Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sewing Friends: Courtney from Sweeter Than Cupcakes

Hi all! I’m Courtney, and you can find me over at Sweeter Than Cupcakes. What I love most about Project Run & Play is how it pushes me to try new things. During the last season’s “It’s all in the details” week, I created the shirt below with a twisted, pleated shoulder detail.

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I thought then that the twisted pleat would be fun for an applique, so today I bring you the twisted pleat flag tee perfect for the 4th of July.

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To make this tee you will need a plain tee, striped fabric for the twisted pleats, and a rectangular scrap for the “stars.” Cut a rectangle of striped fabric larger than you want the final flag shape to be. You can trim things down later.

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Fold the fabric wrong sides together along one of the stripes and pin.

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Sew along the next stripe over.

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Keep pinning and sewing stripes together until the fabric piece is all pleated. Just keep your spacing equal and leave room on each end to sew it to the shirt.

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Press one side of the pleats up and the other side down. Baste along each side. Trim the rectangle to the desired size plus 1/4” all around

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Turn the tee inside out and pin the right side of the striped fabric to the wrong side of the front of the tee.
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Sew around the rectangle with 1/4” seam allowance.

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Turn the tee right side out. Carefully pull the tee away from the striped fabric and cut it away. I cut from the center out to the corners and then trimmed along the edges.

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Use Heat-n-bond to adhere the “star” fabric in the corner. This is slightly tricky because it’s not a completely flat surface, but you just need it to stick in place long enough to sew around.

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Zigzag stitch around the “star” fabric.

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You’re done! Now, you have a dimensional flag detail with those twisted pleats.

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Come visit my blog to see my handsome nephew wearing his new shirt! Courtney http://sweeterthancupcakes.blogspot.com/

6 comments :

  1. Goodness, that's so cute! Stripes never looked so good!

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  2. This totally beats an old navy t-shirt! I can't believe how much fun this is. I might have to make it X's 5. :) I see Scary already left a comment. We were talking about this post all day yesterday. Thanks for sharing!
    with love,
    -Jo

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