May 3, 2010

"Bouquet" T-shirt Tutorial!


A bouquet of flowers for Mother's Day?

That's original!


But you might get a few brownie points for putting a handmade bouquet onto a cute shirt for mom!

All it requires is making a few flowers, and stitching them to a tee! Some of these flowers I made from other tutorials, some I made up myself;

To make the flower on the very top, fold over white nylon chiffon (or any non-fraying fabric) until you have 8 layers:

1. Then use pinking shears (or sewing scissors) to cut a rounded rectangle with a flat bottom in three sizes:
(the largest of mine was about 2" tall)

2. Lay out all the pieces, putting the smaller on top of the larger.

3. And sew them all in a row, using a straight stitch on the longest length.


4. Then pull one of the threads to gather them all up into a flower shape.

5. Tie the ends together to secure!
You can either use lots of the same flower, or make a "mixed bouquet" like I did! Here's how I made them:

Flower 1- I simplified this tutorial, using one layer of fabric, and a regular button in the middle instead of a covered one.
Flower 2-I used 2.5" of fabric, folded in half, and gathered by machine. Then I rolled it up, from one end to the other, and made a couple of stitches in the middle to secure.
Flower 3-I used 1.5" white ribbon, folded in half, and sewed it in a spiral, twisting as I sewed.
Flower 4-I used this tutorial from Made By Lex


6. Then lay out all your flowers onto the top/side of your shirt, and stitch them on, by hand or machine:

7. And cut five, 1/2" strips of knit in the length of your shirt.

8. Arrange them on the shirt, starting at the flowers, and coming down to the side seam of your shirt:

9. Pin, and stitch on with a narrow zig-zag stitch!

And you're done! So pretty!

I love it in all white, but I think it would be really fun if the flowers were in different spring colors too!
I'm all out of tees to refashion, so I added it to this dress! :o)

It was difficult to capture the prettiness of it, on myself, but it's lovely in person!

No dead flowers, no checking the water, no cleaning out the vase!
And they'll last forever!

(This "bouquet" would also be cute on a throw pillow!)



Have you seen Dana's adorable citrus bag she posted today? I really want one!!
Check it out, here:

Have a great day!!

87 comments:

  1. First one to comment! Holy cow! I feel so special!! I love this shirt! is so pretty and dainty!! I think I am going to need one!

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  2. Gorgeous!!! And missy you are a gorgeous model!!

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  3. super super cute! i love this!

    Justine

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  4. LOVE this idea! I might copycat it for a throw pillow, though, since that's where most of my creative energy is going these days. :)

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  5. I absolutely adore this!!!! :)

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  6. yeah, I think you've captured the loveliness just fine! The all white is perfect, love it.

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  7. yeah, I think you've captured the loveliness just fine! The all white is perfect, love it.

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  8. Wow! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Seriously. I'm gonna have to make one for myself. I was just looking at a friend's shirt with a large flower that was so pretty. Now I know how to make one myself--even prettier though. Great job.

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  9. Soooo cute. And of course you look adorable in it. :) I love this. Thanks!

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  10. hands down my favorite tutorial you've ever done. BEAUTIFUL!!

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  11. I love it!! I can't wait to try it!

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  12. Gorgeous! And you look absolutely lovely!

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  13. Love the flowers, thanks so much for the tutorial! Happy Mothers Day!

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  14. This is just screaming FEMININITY. And I love it! Another beautiful idea Disney:) Perfect for Mother's Day!

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  15. super sweet! and might I add that I love your hair color!! so pretty!

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  16. Absolutely stunning! Hopefully I can find the time to make myself one. Gotta get my skirt for Mother's Day done first:o)

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  17. Hello from Italy.
    I absolutely adore this!
    The color and the delicate flower are gorgeous.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Cata

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  18. You are so beautiful! And of course- beautiful work!

