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)
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.
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!
How to make a no sew skirt (10 minute skirt)
- 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 a 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.
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!
Now, go take some cute pics and be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook!
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