Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Thrifty Toddler Skirt

Recently Amanda has been taking inventory of the girls clothes to see what is and is not needed for the summer.  She discovered that Ellen has an abundance of everything (due to being the one receiving hand-me-downs from big sister :), but Rachel still needs a few things.  One of the things she needs is skirts for the summer.  Amanda is in the process of potty training Rachel and skirts seem to be much easier than shorts or pants for this task. 

We decided that we would look through what she had and see how it could be adapted for summer wear.  Now understand, I do not claim to be a seamstress in any form or fashion, but I can usually come up with ideas that at least make suitable play clothes.   Here's is a picture of one of our weekend projects. 

Pair of Rachel's bluejeans that were too short.  I've already cut them off and ripped the seam out.

Another photo showing where the seams were ripped out.
Picture of the finished skirt being worn by a toddler that did NOT want her picture taken :)

After cutting off the jeans and ripping the seams out.  I found an old t-shirt that matched the green leaves in the flowers on the sides of the pants.  I laid the jeans down on the t-shirt and cut two triangle shaped pieces that would fit into the space between the legs of the pants.  After that I just sewed it in and it's done!  Extremely easy!

All in all I was pleased with how it turned out and Rachel loved it.  She wore that skirt all afternoon and showed everyone she saw what her "RoRo" made.  I found the idea for this while browsing the internet and also found several other ideas for "making over" other things for the summer.  If they turn out okay I'll be sharing more pictures.


  1. Cute Idea! Thank you for the comment on my blog. I've added you to the blog roll on my page. Have a good week.

  2. I love this idea! I'll have to try it out with some of my girls outgrown pants. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

  3. 1st of all ~ thanks SO MUCH for visiting Marmee's Pantry!

    2nd ~ lovin' your blog!

    3rd ~ Oh my goodness! We used to do this w/our old jeans when I was a teenager. We would get some sweet little print & sew it into the front & back splits of our jeans, just like that, only we would keep ours long.

    Looking forward to getting to know you.

    Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

  4. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a helpful comment for my ant problem. We have millions of them outside, and I do my best to keep them there lol.

    You have a lovely little blog so I have decided to follow along with you.

    Wishing you a wonderful day,


  5. I love that! I have just started to learn how to sew and this would be a great project fot me to do. Have a wonderful day.