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Quick and easy skirt tutorial

skirt pieces

This is a very simple tutorial for a quick and easy skirt for a toddler or preschooler that can be made from an adult t-shirt.


  • old adult-size t-shirt
  • elastic for waistband
  • sewing machine
  • matching thread
  • scissors


  1. Take an old (adult) t-shirt. Cut off the bottom half at the length you want (including extra allowance for inserting the elastic).
  2. Measure the elastic around your child’s waist.
  3. Add elastic (see this post if you need instructions on how to do this).
  4. Give to your (hopefully ecstatic) preschooler. This is Emma’s new favorite article of clothing…

preschool skirt from adult shirt

happy with her new skirt

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MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

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