Halloween Refashion: The Candy Corn Ruffle Skirt

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And it begins.

My daughter’s convinced that she needs an extensive Halloween wardrobe.

I’m convinced that it’s not gonna happen.

Luckily for her I have a closet full of  these ripped, stained and worn out gems.


Toss in some thin elastic and scissors and I came up with this candy corn themed, ruffled skirt refashion in a single nap time.


Ah, compromise.

And this has got to be one of the easiest sewing projects ever. Start with a white t-shirt that easily fits around your girl’s waist.


When you flip the cut-off rectangle upside down, you see that you’ve got a handy-dandy skirt base with a pre-sewn waistband all ready to go. And since t-shirt fabric doesn’t have to be hemmed, that raw bottom edge doesn’t need any sewing at all.


You’ll need to cut and piece together strips of white, orange and yellow t-shirt scraps to make the ruffles for each layer. The width is up to you and how long you want each layer. The length of all your pieced together strips for each color needs to be double the width of your t-shirt base.


My t-shirt base was 15” wide so I made sure my strips totaled 30” long.  I stitched my scrap strips together to make three long loops of fabric …


… and then ran a long basting stitch along the top edge of each one. I gently gathered each loop of fabric until they were the same width as my t-shirt base.


(Make sure that any screen printing, stains, etc. are facing the inside of your ruffled layers!)

Pinning and attaching each ruffle layer to the t-shirt base was a quick and easy.

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And the best part was using that already-sewn bottom shirt edge as a casing for the elastic. Love that.

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The only thing left to do was sew the elastic ends together!

Sweet! Done and done!

In less than an hour I wound up with a cute t-shirt skirt refashion in time for Halloween that’s the cat’s meow. Um, apparently.


And while I was cleaning up, I put those left-over scraps to good use.

I cut some rag ribbon for easy piggy tail love, Halloween treats, or whatever.


So there you go!

I hope you take a look at your fabric stash and have fun whipping up something awesome during nap time!


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  1. This is an awesome upcycple! So cute and very festive :)

  2. I cannot believe the adorable stuff you come up with! And the photography looks awesome, too!

  3. Cute and festive tutorial and skirt is absolutely darling.

    Alvano @ Gildan T Shirts Anb

  4. That is such a great idea! You always come up with awesome ideas, and you really make it look easy! So cute!

  5. love this! and so will my girls! i've used tshirts for skirts before but never thought to use the hem as a waistband-genius! i usually cut it off. thanks for the cute halloween idea and for sharing!

  6. Wow, such an adorable skirt! I'm a new follower & so glad to have stumbled upon your page. I've also recycled t-shirts to make skirts for little girls {I have all boys - and lots of t-shirts} but your idea is the best. I can't wait to browse through your other ideas.


  7. After seeing this tutorial I decided to give it a try. Kinda new at sewing! So I got started and finished the first row, ran out of my lower thread (not sure what it's called), then ran some more thread and tried to finish, sewing machine jammed...tried to fix it, gave up for the night. Went back Sunday after church to try to fix the machine, read the trouble shooting again and figured out my lower thread spool was in backwards!!! DUH :) @ 15 minutes later I had a candy corn skirt for my 7 year old who LOVED it!!! Thanks so much, Kristie

    1. Kristie P. - you rock!! You don't have an email listed with your blogger profile so I can't write you back. :( Please--PLEASE--email me a picture or post it on Thrive's FB page! I'd love to see how your turned out!

  8. Hi Nike! I think I fixed the email portion...I think!

    I'll post a picture to your FB page. I also made her a circle skirt and helped out her leotard for gymnastics! She's been wearing the same leotard for several months and I told her when she did her back walk over I would buy her a fancy one. Well, while browsing around at Joann's I saw some remnant fabric on clearance that matched her old leotard (too small) just a different color. So I cut a long diagonal line in it and took the remnant and refashioned it!!! I was so pumped! I'll post that too!

    Thanks for all the ideas. They are amazing.

    Have a great day,

  9. This really is so cute. I admire your creativity, sewing skills, photography tutorial skills, and most of all...your thrive attitude. You are amazing little mama.

    Shalom and blessings to you and yours,

  10. Cute and easy! Love it!I hope you'll stop by and link up to Make It Wear It Thursday, a blog party for all things made to be worn at TheTrainToCrazy.com

  11. This is to cute! I would love it if you would link it up at my SPARK party at http://arahbellas.blogspot.com/2012/11/here-come-holidays-spark-party-and.html
    I love it!

  12. Another home run, Nike. Makes me wish I had lots of orange white and yellow t-shirts to use. My kidlets would each want one.


Thanks so much for the comment love! I do cartwheels when I read each one. Well, I imagine my pre-pregnancy self doing cartwheels, but you get the idea ...

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