May 06, 2010

The Shirring Cheater's Guide

Today I'm going to let you in on a little shirring secret.  Ready?  They sell pre-shirred fabric at JoAnn's.  Yup.  Super easy, if you're not up for the task of shirring.

But first of all, in case any of you don't know, this is shirring (picture below).  It's two or more rows of gathered fabric.  Basically, it's all scrunched up and stretchy and it looks pretty cute.

I bought a yard of it today.  I recommend using your JoAnn's coupon, which would make it half off.  ($7.50 instead of $15.  You can sign up to get their coupons online.)  So, what are we going to do with it?  We're going to make a little dress/tunic/whatever you want to call it.

1) Wrap it around your chest and mark it where you want to sew it.  Try not to fiddle around with the edges much, since it's been cut and you haven't sewn it yet.

2) Sew it into a tube that fits you.

3) Cut it to your desired length.  Hem the bottom.  (Optional: Use the extra scraps to make straps.)

That's really it!  Here are a few ways you can wear your new little outfit.  Spice it up with some fun shoes and you're good to go.

Other shirring ideas:  My sister, Leca made adorable swimsuit cover-ups for her girls the same way.  She gave me the idea initially.  Here they are:

Thanks so much for dropping in.  Thank you for sharing your ideas and thank you for encouraging me.  I sure do appreciate it!  Have a wonderful day!


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