Recycle an Old T-Shirt Into John Patrick Organic’s DIY Skirt

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MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES

  1. An old T-shirt
  2. Measuring tape
  3. Ruler
  4. Disappearing-ink pen
  5. A pair of scissors
  6. Sewing machine or needle and thread

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STEP ONE

Place your T-shirt on a flat surface. With your pen, mark off the desired length of your skirt from the shirt’s hem.

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STEP TWO

Chop off the top of the T-shirt (including sleeves) with scissors so that you’re left with a rectangular tube of fabric.

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STEP THREE

At the end of the tube that is not hemmed, grasp one layer of the fabric and cut a small slit about 5 inches down one side of the fabric. In other words, you are not cutting both layers. You should only cut the layer that is closest to you and leave the layer that will become the back of the skirt intact.

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STEP FOUR

Notice that you now have two flaps of cloth that can be grasped and tied together. Tie them as tightly or as loosely as you like until you get the perfect fit.

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STEP FIVE

Either by hand or machine—my sewing machine broke while I was making this, so I just pinned it together for you—sew from the top down to the slit.

I absolutely love making this skirt. It looks amazing if you take old silk scarves or printed fabrics. You can also go really wild and use ribbons, trim, and scraps. I’m super-into scraps and patches, these days!

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