July 4th Flag Shirt Tutorial


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.

Flag Shirt Tutorial

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.

Flag Shirt Tutorial

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.

Flag Shirt TutorialNow 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.

Flag Shirt Tutorial

Flag Shirt TutorialSew 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!

Flag ribbon shirt

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.

Flag shirt tutorial

Happy 4th of July!!




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  1. 1
    Lindy@ItsyBitsy Paper says:

    Great job! She is a beauty. I hope you will link up to my Patriotic Project Parade!


  2. 3

    That’s so fun!!

  3. 4

    This is fabulous! I need to attempt this for my little girls…though I can barely sew a straight line!!! LOL

  4. 5

    So cute! I love how you attached the blue and that it’s poofing out! I featured this on my Friday 5! Have a great weekend! xo

  5. 7

    I am in LOVE with this shirt!

    Thanks for sharing @’Sew Cute Tuesday’.
    I’ll be featuring you tomorrow, so be sure to
    stop by and grab a ‘featured’ button!

  6. 9

    I love this! I’ve pinned it to attempt next year. This year this is what I made for my girls: http://smallfineprint.com/fourth-of-july-shirts/

  7. 11
    Courtney says:

    Just wondering, would this work for an adult shirt and if so, how much ribbon would you think I’d need. I’m in the process of making my girls a pillowcase dress and thought maybe mama needs something for the 4th to be festive with her girls :)

    • 12
      Lily Bloom Studio says:

      Sure it would work for an adult! You probably need an entire roll of the striped ribbon. You can play with the size of your flag…it might not need to be as wide on an adult shirt.

  8. 13

    I love this and am going to make it for my little girl this year. But I was wondering about the bow, did you make it and if so can you let me know how please :)

  9. 14
    Shelly Plemons says:

    This shirt is so adorable!! Could you please tell me how to ruffle the ribbon?
    Shelly P.

  10. 15
    Shelly Plemons says:

    This shirt is so adorable!! Could you please tell me how to ruffle the ribbon? Also how long would my ribbon need to be to make this on a kids size small 6-6X shirt?
    Shelly P.

    • 16
      Lily Bloom Studio says:

      To ruffle the ribbon: You do it just like any other fabric…Set your sewing machine to the longest stitch length and sew a straight line in the center of the ribbon, without backstitching at the beginning or end. Pull one of the threads while you hold the ribbon and make the ruffle as tight or loose as you want. I’m not sure exactly how much you’ll need. Measure the spot on the shirt where you are going to sew it…you’ll need about 1 1/2 times to double that length.


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