Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ribbon Christmas Tree Shirt

In this household a new holiday means a new shirt for the Little Miss!  It only took me halfway to Christmas to make it!  But once I sat down and got started it went really fast, like two hours tops. 

This is what I came up with (and a matching bow, or course):


It looks super cute on to, if you can get your model to hold still . . .




Shirt (ours is a 3T)
Ribbon (I used about six different color/styles.  Some of the ribbon I had on hand by the spool, some I bought at Wal-Mart by the yard.  I didn’t use more than a yard of any, more like 1/2 a yard of most.)
Sewing machine (optional, would be just as easy to sew by hand.)
Needle and Thread
Heat n’ Bond or double sided fusible interfacing


{To Make}


To start I collected my ribbon and laid it out to get an idea of what would look best. 

I started with the bottom of the tree, cut an 18 inch piece of my ribbon. 


Ruffled the ribbon using my sewing machine, set tension as high as it will go and stich length as long as it will go. 

Cut my next piece of ribbon about 1/2 an inch shorter, 17 1/2 inches.  Ruffled.  Cut the next piece 1/2 an inch shorter, 17 inches.  Ruffled.  Continue until you have cut and ruffled all your pieces.  I ended up with nine layers. 


I laid my ribbon out once more on my shirt to make sure I had enough ribbon layers to make a tall enough tree.

Trace a triangle/tree onto paper side of Heat n’ Bond.  My triangle/tree had a six inch base and seven inch sides.


Pin layers onto Heat n’ Bond.  Follow the instructions on the back of the Heat n’ Bond package.  Follow these very carefully.  Iron the back/paper side.  Do not remove paper side until you have cut out your shape.  Otherwise it will be a disaster and your shape template with be gone.  But if you do mess up, you are smart, just use your noggin you can figure it out!



Remove pins, cut out tree, remove paper.  Pin tree onto shirt, iron tree onto shirt.  To be safe I turned the shirt over and ironed the back, instead of the front where the ribbon was.  Then turned it over and ironed the front, but placed a towel over the tree.  I was worried about the ribbon melting to my iron.  Irrational fear?  I say, better safe than sorry!


Instead of sewing around the edges and across the layers with my sewing machine, I did some sewing by hand.  I didn’t want my ruffles to get all smooshed down.  I fanned out the sides of the tree a little so it didn’t look so much like a straight triangle.  I just put a small tack stitch in each ribbon then sewed across the ruffle about a 1/2 inch by hand. 


Last step is to add a tree trunk.  I used a piece of brown ribbon, cut it about 3 inches, folded it in half, tucked the top unfolded edge up under the tree and hand sewed it down with tiny tiny stiches. 

Last but not least I added a bow on top of the tree.  Just a simple four loop bow, like you would make for a girls hair bow. 


This morning when we finished doing the Little Miss’ hair I decided that no bow we had would do, so I just HAD to make new one to match her cute new shirt!



{Some tutorials that might help}

I kind of followed this tutorial where she made a ruffled candy corn shirt.

Making ruffles with your sewing machine.


I’m linking my festive shirt up to these holly jolly parties this week!

Plus a few more:

Krafty Kat
HollyBloggyButton1 Photobucket

Life in my PJs lil luna link   party button


  1. I love this shirt- it is adorable! Wish I knew how to sew! Thanks so much for sharing at the Holiday Hookup!

  2. So cute! I saw another tree t-shirt somewhere and thought oh that's pretty cute, but yours is WAY cuter!!! I love all the different colored ribbons! And of course it helps that your model is adorable!! :)

  3. Oh! This is too cute!

    Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites! Hope you'll link up again next week. Also, please stop by this Thursday for my Christmas Recipe Party!

  4. That is so stinkin' adorable! Thank you for linking up today :)

  5. So super cute!

    I would be honored if you linked up to my Pajama Party.



  6. Oh this is so sweet, thank you for the tutorial!

    I would LOVE for you to join us at Kids Get Crafty - with or for kids - (every Wednesday on Red Ted Art) - current link up http://www.redtedart.com/2010/12/15/kids-get-crafty-christmas-baubles/

    Hope to see you there!


  7. Too cute! I kinda want one for myself : )

  8. I'm your newst follower & I love the Shirt! So cute & thanks for the love at I'm a mom not a professional hope to see you again.

