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Make a NO SEW Skirt in 10 Minutes

How to make a NO SEW Skirt: Go from a Man’s shirt to this adorable skirt in 10 minutes- with NO SEWING! (10-minute skirt with no sewing!)

How to make a skirt with no sewing

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No-Sew Skirt from a Man’s Shirt

One of my favorite places to find cute fabric to upcycle is Goodwill and the Salvation Army.  (And my hubby’s closet of course! shhh…)  The Salvation Army is the best because their prices are usually lower, plus every day of the week a different category of items is 50% off.

I visited the Salvation Army last month in search of a green polo I could make into a skirt for St. Patty’s Day.  I definitely scored with this green and white polo.  The wide stripes make it just perfect for a skirt!

Do you enjoy upcycling your unloved clothing or fabrics into fun no-sew projects too?

Here are a few more no sew projects to check out:

no sew skirt

 

How to make a skirt out of a shirt:

If you have ever wondered how to make a skirt without sewing, this project is perfect for you!

I decided to use a man’s knit shirt for the fabric of the skirt and I used a craft/fabric glue called Speed Sew to make my “stitches”, but just about any permanent fabric glue will work for the areas that needed “stitching.”

Just FYI,  the speed sew fabric glue I used holds up great, but my only complaint is that they need to work on the nozzle.  It comes out in an uneven line, so you have to use something to spread it out evenly.  It would be so much better with a narrower elongated tip, for precise application.

How to make a skirt with no Sewing!  Go from a Man's polo shirt to this adorable striped skirt in 10 minutes- with NO SEWING! ( 10 minute skirt )

Generally, when I look for shirts to upcycle, I try to find the largest size I can get so I have the most fabric I can cut up and reassemble and sew with.

BUT, since we won’t be cutting pattern pieces, a smaller shirt will work better in this case.  A smaller shirt will keep the skirt fullness under control and reduce bulkiness around the waistline.

When choosing a shirt to work with, make sure you’ll be able to get the length needed from below the armhole seam to the bottom hem.

no sew skirt

If I had used an XL or XXL on my size 7 daughter, there would have been too much fabric bulk around the waist. The shirt I used for this no-sew skirt was a man’s medium polo shirt.

And it was perfect!!!

no sew skirt

Are you ready to make a skirt?  You’ll love how easy it is!

 

How to make a no sew skirt (10 minute skirt)

Items needed:

  • Large shirt to upcycle
  • permanent fabric glue (this one or this one would be good ones to try)
  • about a yard of 1/2 ribbon or twill tape (I used twill tape)
  • Safety pin
  • Fray Check
  • Scissors, ruler
  • Waist to knee measurement.  (Don’t have a child handy to measure?  Refer to this chart.)

Instructions:

1.  Determine your skirt length, add 1.5 inches to that number.

2.  Lay out your shirt.  Measuring from the bottom, cut the shirt to your length plus 1.5.

how to make a skirt out of a shirt

3.  To create the casing, add a line of fabric glue around the top/cut edge of the shirt.  It’s easier if you just try to do about 6 – 8 inches at a time.

4.  Fold the glue-coated edge over about 1.25 inches.  (This creates a casing to pull the drawstring through.)  Keep going until you have glued all the way around the skirt.  Let glue dry for 10 to 30 minutes.

5.  Turn your skirt to the front and find the center of the casing.  Draw two lines about 5/8 inch apart on the casing.  Snip these open with your scissors.

6.  Seal the edges of the sniped fabric with fray check.  (Let it dry.)

7.  Using a safety pin, thread ribbon, or twill tape through the casing.  Seal the cut ends of the drawstring and you’re done!

how to make a no sew skirt

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Make a NO SEW Skirt in 10 Minutes

How to make a skirt with no sewing
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $3

Tools

  • Safety pin
  • Fray Check
  • Scissors, ruler
  • Waist to knee measurement. (Don't have a child handy to measure? Refer to linked chart above.)

Instructions

  1. Determine your skirt length, add 1.5 inches to that number.
  2. Lay out your shirt. Measuring from the bottom, cut the shirt to your length plus 1.5.
  3. To create the casing, add a line of the fabric glue around the top/cut edge of the shirt. It's easier if you just try to do about 6 - 8 inches at a time.
  4. Fold the glue coated edge over about 1.25 inches. (This creates a casing to pull the drawstring through.) Keep going until you have glued all the way around the skirt. Let glue dry 10 to 30 minutes.
  5. Turn your skirt to the front and find the center of the casing. Draw two lines about 5/8 inch apart on the casing. Snip these open with your scissors.
  6. Seal the edges of the sniped fabric with fray check. (Let it dry.)
  7. Using a safety pin, thread ribbon or twill tape through the casing. Seal the cut ends of the drawstring and you're done!
  8. Now, go take some cute pics and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook!

 

Looking for a few more fun, no sew projects?  Be sure to check these out:

No Sew Rainbow Tote

Heart Appliqued Leggings

No Sew Pillowcase Dress

Bandana Bracelets

No Sew Pillows

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20 Comments

  1. This looks so incredible! Loving it! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7. Lou Lou Girls

  2. Love this! The first thing I'm making is this polo skirt. The next thing…who knows! The possibilities are endless. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I would totally make this for my girls! You could also use it for the no-sew pillowcase shirts/dresses you shared as well.

  4. Love this idea! I would love to make a skirt like this for one of my girls. Thanks for the tutorial! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I would love to try making this for my 10 year old. Such a great idea and so cute! I'd also love to see if the glue could work for the hem on a pair of pants.

  6. I don't have a little girl to dress up, but I reckon some of my hubby's shirts might be wide enough to fit the skinny little me. Hahaha!

  7. Brilliant! I have an old one that I couldn't bare to toss….and it will make a great skirt for my dd.
    Thanks for sharing!!

  8. What an adorable skirt. I would probably use the glue to fix hems. I hate hemming. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I would totally make this skirt for my 6 year old! my husband has a ton of shirts I was just going to donate! i could even make a matching headband (yoyos maybe?) excited about no sewing…although I love to sew Im always behind on projects

  10. Love this. My husband has a few polo shirts that he doesn't wear anymore … I wonder if he'd notice if they transformed themselves into skirts!

  11. I haven't washed it yet, (just made it yesterday) but it looks really strong. The videos on the speed sew site say it holds up well. I can't wait to test it out. I'll definitely update this comment and the post.