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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

.:K.I.D.S. Series - Reece's Ruffles:.

I originally shared this post last week as part of Jess at Me Sew Crazy's series called K.I.D.S. (Kids Inspiration Design Series). If you haven't been following along, you should go check out all of the other amazing projects that have been shared! 

I totally love the concept behind this series. My girls are really into coloring and drawing lately, so I knew this could be fun. My four year old isn’t quite drawing people with outfits yet; her drawings are still the legs directly out of the head and arms, as well. Sometimes she adds a belly button in between the legs, which is pretty cute. So I figured it might be easier for her if I just drew a couple of shirt templates and let her design them. This is the one I decided to go with.

You know, that teal band on the shoulder is actually just bleed through from something she was coloring on the back of the paper, but I decided to include it in her design. This is what I came up with:

Okay, okay. I admit it. I used an easy way out and used a shirt that she already had. Hey, it had a stain on it, so really, I am being super resourceful by turning it into something better.

So here’s what we used:

- t-shirt
- knit fabric
- cotton fabric
- sewing machine/accessories

I started off by cutting one inch strips of the pink knit. Then I cut them half the width of the fabric.

At first I was just going to ruffle the strips, but then I thought it would be fun to do a lettuce edge on all of them. I used a white thread to add a little contrast against the pink knit. I did a zig zag all along each long edge of each strip, and gently pulled the knit towards me and away from me as I was sewing.

lettuce edge

The result is this:

lettuce edge

Once I had lettuce edge all of the strips, I did gathered each strip, and pinned them in place on the shirt. I did about an inch in between strips, and ended up only using five instead of the six I had cut out.

Make sure you only pin the strips to the front of the shirt! And for sure make sure that you only sew the ruffle to the front of the shirt.

Next, I wanted to add a little bow over the shoulder of the shirt. So I took a rectangle of cotton fabric that was about 10” x 6”.

make a bow

I folded it in half – right sides together, length wise, and sewed around the open edge, leaving a two inch gap. I clipped the corner (watch your seams!) and pulled it right side out. Then I top stitched all the way around, making sure I closed up the seam.
make a bow

Then I pinched the rectangle in the middle,

make a bow

and hand stitched a piece of ribbon around the middle.

make a bow

All that was left to do was hand stitch the bow to the shoulder of the shirt! I tacked down the ends of the bow around the front and the back of the shirt so that they weren’t just flopping around.

make a bow

And done!

.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Reece's Ruffles:.

It was so fun for me to bring something to life that started out as an idea in my daughter’s head.

.:Sumo's Sweet Stuff - Reece's Ruffles:.

I can’t even begin to imagine how much more fun this will be as she gets older, and her creativity grows!

The look on her face when I showed her the shirt next to her drawing was pretty much priceless!

I can’t wait to do this again!


  1. This is such an awesome idea, and the shirt turned out just adorable!

  2. What a great idea and it must have made ms. Reece happy as can be! Turned out great!

  3. This is so cute! Your girls are so lucky to have such a crafty mama -- and you can tell they definitely have your talents!

  4. Oh my goodness, this is so cute and creative! I wish I had seen this when my daughter was little (she's now 23). I also love the way you made the lettuce edge and ruffle from knit fabric...great tip! (P.S. I found you through Whimsy Couture Sewing Blog)


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