DIY Ruffle Shirt Tutorial – Upcycled T Shirt
As soon as the warm weather starts coming, I get in the mood for some new short sleeved shirts 😛 After wearing scarves all winter, sometimes plain t shirts feel so blah and boring. I got these 2 shirts from Sears with surprise points (anyone else a fan of those??) for a total of $1 & was determined to turn them into a cute shirt. With minimal sewing knowledge and an hour’s worth of time, you can make your new favorite summer shirt! 🙂
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 identical t shirts
- matching thread
- straight pins
Lay out one of the shirts.
Cut into strips as shown below. These don’t need to be exactly even since they’ll be ruffled.
Next cut those loops open on one side seam, so now you have 5 strips.
Next, gather each strip. You’ll do this by choosing the longest stitch on your machine (see the 5.0 on the screen?), or the basting stitch. Sew along one long edge on each strip.
Pull on one of the threads hanging off the strip and it will ruffle!
Adjust the length of the strips to what is needed and arrange them on the shirt as seen below.
The bottom of each ruffle should be overlapping the top of the ruffle below it a little bit.
Pin the ruffles on to hold them in place. I like using these straight pins – they make it easy to see the pins while you’re sewing.
Sew the ruffles on, careful not to catch other ruffles in the seam.
Trim your thread and it’s finished! A perfect shirt for the warm weather that is feminine and pretty.