August 8, 2011

How to use fabric circles to form a ruffle

You will love this easy method to make ruffles for clothes 

Or a pillow

I saw this on a blog, I just don't remember who's?  If anyone knows, I would love to link it up.  The blogger had put fabric circles on a white undershirt and it was so cute I would love for you to see it!

This works best with t shirt material, I had this shirt in my closet forever and never wore it.  I was going to donate it when I thought...Wait a minute!

I cut 40 approximately 3" circles.  No need to be precise.

Fold the circle in half, then fold again and again.  The original instructions said to hand stitch, but I'm always in a hurry so I used my sewing machine and ran a stitch close to the point.

Then open into a flower

Pin the flowers on your fabric in any pattern you choose, close together or far apart.  Then attach with a couple of stitches through the center of each flower.

I found a black and white t shirt at the thrift store and cut 35 circles to put on this black shirt.  No need to buy a new shirt to cut up when you can pick one up at the thrift store

On the shirt I put some extra stitches on the outside of some of the flowers to make them lay flatter.  I get compliments from total strangers every time I wear this shirt

What is it about our pets, every time I bring out the camera

There they are! I was trying to photograph the pillow, not you guy's.

This was a little tedious, but a good "Sitting in front of the TV" project.  I love the results and it certainly was easy.  

I can see using these circles on all sorts of projects

Now, before I let you go I want to show you a couple giveaways I was ohhhh so lucky to win!

From Joselyn at The DIY Spot I won a vintage Koehler  book and journal.

And from Laura at Decor to Adore I won the Oh La La giveaway from her travels to France.  Feast your eyes!

Thank you Jocelyn and Laura!

Finally, I want to highlight a special blogger.   Debbie at Words Up On Wheels  made a special effort to stop in at Orange Tree Antiques and see my booth while she was on vacation.  She wrote a post about it and nicer words have never been written.  Debbie is an unbelievably talented writer, I would call her blog "Word Candy", stop over and feast your eyes!

Happy Creating!



Anonymous said...

those are great projects.. Those tee shirts are so pricey and so popular,, Anthropoigy, (sp?) has them and wow they are quite pricey,, what a clever lady you are!!

camp and cottage living said...

Congrats on your wins! Lucky lady.
I love the simple ruffle idea. I wonder if it would work with light weight wool? I have several boiled wool jackets I'd like to dress up for fall and winter. This would sure be an easy way to add some color to them.

Imperfections said...

I know what I'm going to do this afternoon! Dress up one of the 3.oo walmart tanks...

Michelle said...

Thank you so
much for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comment. I was especially excited since you have one of my favorite blogs. I have just finished a Pink And Polka Dot marathon, I have been a follower for sometime, but just went through over the past weekend and read and reread every post you have ever written. My conclusion, your a GENIOUS! Will you please adopt me and move to New York? You are so generous to share your tips and tricks and your pricing. I just started an Etsy shop and the information you have given out is so valuable. I will be thinking good thoughts about you often.
:) Michelle

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

Cool! How simple too, I can do this Carol!

Ruby Jean said...

Oh So pretty....I LOVE the Pink Pillow...but I think I LOVE the Kitty Cats even more... : ) You did a beautiful job and I can see why you would get so many compliments on the black one...It is very Striking so would certainly be an eye catcher...And Congratulations on your Giveaway Wins...It is always so much fun to win.. : )
Hugs to you and your Kitty's Auntie Carol...

Sylvia said...

Oh this would look pretty on a denim jacket too!! Thanks for sharing.

Still havent tried the altered books...but it's on my to do list. :D

BECKY said...

Love this idea, Carol! Gonna try this one too! I will finallly be listing my tags when my computer gets back up!

I think I am going to do this on a pillow!
Your kitties are soo pretty! We have a seal point siamese and a tabby.., and a rat terrier and a bearded collie! Full house for sure!
Talk to ya soon!

Gina said...

