I am nuts about the flower applique shirts that are out there, bring on the flower power. I am not nuts about the price. $50 for a T-SHIRT??? Unless that thing cooks dinner for me and takes me to a movie, I can find better things to do with $50. Especially because the odds are high that this said shirt will get some sort of child DNA on it whether that be pee, puke, blood, snot or drool…Oh the joys of motherhood.
So I set out to make my own! And for CHEAP!
I bought (2) V-neck T’s at Wal-Mart for $2 each. Yep that’s right TWO-DOLLA-BABY! I bought one in my size and then bought a second in a XXL. I am cutting it up so might get my money’s worth!
I started by cutting along the seams and separating the shirt. I then cut it into 2″ strips and from the strips, I cut a bunch of these guys below.
Next I battled with that $#*$&^@ sewing machine for about 1 hour (please omit this step if you try this at home!)
Then, I just did a gather stitch by hand. Believe me, hand sewing this entire shirt was faster than the time it took me to battle the beast! I put two petals on top of each other and off centered
I gave them a good ‘ole gather stitch So I now have a bunch of these cute little guys.
I originally had a different lay out in mind but when I pinned them all on the shirt and then tried the shirt on, I just didn’t like the way they were placed. I couldn’t get them in the right positions so that they weren’t like “HELLO! HERE IS EXACTLY WHERE MY NIPPKES ARE! IN CASE YOU DIDN’T ALREADY KNOW!” So after a couple of re-pins, I decided to steer in this direction.
I pinned them along the neckline, tried it on to verify they looked OK, took the shirt off and hand stitched them in place.
I had more of these cute little flowers just dying to be used, so I added a few to my left hip area at the bottom of the shirt. Ryan is glued to my right hip so they found a happy place on my left hip :)
I didn’t get any of me actually wearing the flower power shirt but it’s super cute! You will just have to make your own or take my word for it!
I am pretty excited with my $4 shirt! I have left over shirt material and flowers so I am sizing up just about everything in my wardrobe wondering what else I can add a bit of flower power to!
Comments & Reviews
Dee Burns says
I love your Flower Power creation. It turned out so darned cute. I do sew and always looking for ways to make things easier…I will have to give this a try. I bought Tee’s at Joannn’s recently on sale to cut up and make a Tee shirt cover for my Cricut. Tee’s are a wonderful base.
Thanks for the inspiration. Really like your style.
Thanks for the nice comment Dee! (I’m blushing a bit!)
Erin of HomeSavvyAtoZ.com says
Thank you so much for linking up at Savvy HomeMade Monday. Cheryl. We are partying again and I hope you will stop by! :)
The Gunny Sack (@TheGunnySack) says
Super cute! I just bought a plain tee from Target that I am going to “pretty up” but haven’t decided how yet. Thanks again for linking up today!
Love this! Thanks for linking up to the Creative Genius Link Party! I’d love to see you link up again tomorrow!
I am having trouble following what to do between cutting and laying out the flower shapes and the gathering. Did you just do a few gathering stiches (though both layers) in the center and then pull them tight to make them pucker? Anybody try using a different color for the flowers than the shirt?
Jan, that is exactly what I did. I layered them at different angles and stitched!