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  19. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [03 May 03:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  21. Hi Disney i gave you a trendy blog award over at my blog! Thanks for being such wonderful inspiration to me!!
    http://getcraftin.blogspot.com/2010/05/im-trendy.html
    XOXO- Ana

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  22. thats really beautiful your look so cute in it

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  23. Oh my goodness, this is *so* gorgeous, feminine and creative...I can't wait to make it, thank you so much Disney!!! Honestly, this top/dress would cost at least $80 at Anthro or JCrew...:)

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  24. I absolutely love your tutorials! Genius design. My girls will be sporting this on their shirts and dresses soon. ;)

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  25. haha wow! I just LOVE how you have done this top!! It was so funny, because I have had an idea like this in my head forever (I suck at making them come to life), and I have not seen it anywhere else but here today, and you did it so beautifully!!
    I am so in love with same colour, different textures at the moment.
    It's beautiful Disney! :)

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  26. I will be selfishly sewing myself one of these! I love it!
    Happy belated bday to Paige!

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  27. It's beautiful! I can't wait to make one!

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  28. I'm not sure my Mom would wear it, but I will definately be making myself one! Hehehe!!!!

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  29. Your pics are always so great, so photogenic! So it makes me wonder, is your husband behind the camera? I don't think my hubby and I would be able to do a photo shoot together, I would feel to uncomfortable. I have to know who you have doing this for you, I don't think Paige can quite manage it yet LOL.

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  30. absolutely gorgeous...just purchased a similar shirt at ann taylor loft...won't tell you what i paid for it!

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  31. Thank you, Taylor! That's sweet, I feel like I'm the least photogenic person alive, so that's nice to hear!
    Yes, it's usually my husband who takes the photos of me. And I look at the camera after each photo and tell him "turn up the ISO, frame it a little more to the left, blahblahblah!" He puts up with so much! :o)
    (and then, of course, I do the cropping and photo-editing later, hehe!) I wish so much that I had an on-call model with no life at my beck and call. :o)

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  32. so PRETTY!! ^^ u r sooo creative..

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  33. do you get sick of hearing how amazing you are? lol. I am always so inspired by you!

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  34. Wow! That is AMAZING! And where, oh where, did you get that skirt?!

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  35. You are seriously the most talented person ever! I love love love this tee! So gorgeous!

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  36. You make all the cutest things on this blog!!! Everytime I open the page, I get inspired to (--err... attempt to) recreate your stunning creations!!!

    Unfortunately, the other week I was making a quilt for my boyfriend (2 year anniversary gift! hehe) and my sewing machine broke! =( Nobody's been able to fix it, so I guess that means it's time to invest in a new one. Mind if I ask what kind of recommendations you might have?? I normally don't do huge projects like a quilt, just try and keep it to refashioning and (trying hehe) to make cute things like you.
    Any input (from ANYONE!!!!) is welcome!

    thank you in advance and keep up the great work!! =)

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  37. OH my gosh, are you kidding? your pictures totally capture the beauty. It is so lovely! I love it on you, especially with your gorgeous whispy hair.
    Just beautiful Disney.

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  38. Love this!!! I'm definitely inspired...I will make one for myself so I can wear it to church on Sunday. LOL!

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  39. gorgeous! beautiful! magnifique! so delicate! I am in love now! Can I marry your dress? :-)

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  40. WOW!!!! This is stunning! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

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  41. I love this!! I personally don't wear tank tops, but Hayden does!!

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  42. Absolutely beautiful and very useful to give a second life to all the girly T-shirt here at home (little and big ones!). Thanks for sharing. Cheers.
    Valerie

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  43. super cute!!!!! i love this idea! i just might have to try myself!

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  44. You're so sweet, Dana! This is actually my "just woke up" hair, :o)

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  45. That is SO beautiful!!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-applique-a-lovely-spring-bouquet-on-a-plain-tank/2010/05/04/
    --Anne

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  46. how can so many talents be in just one person ?
    beautiful dress and model

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  47. I seen this yesterday before I went home and all I could think about all night was making this shirt for mother's day..

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  48. Oh my goodness so cute. Thanks for sharing the tutorial ;)
    Many Blessings,
    Molly

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  49. It is beautiful! I will be making one for me for sure! Thank you for sharing.

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  50. Ok...this is soooooo adorable! Please stop posting such cute pictures because I am still trying out some of your projects from months ago and I'll never catch up! J/K- keep them coming!!

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  51. we must be on the same wave-length....i have been DYING for new ideas to embelish shirts!!! Disney to the rescue!!! you go girl!
    ~selina (sis#1)

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  52. Disney,
    I have been admiring your work for months. I'm a newbie at all this but decided it was time to comment now. You are amazing! You make me want to quit my job, move in next door and sew all day with you.
    LOVE the shirt, but I am seriously waiting for the skirt tutorial. The whole outfit is beautiful, including the model...
    Thank you for all of your inspiration.

