Spring has sprung and now’s the perfect time to update your little girl’s wardrobe with a few spring additions. We’re about to show you a really fun way to do some of her closet recycling-by hand! This craft does require a sewing machine and some patience, but once you see how simple it is, you won’t be able to stop making them!
Here’s what you will need to complete this project. We used our Short Sleeve Toddler T-Shirt by Rabbit Skins in a size 7. If you have a larger or smaller t-shirt you may need to adjust the amount of ruffle. But it’s always better to have more than not enough!
- T-Shirt (a basic tee is fine)
- 2 yards of large ruffling
- 1 yard of small ruffling
Wash and dry your t-shirt before starting any sewing. Since you are sewing ruffling to the sleeves and bottom, you want to make sure that the shirt-is pre-shrunk. Otherwise, once you sew and wash, you could end up with some unwanted bunching.
Step 1: Fold the t-shirt in half and press a good crease into the front. This will help you in step two. Decide how short you want your jacket and cut straight across the bottom, taking off the length that you do not want.
Step 2: As you follow the crease line, unfold the shirt. Then cut the front of the shirt (not the back) up the middle.
Step 3: Round off the front inside corners of the t-shirt to make the front of the jacket curved.
Step 4: This is probably the most difficult part of the project. You need to fold in the edges of the cut parts of the shirt and make a 1/2″ seam allowance. Press the fold down with the iron as you go and it will keep it in place long enough to pin the large ruffle.
Step 5: Turn the shirt inside out and pin the ruffling to the inside of both sleeve openings, leaving the frilly part hanging out of the sleeve. A good guide is the hem stitching on the sleeve. This will help you keep your ruffling straight. Now starting at the top of the collar, pin the large ruffling all the way around the t-shirt.
Step 6: SEW! Now you can stitch all the ruffling on, taking out the pins as you go.
You have finished your very first bolero jacket. You can add a cute button on the front for detail or leave it plain. This is such a great craft because your only limitation is the color combinations you choose. You can keep it traditional with pastels and coordinating colors, or make it hip and funky with bright and bold colors.
We’d love to see you try this out. If you do, send us your pictures! We’d like to know what you think about this craft. Share your thoughts below. Thanks and happy crafting!