How to go from a Man’s polo shirt to this adorable striped skirt in 10 minutes- with NO SEWING!
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 skir!
To make this skirt without sewing, I used a craft/fabric glue called Speed Sew. The company sent me 2 tubes to try out and it worked great! It dries really fast and the hold seems like it will last. 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. (BTW, I’m giving away 2 tubes at the bottom of the post, so be sure to enter.)
Generally, when I look for shirts to upcycle, I try to find the largest size I can get. But in this case, if you’re not going to sew the skirt, a smaller size might be better. (Just make sure you can get the length needed from below the arms to the bottom hem.) If I had used an XL or XXL on my size 7 daughter, there would have been too much fabric bulk around the waist. (This shirt was a man’s medium.)
Are you ready to make a skirt? You’ll love how easy it is!
- Large shirt to upcycle
- Speed Sew
- about a yard of 1/2 ribbon or twill tape
- Safety pin
- Fray Check
- Scissors, ruler
- Waist to knee measurement. (Don’t have a child to measure? Refer to this chart.)
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 Speed Sew glue around the top/cut edge of the shirt. It’s easier if you just try to do about 6 – 8 inches at time.
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.
7. Using a safety pin, thread ribbon or twill tape though the casing. Seal the cut ends of the drawstring and you’re done!
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:
Want to win 2 tubes of this glue to use on your craft projects? Leave a comment, telling us know what you would make. US residents only please, giveaway will end 3/22/15.
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