This week on Thread Heads, Morgan Hungerford from Panda Head and Muss Clothing teaches us how to make a cool paper bag waist skirt out of an oversized skirt. We are always looking for new D.I.Y. fashion ideas, so send us what you got! And don't forget to subscribe to the ThreadBanger podcast oniTunes!

What you need:

Skirt (a size or two too big)



Straight Pins


Sewing Machine

Step 1: Big Skirt

First, you need a skirt that is about a size or two too big. Turn it inside out, and lay it flat.

Then, measure about two and a half inches down from the top of the skirt, and pin.
<p>You have a really good point there... and iam happy that there is so one out in the world that does not judge people for the way they are. That make all the difference in the world. THANK YOU FOR STANDING UP FOR PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.</p>
<p>OMG. Some rude people here. So she spelled &quot;waist&quot; wrong. Give it a rest. The style she has re-created is called a 'paper bag waist' because the fabric above the gathered area at the waistline looks like when you crumple a paper bag closed. The only one who got the reference was AlliHarkness. Paper bag waist skirts were really popular in the late 80's and now they are making a comeback.</p>
<p>Paper bag waist is also the actual name of a type of skirt, so could add to the confusion...</p>
Good idea, but I think the name of the instructable is misunderstood. I thought you were going to make a skirt out of actual &quot;walmart bags&quot;, but i was, sadly, mistaken :(
When she pulled out cloth material I thought, "Ohhh, shes just going to use the original skirt to line the inside of the bag..." I was sadly disappointed. I think an actual crafty "PAPER BAG" skirt would be more interesting, but this skirt is fairly nice. Not too much alteration.
i agree whole heartedly, me and my friends have a game, u get 4 plastic bags each and have to make clothes out of them, at the end u have a cat walk.... anyway i was looking 4 new ideas, oh well... :P cool skirt
waste - verb - to consume, spend, or employ uselessly or without adequate return; use to no avail or profit; squander: to waste money; to waste words. waist - noun - the part of the body in humans between the ribs and the hips, usually the narrowest part of the torso. Being familiar with instructables, I was fully expecting a skirt made out of an otherwise wasted paper bag. I guess it is a "waste skirt" since it is too big to wear. Where the paper bag comes in, I am at a loss. Minus two points for misleading title and/or spelling error.
paper-bag-waisted skirt not a skirt made from paper-bag-waste
I thought it would actually be made of a paper-bag... in which case I would've said "well, don't get caught in the rain! But seeing as how none of that happened, I guess my point is moot anyway.

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