Tuesday, November 22, 2011

How to Make a Sweater Skirt - No Sew Tutorial

     I am seeing sweater skirts all over the place these days and I don't know about you but I am loving them!  They are such a cute cold weather staple.  There is something about the fair isle print and chunky knits that makes me feel like a winter snow bunny. Take a look: Cute right?

Sweater Skirt Love

     I recently came across a tutorial on Pinterest on how to make one . I loved her idea, and she even made a cute pom pom tassel you can try to add yourself if you want.  I'll add the link at the bottom of the post.  So, I used the general concept and made one of my own.  Here is the result: (and leg Warmers from the sleeves-Tutorial Leg warmer/faux boot sock)

     It's so simple you'll want to make one out of ever old sweater you see.  I know I do:)  Here's what I did:


  • An old sweater you don't mind cutting up
  • Fabri-tac glue, or another brand of fabric glue
  • 3/4" elastic (I used 1 yd.)
  • Scissors
  • safety pin

Step One:

     Take your sweater, I got mine from a thrift store for $1, and cut horizontally across from  armpit to armpit so that you have the torso portion.  This will be the skirt.  I also cut the sleeves and used them for leg warmers.  

Step Two:
     Next turn it inside out and measure a fold over of 1 1/2" for the waist band.  We will be inserting the elastic inside this fold over, so if you use a different size elastic, lay it down and fold the top of the skirt over to see how far down you need to fold and glue it. I hope that isn't confusing.

Step Three:
     Next, add the Fabri-tac glue all around the top edge of the skirt folding over 1 1/2" as you go, and pressing down to make it stick.  All you need is a continual, thin line of glue and it will be enough to hold tight.  Make sure to leave an opening to insert your elastic!  I left my opening at the side of the skirt.  You'll glue it shut later. Here's what it looks like when you're done:

Step four and five:
     After you let the glue dry, you're going to take your elastic and attach a safety pin to one end.  Use that to guide the elastic through the opening in the skirt.  this will be your waist band.  Once it's through, try the skirt on and determine how tight you want the waist band on you. I pinned my safety pin to the other end of the elastic and kept adjusting the pin until the fit was comfortable.  Then with it still pinned, I trimmed the excess elastic, removed the pin, and glued the elastic together at the ends.  Glue your opening closed and you're all done!!
Turn it right side in and enjoy!

    So that's it, simple right?  This one was more of a mini on me because I'm on the taller side so my next one I'll try with a longer torso sweater.  So, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial,  try it out yourself and let me know what you come up with.  There are so many possibilities.  I also want to try a pencil skirt one with a exposed side zipper like the picture in my collage above :) Well, that's for another day.  Oh, here is a pic of the leg warmers/boot socks in action, Click for My tutorial Here:

  Another tut  (Inspiration for this project, sweater skirt how-to)


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