Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Tree Ribbon Shirt

If you've ever been on Pinterest you've probably seen the original version of this shirt.  It's just adorable!  The original is from a blog called Paige and Brooke.  I just couldn't resist making one for my daughter.

I went to Walmart for the shirt.  It's been my experience that Walmart is a great place to get simple, plain shirts for things like this.  Sometimes the plain shirts have pockets and sometimes they don't.  If they do, don't be discouraged.  The pockets come off easily with a seam-ripper and you can hardly see any traces of where the pocket once resided.  When I went to Walmart yesterday I was surprised to find a selection of solid colored short-sleeved shirt, long-sleeved shirts, and even turtle necks.  The color selection isn't bad either - they offer the basics.  Oh, and the price =  $3.88.  I'm sure they go on sale for even cheaper from time to time but I rarely (almost never) shop there, so I can't say for sure. 

So, I bought a shirt.  I was originally going to buy a white shirt but they didn't have Claire's size, so I went with a beautiful red instead. 

As for ribbon, I totally cheated on my precious Joann Fabrics and I went to Michael's.  They had a cuter selection. 

The button is from Joann Fabrics.

To begin, gather all your supplies and try to decide the order in which you want your ribbons.  Not as easy as it sounds.  I can't tell you how many times I rearranged everything (typical indecisive).  I added some non-festive ribbons from my own personal collection, to see what works, but I ended up sticking with the classics: red, green, white, and silver.

You can kind of see there's a pocket on my shirt.  I just took my seam-ripper to it and had it off within a few minutes.

Next, I cut all the ribbon pieces to the sizes I wanted and I folded the cut edges under to help prevent future fraying.  (I did not fold under the rickrack).

Now for the hard part: lining all the ribbons up straight, evenly spaced and centered, then pinning them to only the top layer of the T.  I'm sure if you wanted to take the time to add double-sided interfacing to each ribbon you will have less shifting issues when placing and sewing the ribbons, but that's up to you.

All that's left to do is sew each ribbon to the shirt and then sew the button on.  For the rickrack I sewed one straight line down the center, and for the other ribbons I sewing all 4 sides very close to the edge.

Ta-Da.  It's not perfect, but it'll do!

1 comment:

  1. AWESOME!!! I love it! I'll take a lil of your scrap ribbon to make one for AN or PNC. ;)