Skirts with Fringe—A How To

I warned you that there would be more crazy t-shirt projects coming.
And I wasn’t kidding.
So here’s another one…a fringed skirt for Grace.
I’ve been wanting to make one of these for awhile now…see I had this shirt when I was in elementary school with fringe and dude, it was AWESOME!
I bought it at Knott’s Berry Farm (so right there it’s already cool) and it was a black tank top with a fringed hem line (more coolness) and then in hot pink graffiti letters it said:
“Girls Just Want to Have Fun!”
(Could there have been a more amazing shirt ever? I doubt it.)
I think I wore it ohhhhhh just about ever single day that summer…and would probably still be wearing it if I knew where it had gone to…
Anyways, so the fond memories of my former coolness fueled the fire and then when I saw a fringed Minnie Mouse T-shirt at H&M a few weeks ago it was all over.  I just had to make something with fringe.  Hence the skirt….
Here’s what I used:
*2 T-shirts from the Dollar store
*1 inch wide elastic for the waistband
That’s it…so if you’ve got some t-shirts and want to make one as well here’s what to do….
(I measured Grace from.her waist to her knee.  It was 11 inches so I cut my T-shirt at 12 inches.)
(Because I cut my other T-shirt off at 12 inches I made this one 12 inches long as well.)
(You can make the fringe as long or as short as you’d like.  I wanted Grace’s to be long enough for you to see that it is fringe but short enough that it isn’t going to get tangled.)
(The easiest way to do this is to put your fringed skirt inside your under skirt and then sew around the top edge.)
(This will hold the under skirt in place and make the top part of your elastic casing.)
(I use one inch wide elastic so I just make sure that I space the lines of my casing far enough apart to thread the elastic through.)
(I always put a safety pin on the end of the elastic to help guide it in and through the casing.)
(And then sew the opening of your casing closed.)
AND YOUR FINISHED!!!
Fast, easy, inexpensive…..and reminds me of my childhood…it’s like a total liZ project.
Now, if I could only make her learn all the zombie dance moves from Thriller….
….instead of the “Carlton” moves that her dad showed her.
-liZ

11 thoughts on “Skirts with Fringe—A How To

  1. I plan to go to Value Village (thrift store) this morning and now I will be on the lookout for 99cent t-shirts! Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Great skirt and tutorial. I love your blog! I remember those fringe t-shirts, I had one similar to the one you described but I can’t recall what it said across the front of it. I have never tried any of your t-shirt projects but I think the simplicity of this one if calling my name – my twin grand-daughters would look adorable in a little fringe skirt.

  3. That is an ADORABLE skirt!!! My daughters would love to twirl in the fringe. I think that adding beads to some strands would also be fun. :)

  4. I came to this post through the Schwin & Schwin link up, but I’ve been stalking you for I while now :) Simple Simon is one of my favorite blogs.
    I’m going to start teaching my 5 and 8 year old girls how to sew soon using this and the other t-shirt skirt for inspiration.

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