Upcycle 3 Tshirts into a 3 Tiered Skirt

Miss S had outgrown some tshirts, one of which was a very loved and much used but totally unthrowawayable Barbie tshirt. It was a struggle getting this one off her, and I knew that I just had to upcycle it somehow.

Old tshirts

Searching on the net, I came across one of my favourite blogs, which had an awesome tutorial for a Basic 3 Tiered Skirt. Having never done a ruffle type thingy before (it’s called gathering, I’ve learned), I thought this sounded awesome!

Following the instructions was simple. First step, cutting the bits out.

My cut 3 pieces of tshirts

This is what I cut out to fit Miss S (a normal sized 4 year old)
Tier 1 = 13 x 76 cm
Tier 2 = 11.5 x 102 cm
Tier 3 = 13 x 137 cm

Then sewing tier 3 and 2 together. It was fun learning to gather! I used a basting stitch (man, I’m sounding like I know what I’m talking about!) around the top of tier 3, and gathered it together, and then sewed it to tier 2.

Tier 3 and 2 sewed together

Note, I managed to get the Barbie in the skirt! Miss S will be thrilled!

Next I did a basting stitch around the top of tier 2 and sewed it to tier 1. Added elastic in the waist of tier 1, and done! Literally as simply as that!

The finished product

I have to say that this tutorial is just so simple and easy, even for me, as a beginner! I’d highly recommend it. It took me about an hour, including reading my manual to figure out how to change the stitch length *giggle and blush*

And the finished skirt, the smile was all worth it 🙂 She just had to wear it to kindy today.

Mrs K

Coke Zero addict, knitter, crocheter, fat, fabulous, fluffy mama.

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12 Responses

  1. Krystyn says:

    What a great idea…and super cute!

  2. Ms Kate says:

    Tis very easy, and she had lots of comments at kindy! I even had one lady ask me how I made them, and how much I'd charge!!

  3. B. says:

    So cute!  Maybe go to the thrift store and make some more and sell them.  $$$ for Christmas!

  4. Jessica Hopkins says:

    Cute I love it! Plus yay for learning new things and sounding fancy.

  5. Ms Kate says:

    You're not the first person to suggest that! I don't know I'd ever be confident enough in my skills, but maybe with lots more practise!

  6. Ms Kate says:

    I know! Makes me smile when I use a word like that, when yesterday I had no idea what it meant!

  7. Callie @ infinitemonkey.co.nz says:

    That's such a fantastic idea! I've wondered what to do with some of Bree's much loved outgrown clothes lately. This may be just what I need to try! 🙂

  8. Ms Kate says:

    It was a lot of fun mixing and matching! I have some old PJs that are really neat fabric, going to make her another one out of those!!

  9. Robin N says:

    Very cute I will have to try this one! I am so excited that you linked u because now I have found your wonderful blog! Thank you!

  10. Ms Kate says:

    It is a neat and easy project. I have a few more to make now!

  11. Pam says:

    Looks fabulous and a great upcycle!!! Well done on learning the new skills…

  12. Mrs K says:

    Thank you. It’s become one of my favourites!