Spring T-Shirt Tutorial



White t-shirt
3 - different strips of fabric from a Honey Bun
3 - different 3 x 3" fabrics
3 - buttons
needle and thread


From your three honey bun strips, iron in half length wise.



Pick three coordinating pieces of fabric.



Cut 1 - 3 x 3" square out of each fabric. (This really does not need to be out of matching fabric, because you wont see it.)



Draw 3 different size circles on each of them. The sizes of the circles are 1 1/2", 1 1/4" and 1". I found that the tops and bottoms of medicine bottles worked great.

Fold the edge of your fabric over onto the back about 1/4" and start sewing. It's hard to tell from the picture but the stitching is on the very edge of the fabric, only about 1/8" in. Note - the raw edges of the fabric are on the inside touching the circle, and the fold is on the outside.



Sew a little less than 1/2" and then stop. Raise your presser foot and do a 1/4" pleat as close to the front of the presser foot as you can get. Sew until you've done 2 or 3 stitches in the pleat and then repeat, keeping fabric on the outside of the circle.


It should start looking like this.

Keep repeating until you've gone completely around the circle and about 1/2" over the start of the circle. Now start working your way inwards. Start moving the fabric in about 1/4" or less and keep repeating the pleats. Do this until you reach the inside of the circle and the majority or all of the background fabric is covered.


When you reach the inside of the circle and you're ready to finish cut the fabric about 1/4" from the end and tuck if under and stitch. Remember the middle doesn't need to look perfect because it will have a button, and that button can be as big as you want it. :)


Not the greatest picture, but your flower should resemble this.

Now cut the excess fabric off of the back, around the stitching.

Sew a button onto the front of the flower. Place the flowers where you want them on the t-shirt and pin. With a needle and matching thread start sewing the flowers onto the t-shirt. Note - at first I did this with the knots on the inside of the shirt, but on the others I made I put the knots on the flowers, and tried to cover them by stitching them in between the rows. I was worried the knots would bother my daughter when they rubbed against her skin.





One super cute Spring / Easter T-shirt for your favorite little girl!
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27 comments:

Meet Virginia said...

Mmmk this is the cutest thing ever! Thanks for the super great tutorial!

~Morgan

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Erin said...

Nicole - beautiful! It's a good thing I have a niece or two (or 4) to make all this cute girly stuff for! I don't think my boys would be too happy with it! LOVE it though!

Sylvie said...

That's very nice!
Thank you for the tutorial!

kate spain said...

Nicole, thank you for such an adorable project!! Great job!

Jeni said...

I love those pretty flowers. You always make the best holiday and seasonal shirts!!! I will surely try making these fun flowers...THANKS.

Leslie said...

Darling!

Jeanne said...

love it! And how cute would that be on a hair clippy?!

Jennifer said...

Sew Cute! I messed up the corners of a baby quilt and need to cover my mistake. These are too perfect for that! Very cute!

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Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

These are darling! Can't wait to try some. I've got a onesie that needs to be cute-ified. These will be perfect!

Bettina763 said...

omg...i have to make these!!! a yo-yo would be way too cute instead of a button also....

Hillary said...

Very cute! Great job Nicole! I hope we get to see more from you soon!

Christina said...

I made a skirt for my daughter for Easter and was trying to figure out what to do for the top when I saw your post. I whipped up one of these yesterday with the leftover fabric and it's perfect. Thanks for the inspiration!

Sonia said...

Lovely way to cutify a shirt! And I love the fabrics that you used!

Laura said...

This is adorable. Thank you for the great tutorial!

Andrea said...

I bet this would look really cute on some capri's too...great tutorial, thanks!

sue said...

The flowers look great and also would compliment the past skirt tutorial. How about sewing the button on when attaching the flower to the t-shirt to cover the knot.
sue

Sandie Grisé said...

Adorable! Must put these on a purse or a tote bag for that extra added something!

diamond in the rough said...

THAT'S cool! Thanks for showing it so well. I shall try one shortly!

Tracey J said...

I've wanted to know how to do this for some time! Thank you! :)

Chelle said...

Seriously in love as of right now. Thank you for sharing!

xo

EL RINCON DE CHELO said...

Muchas gracias , me gusta muchísimo, besos

Chelo

marcusantonius said...

I break out in a sweat when I go to handcraft a gift for my daughter but after I shop flowers, I think I can handle this, it will certainly outlast the blooms, and appear in family photos! Thanks!

diyingtobedomestic said...

Thanks for the great tutorial - I used it to make my first ever fabric flower! I sewed it to a onesie for a friend. You can see it here: http://diyingtobedomestic.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/sprucing-up-white-onesies/. Thanks again!

Fabrix Kitchen said...

Love this and i must admit that i have used the idea for items have made over the last few days and it was so easy to follow the guidelines!
many thanks :D

Sew Happy Grammy said...

This is so cute. Thanks for the great tutorial.

Alison said...

I would like to know how these turn out after washing the garment? I love the flowers but wonder if it would be better to put them onto some sort of pin so they don't have to go through the wash. Anyone tried washing yet?