I am on a t-shirt kick this week. Did you see the scarf and dress I made for Kayla already? I thought it would be fun to paint stripes on an old t-shirt (that got accidentally bleached – DOH!) and turn it into a ruffled striped skirt for my daughter.
I did this project a couple of years ago and my daughter still wears the skirt. While is is almost ready to be passed down on the hand-me-down train I thought we could retake a look at it once more before that happens.
And my little sweetheart loved it.
- Scotch Blue Edge Lock Tape
- Old t-shirt
- Martha Stewart Crafts Fabric medium and acrylic paint or fabric paint
- Foam roller and tray
- plastic to cover work surface
- sewing machine
- 1 1/2” non-roll elastic
- scissors or rotary cutter and mat
- safety pin
Deconstruct the t-shirt. I wanted to keep the bottom edge of the t-shirt so that I didn’t have to create another hem.
The middle part of the shirt was for the top part of the skirt.
Cut open the t-shirt loops and start taping the fabric in place onto some plastic drop cloth to prep it for painting.
I did horizontal stripes for the top and diagonal ones for the bottom soon-to-be ruffle.
I just used the width of the tape as my guide for the width of my stripes.
Then I used a foam roller and some white acrylic paint mixed with Martha Stewart Craft Fabric medium and rolled two coats of paint on it.
The paint seeped in but I didn’t want stark lines so that was just fine with me.
After it was completely dry I ironed it with a press cloth to set the paint and then I washed both pieces to take the stiffness out of it.
Then I trimmed the pieces to even out the edges.
On the longest and widest stitch I ran the bottom piece through my sewing machine to create a small gathered ruffle.
I also cut my top piece to give it an angle and then sewed one side back together.
I pinned the ruffle to the top piece of the skirt right sides together and sewed the ruffle on.
I then top stitched it so the ruffle would lay flat.
Then I pinned the sides of the skirt right sides together and sewed.
Next I pressed the top of the skirt under 1/4” and then under 1 3/4” to create a casing for the elastic.
I sewed that leaving an opening for my elastic to slide in.
Using a safety pin, I slide my elastic through the casing and then sewed the elastic together.
Finally I sewed my casing shut.