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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Ruffle Number Shirt:.

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Reece is turning two this weekend (Two? Seriously? Already???) and I wanted her to have a birthday shirt for her party. The theme of her party is CANDY (I'll be posting some of the things I am doing for it next week!) and I figured just something cute and fun would be perfect.

I remembered a cute idea I saw at Swiss Days for ruffle number shirts. Well, we're poor, my husband is in school, so I didn't buy one there. (Sorry to whoever had those darling shirts!) I knew I could re-create something similar for my sweet little girl.

Here's what you need:

- plain shirt (I got one of the $3.50 ones at Wal-Mart)
- fabric for ruffles (I had saved the bottoms of some tank tops I'd cut off to make the tiered shirts, so I used those. They are knit so they won't fray and I didn't have to hem up the edges!)
- sewing machine/accessories

I decided I was going to use three of the colors of cut off tank tops, so I started by cutting those into strips. For my widest layer, I cut the tank top into 2.5 inch strips.

For the middle layer, I cut the tank top into 2 inch strips.

And for the top layer, I cut the tank top into 1.5 inch strips.

Then I cut open the seams, and sewed all of the strips together. I knew I wasn't going to use the entire length of the strip, but I figured better to just have it all and see how much I use!

Then I set my sewing machine to the longest stitch length, and sewed down the middle of my strips.

Gather your strips into ruffles by pulling on only the top or bottom thread. You can adjust it however you need to along the way.

Next I pinned the strips together.

After that, I pinned the strips on to the shirt in the shape of the number two.

Then I sewed it on to the shirt!

Once it was done, we had a little pre-birthday modeling session! Pretty cute, right? (Yep, she looks like a two year old! What happened to my baby??)

Now she's ready to party!

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  1. She's adorable! I just LOVE the shirt too. What a clever idea!

  2. haha! I love her!!...the shirt is pretty darn cute too!

  3. I love that the number was made from ruffles. So girly!!

  4. Oh my goodness! That is so cute! My little boy will be 2 in October. I can't believe it! They grow so fast. Thanks for linking up to Tuesday Tell All

  5. super cute! my baby turns 2 on Sunday! I am in disbelief!

  6. Love it! Question: Did you just sew down the middle of the ruffle to attach it to the shirt?

  7. THAT is adorable! Oh and thanks for entering my giveaway! I am so excited to see who wins!

  8. What a great way to help your little girl showcase her special day. :) At that age I'm sure she's thrilled with the results of your talented! She is one lucky girl to have such a creative mom!

    Amie @ http://kittycatsandairplanes.blogspot.com/

  9. Happy Birthday to your little girl and yes time does fly..too fast if you ask me.

    That top is adorable what a great idea this is will try and remember this for when my daughter turns 3 in January!

    Thanks for linking up to Sew Crafty Saturday

    Mayya @ Sew Chic and Unique

  10. Such a cute idea. I have never seen anything like this before - love it.

  11. Thank you for joining us at A Crafty Soiree! I love your shirt and how the 2 is so tactile! My poor deprived kid still hasn't gotten one of those iron birthday numeral shirts, good thing she can't see this or she'd know how much she's really missing out!

  12. I love the ruffles and that is one cute birthday girl.

  13. That is just adorable Summer! It would be great on a pillow too I think....thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, great having you as usual!

  14. my twin girls are turning 5 in December and would LOVE these. sadly, I can't sew. but I saw your stuff over at Holly's place (504 Main) and HAD to come see! you are so talented & I love your little model!

    erin @ the mother load

  15. Thanks again for the tutorial. I made one for my little girl and she loved it.


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