Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Upcycled: Baby Circle Skirt (From a maternity shirt!)

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.

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Pattern

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.

 

Baby Circle Skirt Measurements {Sew THrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Instructions

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!Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Cut down the side of the shirt to the sleeves (or in my case to the elastic).Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

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. Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

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:Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Cut the hems off. You won’t need to save these.Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

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.Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Take that half circle and place it on top of the other folded rectangle piece. Like so:

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity top to baby skirt {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Then cut out your second half-circle piece. Now you have two of these:

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Sew or serge them together to create a circle. Yay, it’s looking like a circle skirt!

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

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!Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I couldn’t help myself. I snagged those bad boys out of the trash pile and salvaged the elastic. (And yes, he knows I’m airing his dirty laundry on the internets 😉 )Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

From there, I sewed my elastic onto my skirt and viola!Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

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.

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}{Something isn’t right about my new outfit…}

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}{What?! I’m wearing Daddy’s dirty underwear?}

It was clean! Just old. She’ll be ok. I hope. 

If you’re looking for a little something different for your baby, check out Feather’s Flight’s baby leggings or toddler dress.

Upcycled: Learn to Sew Your Kid's Wardrobe. A Series by Feather's Flights (feathersflights.com) and Sew Thrifty (sewthrifty.org)Have you upcycled anything lately?! Tag #upcycledkid on Instagram or Facebook. We’d love to see your creations!

 

One thought on “Upcycled: Baby Circle Skirt (From a maternity shirt!)”

  1. Love this! Great upcycle of the shirt, but truly, using underwear elastic makes this fabulous. Thanks for linking up to Free Pattern Friday Dana!

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