DIY Skirt from an Old T-shirt

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This is actually a really easy DIY if you know how to use a sewing machine. Were it not for the blog documentation, it probably would have only taken about 30minutes. If you’re really adventurous, use the sleeves from the t-shirt to make pockets -hidden or just stitched to the front like this American Apparel version. I also thought about using the extra material to create flower details, either around the bottom or just randomly placed …but ultimately kept it simple because it just felt so easy and sporty …but that doesn’t mean I won’t add to it in the future {which is why I save all left-over textiles} just. in. case. 🙂

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Jacqueline

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    I love this. The skirt is so cute and adorable! I think you are pretty talented. I agree that it is a good idea to save leftovers because you never know when they might be useful!

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    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    What a great idea! Oh I love not having to throw things away. Lol. Definitely gotta try this.

  • Glamour Bbey

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    This looks soooo lovely!!

  • Fergster

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    Do you think its easy for people to start sewing? I bought a sewing machine from a trift store and I’m super excited to start learning!

  • made in ♥ love

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    Looks very 80´s. very nice!!!

    made in ♥ love

  • Suzanne

    September 21, 2009 | Reply


  • That Girl Ang

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    Just gorgeous… I love the way your mind works up these great pieces and outfits!

  • Hanako66

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    so freaking cool! what a perfect, comfy little skirt!

  • Zepequeña

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    You are unique!


  • Sluff

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    What sewing machine do you use? I am about to buy a Brother one for around $100 but I am still not sure. Any tips before I buy one?

  • Becky McCord

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    yes yes and yes. i’m going to make a black one to wear with tights and my suede knee high black boots. totally comfy and everyday.

  • CindrellaUnderTheUmbrella

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    thats look so easy when u show it step by step, i ll definitely try it thanxx…


  • Monique

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    That is so cute! I wish I knew how to sew. Does your husband care that you keep cutting up his shirts? If not, I say keep stealing them and making different things. All of your jersey stuff has turned out so cute.

  • anhesty

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    freaking awesome maegan! i think i will have to copy this DIY!

  • Angeles Almuna Design

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    Great idea!!!!! and with this economy we must recycle!!! 🙂

  • Jules

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    Soo cool! Love all your DIY ideas!
    And yesterday’s post on shorts was hilarious!
    Love from Argentina, visit my blog

  • Clara Rocca

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    Great idea! I love it. And I’m follow you, okay?

    Kisses by Clara Rocca

    From Brazil

  • Brooke

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    I am totally going to do this! My fiance has SO MANY abandoned t-shirts everywhere. This is the perfect solution 🙂

  • Fezinha

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    You’re amazing…when I grow up, I want to be like you =)

    I’ll try this one…just loved it!

    And this is so funny…I’ve already seen brazilian girls following you DYI, and worked very well!


    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    oh, i´m so in love!!!such a great idea!!!!…should try it!!!



  • ZombieLace

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    You are such an adorable genius, this is the perfect little DIY for someone who just needs a quick craft fix!
    (P.S. I also tend to keep scraps but it’s only resulted in a mountainous heap of stuff I never seem to use– how do you organize??)

  • TheCat

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    G E N I O U S
    you rock

  • Kelsey Kaysen

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    i love you because i was bored and tried this and it turned out epically phenomenally! check out my blog if you have the chance

  • Wanderlusting

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    You look great. I would sew over my fingers though…thus far my DIY skills are studding things and ripping arms off of jackets to create vests lol! Thank GOD the disheveled look in acceptable these days!!

    x0x0 Lusty

  • Bruce

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    I want you to be in my tribe after the coming apocolypse……we may be hungry and homeless, but we will be well dressed.

  • Jill Pilgrim

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    Dude, how do you come up with this stuff? Amazing!

  • Melissa Blake

    September 22, 2009 | Reply

    Your talent never ceases to amaze me!

  • raynette

    September 22, 2009 | Reply

    meghan, YOU ARE AMAZING!!! i wanna make this asap. 🙂

  • Couture Cookie

    September 22, 2009 | Reply

    That is a great idea! I might make one for the tennis courts… 🙂

  • Lisa

    September 22, 2009 | Reply

    Adorable! I really need a sewing machine

  • Caroline, Lucky Umbrella

    September 22, 2009 | Reply

    You’re a style genius. I can’t wait to try this out!

