Wednesday, November 18, 2009

embellished tee


What's the perfect gift this Christmas season? The correct answer is... anything handmade.
If you are in my family don't be surprised when you open one of these corsage tees from Santa... even if you're my brother. Okay, I will limit it only to the girls.

I am going to post some of the tips for making the fabric embellished tees I showed on Studio 5. The first tee is seen below where I mixed different fabrics, sizes & layers of rosettes.
For these rosettes I used a die cut flower from Sizzix. If you don't have a die cut machine Martha Stewart has some great instructions and templates here.
What fabric should you use? Any. I used knit fabric because the ends don't fray when you wash them. I also used a twill fabric for the grey rosettes because I liked the texture. I applied Stop Fray to stop the ends from unraveling more then they already have. I also used some vintage lace (thanks Margie!) and leftover quilting fabric.
Then there's just some simple steps:
Layer fabric & lace. Fold in half and stitch a few stitches along the fold with a needle & thread. Making sure you go through each layer.
Tie a knot & the fabric just blossoms... so easy! Just sew them to your favorite tee.

PS THANKS so much for all the wonderful emails I've received the last couple days. If I could, I would send a hug through an email to all of you!! xo I have the coolest blog readers!

60 comments:

Meghan said...

OOOOHHHH... I love this idea!! I have to run out to buy some fun fabric right now!!

Thanks for another fantastic idea... you're awesome!

Candace said...

you are amazing~ love this!!!!

Kathy said...

I love this shirt, so cute.

sarahmartina said...

Cute!

Elizabeth said...

I have been dreaming of doing this for months now. My sister is totally going to get something like this for Christmas (don't tell).

Aimee said...

Cute, cute. I wish I were on your Christmas list.

Ally0005 said...

Very cute! If I tried to do this it wouldn't look that good.
To bad you don't have an Etsy store.
Love the t-shirt!!!!!!

Stucki's said...

I am so excited you posted how to do this. I can't wait to try it out.

Just Us said...

Sew (hehe) gonna try these super cute flowers!! Also wanted to tell you how amazing Spark sounded-wish I could have been there!!

Natalie Park said...

Liz: I would LOVE for you to make me some of these! I am so not talented AT ALL when it comes to things like this. I would be happy to pay you for them! Please let me know if you would be interested!

natalie_park5@hotmail.com

P.S. I would want like four or five different sets! I love the colors you have.

ckmom78 said...

fabulous!!!!!!

Lora Oliver said...

You never cease to amaze me with your talent. Thank you for sharing this with us. I definitely need to make some.

Jen said...

Gorgeous!

CreativeChretin said...

How do you wash the tee after it has the flowers on it? Like delicate cycle with shirt inside-out?

clippergirl said...

Beautiful shirts, the flowers are amazing! Your family members and friends are going to love them! They are so lucky!

nichole duenke said...

such a cute idea!
you are SO creative! :)

iamahoneybee said...

That's so cute. I'll def have to make some of these!

Jenny Esterbrook said...

I too love these, and am also NOT talented in the sewing department......if you were willing to sell them to the previous poster, I would soooooo love to get my hands on these as well! I just know that yours will turn out so much cuter!! Please, Please let me know if I can buy some, my email is jennyesterbrook@yahoo.com If not, could you tell me where you got the tees that you used in this picture? it's a flattering fit and I haven't seen one like that lately. Thank you!!

Dawn said...

I'm with Jenny above..I can papercraft but TOTALLY lost when it comes to sewing..if you're interested in selling these.. I'd love once just like you have featured here! Not picky on the colors..but would just LOVE one! If you are selling them, you can get a hold of me at d.petrick@hotmail.com! BEAUTIFUL Liz!

krazgrl said...

This is too funny because I have been watching your Studio5 video over and over trying to learn how to make these little cuties. Unfortunately mine turn out looking like folded pieces of fabric not really BLOSSOMING FLOWERS. tee hee maybe I'm not using the right fabric. I'm going to keep on keepin on though. Maybe one day my fabric will bloom. :)

Wendy said...

My friends and I were wondering how you made those flowers...so cute! Thanks for posting this.

The Wooden Spool said...

OHhhh, ahhhhh! This is soooooo stinkin cute! LOVE! I'm off to gather up fabric scraps! Thanks for the great tutorial.
Hugs,
Laurie~

Jennifer said...

cant wait to try this! love it!

Becky said...

Thank you for the tutorial and the wonderful idea. I would love to know where you got your favorite tee? fits perfect!

bgrimnes{at}gmail{dot}com

Winter said...

