Scarlet loved this plain purple t-shirt, but she is freakishly tall, so alas it had grown too short.  I thought I’d add a ruffle to lengthen it and a little heart for some valentine’s day cuteness.

Super simple, get the Ruffle Tee how-to after the jump…
Ruffle Heart T Shirt Tutorial

Grab an old (or new) t-shirt:


Cut some fabric strips.  Make them double the length you want them to be when ruffled, as well as double the width.  For the bottom I used one piece 44″ X 6″ and for the heart I used two pieces 30″ X 4″.

Fold them in half lengthwise, right sides facing and sew with 1/4″ seam allowance:

Don’t finish the side edges of the bigger piece, but for your heart pieces you can iron and hem or serge:

Turn them inside out and iron the heart pieces with the seam to the back and the base piece with the seam to one edge.  On the heart pieces, try to keep the seam just off center, this will help you when ruffling:



Set your machine to a basting stitch (a straight stitch as wide as it will go) and sew a line right down the middle of the heart pieces just to the side of the seam:


Pull on the bobbin thread and gently push the fabric to ruffle it.  Don’t pull too hard or it will break and you’ll have to start over.


Fold your t-shirt in half and pin one side of your heart on, folding the ends under a tiny bit:


Sew in place:

Then pin the other side on and sew in place:

Now baste the top edge of your bottom ruffle, pull the bobbin thread and ruffle. Turn your t-shirt inside out and starting at one side seam, pin your ruffle along the bottom edge, lining up with the previous hem in the shirt:


When you get back to where you started you’ll have flaps like this:


Pin them together, sew straight up on the wrong sides, and cut with pinking shears or serge the edge:


Turn your shirt right side out so you can see the original seam line:


Sew your ruffle in place in coordinating thread.  I was out of purple thread so I used invisible thread and it worked out really well.  You’re done!



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