You’ll Be Amazed by This Easy Shirt Thrift Flip

by Oaishe
6 Materials
90 Minutes

I had an oversize top that was just lying in my closet, so I decided to spruce things up and transform it into a cute skirt. If you are looking for a good upcycle, then this shirt thrift flip is the perfect tutorial, and I'm going to show you how easy it is to turn a shirt into a skirt. I also added side pockets to the skirt. Super functional and stylish, an amazing equation! Let's get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Big old shirt
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Chalk
  • Elastic
  • Thread
Shirt thrift flip into skirt

Cut the shirt

Using a pair of sharp scissors, cut the shirt's bottom portion, just under the sleeves.

DIY skirt from a shirt

Next, separate the front from the back by cutting along the side seams.

Turn a shirt into a skirt

Cut out the pockets

On the sleeve part, place your hand as a guideline and trace around your hand. This will be for the pockets. You will need 4 fabric pieces.

Easy DIY skirt with pockets

Cut out the first pocket, place it on the other side of the shirt, and cut around. Like this, you have a distinct and symmetrical pattern.

DIY skirt with pockets from a shirt

Make a waistband

From the remaining fabric, I made a waistband. I cut out 2 rectangular pieces and sewed them together.

Shirt refashion

Sew the pockets

Now, sew the pockets on the middle of the skirt's side. Make sure the two pieces are right facing. Remember, you will be doing this on one piece and repeating it for the second piece.

Shirt refashion into skirt

Once the pockets are sewn to both pieces' side seams, place one fabric piece on top of the other, right sides facing, and sew around the side seams, including the pockets' seams.

Sew on the waistband

Sew the waistband

Next, place the waistband around the top of the skirt. Use a zigzag stitch, and add ruffles by stretching the waistband as you stitch.

Add elastic around

Creating the ruffles actually stretched the waistband a bit, and it landed up being bigger than my waist. So, I fed through an elastic for a tight fit. If this is the case for you, do the same. Stitch the ends of the elastic, and close the gap.

Shirt to skirt transformation

Now you have an awesome, functional skirt with side pockets. So easy to make, I think I'll personally make more. This is an awesome shirt refashion tutorial that is friendly for beginners, too. Now you can dress up and look sassy for the spring or summer months.

Suggested materials:
  • Big shirt
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
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