UPCYCLING DIY | Mens Shirt Into Skirt

UPCYCLING DIY | Mens Shirt Into Skirt

My boyfriend and I have been cleaning out our closets and it felt like the perfect opportunity to recycle some of the shirts and turn them into some fabulous new pieces. 
So be prepared for the following days, because there will be a lot of upcycling shirts tutorials on the blog!
I hope you’ll enjoy it and let me now what you think!
Supplies: Large shirt | Scissors | Elastic band | Sewing Machine
1. Take one old mens shirt or large women’s shirt.
2. Cut the shirt, just underneath where the sleeves start.
3. Measure an elastic band in the size of your waist. Sew the band to the top of the shirt, make sure that you spread the fabric evenly onto the elastic.

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  • Anonymous 3rd August 2012 at 10:09 pm

    Oh my god!! I have to have this! It looks like something you would buy at Urban Outfitters.

    • Lana Red 2nd September 2012 at 9:49 am

      Hi! And thank you, that is a really great compliment! xx

  • Anonymous 25th August 2012 at 4:21 am

    SO CUTE!! Totally gonna make and wear with the up cycle halter

    • Lana Red 2nd September 2012 at 9:49 am

      Hi, and thank you for the comment! Let me know how the top works out! xx Lana

  • Caroline Duff 25th September 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Hey this is amazing. I am in the process of attempting to make it, I’m at the stage were I am about to sew on the elastic. How do you sew on the elastic to the non stretch fabric? xxx

  • Lana Red 26th September 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Hi caroline! It’s pretty hard to describe how to sew the elastic on without images. So I searched the internet for you and found a youtube video from Vanillajoy and she explains really well how to sew the elastic band onto fabric.

    Here’s the link:

    And next time I will try to be more specific in my tutorials.

    Good luck with your skirt, and let me know how it turns out!


  • Anonymous 20th February 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Hi!This is so cool and i want to try it but i have two quick questions where’d could I get an elastic band and underneath would you just wear spandex shorts or what do you recommend?

    • Lana Red 27th February 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Hi, how great that you are going to try the tutorial!
      I am afraid that I cannot really tell you where to get the elastic band, because I am from Holland, so it really depends on what kind of stores are in your city or town. But you will probably be able to buy it some sort of fabric or craft shop.
      And you can wear anything underneath it I guess:) If yours is a bit see through like mine, you can maybe wear a pare of skin colored boxer shorts or a short pair of leggings underneath it.

      Good luck with the tutorial and please let me know how it works out!

  • Anonymous 27th February 2013 at 1:20 am

    As an adorable embellishment, remove the breast pockets from the shirt before cutting and sew them back on just under the elastic band on either side of your hips. Cute, functional front hips pockets!

    • Lana Red 27th February 2013 at 5:35 pm

      That’s a great idea! Thank you! I just love the idea of repurposing all the parts of the shirt!

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  • Debbie McK 3rd October 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Just made this for under $5.00! It turned out so cute! Thanks for the inspiration!

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