You will need:
- An Old T-shirt. Mine was an XS ladies t-shirt from Garage.
- A strip of fabric twice as long as the shirt's diameter, about 3" tall.
- 1" Elastic
|Leftover T-Shirt and ruffled bottom tier|
|ScoobyDoo fabric for the bottom tier|
The how to:
- Cut your t-shirt parallel to the seam at the armpit level. Discard or put away the top part.
- Decide how long you want the skirt to be, minus 3", add seam and elastic allowance (about 2.5"), and cut the t-shirt to that height. This would be the base skirt. Cut the leftover into 1" tall strips, cutting out the side seams.
- Ruffle the t-shirt strips at the centre and set aside.
- Ruffle the strip of second fabric (Scooby Doo on mine) at the edge and set aside. If you use a fabric that frays, finish the edges with serger or zigzag.
- Attach the 3" tall ruffles and attach it to the bottom of your base skirt (usually the hemmed side)
- Stitch the 1" strips over the seam where the 3" ruffles are attached, you can use contrasting colours for more attractive looks. I chose green on mine to make it visible and still matching the ScoobyDoo.
- Fold over the top and stitch the elastic case. Insert elastic and close.
- Invest on a ruffler foot. It will save you a LOT of time gathering ruffles.
- For older tots and kids, you will need a larger T-Shirt and all measurements can be changed.
- If you don't have a ruffler foot, baste the strip with long stitches and carefully pull the top thread to gather the fabric.
- You can also add ribbons, flowers, buttons for decorations. Just make sure they are securely attached there, as they might be choking hazards.