March 29, 2011

Ruffled Easter Egg Tee Tutorial

I love kicking through the archives to find inspiration for new projects! I used the same technique to create this darling little Ruffled Easter Egg Tee I have to share with y’all today that I did for the Ruffled Candy Corn Tee I made for Miss Charlotte around Halloween. I love this technique, and I can’t wait to share the ways I tweaked the process to make the final result even more dynamic! 

Ready to see how I put this together? Let’s get started!

For this project, you will  need…

Ruffled Easter Egg Tee Template
Scraps of fabric, cut into 2×6-inch strips (you will need a total of seven strips for each egg)
Lightweight fusible interfacing
Washable ink pen
Coordinating thread
A plain t-shirt
Basic sewing supplies: shears, machine, etc.

step 1 / Fold each of the long sides of one of your fabric strips under 1/4″ and press. Fold both long sides under again another 1/4″ and press. Head over to your machine and use a decorative stitch (I used a zig-zag) to secure each of these folded sides. Repeat with all of your fabric strips.

step 2 / Using my shortcut ruffling technique, run a line of stitches down each of your hemmed strips, making sure to leave thread “tails” at either end to adjust your ruffles, if necessary. (Alternatively, you can do this the traditional way by running basting stitches down the center of each piece if you prefer.) Make sure that once you’ve ruffled your pieces, they are at least 3.5″ long. Once your ruffles are your desired fullness and length, gently press them so they lie as straight as possible. (This makes step 3 much easier!) 

step 3 / Cut a 4×4″ square from your interfacing. Starting at the bottom of your piece, place one of your ruffles onto the smooth side of your interfacing square, and, stitching as closely to your gathering stitching as possible, secure the ruffle to your interfacing. Place your next ruffle on your interfacing in the same manner, overlapping the edges by about 1/2″. (The right edge of one ruffle will line up with the center line of stitching on the previous ruffle.) Stitch down the center of this ruffle to secure it to the interfacing piece. Continue stitching your ruffles in this manner until you have secured 7 total ruffles, or as many as it takes to form a ruffled panel that is at least 3.5″ long from the top ruffle to the bottom ruffle.
 step 4 / Trace your egg template onto the back of your ruffled piece, as shown. Carefully stitch all the way around the perimeter of the egg shape you have traced. Now cut as closely as possible all the way around your stitching, taking care not to cut through the stitching as you go. Repeat the preceding steps to create your desired number of eggs.
 step 5 / Position your eggs as desired onto your t-shirt, and gently iron them into place. (This is the beauty of using fusible interfacing here – no pinning necessary!) Stitching a scant 1/8″ within the lines of stitching you created in step 4, sew around the perimeter of your eggs to secure them to your tee.

You are finished!

Please let me know if you have any questions. And – as always – I would love to see your creations if you put this (or any other of my tutorials) to use!


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61 Responses to Ruffled Easter Egg Tee Tutorial

  1. Allison {A Glimpse Inside} March 29, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    It’s adorable Amy! Love it!

  2. roxybonds March 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    Adorable!!!!! I’m planning on doing this soon 🙂

  3. Kara @ Nest Candy March 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    I don’t even have kids yet, I can’t sew to save my life, but I am still dying to make this! I love it. Great job! 🙂

  4. Erin @ Crafts and Sutch March 29, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    This is just darling! It makes me want a little girl so I can go a little ruffle crazy. 🙂

  5. The Cottage Mama March 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    CUTE! I loved the candy corn tee and this is just as cute – how about a ruffled Christmas tree for the holidays? Adorable idea, Amy!


  6. Ellen March 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    It’s precious! Your stitching on the edge of the ruffles makes a big difference – very nice design feature. I want one. 😉

  7. Ellen March 29, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    It’s precious! Your stitching on the edge of the ruffles makes a big difference – very nice design feature. I want one. 😉

  8. March 29, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    It is just beautiful. I, just like Erin, now want a little girl so I can go and do all these ‘ruffly’ crafts!! I love the crafting inspiration, nonetheless!

  9. Heather March 29, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    I sent this tutorial to my mom and hopefully she will take the hint and make me a shirt!

  10. lbolling2 March 29, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    This is such a cute idea. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  11. Nicole March 29, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    I’m with Erin at Crafts and Such- this is so adorable! Too bad I don’t have a daughter, but this is going in the archive for the day that I hopefully do! SO CUTE!

  12. BakingMama March 29, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    I love this T-shirt! I usually buy holiday shirts for my girls, but I might have to try this!

  13. Lauren @ YoungNester March 29, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    I love this! So cute!

  14. Amanda March 29, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    Everytime I leave your back with something else super cute!! Love it!


  15. Beverly @ March 29, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Those are so cute!!! I love the ruffles!! What a fun Easter top – and you could do the same idea with so many different shapes!

  16. My Oatmeal Kisses March 29, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    You should make a bunch of these and sell them! They are THAT cute!

  17. Kelli @ RTSM March 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm #

    That is such a cute shirt! I love the mix of colors and the polka dots! I’ve been trying to think of a cute Easter shirt idea for my boys but so far I have nothing!

  18. nikkijoy March 29, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

    That’s seriously cute! I know a couple of little girls who would just LOVE that! x

  19. Amy March 30, 2011 at 1:03 am #

    Now someone just has to borrow me their little girl so I can make this for them! So cute!

  20. Jessabells March 30, 2011 at 1:42 am #


  21. Mormishmom @ Funky PolkaDot Giraffe March 30, 2011 at 1:57 am #

    These are fantastically cute!!!! Thanks for sharing the fab tut with us.

