DIY Ruffled T Shirt Cardigan Tutorial

What should we do to liven up this plain old gray t shirt?

Perhaps some more ruffles would do the trick.

What do you think?


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I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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123 Responses to DIY Ruffled T Shirt Cardigan Tutorial

  1. Missi Smith says:

    Super cute! You never cease to amaze me!

  2. gailmurton says:

    So cute & clever, Beth! I love it!!

  3. Diana says:

    What a great idea. It’s SO cute!


  4. Molly says:

    So cute! Have you ever thought about selling to local boutiques??

    • Oh Molly, I love refashioning, but I spend my days teaching some of the sweetest five years olds on the planet. It’ll just have to be for me for the time being. So nice of you to believe I could though. 🙂

  5. Penny says:

    You are amazing! Thanks to you there will never be ugly tee shirts again.

  6. You reflect the light!

  7. Really, really cute! It makes me want to raid my family’s t-shirt stash!

  8. EllenSand says:

    It is so cool and feminin. Love the ruffels. I have made a dress this weekend with lots of ruffels. So fun to do.
    Ellen 🙂

  9. It is very beautiful! Nicely done.

  10. So cute! You’re my new sewing inspiration. 🙂

  11. Betty says:

    Q. What do you get when you have a talented lady, plain grey t-shirt, and sewing machine?
    A. A cute ruffled T-SHIRT cardigan.

  12. You make that look EASY–hmm…what t-shirts are safe to cut around here?

  13. Emily says:

    Very cute! I love doing this too.

  14. PendleStitches says:

    Just how adorable is that. And so very simple. I love it. Thank you for sharing your amazing skills.

  15. NanaDoll says:

    Reblogged this on momtoldmetowriteabook and commented:
    I really need to do this–I have a vast assortment of t-shirts that need an update!

  16. Cara Olsen says:

    That shirt is adorable. You are adorable. Your whole blog is adorable. How ever do you reach this level of adorability, Beth? I must know!

  17. mari says:

    love it beth.

  18. GORGEOUS!! and so simple too – I love it!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  19. Absolutely love what you’ve done with this t-shirt! So cute! Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

  20. Jo says:

    What a great idea. I’m hunting for a shirt in my pile to cut right now. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  21. Oh, my gosh, how cute! Now that is a perfect example of something I would love to be able to do…but I don’t think I’m willing to take the time to learn. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog this morning! I am embarrassed to have realized that I had four errors in the first two paragraphs (which I’d reworked at the last second) and also that I forgot the photo of the quilt I made! Anyway, photo and corrections are now added…good grief!

  22. The cardigan came out really cute. I would never expect a long sleeve shirt could turn into that!

  23. Anonymous says:

    I just got done turning my t-shirt into a cardigan. You instructions were right on. I had to make some more adjustments for mine to make it fit better but it looks good. Thanks!

  24. Boomdeeadda says:

    Hi Beth, Your ruffled cardigan is so sweet, and I can’t even believe you’d be anyones gramma. I hadn’t heard that term before “refashion”. But I’m liking it…very clever.

  25. Your sewing tutorials are fantastic!!

  26. That is wonderful. I can’t sew but I admire people who can. Very creative and fun. Thanks!

  27. ooobop! says:

    I always find gathering such a chore. Can never get them perfectly even. I will definitely try your method of highest tension/longest stitch. You make it sound like a doddle! You and your top look gorgeous. Such a pretty back drop too! 🙂

  28. Tracy says:


  29. ourlegacy says:

    Your instructions are so clear, with the text on the pictures! Thank you!

  30. K-Sue says:

    Love how this turned out.

  31. Molly says:

    This is going to the top of my crafty to-do list! Love it 🙂

  32. rosyragpatch says:

    I love this cardigan. I shall look out for teeshirts to make one for myself. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  33. helen liu says:

    The dress looks simple but elegant!

  34. Wow, now I know what I can do with my plain polo neck gym T Shirts. Just give it to a girl and point her to this blog :D. Thanks for sharing 😉

  35. Rach says:

    This is gorgeous, what a great idea!!! I always have a ridiculously hard time finding cardigans for some reason, but now I know what I can do! I’ll definitely be trying this. Thanks for the tutorial! 🙂

  36. Bonnie says:

    Oh my goodness! I love this tutorial as well– such a simple way to make a plain shirt super cute!

    -Bonnie @ Crafting a Green World

  37. Hi Beth,
    Wonderful idea! I love crafts and can’t wait to see what you do next. Congrats on your new grandchild to arrive in Oct. Grand kids are so much fun, I have 8 and it just gets more and more fun. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  38. Jacki says:

    Wow, what a great refashion, that cardigan looks like something right out of a department store! I just discovered your blog and can’t wait to see more of your projects!

  39. That’s quite the compliment Jacki! Thanks for visiting! I hope you’ll come back again!

  40. campclem says:

    Brilliant. Genius. Lovely. You have combined three of my loves into one project: Cardigans. Ruffles. Upcycling.

    Totally doing this.

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  42. Patty says:

    What brand of sewing machine do you have? I’m looking for one to start doing some refashioning of my own. Love the cardi idea!!!!

  43. cbraunc says:

    These are so clever, very creative!!

  44. Lovelydiy says:

    Hi, thanks for visiting my blog. Your raffled t-shirt cardigan is cute. Love it!

  45. kineticheart says:

    So EASY. Love these types of projects. I have made many a fun projects from old shirts and even SOCKS (they have great patterns!). Great, simple instructions. Thanks!

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  47. Very sweet! You’ve got to love upcycled garments! 🙂

  48. dianne faw says:

    I think this looks GREAT! It is so cute and looks like a piece I would wear all the time. You make it look really easy. I think I missed out on the sewing genes in my family. My grandma, my mom, and both of my sisters all sew beautifully. I glue. 🙂

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  56. This just sounds so easy! I already know what I want to refashion!!

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  63. oh my that is such a transformation!! awesome

  64. jolei says:

    Easiest ruffles ever!! Everyone else on the internet say to buy a tutorial or to pull the thread to make ruffles. That’s lame. Thank you for the quick and easy tutorial!!

  65. christelle says:

    lovely !!!!!!
    hug from France

  66. Anonymous says:

    Can you help us with modesty dressing? Some clothes show just too much cleavage, how can I redo a blouse, shirt, dress?

  67. Simply superb! And it looks so easy!

  68. TK Smith says:

    Great to see there are young people who still value the fabric arts!!! I have renewed hope for future generations 🙂

  69. Anonymous says:

    SÃ¥ fint det blev

  70. Sharon Haggerty says:

    I just stumbled on your site while perusing Pinterest , meanwhile 2 hours later, I’m in Luv…..You have so inspired me. Off to dust my Sewing machine and let the dreams begin!!!

  71. Arlene Haggard says:

    Love all the changes. Really cute and inspiring.

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