Monday, October 29, 2012

How I Embellished a Tank Top (Or Using Up the Leftovers)

I'm sure you've all seen tutorials for making fabric flowers (if not, you can look here, here, or here). I have made these flowers in a variety of sizes out of calico, felt (here I made a hairbow bouquet for a baby shower)  and -- my favorite -- old t-shirts (here and here).

There are a couple of different ways to cut out the petals; I've cut out circles and I've cut out kind of free-form flowers. I tend to like the circles for little-girl hairbows, since they give more of a pom-pom feel, and the petals for anything that needs to look a little more lady-like.

For this project, I used tan muslin and bright white cotton left over from other projects. I cut out 3 free-form flower templates (small, medium and large).

Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the smallest size. I didn't realize until the very end that I was going to need it, sadly.

To make flowers like the one on the tank top, you will need to cut:

8 large petals (4 in tan and 4 in white) --this is the base for the 2 larger flowers
16 medium petals (8 in tan and 8 in white) -- these are the middle section of the large flowers, and make up the smaller one
2 small petals (I did these in white)

The other tutorials say to hot glue the petals together. Since my flowers were going on a shirt, I had to stitch them together and then stitch them on the shirt.

I got the tank on clearance at WalMart for $3...I actually like their tanks for layering because 1) they're inexpensive, 2) they're readily available, and 3) they're longer than some of the other tanks I've found...nobody likes a tank that creeps up, right?
This project took me about an hour to finish, I think; but then, I had two extra kiddos that day, so there was a lot of stopping-and-starting involved. That's just how it goes sometimes...we do what we can, when we can!!!

Linked up to Flour Me With Love Funky Polka-Dot Giraffe Crafty Confessions Mad In Crafts House of Hepworth The Train to Crazy Katie's Nesting Spot Whipperberry I Heart Naptime The Brassy Apple Making the World Cuter


  1. Yup, I think it´s better too stitch them too than use a hot glue. I love the finished product! :)

  2. Replies
    1. Haha!!!!I love a grammar Nazi. ;) Thanks for stopping by!

  3. cute DIY on the tank!! i love it and your outfit is so cute

  4. this is great! you totally transformed that top. much love!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog too
    xo Jessica

    1. Thank you, ma'am! :) I'll be back to visit again.

  5. How cute is this!! I'm so glad to be following you, love your blog:)


  6. so cute! I adore your blog and all of your outfit posts:)


Comments make my heart happy!!! I'll always try to reply!