Thursday, August 02, 2012

Upcycle T-Shirts into Rosette Embellishments


I know my family always has a bag of t shirts that are too small just waiting for the next yearly garage sale.  But...you can use up some of those t shirts in a new way.  Just cut strips of various lengths and make rosettes.

This is a super easy way to use up old t shirts and give your baby a chic look.  It's also a great way to hide stains on solid color onesies or t shirts, too.  This same technique can be done on any other fabric or clothing item as well.

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Materials
·         Onesie or t shirt
·         0.5 inch and 1 inch strips of old t shirts
·         Coordinating  thread

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**These were onesies I had previously tiedyed.  You do not need to tiedye yours for this tutorial.  I just like tiedyed onesies.  A lot.  And I picked up used ones at thrift stores for super cheap and dye them all the time.


1.       Cut strips of t shirt roughly ½ inch to 1 inch in with by various lengths.  I do this from the leftover sleeves from making upcycled pillowcase style dresses out of old men’s t shirts.  




2.        To form the rosette, roll up a strip of t shirt in kind of a smashed way, like the picture.  Make sure to keep the ends tucked into the back of it.  The longer the strip, the larger and thicker the rosette will be. 


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3.        Once you are happy with the size of the rosette, pin it on the onesie.

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4.        There are two options to sew the rosette. 



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a.        Beginning at the outer edge, sew around and around in a spiral until you finish off in the middle of the rosette – make sure you backstitch at the beginning and end.  Try to get as much of the fabric into your stitches so that nothing is loose. 


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b.      Another option is sewing a big zigzag back and forth through the rosette, just make sure nothing is left loose.  With the red rosette, the zigzag design can easily be seen.


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5.        Once you are satisfied with your rosettes, you’re done!  You can add some extra embellishments such as hotfix crystals as shown in the second picture below.

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©2012 Stephanie Pass Sewing Chick Studio / The TipToe Fairy

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3 comments:

Crafty Mischief said...

Tied dyed onesies AND rosettes? I'm in love! Thanks for sharing! :)

sammysgrammy said...

Aaahhhh, a girl after my own ♥

Nicole@Show Off Friday said...

Those are just gorgeous!