Yesterday I posted a brief tutorial on how to make a fitted shirt from an over-sized one. This tutorial will demonstrate how refashion the shirt by making a ruffle bib front. You can make ruffles and a bib from any material; scraps from a large shirt, or scraps from a second shirt.
Supplies and Equipment:
- Shirt or shirt scraps
- sewing machine
- Matching threads
- Fabric scissors
Step 1: if using your scraps from a t-shirt, use the hem of the shirt to make your ruffle – if in two pieces, sew them together. If using another piece of fabric, fold in half a rectangle so that there is only one raw edge, or hem one side of the fabric.
Step 2: Prepare your machine to baste: (change your stitch length to 4).
Step 3: sew a straight down the strip of fabric.
Step 4: Seperate the top thread from the bottom thread.
Step 5: Carefully pull one thread and work your fabric up, repeating the process as necessary until you have your desired ruffle
Step 6: Place ruffle around on your shirt and center.
Step 7 – in the mean time, prepare the flat part of the bib. You can do this by either cutting a rectangle and ironing the edges in, or sewing a rectangle on 3 sides and turning it right-side out. (similar to making a pillow or cushion)
Step 8 – Pin rectangle onto ruffle and shirt
Step 9 – Sew closely along the edges of the rectangle, tucking in the raw edges of the rectangle and the ruffle.
Step 10 – Add buttons and bows and you are done! You can learn how to make a bow HERE.
Here is my finished product: