This shirt was easy to make and turned out so cute! Every year I say I’m going to make a patriotic shirt, and then the holiday comes and goes and I’ve done nothing. But not this year! This would be great for Memorial Day picnics, Labor Day get-togethers, as well as July 4th fireworks.
You can use a tank top or t-shirt, ribbed or not, any size. Just get some red and white striped ribbon and some blue and white polka dot ribbon. I saw some with stars on it that would be cute too. You could also use plain red ribbon and leave space in between when sewing it on so the white shirt shows through. I like using grosgrain ribbon better than satin because it’s sturdier and keeps it’s shape better, but satin works too.
The first thing I did was cut the blue and white ribbon into small strips and arrange them on the shirt. Make sure to heat seal your ribbon edges before you pin them on. You’ll have to play around with the size of your strips. You want them to be short enough to hold there shape and not flop down when wearing the shirt.
Pin them on, overlapping each other. I used four on one shirt and five on another. Whatever works for you. Larger sizes might need a fifth loop. I pinned three in a kind of semi circle and the fourth and fifth ones I pinned a little lower than the the others.
You want to catch the ends of your blue loops in the seam of the striped ribbon. So make sure the last blue loop is far enough down. You might have to adjust the blue loops a bit when pinning on the stripes, so don’t sew them on yet.
Next, I ruffled a bunch of the red striped ribbon before I cut it into strips. You can lay it out on the shirt to see how much you need and then double that amount to allow for ruffling. I found it easier to ruffle a long piece, but you could cut into strips first if you’d like.
Now you can arrange your striped ribbon. Cut it to fit and make sure to heat seal the ends before pinning down. I put two pieces coming out from the side of the blue loops and two longer pieces below the blue loops.
Sew on the striped ribbon first. Tuck the striped ribbon ends under the blue loops on the first two stripes. Place the third stripe over the lowest blue loop ends. Now sew down the blue loops, near the edges. I always go back and take out the gathered stitch I used to make the ruffle… And that’s it!
Wear your flag shirt loud and proud while you’re having summer fun in the sun… If you’re having too much fun to make your own, you can buy one from my etsy shop.
Happy 4th of July!!
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