DIY Maxi Skirt

One of my favorite things to do is re-fashion! I love taking something I already have and making it better!
Maxi skirts are all the rage this season so I created one for my daughter with a few simple steps! You can make one too!

2 t-shirts similar in size (I used 2 medium sized shirts that were in the donate pile)
Scissors and/or rotary cutter, ruler and mat
Straight pins
Sewing machine
3/8″ wide elastic

Step 1: Cut across the shirts right under the sleeves. Cut the bottom hem off of only 1 shirt. Set the extra pieces aside.

Step 2: Cut the remaining body pieces of the 2 shirts in half.

Step 3: Layout your design/pattern alternating the 2 shirts. Position the piece with the bottom hemline still attached at the very bottom.

Step 4:Take your top 2 pieces and turn the 2nd piece inside out. Place it inside out over the 1st top piece (1st photo) lining up the bottom edges (2nd photo). Pin the 2 layers together and sew (3rd photo).

The nice thing about knit is it stretches. If one of the pieces is a bit wider than another, simply pull it a bit to match up and pinning and sewing.

Step 5: Unfold the 2nd layer down when sewn. Repeat this process with the remaining 2 layers (place 3rd piece inside out over the 2nd piece, line up the bottom edges, pin and sew) ending with the piece that is still has the hemline attached.

Step 6: Fold under the top edge 1″ to create a casing and sew closed leaving about a 2″ opening.

Measure waist and subtract 1″. Cut elastic. Thread it through the casing using a safety pin on the end.

Overlap the ends about 1/2″ and sew. Then sew the casing opening closed and WEAR!!!

I will be linking up here at these fabulous parties!
Also, if you give this tutorial a try share a photo in the Flickr group!


  1. Innovative! Great job!

  2. Awesome!
    Your creativity is so inspiring!

  3. I am soooooo loving this!!! Fabulous! And quick and easy and cute and comfy! Can you tell I love it?

  4. GREAT and EASY! thank you!!

  5. thanks for sharing! i keep meaning to do this!!

  6. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [15 Jul 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  7. Very Cute!

  8. super cute!!
    i cant wait to try this.

  9. very pretty. you have a great model.


  10. awesome! I made a t-shirt maxi skirt tutorial as well before I saw yours–check it out 🙂 I like the idea of using striped t-shirts too!

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  12. Great skirt! And it appears you have a super model on your hands – great daughter too! 🙂

  13. Awesome! This looks sooo adorable and your daughter looks like she is loving it! Love the stripes.. and can’t wait to try this!
    Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can’t wait to see what you share next week!

  14. Very cute! I’m all about upcycling too.

  15. LOVE this idea! I adore refashioning, so fun! Very cute skirt!

  16. Brilliant refashion and a lovely tutorial!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!

    I would love if you came and linked this project to my clothes upcycling project page too. It has a long term linky, so your project would stay there for more than just the week of a usual linky. We have over 140 projects linked up now – some fantastic ideas.
    Do come and take a look!

    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  17. What a great way to refashion old t-shirts! The maxi skirt looks great!

  18. What a great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing! I am visiting from Making the World Cuter and I am a new follower! I hope you have a great week and I see you around soon!!

  19. what a lovely tutorial.You’re so cool! I don’t suppose I’ve learn something like this before. So good to search out someone with some original ideas on this subject. really thank you for beginning this up.

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  20. So awesome. I am huge fan of refashions too! Your daughter is just beautiful!

  21. Cute cute cute! You are featured at New Nostalgia’s AP Tuesday! You are smokin’ hot in your main page photo!!:)

  22. fabulous!!! 🙂

  23. SO creative! I would love to try this. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Thanks for this. I went out and made three after reading this. I did link those viewing mine to you. Thanks again.

  25. I really love this idea! So simple. I’m going to look for some t-shirts to make one for myself! Thanks for the idea!

  26. This may be my 2nd sewing attempt haha! Looks easy enough!
    I am now following your blog too!
    Hope you will follow back:)

  27. Btw, I made this and it turned out great! I wrote about it on my blog with a link back to your site here:)
    You can view it here:

  28. Awesome! I’m pinning this to my craft board

  29. Great idea to reuse those old t-shirts! Heck, you could go to a rummage sale and pick up a bunch for super cheap even.

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  32. Just found you! Thanks for sharing your talents!

  33. Very creative…love it!

  34. Just found this site. Loving it. Great Skirt.

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