Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Add Felt Flowers to a Store-Bought Tee-Shirt ~ Twirly Tuesday

Remember last week’s tutorial about adding ruffles to a store-bought tee-shirt? As the 12yo and the 8yo were planning this feminine frill, the 14yo hesitated. She’s not exactly a tomboy, but she isn’t frilly and flouncy like the others.

So when she said she just wanted to sew on some felt flowers, I jumped at the opportunity for her to practice her button-sewing skills. J She thought the flowers were enough to add a few pops of color to the otherwise plain shirt, and I was eager to encourage her creativity.

First, she tried on the shirt. We pinned a safety pin at the lowest point where we thought the buttons should go. {Ahem. J}

Then, once the buttons were chosen and carefully arranged on the shirt, we snapped a photo with the iPad. Next, we propped up the iPad so that the 14yo could see her arrangement and sew on the buttons in their pre-determined places. That way, the memory or guess work was eliminated.

What the 14yo wore ~

Denim skirt ~ Liz Clairborne skirt originally purchased by my mother and handed down from me J
Tee-shirt ~ Wal-Mart, girlified J
Tennis shoes ~ Kohl’s sale {for comfort walking through the ginormous state fairgrounds}

What do you think? Easy-peasy, huh? J You can do it!

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  1. What a fun project! My 13 year old thinks it would be super cute for her little sister (and could use some help with her button sewing skills as well!)

    1. Hmm, Helene, as a birthday or Christmas gift for a sister? Tremendous idea! :-)

  2. I appreciate the helpful and smart tips!

  3. What a great idea. We use buttons quite often for decorating tops but sometimes they're too heavy for the fabric. This is a great alternative.


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