Upcycled Ruffled T-Shirt Skirt Tutorial

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When you think of new baby clothing, what do you think of?

Cuteness.  Cotton.  Softness.   Absolutely!

There is nothing softer than a 100% cotton jersey t-shirt.  I don’t know about you, but I have a plethora of t-shirts that are just waiting to be loved again.  This is one of the projects I tackled recently in about an hour that I think turned out so cute!

Pair this ruffled t-shirt skirt with a cute onesie and you are ready to go in the warm weather.  If it is cool, add some adorable patterned leggings and a sweater and your little one is ready to go!

Here are the simple instructions to turn your old t-shirts into cute ruffled skirts for your little one.

Ruffled T-shirt Skirt Tutorial

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Pick out a t-shirt you would like to use.  To make things easier, take advantage of the bottom seam so you don’t have to sew one yourself!  To ensure a straight cut on both pieces, pin the bottom of the t-shirt together.

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I wanted to sew my skirt to be a 3-6 month size so I measured a pair of leggings and then added two inches to the waist measurement.  In this case I cut my material to be 10″ wide by 7″ long.

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To determine the size of the elastic I needed, I again used the waist measurements from the leggings. I added a half-inch over the waist size for the seam overlap.

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Sew your elastic together with about 1/4″ seam.  Press the seam open and use a zig zag stitch to sew the seam open on the inside.

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Align your elastic with your skirt.  Try to pin the center of the elastic to the center of the skirt in the front and back.  Then stretch the elastic to fit the material of the skirt and pin on the side seams.

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As  you sew, stretch your material so that it gathers slightly and as evenly as possible.

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So that the elastic does not rub directly on your little ones yummy, I tried to line the material up so that it was close to the top of the elastic.  Then I sewed three seams, one in the middle, one on the bottom of the elastic and one on the top.

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Now to create our ruffles!  Using the same or coordinating color t-shirt material, cut strips of material about 1″ to 1 1/2″ wide.  You can cut these as short or long as you would like.  I just did the length of my strips of material the same as the width of my t-shirt.

Change your setting on your sewing machine to the longest straight stitch you can and create a single stitch down the center of each strip.  Since you will use these to create or gather your ruffle, do not back-stitch.

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To create your ruffle, simple pull on one of the threads.  You will have to do this in small amounts, as you gather the material, move it along to the right side then continue to pull on the threads, gently moving it over until the entire strip is ruffled.

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Arrange your ruffled pieces on your skirt until you are happy with the results.  Do not clip the threads until you sew them in place.

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You can add as many rows of ruffles as you would like but be sure to add 2-3 pins per inch to hold your ruffle in place.

Slowly sew the ruffles in place, trying to sew on the seams that you used for the ruffle.  Don’t worry if you are not exact, it will not be greatly noticeable and you can pull out the basting threads you used to create the ruffle if you prefer.  Be sure to back-stitch and then trim all your threads.

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While I don’t have my little one just yet (or at least not when I made this) so we used another precious model instead!  I can’t wait to wear this adorable skirt on baby B!

In just a about an hour, you can turn an old t-shirt into such a cute skirt with only needing elastic and thread!

Do you have any repurposing or sewing projects in the works right now?

12 thoughts on “Upcycled Ruffled T-Shirt Skirt Tutorial”

    1. The awesome thing is you can add flair by changing the colors of the fabric or using a print with various colored ruffles. It truly is so easy! I would love to know how it turns out!

  1. What a great upcycling use! I wish I could sew but that has never been my forte! Wonder if I could get my mom to do some of these after the new baby gets here and starts growing!

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