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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Tutorial: Fourth of July {Ruffle} Skirt and Flag Shirt

I'm excited for the Fourth of July this week and I'm even more excited
that ruffle skirt from last year still fits her!
It was another labor of love like the Rainbow Ruffle Skirt, so I was glad
that would could get another year out of this lovely ruffle skirt.

It is 6 layers of ruffles and I used the same technique I used for 
the Rainbow Ruffle Skirt to create the tiers and connect them.
I wanted the skirt to be 11-12" long and I wanted 6 tiers of ruffles,
so made each ruffle piece 2.75" wide and each connector piece 2.5".

This was a stash buster project because I used fabric I already had.
I love stash busters because it means not standing in the cut line at the fabric store,
and it helps to put a teeny tiny dent into my rather out of control stash.

I finished all the raw edges with an overstitch to limit the fraying and keep it pretty.
I paired the skirt with her white mary jane shoes 
and the sandpaper print flag shirt I made to go with the skirt.

The sandpaper flag print is so easy to do and I used the same technique as the rainbow shirt
I made for Kara Noel's daughter's birthday last year.
It's even a project the kids could do with you because it's safe and not messy.

Grab some CRAYONS, SANDPAPER, and a PLAIN T-SHIRT.
Color your design onto the sandpaper.
Remember that the design will be reversed and be sure to make the 
layers of crayon extra thick.
 

Place something between the inside of the shirt, so it doesn't bleed through.
Then, the sandpaper design down on your shirt, place a paper towel on top of the
sand paper and then iron on the cotton setting for 30-40 seconds.
Remove the sandpaper when you're sure the design has transferred, 
and then to set the design set a paper towel top of the new design and iron.
Pop it in the dryer for 20 minutes to set the color and BAM! Cute shirt!

I hope you have a fantastic Fourth of July and that this pretty ruffle skirt
inspires you to make something festive and patriotic!


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