Congrats on the wins!

I love this ruffle idea. I made a few pompom flowers for my lamp shade using this same technique. Who knew I could make ruffles too? Thanks for sharing.

Nancy said...

Very neat, Carol! Thanks for the how-to. I just might have to try that!


Lucy - By the Hill said...

Hi Carol! this is too cute! Have been checking in here now and then and oh my!! You sure are one creative lady!! ...energetic too!!

Createology said...

Your flower circle ruffles are just the perfect touch on your pillow and tops. I love how they really add just the right amount of flair. Your kitties are precious and should be photographed. Now I am heading over to Words Up On Wheels...

Debbie said...

Well, first, THANK YOU! You are very sweet, and word candy is a great improvement over blabbermouth any day!

Second, I love this! I just recently purchased two tops with that exact look. Mine are in the collar bone/neckline area. They give a simple top a little dressing up (And I also think they camouflage my big bosom for some reason. Maybe they draw the eye upward?)

Anyway, I am so jazzed by this because I have some older t-shirts that would do perfectly for the flowers. I really plan to do this. I LOVE yours.

Anonymous said...

Oh Carol you're so darn talented it's amazing! I think even I (the non-sewer) could do this). Thanks for another wonderful technique! BTW, my cat Leo looks just like your black and white kitty! So cute!

Hugs from Jacalyn at

sissie said...

Very pretty Carol. I think I'll borrow your great idea. Wonderful wins too.


Nancy said...

Wow! You have wonderful Luck!! I am keeping my fingers crossed I win a Janome today!! I Love this post Carol and the Black Top is stunning!! I need more time in my day, that's all their is to it!!

Huggs, Nancy

sissie said...

Hi Carol,
I got so wrapped up and in awe over your cute flowers that I forgot to tell you that I just love your kitties. They are both so sweet looking and I just know they help you out so much!


Vicki said...

Hey that is such a great idea and simple enough that I can do it! lol

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

The black and white is my fave.

Cozy Home Scenes said...

Your kitties are so pretty. My 21 year old cat died a few years ago, so we're just a dog family now. Yours look like they are so fluffy and loveable!

Congrats on your wins! I really like the embellished shirt you made. Reminds me of my teen years. My mom and I would window shop at the high end department stores, then stopped by the craft store to recreat the look for one of a kind clothes for me. You know how it is with teens. I used to feel self conscious about some of our handmade creations, but every time I wore them girls complimented my clothing and wished their mom would help them put together pretty clothes.

As you and I know, embellishing your own stuff is a great way to get pretty looks for less. Have a great day!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Wish I could wear a M :) The idea is so cute and so anthro chic Carol. xoxo

Sharon said...

I love this idea to make fabric flowers and your kitties are beautiful!

Bliss Lissy said...

What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome projects. The possibilities are endless.

Bliss Lissy said...

What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome projects. The possibilities are endless.

Beans and Buttons said...

Really cute!! What a simple concept with a big impact!

Anonymous said...

Clever idea to use the circles on a really "jazzed" it up, and I liked it and the pillow, too. It looks simply enough that even I could make one!
Your give-away gifts were both so nice!!
Thanks for sharing your idea!!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

This is super cute, Carol, and I think I can actually do this!!! Love your cats!!! I only have one cat and she loves to check out the action when I'm crafting or typing or taking pics. I guess it's that cat curiosity we hear about!

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

I love these ruffles Carol!! I do this with felt but never thought of fabric on clothing?!! Cute :) Will try this ASAP :)
Beginner sewing project...yay :)


Tina Eudora said...

Congratulations on your wins Carol and I LOVE the adorable kitties that help you craft!
I went over to visit Debbie's post on you and I have to say once again that your shop is so special and beautiful Carol. You have made that spot so alive with your energy creativity that I can see now why you are so successful!
Have a great weekend!
Tina xo

Just Jaime said...

This is an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing it with me!