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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ruffle T-shirt Tutorial

 I was visiting with my friend who gave me an adorable ruffle shirt to applique and embroider and we talked about wanting to make them ourselves!!!  We admired the really narrow hems (something I have yet to master) and adorable cascading ruffles!!!  I thought it wouldn't be too hard to replicate so I challenged myself this evening with creating one!!!  I hope you enjoy this tutorial and Kala, I hope I see one from you soon!!! :)

Here's what you'll need:
Three 4" strips of fabric by approximately 44"
(basically you'll want 3/8 yard of fabric if you're going to the fabric store to buy your ruffles!)
Sewing Machine
OPTIONAL but convenient: a serger and rotary cutter and mat!

First, take your t-shirt and cut it as shown in this picture!  We will attach the ruffle to each bottom piece before we reconstruct it. 

Take your 3 ruffle pieces and sew the short sides together to create a long loop.  Hem the bottom of the fabric and add a basting stitch to the top of the fabric.  Do this for each of the three pieces.
Then, gather the basting stitch and pin right sides together at the bottom of each t-shirt piece.

Sew along about 1/4" from the raw edge, being careful not to stretch the t-shirt material.

Now, pin the middle section to the top section and sew together.  Do the same for the bottom section to the middle section.

If you have a serger, serge each raw edge to finish the seams!

Now you have an adorable ruffle shirt!!!  I plan to add a cute pumpkin or turkey to mine for my daughter's Thanksgiving outfit!!!  I'm also going to make a pair of knit ruffle leggings to match.  I'll have to post a tutorial for that in the next few weeks!!!   Stay tuned next week for my Project Run and Play Week 2 post! :)



  1. So cute! Another hemming option would be to use your serger to make a rolled edge hem, or if you have a rolled hem foot for your sewing machine, that will make a very narrow hem, too. So what are you planning to embroider on this top? Can't wait to see!

  2. I'm thinking s big pumpkin that way it can be worn longer! (now-Christmas!)

  3. This is so darling. We have little boys in our family right now but I think the applique would work on a boy's white shirt also. Thanks for the inspiration. I would love to have you come and join our Pumpkin Linky Party with this sweet girl's dress with pumpkins. Thanks, hope to see you there. Linda

  4. Great little outfit! Thanks for linking to our Pattern Party at Get Your Crap Together!

  5. Congratulations! You are one of our Top 5 Features from our our Pattern Party at Get Your Crap Together! Stop by and get a feature button! Thanks for linking up! Happy Mother’s Day!!!



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