Thursday, May 17, 2012

DIY Bedsheet to Skirt Conversion

So, some may think this is gross, but I bought used sheets from the thrift store.  In my defense - it is a Power Ranger sheet. From the 90's.
I washed it, don't worry :P
How perfect is this considering the Power Ranger shirts we made for the convention just a few weeks away? (Psst - hope you bought your tickets to Fanime! So excited!)

Let's make a skirt out of it, eh?  Though maybe a skirt different than the half-failure from last time.  Since I suck at sewing gathers properly - I'll keep it simple by sewing straight to stretched elastic.  Much easier.

First, I measured around my stummy. I didn't want it as low as my hips, nor as high as my natural waist, so the belly-button was a good mid-point.  And no, my new year's resolution of getting back into shape hasn't happened. It's just not as easy when you don't have pre-wedding nerves I guess.

Anyway, cut the elastic about the same size as the waist measurement.  I used the thickest black elastic the craftstore had, 3 inches wide!

Make your skirt fabric a whole lot longer than your waistband.  The longer it is, the more bunchy it will be.  I just used the entire width of the bedsheet. Cut it as long as you want the skirt to be. Mine was about 1 3/4 yard long and 17 inches tall.
Since I didn't want to waste any of my bedsheet fabric with a rolled hem, I used bias tape to create a hem on the bottom of the skirt.  I'm pretty sure I'm not using it properly, but whatever.  Sew down one side of the tape...
Then roll it over and sew down the other side, encasing the loose fabric edge in the bias tape!
Sew your long skirt fabric into a loop.

Then sew your elastic together into a loop.  I threw in a zig-zag stitch for extra sturdiness.
Now the complicated part - pin the waistband to the skirt fabric.  I found the easiest way to to do this was to start where the waistband and skirt shared a seam.  Then pin the side directly opposite, and then 90 degree angles from those pins..and then 45 degree angles, etc. etc.  Constantly putting new pins at the mid-points between the old pins until you have a nice, evenly bunched attachment.
When you sew it down (I just used a straight stitch, though zig-zag may be stronger?), stretch the elastic as you sew so that there are no visible gathers, and once you're done it will just naturally snap back into a springy, evenly spaced gathered bunch.
I love it when things work out!

Since I used the sheet edge that was already finished, I didn't have to worry about hemming any loose edges on the waistband side of the skirt.  That, my friends, was all there was to it! Instant Power Ranger skirt!
diy power ranger skirt
Fun! Though I guess it's a little derpy that the sheet top ended without pink or red ranger's heads attached. Haha!
I like the bias tape hem a lot, the yellow is pretty crisp! (And will match my yellow ranger tee once Friend E finishes making it.)  The nice thick waistband is pretty comfy too.
And this simple method will work on any twin bedsheet, if Power Rangers aren't your thing, haha!

Oh! And while we're talking Mighty Morphin - I made some silly power coin buttons to go with our shirts!
I think I'll make a hair bow to attach mine to!

Did you have character bed sheets as a kid? Maybe you still do? :)


21 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see everything together with the rest of your group!

    I didn't have any character bed sheets as a kid, but I'll always remember our babysitter having everything New Kid on the Block in her room, including the pillowcases.

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    1. Lol, perfect for uh, kissing practice haha!

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  2. My first "big girl" bed from when I was like, three years old had Beatrix Potter bunnies sheets, but those are the only "characters" I ever had!

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    1. Aw, I bet those were super cute! Bunnieeess

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  3. So cute! I think I had "Strawberry Shortcake" sheets when I was little - does anyone remember her?

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    1. I'm pretty sure I had strawberry shortcake sheets as a kid too. I also had a strawberry shortcake doll that smelled like strawberries!

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    2. Strawberry shortcake's pretty hip! :) and the peculiar purple pie man >.>

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  4. Only you would manage to make Power Rangers look pretty!

    I had Precious Moments sheets as a kid. Bleh. Not my choice.

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  5. This is the cutest thing EVER!

    Now I want a rainbow brite skirt--if only I still had my sheets from when I was a kid. Or Popples!

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    1. Rainbow brite would be awesome!

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  6. LOL who would EVER think of using Power Ranger bedsheet to make a skirt?! WHO?! You of course. :) It's really amazing!

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    1. I had authentic TMNT sheets. Too bad I did not have the foresight to save them for skirt purposes. :oP

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    2. Duuude that would be cool. I will make you one if i ever find a tmnt sheet!

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  7. Oh my gosh that's amazing - I love it, haha!

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  8. Dude, that is so great!! It turned out so nice! I didn't have character sheets, but I had a Care Bear sleeping bag. :)

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  9. Not gross at all - looks great!

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  10. I have done this with jersey sheets - if you find them on clearance they're cheaper than buying jersey fabric!

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  11. that is really cute--you did a great job!

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  12. Do you think you can make a video tutorial?

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  13. I thought this article was going to be about a BED skirt made from power rangers sheets (aka "dust ruffle"), but, your actual skirt is super cute.

    Nothing at all gross about sheets from a thrift store, by the way. Once you wash them, they are no different from if they'd been yours from the beginning.

    I like how you used the top part of the sheet, which often had a different border, back in the day. I'm curious what you did with the rest of the sheet, though? :)

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