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How to Add Ruffles to a T-shirt Skirt – video

How to Add Ruffles to a Knit Skirt - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

I love skirts made out of T-shirt fabric. How can you go wrong with soft, stretchy knit? They’re easy to make, easy to wear, and easy to fancy-up a bit.

First – here’s a tutorial for making a super simple skirt that’s great for kids.

This tutorial will help you if you want to sew it out of stretchy knit fabric.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing a few tutorials for dressing up the hem of this plain skirt. I’m starting with the easiest method this week – using some of the scraps from your T-shirt fabric to add a bit of ruffle to the hem.

I added just one demure little ruffle to the hem of this skirt for me. Jo wanted two rows on her skirt.

This is SO easy – and a great way to use up those last few scraps from turning a T-shirt into a skirt. Here’s the video showing how.

Happy sewing!

Applique Wendi (with fabulous hat)


  1. annette harris SAYS...

    Hi Wendi, I revisited this tutorial to make some skirts today. Wanted to add a tip for making ruffles, for anyone who does not have a gathering foot. If you set your tension to a higher number, and your stitch length to the longest stitch, the T-shirt fabric will just ruffle up automatically, and you don’t have to pull the bobbin stitch. I started with the highest tension, and then came down a bit. Machines may vary.


    • wendigratz SAYS...

      That’s a great tip – thanks!