  9. My girls would love a top like this. Great idea!! Thanks for sharing.
    Merry Christmas

  10. So cute! I've got two girls that this is perfect for!!

  11. saw you on Ladybug Blessings- how cute is this!! love it :) and how cute is that wee one ;)

  12. This is adorable! Oh how I wish I had a daughter, a niece, a granddaughter, something. Well, maybe not a granddaughter yet. lol New follower, btw!

  13. That's so cute. Adorable! I love this idea! Great job.

  14. How adorable! I think this saw me on my to do list for next year! Looks so cute on too!

  15. So cute! I love it!

    Come enter for a free paper bead necklace from Heart Strings for Orphans!


  16. Absolutely adorable! I'm visiting from Sundae scoop :)

  17. Lovely and cute! both the shirt and the model! ^^)

  18. Super cute! I'd love it if you sharded it at our show off post @ http://www.beckhamandbloom.com/2010/12/show-off.html
    and we also host a Blog Hop on Mondays. Have a great week!

  19. This is absolutely adorable! I wish I had time to make one for my daughter! I will feature this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com around 3pm MST. Grab my "featured" button.

  20. ADORABLE! I LOVE THE RIBBON CHOICES TOO. Super cute, like the cutie wearing it. I may have to email my MIL a copy of the shirt so she can make one for my daughter next year. ;) jen

  21. Very Cute!! Too bad I don't have little girl to make one for...

  22. Super cute! Thanks for sharing! Visiting from Someday Crafts

  23. Love it! Love your blog as well, I'm a new follower! After I learn how to sew, I'm adding this to my "to make" folder!

  24. Featured this adorable shirt- stop by and grab a featured button (under the buttons tab)! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!

  25. Love it!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


  26. I found you on Tater Tots and Jello! I am loving your blog, I saw it before, but now I am hooked! I would like to invite you to my $50 American Express giveaway and a linky party I have, all going on this week! Happy Holidays! Keep up the great blogging!
    -Dana Jean


  27. Very cute idea. The tree would look great on a pillow too!

  28. that's so simple but great! looks very pretty!

    i'm linking.

    thanks for this tutorial and merry xmas, doro.

  29. Whoa! This is really cute! I even want one for me!

  30. Such a cute idea! I have put this my projects list to make a more grownup version to make and wear next Christmas.

    Thanks for sharing this with us!

  31. I added this project and thumbnail to our site and linked to you. We are looking for more Christmas project as well as other projects, so if you have any similar projects please feel free to let me know.
    Editor, www.AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com

  32. I am absolutely in LOVE with this shirt!!! I'm just disappointed that I have to wait until next Christmas to make it for my niece :(

  33. I saw this tutorial pinned on Pinterest and found the link to your blog! This is so adorable! Thank you for the instructions!

  34. Hi Ash! I just posted a link to your adorable Christmas shirt. Hope that's okay with you! Please let me know if it's okay to link to your projects like this in the future.



  35. I looked all day today for a Christmas shirt for my daughter's Christmas Dance recital Saturday and found nothing that I felt was right. This is perfect! Thankfully, I gave up the search and ended with just a pettiskirt, white tee and boutique bow! Thank you for posting this! Hope mine turns out as good as yours!!

  36. Hello!
    We have added this project to our site, AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com. Please let me know if we have permission to add more of your projects to our site. Thank you so much!!

    Editor for www.AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com

  37. OMG! I think I might can make this. I am excited to try it. I have alot of left over bits and pieces of ribbon and now something to do with it. Thank you so much for sharing. I am a new fan!

  38. Newest follower here. Thanks for the tute. This is so cute. I'm going to do this on a onesie for my grandbaby. I haven't looked at your whole blog yet but if you have a handmade shop some where, feel free to follow my blog also and post some of your items. My theme changes about every 2 weeks.
    Thanks again (super cute),

  39. Couldn't help it. Had to share. I put your tutorial under my Favorite Tutorials page (with a link to you of course). You can find it here:

  40. How did you get the ribbon to stay on the heat and bond before you ironed it?

  41. I second Kaitlyn's question! I just attempted this & it totally fell apart. I pinned it but it seemed too "ruffly" & the heat & bond didn't form a good bond. Thanks!

  42. I wound up having to sew over a few places that didn't bond. My problem was I didn't have paper on one side of my double sided bonding stuff. So I sewed the tree on the shirt too...and it didn't come out centered. :( oops

  43. Better late than not at all!
    Just come across this while looking for quick Christmas Projects. Now that I have 3 grand-daughters I need to make one each for them.

  44. My church has a Christmas Fair. I have two little girl sweatshirts to decorate, sooooooooo I'm going to use your idea. Thanks for sharing the dear tree idea.


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