Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Toddler Ruffled Skirt Tutorial

Somehow I manage to find my inner crafty self again today, and made Miss Kiki a twirly skirt using one of my old t-shirt. What could be more satisfying than a huge grin from my 19-month old when she saw her brand new fashion piece, and when she immediately tried to take her shirt off to try the skirt on. :)

You will need:
  1. An Old T-shirt. Mine was an XS ladies t-shirt from Garage.
  2. A strip of fabric twice as long as the shirt's diameter, about 3" tall.
  3. 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.
  • Voila!


  • 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.

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