This upcycle cracks me up…it’s a baby circle skirt made from a maternity shirt! So, when you’re done with the baby in your belly, turn that shirt into a skirt for the baby in the bouncy.
I used the tutorial from MADE here.
Additionally, here are my recommendations for sizing. These are based on averages and may not work for your baby or toddler. If you can measure them, do so, as that will give you the best fit.
Grab a t-shirt. I used the bottom half of this maternity baby-doll-style shirt. It was a bit of a stretch (ha. ha. ha.) since the bottom half of this shirt was smaller than I would have liked, but it still worked!
Then cut off that section of the shirt. I took my time with this to save as much fabric as I could. If you’re using a regular t-shirt or a larger shirt, you don’t have to be as careful, since you’ll have plenty of fabric here.
But now I’ve got two rectangles. Wait…I thought you were making a circle skirt?! Don’t you need a large circle? Yes, ideally. However, since I’m upcycling, I’m going with the flow. So, work with me here and follow along…two rectangles:
Take one of the rectangles and fold in half. You should have a square (or square-ish) shape. Then, using the measurements you have and MADE’s tutorial, construct your circle. Since you only have one fold, you’ll have a half circle when you’re done with this step.
Then cut out your second half-circle piece. Now you have two of these:
Sew or serge them together to create a circle. Yay, it’s looking like a circle skirt!
The next step is to add the elastic. I have tons of pretty (brand new) elastics. But, I wanted to make this skirt 100% upcycled. And well, my husband needed to trash his boxers…but the elastic was still good!
I’ll be honest, the elastic was a bit stretched out. So, if you’re using upcycled elastic, you might want to decrease the length to compensate the extra stretchiness.
But, it still looks cute! And now the skirt will fit longer.