Last weekend me & hubby & the 3 kids spent the weekend at my MIL's house. It's a rural farm-type property, and my kids love it. But... I anticipated a lot of "son-helping-his-mom-on-the-property" time, and that means I would be in charge of the kids. And, although it's a cool place for a kid, there isn't much to do.
So I brought a few old t-shirts, a pair of scissors, and some no-sew refashion ideas for things to make for the kids. I didn't want something that was too time consuming or too difficult. And TA-DA! The hula skirt was born. I've seen similar projects around... this one is easy easy easy and you, too, can ask your two year old to help.
With all the cutting in this, it doesn't have to be tidy or straight. In other words, you don't have to be OCD to get a good final project. Either way, your girl will love it. You'll see.
Start with an adult-sized shirt. It doesn't matter what the t-shirt design is because you won't see it when it's done. My "helper" was there with me, of course, sitting on the table while I took step-by-step photos.
Cut off the bottom hem. And now cut a 4 inch wide piece (this will be the waist band). You will have a tube - cut the tube so you have one long piece. Fold it in half hotdog style... so now you should have one long doubled piece that's 2 inches wide. Set it aside.
Cut the rest of the shirt into 1-2 inch wide pieces. Like the waist band above, they will also be 'tubes.' So, cut them so they are also long and about 1-2 inches wide (the sun was setting as I was taking the photos, look at the pink shirt "change" colors with the light!).
This is the fun part: Stretch the 1-2 inch wide (and long) strips. I mean pull those things. And pull and pull. Stretch them as much as you can. You'll see they will fold onto themselves and make almost like a rope. This is a great time to ask your "helper" for help.
Now, work out how long you want your hula skirt lengths to be, and DOUBLE it. So, if you want the skirt to be 6 inches long, then double it to 12 inches. Cut the looooooong rope-like strips into 12 inch (or whatever you choose) lengths.
Get your waist band and cut little holes into BOTH sides of the waist band, about 1/2 inch or so from the top.
Fold your hula lengths in half and thread the loop end through the hole in the waist band, and put the ends through the loop and pull tight to tie it onto the waist band. I'm sure knot this has a name but I have no idea what it is.
Continue doing this for the whole skirt.
When you're finished tying the hula loops, you can cut the waist straps to fit the girl. Make a knot, and put the ties into the same fringe (cut into strips, pull tight, etc). The only difference is you're not going to cut the strips off, but leave them dangling.
And that's it. All together, you can finish this skirt in less than hour. Put skirt on your girl and watch her twirl. Girl Twirl. Love it.