You all know that I can appreciate a quick and easy sewing project. Especially when sewing three of almost everything that I make. So if you’re looking for a simple and quick project, this one’s for you!
Here’s what you need:
- shirt (new or old, it’s a great way to use up a stained or grown out of shirt)
- ruffle fabric
- sewing machine/accessories
Start off by cutting your shirt. I generally cut two inches below the arm pit.
The length of the ruffle fabric will depend on the size of tunic you are making, as well as how long you want the tunic to be. For my 5T wearing daughter, I made hers about 12 ruffles (which equals to about 12 inches) long.
Measure the width of the shirt. Cut the width of the ruffle fabric to 2x the width of the shirt. For this 5T sized shirt, it was 12 inches wide, so I cut the ruffle fabric 24 inches – on the fold.
Here are the two pieces you should have.
Put the ruffle fabric sides together – right sides facing, width wise, and sew up the seam.
Now do a gathering stitch along the top edge of the ruffle fabric. Do this by setting your machine stitch length to the longest it can go. The ruffle fabric is so thin that it might gather for you as you sew; mine did!
Pin the shirt’s raw edge to the top of the ruffle fabric where you did the gathering stitch – right sides together. I put the seam in the middle of the back of the shirt (except on my one year old’s, somehow managed to put hers right in the front in the middle; oops!)
Sew the shirt and ruffle fabric together.
Turn it right side out and you’ve got it made!
If you wanted, you could top stitch along where the shirt and ruffle fabric meet. I didn’t, but sometimes I do when making these types of shirts.
Seriously easy, seriously cute. I was able to make three in one hour – including cutting time!
Don’t they look even cuter on cute little girls?
I sure think so.
Perfect for playing comfortably AND looking adorable. Win-win!
Go ahead and whip up a few, you’ll be glad you did!