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.
Scotch Blue Edge Lock Tape
Martha Stewart Crafts Fabric medium and acrylic paint or fabric paint
Foam roller and tray
plastic to cover work surface
1 1/2” non-roll elastic
scissors or rotary cutter and mat
1. I deconstructed my 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.
2. Then I cut open the t-shirt loops and started taping my 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Then I pinned the sides of the skirt right sides together and sewed.
8. 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.