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« on: June 27, 2010 07:13:03 PM »

By request, I have put together a tutorial on how to make the floral tank top, shown here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=349842.msg4078413#msg4078413


1. You'll need a plain white tee shirt(or other color/material) of your choice that you don't mind cutting up. Fold it in half.


That way you dont have to cut so many; it's all done at once!

2. Cut various sized circles out of cardstock or cardboard and place them on your shirt.


3. Trace with a fabric pen(washable!) and cut out.


4. You are going to take each circle and fold them in half, three times. So they end up like this:


5. Next, thread a needle with the color of your tank top and insert it at the bottom of your folded circle.


6. Weave the thread in and out a few times, staying near the bottom. It doesn't matter how it looks, no one is going to see it. Don't forget to knot it!


7. Unfold your circles. The more folds you do, the "rufflier" it will appear.


8. After you have cut out the amount of flowers you would like to use, choose an embellishment to go in the center. My JoAnns class showed the finished product using sequins. *Warning*: if you do decide to use sequins, they will require much more sewing.(I will explain why in a minute.) I decided to go with this:


SIDE NOTE: I would reccomend sewing your plain flowers to your shirt now. It makes placing your embellishments on them later a lot easier!

9. Cut your strand into small pieces, about 1 to 1 1/2 inches long. If you use sequins, the thread that holds them together will come apart, leaving you with individual sequins. So be careful when choosing your embellishment. Plain ribbon is a good option to use.


10. Fold your cut piece to your liking and hold it up to your flower to determine how you want it to look like.


11. All that's left to do now is sew it on to your shirt inside the flower. I chose not to do the embellishments on every flower.

VARIATIONS: You can alter this tutorial a few ways. I have the flowers on my tank top spread out for a more casual and deconstructed look. You can place the flowers tight together, along the collar, etc. I have done this with another shirt and even placed some of the flowers on the straps.

Instead of cutting circles, I have read that you can acheive this look using a heart cutout.

The combinations are endless, making this a great accessory to add to any shirt.
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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2010 09:40:12 PM »

This is too cute! Definately will try this one out soon  Grin  Thanks for the tut.!
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2010 10:32:29 AM »

A side note(that I should have put in the acutal tutorial) is, that if you do want to try this out, I would suggest NOT using cotton for your flowers. They will shrink and shrivel up in the wash and come out in small tiny clumps that do not resemble  flowers in the slightest. I found this out after I had washed mine. If you would still like to use cotton, then definately hand wash it. :]
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2010 09:14:15 AM »

Regards to the cotton, what if it's been prewashed? I always prewash and iron my fabrics so I'm guessing the shrinking won't be a problem?
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