Margaux Mays


Make it yourself: race shirt yoga skirt

There are times I run smaller races or even volunteer for races that give cotton shirts to race participants. There are so many cool

t-shirt deconstruction tutorials

out there. I thought it would be fun to repurpose a couple of my cotton race shirts into a yoga skirt.

I made a pattern by tracing this knit skater skirt I bought from Wal-Mart (yep, I shop Wal-Mart).

I love how comfy it is. Because I wanted to use the majority of the graphics of each shirt, I divided the main fabric of my skirt into four panels. The waistband is two pieces. I folded the Wal-Mart skirt in half to trace a pattern for the main fabric. These are the final measurements of the pattern I created. You can adjust the *waist measurements to fit you.

Add ½ inch seam allowance


  • 2 men’s cotton race shirts (my shirts are XL)

  • 1 plain men’s cotton shirt (for the waistband)

  • Sewing machine

  • Tape measurer

  • Scissors

  • Straight pins

Skirt main fabric directions

: Cut each shirt up the sides.

Cut 4 fabric panels (1 from the front and 1 from the back of each t-shirt).

Sew panels right sides together.

Waistband directions

: Fold shirt in half lengthwise.

Cut pattern on the fold (cut 2) Pin and sew the two folded waistband pieces right sides together.

Sewing waistband to skirt directions

: Line up the seams of the waistband with the seams of the skirt.

Fold the waistband down over the skirt, right sides together. Pin and sew.

Pull the waistband up, and you're finished!

A comfy new repurposed t-shirt skirt!