I just love these flower tee's you made! I watched the video from Studio 5, and was so inspired, that I made the other one with the trim! I actually wore it to church on Sunday and got some comments one it, they were amazed that I made it! Thanks for the inspriation! :)

Scrapamum said...

That is so super cute and you made it look so stinkin' easy. Love it!

Latrice said...

I bought some great fabric quarters just yesterday to put a couple of these shirts together for sisters. Thanks for the quick tutorial.

Zarah said...

Oooooh I wanna be a part of your family now - those are amazing!

Elizabeth said...

Thank you so much for posting this, I've been waiting and searching the internet for directions. I've printed off the template from the Martha Stewart site. Do I use the same technique for making the hairclips? Thank you so much. Love your blog and can't wait to get your new book!!!

Kimberly S. said...

I love this idea! I have a ton of fabric I've been trying to decide what to do with!

Thanks for the continued inspiration, and congrats on your success!

Susan Yates (smarie1979@yahoo.com) said...

These are fabulous! I'm going to try it right away. If I use fabric that may fray, I may sew the flower on to a pin & remove it before washing. Thanks soooooooo much for sharing :~)

travelingmama said...

This is so cool! I'm going to have to try this for sure! Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration!

jamie said...

that makes for such a very beautiful tee.
i too would really like to know where the tee itself is from. the scoop neck and slim fit adds to the over all look.
thanks for the tutorial too.

Erin said...

Fab--and how do I get on your Christmas list? :)

suzy d said...

Gorgeous!!! You are gifted, girl!

The Hyde Family said...

These are so cute!! I stumbled upon your blog last week and I love it. I hope you don't mind my lurking:). You have such cute, creative ideas...very talented!

Karen

Kelly said...

Oh, your shirt turned out so cute! You have such a great eye for color. I'm always scared of laundering things like this, so I used a similar technique to make a headband. However, now I feel like I need to be brave and try that "no fray" stuff you mentioned.

Krista Nash said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! I really love this idea. Curious to know where you got the t-shirts from? If you wouldn't mind posting that detail, I'd appreciate it. Congrats on the book! Can't wait to get my hands on it.

Carol said...

oh so cute I am going to to this for sure! he he he I am giddy just thinking about it!

Charlene said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial! They are so pretty!

letter {A} studio said...

YEAH!!! I've been waiting for this tutorial :) I know what I'm making for Christmas!!

Goings on at the Glenn's said...

sooo cute! I love the shape of these flowers. the effect is just beautiful! Great job! Did you cut the lace out with the die cut as well?

Jessica said...

These are simply adorable and look so simple to make... I have to try it!! Thanks for the great idea... your shirt is soooo cute!

T,A,K,E said...

Yea! I have been waiting for this! Thank you SO much for showing us how to make them. You are awesome. Seriously, Thank you.

5price4ever said...

WHOOOAAAAAAAHHHH!!!These are beautiful.I have a Big Shot and LOVE IT!!!What sizzix die did you use to make the flowers? Would love to make mommy and me outfits..Girl you totally ROCK!!!!

Jenni said...

OMG, I LOVE this! I dragged my kids to the fabric store immediately after seeing this post and can't wait to try these tonight!! Where is your shirt from? I NEED it! =)
Jenni

tccba said...

Where did you get knits in cute prints? Did you use old t-shirts? I have been wanting to do this for awhile--just need the time!

Thanks,
Christine

Kari said...

I just found your blog on U Create..

...

...and I've decided that I WANT TO BE YOU!

Is that okay?

;)

tara pollard pakosta said...

these are adorable!!! I love the way you dress!
tara

Bethany Kartchner said...

Great idea! Thanks!

scrapwordsmom said...

Darling!

Sheri R said...

Soooo cute!
I'm definitely going to have to try this.
You're one talented lady! :)

Edward and Megan said...

Do you sell these adorable shirts on etsy or anywhere else by any chance. I am not the artsy type but would love to buy them! Please let me know!
Megan Smith
edandmegansmith@gmail.com

Rebekah Williams said...

Much anticipated, much appreciated. Thanks, Liz!

Michelle said...

That's the cutest shirt ever!! :) I'm all for the handmade Christmas gifts - they're just the best to give (and receive!!...).

JessicaS said...

Those are really too cute! Thanks for sharing!

jeanbean said...

simply adorable!

Angela W said...

Those are so cute! Thanks for sharing!

Small Burst said...

I am loving this! Gotta try to make this.

Tristen said...

Saw this on Studio5. LOVE IT!! Thanks for the inspiration. My sisters and I have been crafting tees and headbands for a while now. I am obsessed. Where do you get the large sizzix flower? I can't find it anywhere.