Thursday, September 8, 2011

Recycled T-Shirt Toddler Skirt

My husband had a couple of old dingy t-shirts that no longer fit him. I decided to turn one if them into a shirt for me and I ended up making a simple A line skirt for my daughter with the other one. I dyed it the same shade of blue that I used for my recycled cleaning rags.

I added a Winnie the Pooh applique because I haven't tried applique before. It was actually much easier than I expected and it was my daughter's favorite part of her "new" skirt.

The first thing I did was to cut my t-shirt all the way down on one side so I was left with a long piece of fabric. I then placed an existing A line skirt on top of it and cut out two sides, one for the front and one for the back. I used the existing bottom hem so I wouldn't have to sew a hem.

I attached the two sides, right sides together, and sewed a 1/4 inch seam on both sides. Since this was just a play time skirt I didn't bother to finish any seams.

For the applique I cut out a small scene from some Winnie the Pooh fabric I found at Joann. I used my pinking shears along the edges but it will fray as soon as I wash it. I had bought my daughter a Pooh skirt/shirt outfit at Target and they also did the applique in this manner. The fraying was small after the washing and it still looked cute.

For the  top part of the skirt, I folded it down about an inch. I then sewed it all around leaving a small part open to insert the elastic. I inserted my elastic in through the opening and then sewed the elastic together and the small opening closed. The next time I make this skirt I will need to make the top part wider, it was too narrow, so the elastic didn't bunch up as much as I would have liked. My mother, a professional seamstress for over thirty years, also showed me the "correct" way to attach elastic so I think I will give her method a try.

My new serger is arriving tomorrow, fingers crossed, so I will be doing another A line skirt this weekend and hopefully finishing her apron.

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