Fix A Skirt In 15 Minutes (Or Less!)

Every time my mom comes to visit, she brings plenty of old clothes, fabric, and other goodies to encourage my crafty bug. It’s much appreciated, as I LOVE to upcycle used fabrics and clothing! Nothing makes me happier than giving a new life to old, worn clothes. :)

This past visit (for my birthday!), she came with lots of pretties to keep me happy. Among them was a fantastic brown/tan tie-dye skirt. It was absolutely perfect, except for the fact that when I tried it on, it fell off within a few steps. You see, the elastic-y material that once comprised the waist, was completely stretched out. Not to mention, a size large is not quite suitable for my small frame. No worries! Nothing a new piece of elastic from my stash couldn’t fix!! Let me show you how!

First, you’ll want to gather your materials:

  • One Skirt in Need of a New Life!
  • Thick, Knit Elastic (enough to fit comfortably around your waist!)
  • Needle & Color Coordinating Thread
  • Safety Pin
  • Sewing Pins (I used 2)
  • Scissors


First, you want to measure the elastic around your waist. You want it to fit snugly, however, not too tight that it causes muffin top! (There’s nothing I despise more than muffin top!!!  >.< )

Cut your elastic to size and also cut an opening along the seam of your skirt. (Luckily, mine only had one – it might be different with your skirt. In that case, cut where needed and sew back later on!)


Now, attach a large safety pin to one end of your elastic. Push through the skirt, making sure it doesn’t get twisted. Use the safety pin to guide it through the width of the skirt. Once you get all the way through, check to make sure all the elastic is facing the right direction. Then you can remove the safety pin, pin both ends together, and hand sew the elastic together!


Now, just pin and sew the opening closed. Ta-da! A beautiful skirt gets a new life!!!!! :)

Thanks Mom!! Namaste!

*This post was shared on Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways and Wildcrafting Wednesday!

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