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12 April 2011

Outgrown Shirts and Patchwork Skirts

Here's a mend and make do no-brainer.  Add a patchwork skirt of your favorite scraps to a too-short t shirt.
I cut out 18 patchwork scraps, each 4 by 8 inches.
I sewed them in three strips of six squares each, then sewed the three long lengths together. 
Join the side seam and finish the bottom hem of the skirt. 
 Gather the top edge to approximately the width of the tshirt hem.
 Right sides together, sew the skirt to the bottom edge of the shirt. 
 I top stitched the pink dress and decided it was a messy science, so I skipped that step on the blue dress.
Simple, sweet and recycled.

28 comments:

Little Treasures said...

Fabulous project and a nice way to reuse scraps!!

Ellyn said...

adorable! great idea

Melissa said...

YOu call it a no brainer, but I would never have thought of it! Mind you, Wednesday usually stains (and.or paints) her t-shirts long before they get to short, but she has a couple that just might make it to dress form?! Thanks for sharing.

The Cottage Mama said...

SO cute!! I'm about to post some shirt into dress repurposes I just did for Miss S. I love being able to reuse old stuff and make it even more fabulous. Thanks for sharing!!

Lindsay

Laura @ ON{thelaundry}LINE said...

I need that Olivia fabric. For my daughter. Olivia. Ha. I wonder if Fabricland has it... it's been a while since I wandered in there.

Hatchet Hollie said...

Very cute and great upcycle

Villainous Vixen Designs said...

I love this idea! I've been doing the sane kindof thing with tons of tshirts. It's really nice to use all tshirts to make a dress, especially for younger girls. It makes it so comfy, and easier to wash and get on and off of them.
Also, @Laura, I think that OLIVIA is probably from something for Olivia the pig! She's darling and I bet your daughter would love her.

Debbie said...

So adorable! I'm going to pass this along to friends with little girls. Thanks for sharing!I've just recently found your site and made the pillowcase tote. Fun! I posted a link on my blog to that tutorial. You're an inspiration!
Debbie @ www.delightsncouponing.blogspot.com

Attilio said...

i have been cutting squares for something similar but never getting down to doing it...thanks for the reminder of something so cute...
becky

Celeste said...

So cute. LOL on Laura's comment, my daughter's name is also Olivia and she LOVES Olivia the pig.

sew-rae-me said...

What a brilliant idea! I will make a couple of these for my daughter for when we eventually get the good weather here in England! I have a blog too, please come over and say Hi! if you get a chance. I'm just a newbie, but I love reading other people's blogs and learning some great stuff too.
sewraeme.blogspot.com

Rinney said...

I think i may even make myself one to wear this summer

Mindy said...

Really cool idea!!! I'm gonna have to try it!

Bugged Designs said...

Gorgeous! Really must learn how to sew.

nicole / Twitter: BTHM1 said...

what a great idea! I love the staggered patchwork on the blue dress! Clicked over from Craft Daily!

skinny52 said...

Okay...I'm a beginner at sewing clothes...do I need to attach the skirt using a stretch/knit stitch? Elastic thread? I love this look and really want to five it a try!!!

lollyanastasia said...

Can't wait to try this with Missy's too small tees! I have a bin full of fat quarters to dig through....

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Laura said...

Ha! First I need shirts that last more than 5 minutes without getting permanently stained. :)

Cathy said...

So I was wondering do you leave the raw edges on patchwork skirts like that unfinished. I was thinking of making one for my daughter, but finishing it seems like a lot of work.

Cathy

The Sewing Dork said...

I wouldn't leave the raw edges unfinished because they are bound to fray. I made mine on a serger to shortcut finishing the edges.

krochet4kids said...

@melissa, for those stains, how about a little applique or fabric paint to match some of the fabrics!

Gretchen said...

Love these!! They are adorable!! I think I am in love with patchwork!!

Dana said...

I've really been wanting to start patchworking ( is that a word?), but these dresses have really motivated me to get going! Thanks!

cucicucicoo said...

fabulous idea and they look really great! :) lisa

Sheri said...

Wow! This is awesome! I have got to try this for my daughter. She loves dresses.

Becky Fowler said...

LOVE this! Thanks so much for the tutorial. Easy project for a novice sewist like myself :)

I made this for my daughter's birthday as she just adores T-shirt dresses. i will share a picture with you once I take one.

Wonderful! Thanks again.

Lindy said...

Great idea is all I can say ready for bed but looks great.