How to Sew a Trendy Fringe T-Shirt Skirt

Looking for a cute project for the tween in your life? How about turning a T-shirt into a fringe skirt! This project is the best of both worlds, it is easy to sew and totally on trend. Your kid will love wearing this handmade skirt, and you will love how easy it is to sew. Did we mention that it is an upcycle project too? #winning. Let us show you how to make this fringe T-Shirt skirt by Jess Abbott of the Sewing Rabbit.

Materials & Tools:


Fringe Skirt Sewing Tutorial Materials


  • 1 casual fitting T-Shirt (not tight, not too loose)
  • 2″ wide elastic
  • Coordinating Thread
  • Fabric Scissors / Rotary Cutter
  • Pins
  • Your Sewing Machine (I sewed this project on a BERNINA 350 PE)
  • Standard Presser Foot (BERNINA reverse pattern foot #1)


Fringe Skirt Sewing Tutorial-Cutting


Cut the neckline off of your T-Shirt.

Fringe Skirt Sewing Tutorial-Measure


Measure how long you want the skirt to be, and cut the bottom band of your T-Shirt off that length. (You only need to add ½″ for seam allowance, as the hem is already in place).

Fringe Skirt Sewing Tutorial-Matching Edges and Seams

Matching Edges and Seams

Slip the upper cut off T-Shirt portion over the bottom, matching up the raw cut edge and side seams. Both should be right side out. Pin around the upper edge, and baste stitch to secure ¼″ away from the edge.

Fringe Skirt Sewing Tutorial-Waist

Cut elastic

Cut a piece of elastic the same circumference as your waist. Pin the edges together and sew using a ½″ seam allowance.

Fringe Skirt Sewing Tutorial-Pressing


Press elastic seam open, and sew a box stitch around to secure.

Fringe Skirt Sewing Tutorial-Elastic Prep

Slip elastic over the skirt waist and pin evenly in four opposite corners (front, back, sides).

Fringe Skirt Sewing Tutorial-Stitch Selection

Chose your stitch

Choose a stretch friendly stitch setting on your machine.

Fringe Skirt Sewing Tutorial-Sewing

Add elastic to the waist

Sew the elastic onto the waist of the skirt, using a ½″ seam allowance, stretching the elastic to match the width of the skirt as you sew. If desired, finish the seam with a serger.

Fringe Skirt Sewing Tutorial-Fringe


Using a nice, sharp pair of fabric scissors, carefully cut ½″ slits up the outer layer of the T-Shirt skirt for ‘fringe’.

And you are finished!

Fringe Skirt Sewing Tutorial-Finished

Fringe Skirt Sewing Tutorial

Fringe Skirt Sewing Tutorial-finished skirt

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