Monday, September 06, 2010

ribbon embellished tee

I saw this tee the other day.

I loved the idea but not the price tag or the color for that matter.

So I decided to make my own!

As soon as this super cute tee was finished I ran upstairs and put it on!

Come along and I'll show you how.

You will just need a:

t-shirt ( I got mine at Anne Taylor Loft for $9.99...they are the best tees!)
thread matching the ribbon

First Cut:

18 - 4 1/2 inch ribbons
19 - 3 1/2 ribbons

Fold them in half and iron them.

Then singe the ends of each ribbon with lighter or a match.  
This way the ribbon won't fray.

You will pin 4 rows of ribbon to your shirt:

First Row Starting with a Short Ribbon:  7 shorter Ribbons & 6 longer Ribbons

Second Row Starting with a Short Ribbon: 7 shorter Ribbons & 6 longer Ribbons

Third Row Starting with a long Ribbon :  3 longer Ribbons & 3 shorter Ribbons

Fourth Row Starting with a long Ribbon:  3 longer Ribbons & 2 shorter ribbons

For the First row:

Start with a shorter ribbon and pin it to the middle of the shirt at the neck then work your way to the left and then the right, alternating short and long ribbons.  You will be sewing these on 1/8 of an inch from the edge of the them so that seam ends up being right at the seam on the neck.

Point the ribbons up.

For the Second row:

Do the same thing starting in the middle with a shorter ribbon 3/4 of an inch down from the First row.

Pin the ribbons pointing down.

For the Third row:

Do the same thing starting in the middle with a Long ribbon 1 1/2 inches from the Second row.

Fo the Fourth row:

Do ths same thing starting in the middle with a long ribbon 3/4 of an inch from the Third row.

Next stitch the Second, Third, and Fourth rows down.
Sew them 1/8 of an inch from the edge of the ribbon.

Here are they are sewn.
Just the top row left to do!

Sew the top row down 1/8 of an inch from the edge of the ribbon.

It will look like this.

Now pin them down.

Note-when you pin them down make sure the top of the ribbon at the neck bumps right up against the neck seam of the shirt.

Then stitch the ribbons down at 1/8 of an inch from the top of the ribbon.

It will look like this when you are done.

I hadn't sewn in awhile so this project was really fun for me to do!
I cut and ironed the ribbons one night and then one morning did all the sewing.

Today Trey called me "A craft lovin' Mama."

Trey buddy you know me know me well.

Now get out there all you "craft lovin' mamas" and make you some Ribbon Embellished Tees!


Kara said...

SO cute!! Thanks for sharing!

Kara @ Mine for the Making

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Pretty cute - and easy!

Anonymous said...

Wow, amazing!! Great job! :)

Michelle L. said...

I love it, it looks like a statement necklace!

Bonnie said...

That's an awesome idea. This will be the new big thing after ruffles.

Valerie said...

That is a fabulous copy! I can't wait to make one for me! I have filed this at

Thanks so much for sharing!

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

adorable. Loved it...

terrid614 said...

awww so flipping cute! what a great tutorial! thanks for sharing!

Bessie said...

Love it... i want to see you model it for us :)

Goldielocks said...

Girl, that is CRAZY! I literally just foundt his shirt yesterday and was obsessed with it.. i'm too thrify to pay that much for a shirt. you did a fantastic job and i like your colors way better!

sarahespn said...

I love it and would love to see what it looks like on to get a better idea! Thanks for sharing.

Heather said...

Adorable!! I love it. Off to make it! Thanks for sharing!

Jill@Barnes Yard said...

It looks identical! I love it!

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

This looks identical to the Gap shirt (except for the color). Very cute! I am featuring this at

sisters4saymoreismore said...

super duper cute! i love an embelished tee... makes me happy!


Bridget said...

okay you are so impressive.

Lauren said...

OMGosh. I now know what I am making this weekend!!

CreativeMama said...

So simplet, yet distinct. Thanks for the inspiration. my DD's next dress will have this for sure