Ruffled Tee

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I was crazy with redesigning tee shirts for awhile and this one was my favorite.


I’ve been cutting up tee shirts again. I bought 2 of these ’tissue tees’ at Target and cut up one of them to make ruffles for the other…they were cheap so cutting one was fine! That’s my story…


I cut one of the tees into 6 long strips then sewed a basting stitch close to one side and pulled into a ruffle…no need to hem…knit is a beautiful thing.

Picnik collage

I played around with where to put the ruffles and then pinned them in place…


Then just sewed the ruffles into place and ironed them a bit!


I’ve got to quit buying shirts with the idea of cutting them up!


  1. Julie Garmon says:

    I don’t know what a basting stitch is. Is this a problem?

    Love this look!!

  2. I love this! The ruffles add that girly and fun touch!
    .-= Jenny´s last blog ..Dress Design for Shabby Apple Dresses =-.

  3. Your shirt turned out so great. I too have an addiction to buying clothes with the purpose of refashioning them. My husband thinks that it’s ridiculous and calls it t-shirt cannibalization.

    I am having a Top-toberfest celebration this week at my blog. I’d love it if you’d come and link up this and any other shirts that you’ve made, embellished, or refashioned. It’s kind of a t-shirt show and tell.
    Here’s the direct link to the Link Party.


  4. Very cute tee. I’m going to have to go to Target and try this.
    You are so talented!


  5. So cute! I can’t wait to try this! :)

  6. I’m so in love with ruffles! I have tons of T-shirts at home, so I’m going to give it a try. Thanks so much for the tutorial!. I like reading your blog. I’ve done DIY projects and posted on Take a look at mine and feel free to promote cool projects from your blog!

  7. I am sooooo in love with these fabulous ruffled t-shirts you have been designing and creating!!! You need to start taking orders! This just might be my favorite yet.

  8. looks fantastic. unfor., i don’t sew. thanks rose
    .-= rose´s last blog ..THE HORSES =-.

  9. Pinky says:

    Are you kidding me???? You need to start a LINE OF CLOTHING!!!!!!!!!!! I really want one of these, I KNOW you coould sell them!!!!!!

  10. Absolutely the most fabulous T I’ve ever seen! I love it and want to make some too. Thanks for showing the process.
    .-= janae king´s last blog ..Rubies and Pearls- Felt Flower Bobby Pins =-.

  11. this looks great!
    .-= Leslie´s last blog ..The Big Moments =-.

  12. Super cute. And, p.s., I’d kill for your torso! I’m short waisted so if I wore this I’d look like something out of the Wizard of Oz. LOL

  13. Fantastic! I’ve been really wanting to try something like this, looks great!

  14. I’m making one of these today! Thanks so much for the easy instructions…

    Jennifer :)
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Easy Twirl Skirt a tutorial =-.

  15. This is awesome, I love this! I was just at Old Navy and saw shirts like this, and almost bought one. Glad I didn’t! Thanks for the super easy tutorial! Happy Fabric Tuesday :)
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Castle Peeps Doll Quilt – done! =-.

  16. Love this! really creative and cute!
    sewing is not my forte… :) check out some of my makeovers @

  17. Beautiful! I seriously need to try making one (or four) of these.

  18. I absolutely love it! I have been thinking of making one just like this, but haven’t had the guts to try it. Seeing yours is giving me the courage to go for it! Thanks!

  19. I LOVE it!! I wish I could refashion shirts.. maybe one day Ill be daring enough to cut up a shirt!

    - Michelle @ Bunch of Craft

  20. SO cute!
    .-= Amy Lynne´s last blog ..Tired =-.

  21. So so so so cute. Maybe you could start to buy some tee’s with me in mind if you have too many? :) Love this ruffle idea!! Thanks for linking up :) See you next week!
    .-= Quiltstory´s last blog ..Heathers halloween runner =-.

  22. Love how a plain T comes to life with some dimention!! I LOVE this!! Thanks for the tutorial also!

  23. So jealous of your talents. And I mean that in a good way!
    .-= Ellie´s last blog ..I surprise myself- it doesnt take much =-.

  24. This turned out super-fab! Excellent job!
    You should come link this up to my Making It With Allie Party!

  25. Beautiful job! This style is so cute and flattering on you.
    .-= Kim @ Cheap Chic Home´s last blog ..Fabric Fun Thursday No 20 =-.

  26. I LOVE this look! How amazing a simple grey tee can look! Thanks for sharing! you’ve got me motivated!

  27. I love the ruffless–something about a ruffled gray tee that just makes me smile. Thanks for linking up to Beyond the Picket Fence’s Under $100 Party.
    .-= Becky´s last blog ..Under 100 Linky Party =-.

