Keeping it Simple: Ruffle Heart Shirt

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ruffle Heart Shirt

Valentine’s Day…. I’m not a huge fan of the day.  I don’t usually do much for it, but this year creating is what is keeping me going, so I decided to make a fun shirt for my little girl.  I wanted it to be for Valentine’s day but not so much that she couldn’t wear it at a different time of the year.  So I went with a ruffly heart, you can’t go wrong with ruffles. 
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I love this picture of my little girl, her skirt was blowing in the wind and it was just making her laugh.  I love capturing moments like these!
This is how I made it:
I just took a regular t-shirt that I got from a craft store.  I think it was about $2.  I love stocking up on shirts like these, so many possibilities. 

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I cut out several strips of fabric, they were 3/4” wide.  I went with a super cute Riley Blake fabric called Hello Sunshine.
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With a zig zag stitch, I stitch all of the edges, to help prevent fraying. 
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Then I used a long straight stitched and sewed right down the middle.  I pulled the bobbin thread through and gathered the strip to make some ruffles.
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I cut out some heat n bond applique material.  I pinned the ruffles onto that.
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Once all of the ruffles were on, I ironed it on.
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To make sure that the ruffles stayed, I sewed all of them onto the paper.
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I cut a heart out of card stock and then used it to cut out my ruffles.
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I then took off the paper on the back of the heart.  I’m not going to lie, there was some paper left over, not much, but some.
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I ironed the heart onto the shirt.
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Then using a zig zag stitch, I sewed the heart onto the shirt.  I did sew some of the middle too, just to make sure it wasn’t going to go anywhere when I wash it.
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Since I was using just a regular t-shirt, I wanted to girly up the sleeves a little bit.  I did this by just using elastic thread in the bobbin of my sewing machine and using my longest straight stitch setting.  The elastic thread gathers it automatically!
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And that’s it!
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I love ruffles!
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She loves her new shirt!  She had fun feeling and playing with all of the ruffles.
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I even made her a fun skirt to go with it, it's just a square circle skirt with three layers.  For full tutorial on skirt, go here.  
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I would love it if you followed along.
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  1. How adorable, I love it! You are so creative!!

  2. Oh, Kaysi! She looks so incredibly sweet in her ruffly shirt and skirt! BTW, <3 that skirt!!! P.S. Have I mentioned before how I love her dimples?

  3. This is so darling Kaysi! I'm thinking I need to make something like it for Gracie!! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

  4. That first picture is ADORABLE! Such a cute outfit for a cute little girl!

  5. This adorable for Valentine's Day! I have a shirt, and I am going to give this a try this week. Thanks for a wonderful tutorial. I've pinned it. BTW, your model is adorable too!
    Bonny @

  6. Very cute! Someday I'm going to have to try making these ruffles you always do. That is a really cool trick with the elastic thread on the sleeves.

  7. Cute shirt! I'd love it if you'd link this up to our Mom's Library link party!

  8. Aww, this is so cute! And your daughter is adorable. :)

    - Jocelyn @ Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows

  9. this is so cute! I have to try making one! Carrie

  10. Very cute! Great idea a dress up a plain T. Thanks for sharing

  11. This is one easy, adorable project!

  12. oh my goodness! so cute! newest follower.

  13. Too cute and the model too! Thanks for linking up!

  14. I made dress similar to this when my daughter was little (she turns 25 in 3 weeks. Some times I had to bribe her to take one off so I could wash it, she just loved them.


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