Okay, I know, I know: more ruffles….
So I grabbed a few of those extra red and green strips from when we made the ruffle towels and did almost the exact same steps as when we made the pink & green ruffled shirt… but just turned everything on its side.
Using a washable marker, draw graduated lines in a Christmas tree shape on the front of a blank shirt (I love the cheap Garanamals ones from WalMart. At under $4 each, they are very affordable, and with great details like the lettuce edge at the sleeves and hem, I love them).
Decide how you want to lay out your fabric strips. The strips should be about twice the length of each tree “branch.”
[Or you can make it super simple and just leave the strips long, trimming them after you’re done sewing each line.]
Then, starting a strip of fabric at the beginning of each line, scrunch an inch or two with your fingers (making sure to keep the front of the shirt smooth underneath and the back of the shirt out of the way (so you don’t sew it closed!). Sew down the scrunched area, then scrunch up another inch or two along the marker line and sew that down. Repeat until the length of the marker line is covered. Cut off any extra fabric when you reach the end of the line.
Repeat steps with each fabric strip marker row until you have yourself a lovely ruffled tree.
Add a button (oh, a star-shaped button could be lovely!) to the top of the tree to finish. [I went with a small red stacked on top of a natural wood button.] Sew your button(s) on, and you’re off to the races! [You could even add more buttons as ornaments if you wanted.]
And huzzah! Easy as that, you’re all done!
Now add a quick & easy pair of ruffle pants in the same fabric, and you’re off to the races! Woot woot!
So, anyone else out there jazzed about a special Christmas tee that doesn’t cost a fortune?! Yes, please!
Addicted? Want more DIY ruffled cuteness to make? Read on…