worry because we will be adding elastic.
This is a great time to measure your elastic. I always go true size because when you overlap the ends, that is what will give that little cinch to make it stay on and it won't be too tight.
To create the edging for the elastic keeps the shirt (or can we call it a skirt now) inside out and fold the edge inward about 1 inch. (I was using ½ inch wide elastic if you are using wider or thinner elastic you will want to adjust this.) Make sure and leave an opening in the stitching to you can add the elastic.)
Use the Elastic Threader to grab the elastic and hold it tight as you thread it through the casing. I have used safety pins before and they work great too. Be careful not to twist the elastic inside the casing.
Overlap the two ends of the elastic by about an inch and run them through the sewing machine a couple of times. Pull on the waistband of the skirt until all of the elastic goes inside the casing and then sew the opening closed.
And that is all there is to it! Sew Easy!
Now you get to model it!
What have you made with a t-shirt?
Our Sewing Essentials List
- The Sewing Machine we use is a Singer Fashion Mate and has been a great machine.
- The Cricut 18" x 24" Self Healing Cutting Mat is my favorite. Beautiful pattern on one side, and measurements on the other.
- This Rotary Cutter cuts easily and is very comfortable to hold.
- And one can never have enough Measuring Tapes! I'm always misplacing mine.