Please note: This page contains affiliate links. If you purchase from a partnership site, I may earn a commission.

Recycled t-shirt button skirt

Written by: | Published: August 29, 2011 | Updated: September 09, 2015

I’m all about finding ways to turn old stuff into new. Lately I’ve been playing with a lot of Rit dye as well so when I came across a pile of old t-shirts from my oldest son, I decided to re-purpose them into something a little more girly for my daughter. Recycled t-shirt project #1 is a cute little button skirt complete with hand stitched swirls and brightly colored buttons. Because it’s an old t-shirt, it’s super soft and comfy but the new color and added embellishments make it a brand new favorite.

recycled t-shirt button skirt
Recycled t-shirt button skirt by Jen Goode
Steps for making a recycled t-shirt skirt
Steps for making a recycled t-shirt skirt

To make this skirt you need:

  • An old t-shirt
  • Rit dye
  • Embroidery thread and needle
  • Buttons
  • Scissors

I created this project using buttons from Buttons Galore, you can find out how to make it by reading the tutorial for this other up-cycled t-shirt skirt I’ve made.

If you don’t have white t-shirts on hand for this project, you can use color remover (also a Rit product) to lighten the color of the fabric instead of bleach. Make sure to always use 100% cotton fabric when dying, otherwise you might not like the results of the dying process.

What kind of cool stuff can you make with an old t-shirt and some fun buttons?

I’m sharing this post at:
SNAP! Show and Tell

« previous post

next post »

Jen Goode Headshot

Jen is Passionate about Creativity. She is the owner and "doodle in charge" of JGoode Designs, a Denver based design studio. She is an illustrator, mixed media artist and creative lifestyle blogger. Jen has been a creative professional since 1998 but says she's been an artist since she was old enough to eat glue.

Facebook iconTwitter iconPinterest IconInstagram IconFeed Icon
Join the FREE Creative Club!

Get tutorials, free file downloads and project ideas right in your email.

5 thoughts on “Recycled t-shirt button skirt”

  1. This skirt is absolutely adorable! If my girls were still young, I’d buy it for them in a heart beat.

    Maybe time to mass produce and start some kind of business? LOL – Ah go for it, Jen. You know you can. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Leave a Comment

Featured on:
Brands Jen at 100 Directions has partnered with.
100 Directions is full of tutorials and project ideas to inpsire trying something new and sharing creativity in every direction.
I work with a variety of companies to share ideas and insight about products, services and all kinds of fun, creative things to do.
I stand behind my recommendations and hope you love the things I share as much as I love sharing them with you!


Privacy Policy and Disclosures | Work with me


100 Directions is a JGoode Designs property. Copyright © 2011-2024 Jen Goode. All Rights Reserved. is a JGoode Designs property. Owned and operated by Jen Goode.