Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ruffled American Flag Shirt Tutorial

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I'm getting ready for the 4th of July! Are you?

I made the cutest little ruffled-y shirt, and wanted to share the tutorial with you!

Supplies needed:

Plain t-shirt
Blue Star Fabric
Red Fabric
Fabric Stabilizer
Red and White Ribbon
Glue Gun

Steps to a Fabulously Ruffled shirt!
(this is for a child's 5T shirt.  Adjust measurements as necessary)
  • Cut a 4x4 in square of blue star fabric
  • Cut a 10x7 in piece of red fabric and a 10x7 in piece of fabric stabilizer
  •  Position the stabilizer inside the t-shirt, under where the red fabric will be.  Pin in place.

  • Satin stitch all four sides of your red fabric
  • Pin the blue star fabric in place, and satin stitch all four sides.  Should look like this:

  • Next, cut your red and white ribbon.
  • For the "short" section of the flag on top, I cut my ribbon to 14 inches.  For the long section on the bottom, I cut them to 24 inches.
  • To "ruffle" your ribbon, set the stitch length on your sewing machine to the longest stitch possible (you want a big stitch, not little tiny ones)
  • Do a single stitch right down the middle of your ribbon.
  • Pull the thread on one end of your ribbon to "ruffle" it.  Like so:
  • Using a glue gun, glue your ruffles in place, gluing under the ends so they don't fray.

Voila! A very patriotic and pretty shirt! 

Close up of the ruffles.  I love them!!


  1. I don't know where you've been hiding, but when you come back, you do it with a bang! This is just adorable.

  2. Ooh, I love this. I think I might do this on a jumper. :)

  3. This is so cute I think I'd have to frame it when it was outgrown! Alas, no little girls 'round my place - all boys.
    Would love it if you'd stop by Thursday & link up to Fab Finds for the Fourth!

  4. This is just too cute! Thank you for sharing! I will be linking to you later this week!

  5. This is adorable! I love the ruffles and the flag is so precious! Fantastic job! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly apprecite it. Hope you are enjoying your week. ~ Stephanie Lynn

  6. This is so cute! Love it!

  7. Your shirt turned out great :) What a cute idea!

  8. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [22 Jun 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  9. That is just the cutest little shirt, ever! You did a really great job! And a great tutorial!

  10. Hi Sarah, Just wanted to let you know I'll be featuring your shirt today! LOVE THIS! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  11. Great idea! I am linking you up to my blog so my readers can check you out!

  12. Those ruffles are SO darling!!! Way to go!


  13. Love this! I am in the process of making a flag shirt too! Similar, but different. I hope I get it done and that it turns out as cute as yours!

  14. So Cute!!! Great job!

    I would love if you could stop by and link up to Socialize with me Monday til Sunday! It's going on now. :)


  15. Thanks so much for linking up to Fab Finds for the Fourth! Next week is the last week; hope you'll come by for a visit.

  16. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

  17. I featured this today! Thanks for Socializing with me Monday til Sunday.


  18. Loved your idea! I made mine last night and am wearing it today :) Thanks for the inspiration.

  19. I hope you don't mind - I loved this little shirt so much I linked up to it on my blog! Thanks for the inspiration -- that shirt is adorable!

  20. This shirt is darling! I wish I had seen it earlier, I'd still like to share a link on sewwhattoday.blogspot.com

  21. Sarah,
    LOVE this shirt! Super cute. Thanks for joining the Patriotic Parade!
    have a safe and happy 4th!

  22. Browsing the Texas Blogging Gals list (I was born and raised in the Beaumont, Texas area).

    This shirt is absolutely to die for! I looooove it! (Too bad I'm awful with my sewing machine hehe.)

  23. nice plz visit mine

  24. What width is the ribbon you used?
    Shelly P.


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