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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Three Tiered Shirts:.

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I am loving these shirts! They are really simple to put together, and the end result is fantastic! I'm always on the lookout for cheap shirts and tanks now! I also love them because they don't require a ton of fabric, and you get a totally unique look!

What you need:

- fabric
- shirt/tank
- sewing machine/accessoriees

You'll want to start off by cutting your fabric into strips. You'll have to figure out the length of your shirt depending on what size you are doing it for. I cut mine in increasingly larger sizes: 3", 4", and 5".

Cut your shirt. I usually go about an inch to an inch and a half below the arm hole.

Take your strips, put the ends together with right sides facing in. Sew a 1/4" seam.

I don't have a serger, but I always zig zag stitch my edges so that they don't fray as much.

Take your top strip and do a gathering stitch along one edge. Pull the thread to ruffle it.

Pin it to your shirt, ride sides facing.

Sew 1/4" seam.

Top stitch it.

Pin your second strip to your first strip, right sides facing.

Sew 1/4" seam.

Top stitch it.

Bet you can't guess what we're going to do next!

Pin your third strip to your second strip, right sides facing.

Sew 1/4" seam.

Top stitch it.

I didn't take a picture of this, but somewhere along the line you'll want to hem up the bottom of your third strip.


Another way you can do it is to sew all of your strips together before attaching them to the shirt.

Then ruffle your tube of strips and sew it to the shirt.

I didn't really prefer one way or the other!

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  1. Is this one of your little girls? She is precious!

  2. I love these shirts. Too bad I have 2 boys and no cute little girls. She looked darling in it at the zoo!

  3. So adorable. Looks like I could even tackle this as a non sewing person.

  4. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [29 Jun 01:06pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  5. What a beautiful outfit. I will need to remember that idea when my granddaughter get a little bigger.

  6. Very cute!!


  7. Great idea! Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! :o)

  8. That is super cute! I may try this with some tees that have stains on the lower part of them! Thanks! Stopped by from Kojo's!

  9. So cute! I can't wait to try this.

  10. Thanks for linking up to the Everything Nice Link Party!


  11. Just to let you know I posted a link to this tutorial on http://homecanbe.blogspot.com
    Love it!


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