  28. Awww… I like it. I like it! I shall try it! :)
    .-= Melony Ralph´s last blog ..She felt like trashbut she was His treasure =-.

  29. You make it seem so easy. This shirt is really gorgeous! Happy Friday!
    .-= Southern Fried Gal´s last blog ..Easy Pumpkin Patch Brownies =-.

  30. Love it! Thanks for sharing your idea!
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Tasty Tuesday- Crock Pot Chicken in Sherry Sauce =-.

  31. I LOVE this! I obtained a hole in my cute pink tissue tee (darn nail!) and it’s in the worst place ever on my chest and THIS would be the perfect solution. Thanks for a beautiful idea!

  32. Robin I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! what a cute idea!!
    .-= TidyMom´s last blog ..I’m Lovin’ it Wrap Up 10-24-10 =-.

  33. You did an awesome job! Love this t-shirt! I want to try one now!
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..The Verdict =-.

  34. That is just so cute! I just bought a couple of cheap grey t-shirts. Now I know just what to do with them.

    Thanks for sharing at My Backyard Eden.
    .-= Carolyn´s last blog ..Easy Holiday Placemats =-.

  35. congradulations!!! This was the most viewed link last week at Whatever Goes Wednesday at I am highlighting it this week.

  36. Love this t! I’m going to have to try this! Thanks for the tutorial!

  37. Love it!

  38. I love this project. Ruffled tees are so cute. I would like one in every color. I love that fact that you actually get the job done. I buy the materials but don’t get the project finished so kudos to you. Great job.
    .-= Gail´s last blog ..Reminscing about the 2009 Indiana Trip =-.

  39. I love the look of this one. I may have to try one similar.
    .-= Cassi´s last blog ..UnDead Walking =-.

  40. You are genius. That is so inspiring. It looks straight out of J-Crew too. Fantastic job!
    .-= audrey´s last blog .. =-.

  41. This is genius! Each time I buy a shirt at Anthro or Jcrew I think to myself “I could make this thing.” I knew it could be done! Great job!

  42. OMG This is a GREAT idea!! Thanks for sharing! You should totally make these and sell them!

  43. Wow, this turned out so beautiful and professional. Thanks for the tip!

    Warmly, Michelle

  44. Love your T-shirt idea. So creative. I will definitely have to try it. Thanks fro sharing.

  45. I love ruffles! And this turned out great!!!! Of course, I love the gray color too. Great job! I might have to try this if I an ever find the time!

  46. kelley says:

    I’ve been looking for just the “right ruffle” project! thank you!!

  47. Danielle says:

    This shirt is fantastic! Do you sell these???

  48. Laurin says:

    Love the shirt….love the skinny waist and tummy just as much.

  49. Abby Marriott says:

    Hey I LOVE this shirt…but I’m new to the whole sewing ruffles scene. I could really use some better instructions. Three questions: How wide and long were your strips? Did you wrap the ruffles in a semi-circle or in lines? And, did you sew them on with a machine or by hand? If you could answer those I would be SO happy. Thanks!!

    • Robin says:

      Abby…I just played it by ear the ruffles were about 1-1 1/2 inch’s I think and I doubled the area I wanted to cover leaving room to ruffle the fabric…The ruffles are lines that meet in the middle because it’s easier to do 2 smaller strips of fabric when making the ruffle…I always use a machine and if you google How to make ruffles…you’ll find lots of great tutorials. This post was more to give an idea on how to use ruffles on a tee shirt so I didn’t go into how to make ruffles! Good luck!

  50. Maggie says:

    I so want want of these, can you make one to order?

  51. One question…are the edges of the ruffle raw or stitched closed then turned inside out and flattened? Thanks so much, Maggie

    • Robin says:

      Maggie…the fabric is jersey, same as the tee, and it doesn’t have to be hemmed! Oh praise be!

  52. abuzer says:

    güzel gögüsler

  53. Great idea. Thanks for the tutorial!

  54. TinKanner says:

    thanks this is a beautiful idea, simply executed

  55. LOVE this DYI ruffled T-s!!! Brilliant really.

  56. Oh my….I am in LOVE. I might have to get my mom to help me with one and then give it a go myself! I am a complete sucker for ruffles for me and my girls. Found you from pinterest! Off to check out more of your stuff:)

  57. I love this t-shirt! I love it so much I actually have it “pinned” for a birthday present to myself. Problem is, I DO NOT know how to sew. Do you sell these anywhere? If not, were you inspired by a store that carries something similar?

    • Robin says:

      Leah…I don’t sell them. I’m sorry. and I was inspired by all the ruffles everywhere last year! (my go-to clothes come from J Crew) I don’t think I saw a similar one, I just experimented with the ruffles until the design looked right! This really is an easy think to do, but try an old tee shirt first! xo

      • Erika says:

        You should really think about selling! These are fabulous, and I know I’d buy one for sure!

