Monday, June 10, 2013

Ruffle Bib Tank Tutorial

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I posted a picture of this tank on Instagram and had a few requests for a tutorial.
I'm going to apologize in advance for these pictures.  I was quickly loosing daylight as I was making the tank top.  Also, as seen in the first couple of pictures, you can make these on regular shirts too.  It doesn't have to be a tank top.
These really have endless options but I chose three fabrics and three buttons for each shirt.
Take a piece of wax paper or tracing paper and draw where you would like the "bib".  This is personal preference.  You can make it as big or little as you want.  Just keep in mind you will be adding a ruffle so you don't want that to go off the shirt.
Cut out your patterns and pin them on the fabric you want as the bib.
Cut out the fabric leaving a little edge for a seam allowance.  Add the length of both sides and the width and multiply that times two for the length of your ruffle.  So I needed my ruffle fabric 28" long.
The width of your ruffle is also personal preference.  I made mine 2.5" wide since I like it a little smaller.
Take your ruffle fabric and fold in the short edges about 1/4" and iron.  Then fold it in half length wise and iron a seam.  You will want to iron it with wrong sides together. (Right sides facing out.)
HERE are good directions to making a ruffle.  Basically set your tension to the highest number (mine is 9) and the stitch length to the longest length (mine is 5).
Sew on the raw edge side, leaving a seam allowance, and plenty of thread hanging off on either end.  Do not back stitch at the beginning or end.  Sometimes my fabric ruffles perfectly and other times it looks like this:
When it looks like that I have to take one piece of thread hanging off and pull it until I get my fabric ruffled like I would like.  Don't pull too hard because you don't want to break your thread.
Cut the fabric you would like to use as the middle piece and iron the seams down.  The size is total personal preference. 
Here are the three pieces you will have.  Pretend the gingham is ruffled in this picture.  :)
 After you iron the edges over on the middle piece, pin it to the bib and stitch along the left and right edges.  Not the top and bottom.

 Once it is stitched on, pin your ruffle to the bib like shown below.  Raw edges together, right sides facing.
Run a straight stitch along the ruffle stitch to attach it to the bib. Be sure to back stitch at the start and stop.
Fold the ruffle back and iron the seam flat.
 Now you have your bib.  You will want to fold over the top raw edges and iron them.
We are almost finished!  Pin the bib on the tank or shirt just under the neckline.

Do a top stitch all around the bib as close to the ruffle edge as possible.  I switched my thread between the navy and white but that is just personal preference. 
Sew three buttons on and you are finished!  I didn't have to switch my thread on the other two shirts and that makes it go a lot faster.
I'm loving all the wooden buttons that are out there.

If you want to make some ruffle shorts or capris, HERE is the pattern we have been using.   Let me know if I wasn't clear on something or if you have any questions!  I am by NO means an expert, and I am still learning the basics but it has been so fun!


Jenny said...

I have been searching everywhere for a tutorial like this!! Thanks so much! Now it looks so easy to do :). Where do you buy your fabrics? Online? Or at local stores?

Bethany @ 3SonsPlus1 said...

OhMyGoodness, those turned out so cute! You must be having so much fun making all these pretty things! Thanks for the tutorial!

Shannon said...

Hi! They really are so easy! Most of these are Joann's or Hobby Lobby. The floral in the last picture is a Riley Blake fabric from etsy. :)

Jessie said...

Just wanted to let you know that your blog has been an encouragement to me today. I don't comment often but I have been following your blog for quite some time and love all your fun projects.
I haven't checked blogs in forever, but my little girl is asleep and I had a few minutes to catch up. While reading about your super cute shirts I remembered you had pre eclampsia with Westin. I will be 37 weeks tomorrow and my dr. wants to induce by Thursday due to high blood pressure and other signs of pre elcampsia. I have been nervous about my baby boy coming early , but after reading about your experience it has put me a little more at ease!! Westin was so precious and perfect, even at 37 weeks!!!! And then you went on to have your little girl with no complications!!! So, thank you for sharing you life and faith on this blog. God used you today more than you know!!!! Happy Monday!

Maryellen said...

I can't stand it !
They are the sweetest little tops I've ever seen. OH gosh !

You have one blessed little girl.

Alex and Jill said...


Bella said...

These are so cute, you are such a great seamstress!!!

Brittany said...

Just made my first one! Thanks for the easy to follow tutorial!!

Southern Girl and family said...

Do you have a tutorial for burp clothes using cloth diapers??

Shannon said...

I don't buy I just follow one I found on Pinterest!

Kari Beth said...

Great tutorial!!

The Crowder Family said...

So cute, Shannon! You are crazy talented!

Emily said...

Thanks for the tutorial! Made a few last night, so cute! Want to make a bunch more!

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Vi Trinh said...

beautiful! thank you for the tutorial