  • Style Porn

    September 22, 2009 | Reply

    Freakin’ adorable. I could actually use something like this. I don’t know what happened to all my cotton minis.

  • Trinny

    September 22, 2009 | Reply

    you are always so creative! I love it!

  • Ana

    September 22, 2009 | Reply

    I follow your blog since a few months ago and I love it 😉

  • Susan

    September 22, 2009 | Reply

    wow! you are so creative. so easy, yet so faboulos.

  • Sherin

    September 22, 2009 | Reply

    This tutorial is perfect. The skirt came out so perfectly.

  • Maegan

    September 22, 2009 | Reply

    Fergster: It takes some patience and some practice but I think you can do it.

  • Chessa!

    September 22, 2009 | Reply

    omg. you are SO clever! I usually just use his old shirts as rags:) not as skirts! love love love this idea.

  • Feelmore

    September 22, 2009 | Reply

    This is the first sewing project I ever tried myself. And also the reason why there is a pile of T-shirts in the corner of the living room with ‘someday’ written on a post-it note and slapped on top.

  • Chelsea

    September 22, 2009 | Reply

    so cute and clever.

  • Amy

    September 22, 2009 | Reply

    These are the times I wish I knew how to use a sewing machine…I think I am going to have to learn ASAP.

    I can not believe you made that adorable skirt out of your husband’s tee shirt. Amazing!! Great DIY project… thank you so much for sharing. 🙂


  • daer0n

    September 22, 2009 | Reply

    Pretty easy and cool, looks great!

  • Anonymous

    September 22, 2009 | Reply

    you are amazing! great idea!

  • TheBeautyFile

    September 23, 2009 | Reply

    You look adorable…like, LOVE.

  • Jennifer Ramos

    September 23, 2009 | Reply

    I REAAAALLLY loved this one. You’re such a ROCKSTAR.

    Jen Ramos
    ‘Cards & Prints You’ll Love…’

  • Dream Sequins

    September 24, 2009 | Reply

    I want a sewing machine just so I can do all your crafty DIY projects! Recycling clothing is so smart smart smart. Thanks for your kind comment during Fashion Week 🙂 I’m back online and feeling quite fine!

  • Pretty Little World

    September 24, 2009 | Reply

    I’ve read like a zillion things trying to explain how to do elastic for a skirt, and your explanation is by far the easiest to follow!! I may have to run out and fetch a sewing machine after this!

  • Christen

    September 26, 2009 | Reply

    This is genius! I am definitely going to do this as soon as I get my sewing machine back from my mom. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  • [email protected]

    September 27, 2009 | Reply

    Cute idea! I think I’m going to attempt this… emphasis on attempt.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jerseys

    May 5, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah, It is so good I like this style to teach us that is great and I will definitely follow your path and make it thanks.

  • CrankyOtter

    July 27, 2010 | Reply

    There’s a no-sew version too. It’s a little less finished looking, but great for wearing around the house. Do the same cut, but instead of hemming it with a new seam, turn it upside down and use the existing hem for the waist. Snip a hole in it and thread the elastic as you describe. Hand sew, tie, or pin the elastic. Closing the snipped hole is optional.

    I measured my waist elastic by measuring around my waist with the elastic not-stretched, then fully stretched, then moving about half the distance between those two points, making sure it fit over my hips.

    Just found your blog (thru AlreadyPretty) and your ideas are both genius and do-able. Thanks for sharing!

  • Tashina

    April 29, 2011 | Reply

    This is such a practical basic. Thanks so much for this tutorial!

  • Emma Loo

    June 3, 2011 | Reply

    Doing this, too! Love your DIYs!

  • Anonymous

    July 6, 2013 | Reply

    I even modified a little more ad used the “SLEEVES” for pockets for my younger daughters skirt… so now she loves to find garage sales, with… of course.. CLOTHES. in search of t shirts or the goodwill store; AND she is my MINI MARTHA STEWART, she even decided to have me get some longer lace, and we sew THAT along the bottom of the TOP part of the shirt!! no waste here!!

  • Cross Creek 6506

    August 28, 2013 | Reply

    I recomend all the people that want to improve your physical training. so nice t-shirt… i enjoied a lot… thanks

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