    Susan

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  53. Oh my, that's stunning! Love it!

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  54. Amazing! Love it! Wish I could make it! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. (What does it feel like to have almost 4000 followers and getting 10,000 views a day. I remember seeing your blog before you got 100 followers and telling you that you would be wildly successful. I was totally right!!! Congrads.)

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  55. Lurvely flowers. I think I might need to make some.

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  56. You are awesomely talented, I am stunned by you every time I come to your blog! I'm gonna try to do this by myself, although I'm not that gifted in the sewing area, but I will give it a shot! Can you tell me how you made the skirt? I just bought some lace fabric and maybe I could do a skirt out of it too. Love this blog!

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  57. fabulous, exactly fabulous. I have been working on a black tshirt, red flowers on it, as ı saw your work on a turkish page.( I'm also turkish by the way) Ihave changed my mind immediately and chaged my design according to yours. I'm a follower from now on, I'm alsoua blog writer by the way. Please visit some time, maybe you may also follow me. It is in turkish but there are lots of images also.And I should mention that you look very pretty in your tshirt. I will share my own tshirt on my blog.
    love from turkey:))

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  58. Lately, because of the hot weather sneaking' in, I am going nuts over appliques on tank tops, but this is SOOOOO beautiful! I will have to do this one too! And this photo shoot of you is just lovely!!

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  59. I freaking love this! I especially love the different types of flowers and it looks so good in monochrome, wouldn't want it any other way. NICE!!

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  60. This was a great tutorial. I just made two flowers, stacked them and then sewed them to a pin. My daughter needed something to dress up a little shrug she's wearing tonight. It looks great. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  61. My cousin and I are currently in the making of this top! Super cute! We both love it.

    I am using a $3 Walmart tank. We have one flower partly sewed on.

    My cousin, "Wow, we just turned your $3 tank to a $10 tank. We upped the price!"

    Thank you for your inspiration.

    I linked your tutorial to my blog :)

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  62. The bouquet design is very creative. I also liked the skirt you wore in that picture. Would you show a tutorial on how to make that skirt?

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  63. Nice design....
    It's a lovely dress with flower. Thanks for sharing these great pictures and a nice idea.

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  64. I so love this! I'm going to miss you! Best wishes.

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  65. This is SO cute. I absolutely love the different textures and layers you used with the flowers.

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  66. I made these with different layering colors and they looked really cool! Also, i used a similar texture ribbon, it came out great! Thanks so much!

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  67. Thank you for this cute idea! I know I'm a little belated in commenting, but I made this for a friend of mine for Christmas but I used a cream tee (not a tank top) and cream for the flowers and ribbons. She loved it and wears it often:D All of your tutorials inspire me! i want to make me some of the granny chic slippers someday soon^_^

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  68. Hi There,

    Just wanted to give you some comment love...I am featuring your tutorial over at my blog: http://www.willblogforbeauty.com on Monday. Lots of linkies back to your blog so hopefully you get some increased page views ; )

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  69. so adorable!

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog - thanks for sharing!


    doro K.

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  70. So sweet for summer! Thank you.

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  71. I made a similar shirt but managed to get a bunch of wholes in it and had to patch them up because I just didn't want to get rid of it after all that work. Come visit my blog if you want the long story. Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I linked back to your post...thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas.

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  72. IN LOVE with this tank top! I'm always looking for ways to change my current clothes up instead of having to buy new things! <3

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  73. That is THE cutest tank top I have EVER seen. I just looooooooove it. Thank you!

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  74. hello madamme.. :) i was thinking on what to do for my English demonstration speech,so I decided on how to customize your own shirt. Then i saw this on Google. and i fell in love with it. it's very lovely and classy. thanks so much, now i have a wonderful demonstration to do. thanks a lot!! :)

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  75. Great idea thank u 4 showing the new look and the way to make

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  76. bien joli et super ID bravo et belle soirée
    bises

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  77. how has it held up in the wash? just curious...

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  78. The Made by Lex website seems to be down. Any chance you would post brief notes on how to construct that 4th flower? Love your ideas and tutorials. Thanks so much.

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