Monday, 6 July 2015

T-Shirts to Skirts: the Upcycling Edition

I set aside the quilting yesterday afternoon, dug out the old serger, and transformed three t-shirts and a nightgown into little girls skirts.  So.  Much.  Fun.  It helped that there was already red thread on the serger.  I can't tell you how much I dislike threading that thing...

So, this is what I started with:

I wished I had thought of unfolding the t-shirts, but you get the idea

2 hours and 27 seams later, I have skirts for my girl and her two best friends, twins, who have a birthday coming up.  Here's the first one...

The red one for little Miss L.

And the second one:  goes well with it, but not identical... just like the twins.

The blue one for little Miss O.

As for the third one, it's for my daughter and it's a mish mash of what I had leftover.  The t-shirts actually did not yield that much fabric because they were covered in sponsor logos which I did not want to include.  I worked with what I had, and I have to say, it worked out all right!

This back is kind of interesting.  It was the side of the nightgown, which had a slit and a little ribbon with a heart.   I am glad I thought of keeping it.

And here they are all together.  Not bad for two hours of work and recycled materials, eh?

Now to go make one for myself...


  1. never cease to amaze me with what you can do with a t-shirt.

  2. Great idea! My daughter (14) found an idea on Pinterest (gasp!) where T-shirts are made into a tiered dress, cutting off the top of the shirts for the tiers and using a larger shirt for each tier down. It's on our to-do list.

  3. Ah... the upcycling! You're a marvel, Dominique!

  4. Would love to follow your blog via email, but you don't seem to offer that option!

  5. Wow! Great idea to turn old t-shirts into something new. I wonder if that would work with plaid t-shirts.


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