  22. Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants March 30, 2011 at 2:18 am #

    Amy, this is soooo cute! What a lucky little girl.

  23. Jen-CraftOManiac March 30, 2011 at 2:30 am #

    THIS IS SO SO SO CUTE. I love it. I want one for my Bella Boo. Great job. winks-jen

  24. atrendymom March 30, 2011 at 2:33 am #

    Love this idea. My brain is busy thinking of all the holidays I can make variations of this for. Thanks!


  25. VickiT March 30, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    This is such an adorable shirt. Thank you.

  26. roweaglejacket March 30, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    Sew very cute!! I might try this one even though I have not done much sewing in the past. It’s adorable…

  27. Jaime March 30, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    Fabulous job!! And great tutorial!

    I’d love for you to link up to Wow Me Wednesday!

  28. Amber March 31, 2011 at 2:35 am #

    Oh my goodness, this is SO adorable!

  29. Laura March 31, 2011 at 4:34 am #

    I love this idea! It looks adorable and your directions make it seem simple enough to do.

    Thanks for sharing!


  30. Rachel March 31, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    That is so cute! What a great idea!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

  31. JamieS March 31, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    Adorable! Can’t wait to try it!

  32. M* {Daydream Believers} March 31, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    SO cute! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your how-to! I made ruffle heart tees for my kiddos for Valentines day and had the hardest time trying to cover the heart shape with the ruffles…they just looked messy. Sewing the ruffles to interfacing first and THEN cutting the shape out = a GREAT idea! Nice work! I’m a new follower 🙂 Michelle

  33. The Gunny Sack March 31, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    This is SO cute!!! I will have to make my daughter one of these for Easter!!

  34. Pati @ A Crafty Escape April 1, 2011 at 1:34 am #

    I saw your pic in a link party and knew I had to make one for my daughter. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  35. Kelly April 2, 2011 at 12:04 am #

    darling! love this idea!

  36. Lina - Fancy Frugal Life April 2, 2011 at 12:09 am #

    I love ruffles, Easter, and kid shirts! lol So perfect and cute 🙂

  37. Alison@Oopsey Daisy April 2, 2011 at 12:09 am #

    SO cute, Amy! I love how you zig-zagged all of the ruffles with pink thread! It’s the perfect touch!

  38. Binge Crafter April 2, 2011 at 12:18 am #

    This is wonderful! I found you through Tatertots & Jello & I just love this & your blog! I’ve done several appliques but this really takes it to the next level. Thanks so much for sharing! If you have some time, please stop by my blog too!

  39. Terra April 2, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    This is so cute!

  40. Amanda @ Serenity Now April 2, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    Amy, those are gorgeous! Your instructions look very easy to follow. Thanks so much for sharing. I had to smile, b/c I linked up with Tatertots and Jello and saw your link near mine. I have the exact same child’s t-shirt in my little thumbnail. 😉

  41. Holiday Snob April 2, 2011 at 12:49 am #

    This is beyond cute. BEYOND. Love it so much and I would never figure it out on my own, so THANKS for a tutorial! (stopping by from tatertots and jello)


  42. Brittany April 2, 2011 at 1:31 am #

    This is adorable!!! You did a great job! Found you through tatertots and jello. Thanks for sharing!

  43. Kelly April 5, 2011 at 3:41 am #

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!I’d love it of you joined the Glitter Link party!

  44. Jocelyn April 7, 2011 at 3:54 am #

    This is definitely going in my favorites folder of fun crafts to try out sometime. Those shirts are adorable!!

  45. Anne Maskell April 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    This is wonderful! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  46. Tammy @ Type A April 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    love this, great tutorial. i have a party that goes from tues-thurs, i would love you shared this.

  47. Katrin April 10, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    Dear Amy,
    as you probably know, I have a blog, showing collected ideas from all over the www. I love what you’ve shown here and want to show this idea at 17. April. I fit ist not okay that I show your idea, please send me an e-mail or leave me a comment. Otherwise I assume that it is okay to show it. Thanks.

  48. Erica April 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    I absolutely love these adorable eggs. I made them and put them on a table runner. I linked back to your post for the tutorial. I really liked your tutorial, it was easy to follow. Thanks for sharing such a great idea. Come by and check out my post!! Thanks!

  49. Breanna Veth April 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    I am your 2000th follower!! This egg tutorial is simply ADORABLE 🙂

  50. Holiday Snob April 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    I just added us as followers, and I used your tutorial to make an Easter Egg party dress, THANKS!

    I just scheduled the post with pix and a link to your tutorial for tonight at 9pm (MST)

    Feel free to grab a “featured” button 🙂

  51. casserole April 22, 2011 at 1:58 am #

    This is soooo cute! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  52. Cathy April 22, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    Oh Amy
    Simply wonderful!!!
    Thanks so for sharing
    Happy Easter

  53. Dacia July 6, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    This is so super adorable! I want to try it with an ice cream cone 🙂 Thanks for sharing your tutorial!!

  54. Biz March 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! I just pinned this to make later!

  55. Mathew March 20, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    This blog is content amazing information about Easter decoration which is very useful for me. It very important information about Easter festival.
    Thank you very much for this great information.
    Easter Table Decoration

  56. Amy Kirchhoff April 9, 2012 at 2:01 am #

    Thanks for the inspiration! I included your post in my Take a Peek @ My Pinterest: Easter Edition post. Hope it brings you some traffic!

  57. Lily July 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    Adorable!!!!! I’m planning on doing this soon 🙂

    sheldon clothes folder

  58. IsaLilyMom April 8, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Love this! I plan to do it in a Minnie Mouse shape for my 2 daughters and my niece for our upcoming trip to Disney! registered & protected

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