When I first started sewing, I was into baby blankets and accessories, so upcycling didn't cross my mind much. Buying new fabrics was too much fun!
Fast forward a few years and a few kids later. Buying new fabrics is still fun - but upcycling has become almost a necessity, to keep me from filling up landfills with discarded clothing and keep my kids in play clothes that I don't mind so much if they destroy them. (Like most toddlers/preschoolers, they can be hard on their clothing!)
|Just measure the length you want the skirt to be (plus the waistband - elastic size + 1/4" or so).|
Custom fit elastic by wrapping it gently around child's waist, then subtract 2 inches.
One of the best upcycles is cutting up old t-shirts to make little skirts for my girls. It's really instant gratification sewing - using the existing hem on the t-shirt makes it twice as fast as any other skirt, and all you have to do is make a casing, pop in some elastic, and you're done! I can vary the length of the skirt by how much of the t-shirt I cut off, and the tops are great for saving for shirt sleeves, doll clothes, or knit scraps for stuffing pillows or stuffed toys!
|I like to use a long zigzag for my knits when I sew. The tape shows how wide I'm|
measuring the waistband for 3/4" elastic.
|Sew a channel from the right side, using your fingers to|
find the edge of the fabric.
|Make sure your elastic doesn't twist in the channel! Layer it|
one side over the other so it will lie flat!
|Sewing an "x box" is the best way to make sure your elastic never pops apart|
in the waistband! Use a slightly longer straight stitch, and make sure you backstitch the ends!
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