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A darling little number!!
This is a darling little number. I can't wait for the weather to get warm enough for me to wear it.

It is inspired by vintage bed jackets. The bed jacket was popularized in 1930s Hollywood films featuring glamorous settings and glamorous stars lounging languorously in their silken bedrooms. Ostrich feather tips, swan’s down, pleated tulle and shirred lace were just a few examples of the extravagant materials that could be used in creating these confections.

Posted by Ms. Nikell from Charlotte, North Carolina, United States • Published See Ms. Nikell's 46 projects »
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  • How to recycle a t-shirt into a shrug. Ruffle Cardi From Old Tee - Step 1
    Step 1

    Try the T-shirt on and mark the length of the cardigan. Be sure to use a t-shirt that has a good length on it. My shirt came down to my bum. (You will need at least 6 inches of fabric for the ruffles.) Another shirt or scrap fabric can be used if necessary. Remember the ruffles will add a little length onto the cardigan. Cut. Set aside

  • Step 2

    Remove the collar of the shirt (forgot to take a picture of that step)

  • How to recycle a t-shirt into a shrug. Ruffle Cardi From Old Tee - Step 3
    Step 3

    Put the side seams of your shirt together and lay it flat as illustrated. The left side of the picture is the center front of the shirt, the right side is the center back.

  • How to recycle a t-shirt into a shrug. Ruffle Cardi From Old Tee - Step 4
    Step 4

    With a fabric pen, round off the bottom of the shirt so that the curve blends with the straight edge

  • How to recycle a t-shirt into a shrug. Ruffle Cardi From Old Tee - Step 5
    Step 5

    Do the same with the top.

  • How to recycle a t-shirt into a shrug. Ruffle Cardi From Old Tee - Step 6
    Step 6

    Lay the shirt completely flat and cut straight down the center front of the shirt. Your shirt(now a jacket) should look like the picture at the left. Clean up the front by rounding it off if needed and set it aside.

  • How to recycle a t-shirt into a shrug. Ruffle Cardi From Old Tee - Step 7
    Step 7

    Grab the strip you cut off earlier...

    Open or completely remove the hem from the bottom piece. Then, cut that piece in half length wise.

  • How to recycle a t-shirt into a shrug. Ruffle Cardi From Old Tee - Step 8
    Step 8

    Sew the strips together end to end to form one long strip.

    Sew a wide (baste) stitch down the entire strip. You want a little less than 1/4 seam allowance.

  • How to recycle a t-shirt into a shrug. Ruffle Cardi From Old Tee - Step 9
    Step 9

    Pin the strip to the jacket right sides together. Gather it as you pin. Make sure you have equal ruffle distribution. (This part was a little tricky for me so take your time)

  • How to recycle a t-shirt into a shrug. Ruffle Cardi From Old Tee - Step 10
    Step 10

    Sew the ruffles onto the jacket. (1/4" seam allowance)

  • How to recycle a t-shirt into a shrug. Ruffle Cardi From Old Tee - Step 11
    Step 11

    When you are finished, you should have ruffles all the way around the jacket as illustrated to the left.

  • How to recycle a t-shirt into a shrug. Ruffle Cardi From Old Tee - Step 12
    Step 12

    Press the seam allowance in toward the body of the jacket. Top stitch it down so the ruffles won't fold back.

  • How to recycle a t-shirt into a shrug. Ruffle Cardi From Old Tee - Step 13
    Step 13

    It should look like this.

  • How to recycle a t-shirt into a shrug. Ruffle Cardi From Old Tee - Step 14
    Step 14

    For the lettuced look:

    Set your machine to a small zig zag stitch. Zig zag stitch around the edge of the ruffles. (As if your are serging it) As you stitch, pull the fabric toward you just enough to stretch the fabric. The more you pull, the more "lettucey" it will be.

    Do this on the cuffs of the sleeves as well.

  • How to recycle a t-shirt into a shrug. Ruffle Cardi From Old Tee - Step 15
    Step 15

    Hang up your cardigan, take pictures of it, post your version on the site, and think about all of the cute things you will wear this with when the weather warms up!

  • Step 16

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