Friday, February 26, 2010

birthday shirt tutorial/surgery

i've been working on emily's birthday shirt for far too long now!  it was getting frustrating because i was putting too much pressure on myself.  I got my inspiration from lil blue boo

cupcake template
heat n bond lite
scrap fabric
fray check
sewing machine

trace(or freehand) the bottom of the cupcake onto heat n bond
iron onto a piece of scrap fabric; cut out and place it onto your shirt-iron into place
cut 1/2 inch strips from your other piece of scrap, stich up the middle with longest stich and gently pull to create a gather--apply some fray check to the raw edges.

fold ends of ruffle under and hand stitch onto the cupcake base.  continue with remaining strips, using a shorter piece each time
next, add the tulle to the base of the "frosting"(if desired)

*after this was finished i attempted to add ruffles to the sleeves.  i again, will blame my difficulties on my sausage fingers.  i totally ruined the sleeves, and therefore, needed to do some surgery.*

i removed the cupcake from ruined shirt, attached a piece of heat n bond to the back, and set it in place on a new shirt.(thank goodness i thought ahead a bought a couple of shirts on sale!!)

ta daaa-birthday outfit is finally complete!

i'm sure a more experienced sewer would not have had problems putting ruffles on the if you want to-go for it!!  lol  i've also been searching high and low for a red button to use for a cherry, but i have not found one yet!  i still have a couple of more places to look around the house before she wears this on monday!!


  1. That cupcake looks so Yummy..I WANNA EAT IT! Super Lucky Birthday GIRL!

  2. I'll try to get you that button tomorrow...tagged you here...

  3. That is SO cute! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Swing by my blog... I have an award for you! :-)

  4. I have a little surprise for you:


  5. That is amazing! I am so in love with it. I think I want to make birthday outfits for my children. Thank you for the inspiration! Again, I have to tell you about the puddle of drool as a result of your talent.

  6. That is an adorable birthday outfit!

    Great job! :)

  7. How cute! My little one is turning two in a few weeks and this would be so cute. I love it!


  8. That is the cutest thing ever! Good job! I love it.