Saturday, June 12, 2010

38 Bucks

I recently went to a craft show in my mom's neighborhood and saw the cutest shirt with a bow as the strap for the tank top. So cute! But, I didn't think it was $38 cute!! I KNEW that I could make it...and since we had just bought a tank top at the dollar store, I had the perfect opportunity to try without spending much. The lady sold it for $38 and I made this for about $2.

Here is how I did it:

1. Take out your (ugly) tank top, fabric, felt, button, sewing machine, thread, needle and seam ripper.

2. Measure the strap width. Mine was a little fat at almost 3".

3. Double this amount and add a little for making seams for the bow. I cut my fabric at 7".

4. Cut out the cross for the center and back it with some type of fusible webbing. (My husband drew this cross.)

5. Iron the straps with right sides together so they are easier to sew. Center and iron the cross on the shirt.

6. Sew the straps down the open side and one of the ends. Flip the straps inside out.

7. Rip the seam out of the tank top.

8. Pin and then sew the strap onto the tank top with right sides together. I did about a 1/2" seam and then did a zig zag closer to the edge for reinforcement.

9. Zig zag stitch around the cross making sure that you're only sewing through the front of the shirt!

10. Tie a bow and try it on!

11. Trace a flower and cut out 2 with pieces of felt. I used this flower pattern.

12. Sew these 2 flowers on with a button. I also stitched down my inside flower at each petal so it will lay flat when washed.
EDIT: Next time I will put a snap on the back and on the shirt so the flower can be removed before washing and drying.

13. Ta-da!! You're done! Enjoy your new tank top with a bow strap!

I am linked up.


The Autocrat: Haley said...

Super cute!! I know what you mean about these shirts being soooo darn expensive! You did a good job on yours!

Momof2hapas said...

Very Cute!!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a great Do It Yourself project. You are a clever and creative gal.

I just completed a project that took 23 years. Come take a peek.

Jennifer Juniper said...

The bow for a strap is my favorite part!

L ~DIY Diva~ said...

what a great way to DIY your style. love it

come join my link party: Make my style Mondays

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Staci J said...

Very Clever!! Great job, I love the bow strap:)
visiting from the linky party:)

Anonymous said...

Very creative and extremely cute! Your baby is also extremely cute! Thanks for linking up with PonyTails and FishScales!

Little Foots said...

Very Creative! I love the style of the cross you chose.

Andrea @ said...

Great work! Thanks for linking up to Make It Wear It!

Misty said...

I love the bow strap! This would be fun to try for my girls! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

Lanie Ree said...

Wow, congrats on saving $36! It looks awesome. My favorite part? The flower on the cross.

Thank you for participating in the Creative Therapy session at Life in the Pitts!

Jennifer said...

That is totally right up my alley! I so wish I knew how to sew!

Alison said...

I LOVE what you did with this! I'm stopping by from NFF. Hope you'll stop by Oopsey Daisy. We're celebrating Baby Week may30-june 4 with all kinds of baby crafts and have a link party going on with tons of ideas. Have a fun weekend!

Fawnda said...

Very cute! I love the bow :)

Kaysi said...

Super cute! I love the pink!

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a price difference. You did a great job!

Trudy Callan said...

I wanted to thank you for taking the time to enter my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway. It was so crazy with so many blogs to visit that I don't think very many of us really had a chance to really take a good look at the blogs we visit. So I would like to invite you to come back and look around and see if you like my blog; and if you do, consider signing up as a follower and/or putting my blog on your blog roll so that you can keep up with me better. I would also encourage you to visit my daughters' blogs. Emily, Age 9, of Super Stitches and Kimberly, Age 17, of What To Wear

By the way, you have a lovely blog. Great job on the shirt.

I looking forward to hearing from you.

Trudy Callan
Sewing With Trudy
and my art blog:

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