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Make a Maxi Skirt from a Sheet | Mabey She Made It #upcycle #sewing #repurpose #maxiskirt #sheet

I love it when I see something really inspiring, and everything comes together. A while ago, I came across a post by Mimi G. for a maxi skirt with a sash and I loved it.

So I set out to find a pattern similar in shape to the one she created. What I came up with was an awesome vintage pattern from the 80’s that, although it was a tea length, was the right shape. I also had this awesome king-sized bed sheet that I’d found for $2, and I knew that it would make a great skirt. I also knew that even if I messed up, I wasn’t out much. :)

Make a Maxi Skirt from a Sheet | Mabey She Made It #upcycle #sewing #repurpose #maxiskirt #sheet

I laid out my pattern, and since it’s a really full skirt, it took most of the sheet to make my front and back pieces. You can see how full it is in this shot.

Make a Maxi Skirt from a Sheet | Mabey She Made It #upcycle #sewing #repurpose #maxiskirt #sheet

I had to lengthen the skirt by quite a bit to get it to hit the floor, but it was so worth it.

After sewing up the basic skirt, I wanted to make it look more like the inspiration photo so I went back and created a long sash and big fat belt loops. Adding them to the skirt made a big difference, and now I was almost done! Just one problem–look at that hemline.

Make a Maxi Skirt from a Sheet | Mabey She Made It #upcycle #sewing #repurpose #maxiskirt #sheet

It’s a huge (really long) curved edge. I pressed a hem all around and tried hemming it, but it was a nightmare! With that much curve, I had puckers and folds, and it just looked horrid. I only made it a little way around the skirt before I remembered a secret for hemming curved edges perfectly. It saved my sanity!

Once the facing was on, hemming was a breeze, which is saying a lot for how big the circumference of that skirt is!

Make a Maxi Skirt from a Sheet | Mabey She Made It #upcycle #sewing #repurpose #maxiskirt #sheet

So what do you think? Other than the fact that ironing this puppy takes FOREVER, I love it.

 

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32 Comments on Make a Maxi Skirt from a Bed Sheet

    • Lisa
      Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:55 PM (3 years ago)

      Yea! I love it when you can see the inspiration in your finished work (when that’s the intent). It’s such a great skirt I wanted it to be as close as possible. :)

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      • Julie Showalter
        Monday, April 18, 2016 at 9:08 AM (8 months ago)

        Can you share the pattern with me? My oldest daughter is getting married in October and she wants this full skirt on her bridesmaids … in a burgundy or dark plum. I sew and have a serger so I am ready to tackle them :)

        Julie

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        • Lisa
          Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 7:41 AM (6 months ago)

          Unfortunately I don’t have the pattern anymore and didn’t write it down–I”m sorry!

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        • Kay
          Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 9:07 AM (6 months ago)

          byhandlondon.com has a calculator for circle skirts that might help you with the measurements, you just plug in the person’s measurements and how long you want the skirt and it puts out a template. Hope that helps you! Congrats to your Daughter!

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  1. Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods
    Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 5:00 AM (3 years ago)

    You did a fantastic job on your long, flowy skirt! The big bow is my favorite!

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    • Lisa
      Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:55 PM (3 years ago)

      Ahh, thanks Ashley! The big bow is my favorite too. :)

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  2. Faye Lewis
    Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 10:36 AM (3 years ago)

    You did an awesome job on the skirt, and from a sheet no less! I’d love to see a picture of the pattern you used, or even the line drawings from the pattern envelope.

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    • Lisa
      Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:54 PM (3 years ago)

      Hi Faye, thanks for the suggestion! I’ll work on getting the pattern name/number and a picture added to the post when the girlies aren’t sleeping (in the room with the pattern).

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  3. SusanM
    Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 7:04 PM (3 years ago)

    Clever ides to use a bed sheet. I really want to make a mxi skirt, but find most of material too heavy. A cotton sheet would be the perfect weight.

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    • Lisa
      Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:52 PM (3 years ago)

      The sheet is a good weight, especially considering how much fabric there really is in this skirt. Thanks for your comments, Susan!

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  4. Diana
    Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 7:43 PM (3 years ago)

    Looks wonderful for sure !! Thanks for the idea ..

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    • Lisa
      Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:48 PM (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Diana!

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  5. Hannah
    Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 9:23 PM (3 years ago)

    I recognized that skirt from Mimi G! Her webpage is open on my cell phone’s browser. Can you share the pattern that you used? I would love to make a skirt for my SIL wedding. You did a fantastic job! :)

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    • Lisa
      Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 9:47 AM (3 years ago)

      Ha, Kristin! Isn’t it funny how intimidating sewing looks? I’m self-taught and I remember those first projects…each one gets a little better though. :)

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  6. Michele
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 6:10 PM (3 years ago)

    I love it! Gray with peach is super chic! Pinned
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    • Lisa
      Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:26 PM (3 years ago)

      Thank you for your sweet comment and for pinning, Michele! I loved the colors together too.

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    • Lisa
      Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:21 PM (3 years ago)

      Thank you Simone!

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    • Lisa
      Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:21 PM (3 years ago)

      Thank you!

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    • Lisa
      Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:21 PM (3 years ago)

      Aww, thanks Abby! Now I just have to wait a few months so I can wear it again. High-waisted skirts and pregnant bellies just don’t mix. :)

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    • Lisa
      Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:18 PM (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Marti! What a fun surprise. It’s fun to see what you can do with a sheet. :)

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  8. Anna
    Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 12:02 PM (2 years ago)

    I love this skirt!! But was wondering what pattern you used?!!

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  9. Olivia- Reinvented Collection
    Monday, September 19, 2016 at 10:38 PM (3 months ago)

    Hi Lisa,
    While I was hunting around for a specific term about sewing ruffles one of your images caught my eye so I came over to look at your skirt. A skirt made out of a bedsheet was what really got my attention. I’m always on the lookout for flat sheets to use on my sofas for my big doggy to lay on. I also use them quite a bit as table coverings.

    I love your skirt. I used to sew when I was younger and only recently started stitching a few small things for my home. Nothing super fancy or technical for me, but I do admire others beautiful handsewn creations.

    I would like to invite you to join Thursday Favorite Things link party. You do beautiful work and one of our co-hostesses is known for featuring fashion because she also blogs about fashion. My features are selected for home decor, furniture and room makeovers. Plus I throw in something I call a Wild Card feature every now and again. We would love to have you join us. We go live on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m MsT.

    The skirt really is awesome. :-)

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  10. jane
    Monday, October 31, 2016 at 10:54 AM (1 month ago)

    So your post is called ” how to make a maxi skirt” but you don’t really tell your visitors how to make a skirt? Am I missing something here? You made a post about how to do something that you don’t have a pattern for?

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