  58. I love the idea! I am new to sewing but am up for the challenge! How did you sew the ruffles? After they were pinned or one by one?

  59. Sheri says:

    Did you pull the strips before stitching them to the shirt? Not yet tried this but, hope to very soon! Thanks for sharing!

  60. I have been toying with making a recycled ruffle t-shirt here lately. I came across your tutorial. Did you use any kind of backing for your ruffles? I’m concerned about the ruffle part being too heavy and pulling down on the shirt.

  61. Amanda says:

    I know it’s a year later…Which way did you cut the shirt? Mine have seams down the sides.

  62. I love this t-shirt! Can’t wait to give this a try. I’m wondering the same thing Amanda is…how did you cut the shirt? Thanks for a beautiful idea!

  63. Aboslutely love this….. ive never sewn in my life but would love to try this!! Is there a video i can see how to do this step by step???

    • Robin says:

      Liz…I don’t :( I know there are great videos on sewing out there. I bet there’s one on how to do a ruffle!

  64. Lauren says:

    Did you sew them from the inside? I’m not great with ruffles. gonna try to get my g-ma to help.

    • Robin says:

      Lauren…I just sewed the ruffles on the right side w/ the same color thread! G-ma will get it done I bet! xoxo

  65. can I buy the ruffled tee from you??

    • Robin says:

      Cara….I’m sorry I don’t have any time to make things to sell right now! I promise though, they’re easy!

  66. Elizabeth says:

    Ditto everyone’s comments on here about how great this shirt is! I am unclear as to how you created the ruffles. Anyway you can jot an easy 3 step process? Just not sure what to do with the strips once you cut them (i.e. how to configure the ruffles and then sew them)

    Thanks so much! Sorry if this is a silly question :)

  67. I’ve added this to my Pinterest! I shall make this very soon, I hope! great tutorial.

  68. erickapugh1214 says:

    you should start making them! they are great..mabee even with diff color ruffles. if you do let me know i would so be some!

  69. so cool=
    just tweeted


  70. tkinninmont says:

    I have made something like this before but you are right, it is really easy. It looks hard and complicated but it is not. Thanks for posting this. You did a great job and inspired me to do this for myself.

  71. I just found your blog and have fallen in love with it. I adore all of your t-shirt ideas but I have a question. We’re shaped alike but I often have trouble finding t-shirts that show that I actually have a waist. Are you tailoring them? If not, where are the best places to buy project shirts that show off curves. Thanks and I look forward to following your blog.

    • Robin says:

      Hi Ash! Happy to meet you! To answer your question, I do sometimes take in my shirts if needed. But often times they work fine! I shop at all the “cheap” places! Target, H&M but my favorite store is JCrew. (Any of the shirts I cut up though come from places like Target!)

  72. Don’t stop I love the idea it’s awesome

  73. Sharon says:

    LOVE IT! Really want to try this when I catch a 2-fer sale. How did it look after you washed it? I know that jersey knit can roll up on the unfinished ends and I usually like that but I wasn’t sure if I would on an already ruffled shirt. Thanks!

    PS: Def going to follow you on Pinterest now! Yippee!

    • Robin says:

      Sharon, the ruffle did curl but I looked great wash after wash! I suppose the only issue would be if the ruffles were very small and they rolled making them too small after a wash…:)

  74. Robin you make me want to save up for a sewing machine!!! Love this tee and been entertaining the idea of making my own clothes. Cool to see you are in Atlanta too. Keep up the great work! Thanks for sharing this idea.

  75. What a great tutorial! I love reconstructing boring t-shirt into something fabulous like this. I like it so much, I ended up including it on my blog…

  76. phyllis walz says:

    how much is one of your shirts, i love them.

  77. Cecilia Vinueza says:

    Im a latin-american lady I love making my own clotes tankyou for share very interesting tips.

  78. Truly, you work miracles!

  79. I can see how this has becomd one of your most popular projects. It is so cute!

  80. which way did you cut the ruffles – horizontal or vertical? Thanks.

  81. Michelle says:

    I just took a sewing class and this looks like a cool starter project. Not sure about basting on one side. Are you folding the strip then stitching it. It would be so cool if you could do a tutorial video on Youtube!

  82. Stephanie says:

    I tried to sign up via e-mail, but it wouldn’t let me. Any idea why? Also, love the t-shirt! Question about the sewing the ruffles…did you do it by hand or machine?

    • Hi Stephanie! I’m so happy to meet you…can you tell me if you tried to sign up on my sidebar? I really appreciate you giving me a heads up…and about those ruffles…I did them w/ my sewing machine! ox


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