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!
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
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!
Sew a cute t-shirt for a little girl in your life to wear this Thanksgiving. This ruffled turkey tee is so easy to stitch up. Let’s get started!
I love creating seasonal shirts for my kiddos, and this little turkey tee was borne of my latest ruffling obsession. What a fun way to celebrate Thanksgiving in style!
Before continuing reading about this project, check out this post on a super easy ruffling method I use that makes ruffling your strips a breeze.
For this project, you will need…
Fabric in various patterns
Fusible web (I use Heat and Bond Lite)
Light- or medium-weight fusible interfacing
Washable ink pen
Basic sewing supplies: Coordinating thread, machine, shears, etc.
Optional: Ribbon, pinking shears
step 1 Create your turkey templates by sketching a bowling pin shape, an oval for the tummy section, and a cone shape for the beak. (The size of these templates will depend on your personal preference.) Cut pieces of your chosen fabric just larger than your templates, as shown. Adhere fusible web to the back of each fabric piece, then trace each of your templates onto the paper backing of its respective fabric piece. Cut your shapes out (I used pinking shears to cut out the tummy piece for added interest), and set the tummy and beak pieces aside.
step 2 Using your machine’s scallop stitch, use a scrap piece of fabric until you find a scallop size that you can use for your turkey’s eyelashes. Measure the width of this scallop, and then use a washable ink pen to mark the width of your scallop on your main body piece for each of your turkey’s eyes, as shown. Use these marks as guides to stitch a scallop for each eye. (You should start precisely at the rightmost mark for each eye, and end at the left mark.)
step 3 Position your tummy and beak pieces on your main body piece. Remove the paper backing, and iron them into place according to the fusible web package instructions.
step 4 For your tail, sketch a template for your individual tail pieces that is more narrow at the bottom than it is at the top. Round the top and bottom edges slightly, as shown. Your template should be about one and a half times as long as your main body piece. (The pieces will be the shape of a megaphone.) See diagram below.
Cut your template out; trace onto the back of your turkey tail fabric with a washable ink marker, and cut the pieces out. (I used pinking shears to keep the pieces from unraveling excessively during washing.) You will need 7 tail pieces total. Using the ruffling method linked above, ruffle each of your tail pieces, starting at the narrow end and working to the top.
step 5Arrange your ruffled pieces as shown on your piece of interfacing. (They will come together to look like a fan.) Trim the interfacing so it is just larger than the perimeter of your fan.
step 6 Starting with the outermost tail pieces, pin them into place as shown. Starting at the wide end of one of your pieces, stitch directly over your ruffling stitches to affix the ruffle to your interfacing. When you reach the point formed by the two pieces, pivot, then continue stitching up the center of the next tail piece to secure it as well.
step 7Pin your next ruffle pieces in the same manner, overlapping the edges slightly with the preceding tail pieces, as shown. Stitch as you did in step 6. Continue pinning and stitching in this manner until all of your tail pieces are secured. (Your final piece should fall directly at the center of your tail and be straight up and down, as shown.)
step 8 Stitch all the way around your tail in a fan shape, about 1/8″ from the outer edge. Carefully trim just outside of this stitching, taking care not to snip any of the threads as you go.
step 9 Iron your tail piece onto your top, positioning it as desired. Stitch a scant 1/8″ inside of the stitching you did in step 8 to secure your tail to your top. Position your turkey body on top of your tail, and iron it into place. Stitch to secure the body to your top, making sure to stitch around the body, tummy and beak pieces so they don’t lift up later on. If desired, accessorize your turkey with a bow.
Isn’t she a beauty?? I am loving those lashes! Admittedly, she looks a bit like a peacock, but I suppose that just means Charlotte will get more mileage out of this shirt even after Thanksgiving has come and gone. 😉
Helpful hints and tips:
To wash your tee, turn inside out and launder using a delicate cycle. Lay flat to dry.
No scallop stitch on your machine? Hand-stitch little “v’s” with embroidery floss instead.
Wanting a more polished look for your ruffles? Use a rolled hem to finish the edges, either with a serger or using my faux rolled hem method.
P.S. Looking for a fun project for the little guys in your life? Don’t miss my I Heart Turkey Tee!
Ever since I discovered how easy ruffling can be (see the post linked below), I am wanting to ruffle everything. This morning’s project is one that was borne of my current obsession. 😉
For this project, you will need:
One plain straw wreath form
Basic sewing supplies: machine, thread, etc.
step 1) Cut 1-inch wide strips of your muslin fabric using pinking shears. (These can be of varying lengths, but the longer your strips are, the easier the next step will be.) Using my shortcut ruffling technique, ruffle each piece.
step 2) Working with one ruffled strip at a time, wrap them around your wreath form, securing them with hot glue as you go. Work until your wreath base is entirely covered in ruffles. Isn’t this a gorgeous effect?
Now, if you’re going for a look that exudes understated elegance, you can leave your wreath as-is and adorn it simply with a bow. (Wouldn’t that be a lovely option for Christmas?) Or, you can come back later today when I’ll show you exactly what I did with mine.
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