Monday, August 11, 2014

Mother-Daughter Ombre Skirts made from T-shirts {Tutorial!)

Thank you to ILTC and Blueprint Social for sponsoring this post
I am so excited to participate in Tulip's Tie Dye Your Summer!  Even though summer almost over these skirts are so easy and fun to make and would make a great Back-to-School project as well!  Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye kits are so easy to use!  They come with everything you need!  Just add water to the pre-made bottle and you are all set.  The dyes are permanent and color-fast, so they won't fade in the wash! Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye is America's Favorite Tie Dye! Perfect for multi-color projects,  group activities and family fun!

Here is how to make your own skirt!
For the "mom" version

1. You will need a Large t-shirt (I wear a medium skirt) 2" elastic, Tulip One-Step Tie Dye Kit.
2. Cut you t-shirt right under the sleeves. (I used 2 shirts to make the length longer so you can also cut 2 if you want)
3. Measure around your waist and add 1". This is how long you should cut your elastic. Sew the elastic to make a loop with a 1/2 inch seam.
4. To finish off the edges of the elastic fold the unfinished edges out and use a zig-zag stitch to finish them off.

5. Your Elastic will be smaller then the top of the skirt - that is good.  Pin your elastic on each side and in the middle of the front and back with some slack in the middle of each pin.  
6. As you sew on the elastic you want to stretch it as you sew.  This will "gather" the skirt for you.  Use the pins as a guild on how much to stretch it - you want to pull on the elastic and the fabric should be taunt but not stretched. 

 Now we are going to Dye the Skirt.  Use gloves so that your hands wont get dyes too, and you will probably want an apron or use your paint clothes because these dyes are permeant!  
7. Set out a big piece of plastic on your table.  Fill up the pre-made Dye bottle with warm water to the fill line and shack until it is mixed well.  Squirt a lot of dye on the top of the skirt.  
8. Pout some water on the line of the dye.
9. Use your (gloved) hands to draw the dye down the skirt.  
10. Wrap it up in the plastic and let it set for at least 6-8 hours.   

11. I dyed 2 pieces of fabric to make my length longer.  I dyed my separately.  I just inserted the bottom layer into the skirt for the length I wanted and sewed around it with a zig-zag stitch.  
12. To add the gathers on the sides I cut a 10 inch piece of 1" elastic.  and lined it up on the side of the skirt.  
13. Starting at the bottom sew a couple stitches (zig-zag) to anchor it and the pull on the elastic (but not the fabric) to stretch it as you sew.  This will create the gathers. 

See how it adds the gather detail on the sides?

To make my daughter's skirt- I used a skirt she already had to help with the sizing.  I cut out a rectangle out of the t-shirt and sewed up the seam (I only had one since I cut it on the fold).  I attached the 2" elastic the same way as I did my skirt and also dyed it the same way too.  I did not add the second layer since it was already long enough.   

This was a super fun project and my daughter always loves it when I make stuff for her! 

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1 comment :

srpprcrftr said...

Now this looks like so much fun to do with kids. Wonder how my 14 yr. old Grand daughter would like it. Will have to tell her about this, think she might want to come over to craft and we can do skirts for her. No not for Grama but for her and her sister both teenagers. Can hardly wait to tell her about this. Glad I clicked on this. Will be looking for the tie dye kit. Happy week
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