How to Make a T-Shirt Skirt

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This T-shirt skirt design is a panel skirt made of old T-shirts, lace, other material or scarfs. Make your T-shirt skirt panels from the same fabric or design, or mix it up and create your own fabric design. This design is inexpensive and simple to sew.

Things You'll Need

  • Old T-shirts
  • Scissors
  • Wax or roll paper
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine

Make the Waistband

  • Pick an old T-shirt for the waistband. The shirt should be form-fitting at the waist.

  • Cut the top of the shirt to create the waistband. You should have about 4 inches of fabric left for this design.

  • Put the waistband around your waist to make sure it is snug. If the shirt is not tight enough, take in the sides so it fits.

  • Fold the waistband over to create the width of the band.

Make the Skirt

  • Measure around the hips and from the waist down to the desired skirt length.

  • Create the panel pattern. Measure 6 inches into the paper and mark a line 7-inches long. At a 45-degree angle, draw a line the length of the skirt out from the edge of the 7-inch line. Repeat the process at the other end of the 7-inch line. This gives you a wedge shape. Cut the wedge out of the paper.

  • Cut off the hem from the sides of the old T-shirts. Also cut off any arms or collars from the shirt.

  • Lay the T-shirts flat and cut out the panels. The panels should be about 6 inches at the waist and hips. Cut enough panels to go around your waist and hips.

  • Sew the panels together with a 1/2-inch hem on each side of the panel. Hem from the underside of the dress.

  • Slide the panels onto the waistband in your preferred design. Attach them 1 inch from the bottom of the band.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add decoration or designs to the dress if you wish.

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