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Friday, April 20, 2012

30-Minute Skirt Tutorial

30 Minute Pink Skirt Made from T-shirt  #skirttutorial #easyskirt #DIYskirt
I made this skirt for a friend’s little girl. It was super easy and really only took me about 30 minutes. Even with the freezer paper butterfly detail. See? IMG_5203
It is so easy, you probably all know how to make one already. But I’m going to share a tutorial anyhow. You need a t-shirt. I was making this for a little girl who is five years old and skinny as a rail. So the measurements I used were 15” long and 20” at the waist. (Those measurements included the seam allowance.)
I neglected to take a picture of the t-shirt before I cut it up and started sewing. By the way, it was a woman’s medium shirt and fabric content was 4% spandex.
 (I could barely wait to make something out of this beautiful pink shirt!) But these next two pictures should show how the shirt was cut:
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I cut the bottom off of the shirt and used the existing hem. If you have read my blog in the past, you’ll know I dislike hemming. And then I cut the waistband out of the chest and back of the shirt. I cut two 6” x 10” pieces.
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I sewed the waistband together at the sides. That means the circumference of the waist is 20”.IMG_5174
I gathered the skirt using a large basting stitch on my machine.
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I folded the waistband in half with right sides out (hiding the raw edges and seam inside the waistband.)IMG_5176

Then I pinned the waistband of the skirt (with right sides together) to the top of the gathered skirt.
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After making sure it is even the whole way around, I used lots of pins to secure it. Then I used a stretch stitch to sew it in place.
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You could stop here, but then it would only be a 20-minute skirt.
I did some freezer paper stencils for some decoration. I followed the steps for freezer paper stenciling found here.
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As you can see, this is a really easy project! I want one for myself. In the same color. With butterflies.
I just need to find a really big pink t-shirt to use.
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19 comments:

  1. That is such a cute skirt and you did a great job! It is so simple too. I might have to make one.

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  2. Love this idea! so sweet and fast!

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  3. Very cute! My "pink" girl would love it!!

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  4. Oh cute! Love the butterflies

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  5. OH I love repurposing clothing!! I am going to try this! My "Homemade By You" post is here: http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/04/crafting-on-with-needle-and-thread.html Come visit!

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  6. This is so cute!! I love the butterflies!

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  7. I have two little girls. Can't wait to try this. I had to pin it to share with my friends.

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    1. So happy you like it! It is seriously really easy!

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  8. Super cute! I want one in my size too, was thinking this would make the best skort for those hot hot hot summer days!

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  9. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - you were featured today!!
    --Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  10. Love this! Even though I am sewing machine illiterate, I'd love to try my hand a stitching up this beauty! Thanks so much for sharing-- I've never seen this before.

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  11. I love anything I can make in 30-minutes!! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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  12. This is too cute! I've been working on a full maxi dress for myself but think it's going to be unflattering on me so I was thinking about cutting off the top part and making a skirt like this instead =)

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    1. I hope it works out for you! I don't own a maxi dress but I think they are so cute on other women!

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  13. Very cute!! Will be giving it a try!!

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