Recycling 101

I love all of the things you can make from a pile of castoffs…..



simple tiered T-shirt skirt.

Old flannel shirts to….
Cute flannel skirt.

The same pattern applies to both skirts.

I made a very high tech pattern using the girls notebook paper.  The first tier is 7 inches tall by 6 3/4 inches wide.  Second tier is 8 1/2 inches tall by 8 inches wide.  Third tier is 10 1/2 inches tall by 11 inches wide.  You can adjust this pattern easily to suit your own shape.  Cut 8 squares for each row.  A total of 24.


Sew the tiers together in vertical order adding tucks to ease in the extra fabric right sides together.  I wanted to do this on my serger, but it was not co-operating.  I used my Viking Mega Quilter and it worked just fine.  If you own a serger, you can sew this in 20 minutes. 


Now take your 8 vertical rows and sew them together right sides facing each other. 

You should have something that resembles this….Now make a tunnel that will hold 1 inch elastic leaving a small opening.  Measure you waist, cut elastic and insert using a safety pin.  Sew ends together and sew opening closed.

Carol was kind enough to style a couple of outfits with the finished skirts…Thanks Carol!

E-mail me if you have any questions!

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23 Responses
  • DallasKnows January 19, 2009 at 9:43 PM

    My heart definitely stopped when I saw the scissors to the shirts. Thank god it worked out ;)


  • Robin January 19, 2009 at 9:59 PM

    Wow, what a fantastic idea! And they turned out gorgeous, too!!!


  • sarah January 19, 2009 at 10:37 PM

    i was just thinking to myself that i need more comfy skirts like an american apparel one that i have. then i saw your post and i am making a skirt now! i only had plain tshirts but i acid washed them just now so i think they will work well. thanks for this!


  • Zori January 19, 2009 at 11:55 PM

    They look really good. Thank you very much for the idea


  • Aly January 20, 2009 at 6:17 AM

    the photo of your pattern made me smile :)


  • LolaRe January 20, 2009 at 6:36 AM

    Wow, I LOVE the t-shirt skirt!!! DIY forever! :P lol


  • Nubby January 20, 2009 at 6:42 AM

    Carol is so cute! You should have her model on here more…and I love the idea of repurposing everyday clothing items into something way cooler.


  • Lorna January 20, 2009 at 7:08 AM

    The finished product is amazing, thank you for the inspiration :-D


  • Lea Anne January 20, 2009 at 7:21 AM

    the tee shirt skirt turned out lovely! what a neat idea! thanks for sharing


  • izh January 20, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    wow. thank you so much for this :)
    at first, i thought the skirts were not that great, but when they were worn and styled, oh gosh, they look awesome! ^-^ you’re great :)


  • Ammu January 20, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Great idea! And Carol’s waistcoat is fab – she is a great model :)


  • Emlyn January 20, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    My friend was wearing a cute plaid flannel skirt today and I was thinking of making one! Thanks for these ideas.


  • DUSKIN January 20, 2009 at 7:31 PM

    these look wonderful!


  • imelda January 20, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    thanks for sharing this. brilliant ideas!!


  • Lina Lamont January 20, 2009 at 11:23 PM

    That is the best idea ever!
    A very inspiring DIY! Carol is a lovely model.


  • Alice January 21, 2009 at 1:49 AM

    These look fab! Thanks for sharing your ideas…will keep on checkin back with your blog for more exciting creations. xxx


  • Milly January 21, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    great one too!


  • Cheryl Marie Cordeiro February 10, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    The skirts are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your ideas and creations!


  • Sarah*ImOverIt* March 19, 2009 at 4:31 AM

    PLEASE!!! Please don’t stop posting these DIY projects! Amazing…


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    Where did you get your side table!


  • Valerie February 23, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    I know this is really old but I just found it and you have inspired me to make something out of all the damn tee shirts my husband and son have saved throughout the years. My husband has boxes in the garage he calls his sacred skate tees. Maybe if I show him this he might let me cut them up,but maybe not. I still love this. Great job!


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    I’ve been using recycle bottles to refill drinking water. I’ve read somewhere that you cannot use the bottle after many times or recycling because of the chemicals in the bottle. So how many times exactly can i recycle it?


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