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Re-purposing: Girl’s Skirt


I am the youngest of all my siblings.
I was given hand-me-downs for many years as a child. I thought that day had come to an end……until my oldest sister came to visit. She brought with her a hand-me-down of sorts…………a skirt with a busted zipper. That sweet sister of mine brought it to me because the fabric was still in great condition……and so darn cute. She figured I would love to re-purpose it somehow. And oh, how she was right. Thanks big sis. Here’s what I did with that hand-me down……… (Come any time…..and bring more!)
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My only sorrow is that this sweet little flouncy skirt doesn’t fit me.





Do you have a skirt that has a busted zipper, a tear or stain towards the top?


Go on, turn it into a skirt for a little lady. Here’s how:


(I made my little skirt for a size 3T, so my measurements are given accordingly.)


Cut the bottom of the skirt off, 9 inches from the bottom. By using the bottom of the skirt, you don’t have to hem it or sew up the sides. Eliminates some work from your project.


Then cut another piece that is 25 x 6.5 inches.


Then sew this rectangle piece together along the short ends (6.5 inch side) to form a tube. Then hem the bottom by folding under a 1/4 inch and then another 1/4 inch. Then make a casing along the top by folding under a 1/4 inch and then 1 1/4 inch. (We’ll be using 1 inch wide elastic. If you’re using a different size, adjust this casing accordingly.) Make sure to leave an opening for the elastic to go through.


Now you’ll make a basting stitch (the largest stitch length on your machine) a 1/4 inch from the top of your skirt section. Make 2 seams…….one along the front and one along the back. Leave long thread tails at each end.


Then looking at your main skirt section, place pins at the sides and then fold in half and put pins at the half marks on both sides. You now have the top part of your skirt sectioned off into 4 equal sections.


Then do the same with the waistband section along the bottom. Place 4 pins at each quarter.


Then line up the side pins of the skirt with the side pins of the waistbands. Pin them together, allowing the skirt fabric to overlap the waistband 3/4 of an inch from the bottom. Do the same with the other pins.


Now you’ll pull the top thread at one end and slide the fabric along until it is evenly gathered in this section.


Repeat with all of the sections, making sure to add pins to secure it in place.


Then sew right on top of that basting stitch (with a normal stitch length) and then another seam 1/8 inch below. (And yes, you’ll be leaving the top edge unfinished for that rugged look. If you’d rather, finish the top edge off…….but the frayed edges turned out so cutesy.)


Then cut out an appropriate length of 1 inch wide elastic. (Mine was 17 inches long.) Attach a safety pin to one end and thread it through your casing.


Then overlap the two ends and sew a couple seams to secure the elastic closed.


Then close off your casing and wow, you’re done.


A really quick a easy, yet sassy little skirt for any little girl. Ta-Da.


Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. cin says:

    oh my goodness, i have that exact skirt! it’s sitting in my closet for a while. i have dreaded the idea of just throwing it away . i was waiting for an idea to come along for re purpose! time to get to cutting!

  2. The SPANGLER says:

    Gorgeous – Love being able to refashion beautiful (but wrong size) clothing into something my littlies can wear.
    Have just started a blog (total newbie) and have a similar type of refashion:
    Would love to know what you think or any tips/hints – I have literally heaps of thrift store finds I hope to upcycle…

  3. sav says:

    i want this for myself!!!!

  4. Kasey says:

    i actually have that exact skirt from target a few years ago.

  5. Amanda says:

    so cute! I need to find a skirt and make one for my dd.

  6. thedoodlegirl says:

    Wow, what a great tutorial! That is adorable!!

  7. Tori says:

    I have that exact skirt and the zipper is broken…you have made the crafty part of my brain crazy with possibilities…i love it!

  8. rebecca says:

    Super darling!!! I love a skirt revamp!!!

  9. Linda @ My Trendy Tykes says:

    Now that's cute!!

  10. Kalei says:

    sew adorable! I just went through your "ENTIRE" blog. Yes 2008 through 2009….I loved so many of your craft suggestions and will be making many of them. I hope you don't mind if I blog about you and post my favorite crafts of yours?! Keep crafting so I can keep practicing! =)

  11. Liz says:

    Super cute. I am SO going to do this!

  12. Jared and Delia says:

    So cute! You have inspired me so much to make better use of the old clothes in our house! Thank you, thank you.

    I haven't commented until now – I know shame on me – but I have been blog stalking you for a while.

    You can't see my blog from my profile so here it is:

  13. Tom, Sherrie and Kaden Kimber says:

    wow! I love to sew! I am just thrilled with your talents. I love them all! I too need girls to sew for. :) someday! thanks for sharing your talent!

  14. Tiffany says:

    Ashley, You're so darn creative I just can't stand it! Love, love, love this idea!

  15. Alisa says:

    It looks great! I have a skirt I'd like to repurpose for one of my girls too. But it's not quite as cute to begin with.

  16. Me and My Family says:

    thank you for this tutorial. As soon as I saw this I knew exactly what skirt I wanted to repurpose! I have had a skirt in my closet that is just toooooooo long for me and I was able to shorten my skirt and make a matching one for my daughter! I even got a head scarf out of it! Thanks. I'll be posting my skirt on my blog soon.

  17. Jonie says:

    Awesome as always!!!

  18. Nikki says:

    what a great idea!!! wow! the skirt is adorable!

  19. Aubrey says:

    hahaha before i started actually reading what you wrote, i was like DANG! that looks exactly like my mom's skirt only smaller LOL well now i understand.. :)

  20. Trina says:

    So cute!!!

  21. Aimee says:

    What a good idea. I almost want to go shopping at a thrift shop to find skirts I could repurpose for my girls!

  22. Kimi says:

    I love love love all your repurposing! That skirt is too cute.

  23. Caldwell Family says:

    I just love it!! I love your tutorials too! I can't wait till my baby girl is a little older so I can start making custy stuff for her! You are amazing!

  24. Tater Tot Mom says:

    Adorable. Not sure I could get my son to wear it though…wish I had a little girl to sew for!

  25. Grace @ One Craft Girl's Corner says:

    That's wonderful! What a great way to recycle and lovely too! Come visit my blog for some fun redo's.

  26. Mauri says:

    So cute! Great idea. Thanks so much!

  27. Curtis and Dani Welton says:

    Love it!

  28. Watson Ink. says:

    I love re-purposing! This is a great one to keep in my craft bank!!

  29. The Longs says:

    I have that skirt! Now I know what to do if the zipper ever breaks. I guess 1st I need to have a little girl though ;)

  30. Amanda says:

    Love that skirt…So great that it could be saved…Clever :)

  31. cannwin says:

    love it! and so will my girls even if I have to glue the skirts on them in their sleep ;)

  32. Heather says:

    I love this idea – thank for sharing!!!!

  33. Deanna says:

    DARLING! You are amazing. :) i need little girls to sew for….hmmmmm.

    1. jackie says:

      any extra clothes you make for fun is always appreciated so much by children that can not get much and parents always appreciate any help they can get for their the churches and schools they should know of families that could really use some help especially in this economy.And I promise you will be more thanked and appreciated then you can know.

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