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As soon as I heard that we would need to make something wearable using the Cricut iron on transfer, I knew exactly what I wanted to make for my girls: Monogrammed Ruffle Jackets.
Stinking cute, right?
I got the idea when I saw my friend’s daughter sitting at church in a dress that was a t-shirt with a ruffle fabric skirt attached. From where we were sitting, it looked like she was wearing a little jacket, and I knew that my girls needed jackets like that. Perfect for spring and the in between weather; just a little something to throw on over a shirt or a dress.
I thought the iron on transfer would be perfect for adding a little monogram to the front of each of the jackets. I love monograms!
Here’s what you need to make some of jackets of your own:
- t-shirt (can be long or short sleeved, great project for a shirt that’s become too short!)
- ruffle fabric
- sewing machine/accessories
- fabric marker
Start off by chopping off the bottom of the shirt. I took four inches off of the shirts for my girls; it’s really a personal preference on how long you want the jackets, and how many ruffles you want to add.
Now fold the shirt exactly in half, to the back. Mark where the middle is with a fabric marker. Mine is erasable ink that will fade over time, but for this, it doesn’t matter if it’s something that erases or not; you’ll be getting rid of the part where the mark is in the next couple of steps.
Open up the shirt and use a ruler to draw a straight line right down the middle of the shirt.
Cut right up the line.
Fold in each open side of the shirt about an inch and hem it.
Cut the ruffle fabric to the length that you want. I was using one inch ruffle fabric, and made the fabric about an inch longer than what I had cut off from the shirt. Be sure to leave some of the extra fabric above the ruffle for attaching to the shirt.
To cut the width, measure the bottom edge of the shirt and double that measurement.
Sew a gathering stitch along the top edge of the ruffle fabric. Set your stitch length to the longest length, and don’t back stitch at the beginning or end.
Find the middle of the bottom edge of the shirt, and the middle of the ruffle fabric. Pin at the middle with right sides facing.
Gather the ruffle fabric evenly on each side and pin in place.
Sew the shirt and ruffle fabric together. You don’t need to finish the edges since they are both knit fabrics, but I like to serge mine for a nicer look.
You can top stitch along the edge where the shirt and fabric meet if you want, but I left mine as is so that it would be a little more full of a ruffle. Isn’t it looking super cute??
Now it’s time to make a buttonhole. I love button holes! I measured down about four and a half inches from the neckline of the shirt and mark it with your fabric marker.
Sew the buttonhole where your mark is. This will vary with your machine.
Hand sew a button on the other side, lined up with the button hole.
Looking good so far!
Now it’s monogram time. Open up Cricut Craft Room. I searched for monograms and picked the one I liked. I sized them how I wanted them. Be sure to flip the image if it is a directional graphic!
The iron on transfer will come with instructions on the settings for the kiss cut for your particular machine. You want your machine to cut through the heat transfer, but not through the clear liner.
Place the heat transfer on the mat with the liner facing down and cut away!
Peel up the negative space,
and position your monogram where you’d like it placed on the jacket.
Iron it in place and peel up the liner slowly.
That’s it! Do you love it?
I love the extra touch of the glitter with the monogram. Perfect for my girly girls!
My girls all loved wearing these and spinning around in them.
Flouncy ruffles, sparkly monogram….that’s a win in my book!
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