Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
Is there a little girl in your life in need of a sweet little birthday tee to help celebrate her big day? This little tee, a variation on the ruffled applique technique I used in the Ruffled Candy Corn Tee and the Ruffled Easter Egg Tee, might be just what you’re looking for!
For this project, you will need…
One Plain T-Shirt
Cupcake File from the Silhouette Online Store (I used 3_cupcakes_C00366_20509)
Lightweight Fusible Interfacing
Washable Ink Marker
Assorted Ribbons and Trims
Basic Sewing Supplies (Machine, Shears, Etc.)
step 1 / Cut out a cupcake liner and birthday candle design with your Silhouette, and discard all of the negative space around and within your images. Note: I created my candle number 2 here using the Silhouette Studio software, but there are also candles available in the online store.
step 2 / Take a small piece of your fusible interfacing, and draw a cupcake top with your washable ink marker, making sure it is proportional to your heat transfer design elements. Line up your trims on top of your sketched shape until your achieve a look you like, making sure all portions of your cupcake top are covered. Stitch these pieces to your piece of interfacing with your invisible thread.
step 3 (optional) / If you want to add an extra touch to your tee, ruffle a couple of pieces of your ribbon before stitching them to your tee. You can do this very simply by using this shortcut ruffling technique. Stitch these ruffled pieces to your interfacing using your invisible thread. Note: When you are finished, no white space should be visible within the boundaries of your cupcake top.
step 4 / Flip your stitched cupcake top piece over, and carefully stitch along the line of the outer perimeter of your shape, as shown. Now, trim as closely as possible around this line of stitching, taking care not to snip through your stitches as you work. If desired, seal the edges of your finished cupcake top with some Fray Check.
step 5 / Stitch the cupcake top to the center of your tee. Iron your cupcake liner and birthday candle heat transfer embellishments above and below your cupcake piece. Tip: Don’t apply too much heat to your heat transfer, or your design will pucker up. I learned this the hard way! If desired, stitch a piece of trim along the bottom edge of your cupcake top piece.
You are finished!