Friday, August 14, 2009

Spunky Repurposed Ruffly Baby Top...and Tutorial!...


So, apparently I have some addictions.

1. I am addicted to naps...for my children. Mama is a better Mommy when the kids take naps.

2. I am addicted to sewing. I have experienced some major sewing binges over the course of my life. I am experiencing a sewing binge currently.

3. I am addicted to cutting up t shirts and repurposing them. Guess what? Jersey does not require finished seams. COULD. IT. GET. ANY. EASIER!?

Mash them all together and you get: Mama on a mad cutting up t shirt sewing during nap time spree.

First it was the maternity shirts. And don't even think I'm through with them! I have an entire pile in my bonus room awaiting their turn at my sewing machine.

Next up was the 'donation' pile of clothes. I may never donate another article of clothing in my life.

So, I'm just going to go ahead and warn my husband that his closet may soon be raided. Any t shirt that you haven't worn for a few months may be subject to my Fiskars, sewing machine and whim. Consider yourself warned.

During today's mad cutting up t shirt sewing during nap time spree I cut up an old shirt that someone had given me. It was old, didn't fit, and screaming to be sliced up. So I obliged.

Old blah shirt:


After an embarrassingly long time of hemming and hawing (tee hee, pun intended!), I cut out a simple front and back dress shape using the finished bottom shirt hem as the dress hem. I sliced long lengths to use as ruffles, one arm cuff to use as a headband, and some small pieces of the bottom hem to use as shoulder straps:

I sewed front to back and tacked on the straps. Next up I basted then scrunched up the ruffles:

Then started adding them wherever I felt like it. First up, the sleeves:

Don't be stingy with pinning, folks! They are necessary to achieve a nice seam with ruffles!

(p.s. it's MUCH easier to sew on ruffles BEFORE you finish sewing them to the back.)

(p.p.s. - yes, that IS coffee I was consuming in the afternoon. Don't judge me!)

Then I got so preoccupied sewing on ruffles that I forgot to take photos. So I made a quick little tutorial for you:

Here is the finished ruffly dress/shirt and headband:

Melikey RUFFLES. Melikey sewing ruffles.

Besides, Lil Chick was starting to feel left out of the yellow invasion and needed some spunky yellow wear:

See? She's already feeling decidedly spunky:

Off to chop up some more t shirts...



  1. OK now THATS just cute! Oh and the tee is not too bad either!

  2. So cute!! I just got some random fabric from my MIL and you are inspiring me to do something fun and girly with it. :)

  3. I agree with you on point one, however, point 2, not so much. Probably due to the fact that I was sent home from sewing class & told that I didn't have a prayer of ever getting it right (She was probably correct).

  4. Cute stuff you are so super crafty!

  5. Oh my gosssssssssssh! That is THE cutest thing!!!!!!

    m ^..^

  6. Ok, I thought I'd stop by and check up on our cousins to the north and . . . are you kidding me? That girl is a card! And I love the dimples. :)

  7. AHHH, that is so ADORABLE! I want to make one of those for my little princess. If only she hadn't just turned 49 last week . . . . But it could still work, don't you think?

  8. OMG!! I have never been so excited about sewing!!! I SOOOO have to take up sewing class.

    p/s: Hope u dont mind i put this up in my blog.

  9. I like to cut up things too...but they never turn out this well. I LOVE it!!!

  10. That is SO cute! I cut up some t-shirts ages ago and turned them into one-piece pjs with legs, and snaps down the back. They were functional, but this is adorable!

  11. That is SO cute! I cut up some t-shirts ages ago and turned them into one-piece pjs with legs, and snaps down the back. They were functional, but this is adorable!

  12. Ok, I'm off to ramble through my Goodwill pile...

  13. Wow! That's too cute!! I don't have a little girl, but after seeing how great that turned out, I'm considering making one for my dog... ;)

  14. Jennifer - jenhil@acxiom.comSeptember 9, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    Oh please, please, please sell your t-shirt creations! I will be more than glad to send you some to work with. I honestly have a hard time sewing on buttons. I really try.

  15. So cute! I want one for Maddie. Wish I could sew!

  16. Adorable! I am featuring this in our 'ruffle' post tomorrow. Thanks for sharing! :) -Shelley {}


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