ruffle tank tutorial

i like to make you wait, apparently!
or maybe its my mission in life to teach all of you to be patient.
yes, that’s definitely it.

today i’m going to give you a tutorial on how to make something out of nearly nothing.

i got my tanks at old navy for 2 bucks a pop. love that!
the scraps of fabric were leftovers from the skirts nicole made for our girls (from this tutorial).

this is what the scraps looked like.
some pieces thinner, some thicker.
i needed to make 3 tanks,
so i divided up the scraps so each top had the same amount in each size.
there was no measuring involved.
(i’m realizing now this isn’t going to be a very good tutorial, as i have no measurements. hmm… i’ll make some guesses)

each top had 2 pieces about 2″ x 20″, and 1 piece about 3″ x 30″ (maybe shorter?).

i didn’t finish any edges.
i like it frayed and scrappy.
but you could finish them with a zigzag if your kids are well-behaved and allow you all the time in the world to do stuff like that.
i just took my fabric and fed in into my machine with a straight stitch. i used the longest stitch i had and tightened my tension all the way. i’ve found that when i do that, the machine does a little bit of the ruffling/gathering for me. not all machines do that. mine is just special (not really – its probably some sort of error). so run it through your machine and then pukll on one string until the ruffle is the length you like.

next line up your ruffled fabric strip where you want it on the tank. i always start with the widest piece and place it in the center. i never measure, just eyeball it.

can you see in the pic above how i just folded the top edge under? do that, then run a straight stitch down the ruffle to attach it to the shirt, and fold under the bottom edge, too.
man, these instructions stink. sorry.

then add the other 2 sides after you’ve ruffled them.

let me know if you have any questions or need clarification.
i promise a better tutorial next time.



  1. 1

    That is such a cute idea! I may have to try that. I guess if you finished the edges you could do that on tea towels.

  2. 2
    Mama Mote says:

    I think I could even do this. Cute idea. Wish I had little girls again.

  3. 3
    Macchio Family says:

    SO cute… love this… and I love the skirts too… lovely. ~ kim

  4. 4
    Julie @ Little One-of-a-Kind Design says:

    so cute and I think you gave plenty of info to do this project well!

  5. 5

    These are super cute! Can't wait to make a few!

  6. 6
    Domestically Sassy! says:

    What a cute idea…simple too!!

  7. 7
    Christine says:

    This is so cute I will have to give this a try.

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    Priscilla says:

    darling!!! I can't wait to make some for Maddy – with a matching skirt!!
    By the way, my checkbook cover came in ONE DAY!!! I just LOVE IT!! It makes paying those bills so much less painful -HEE HEE

  9. 9

    Really – a great tutorial. It's clear to me, and I like how you include the real life part of it. And here I've been trying to finish so many seams – that explains my lack of progress in the sewing arena.

    How are you liking your sewing machine?

  10. 10

    AWW… these are adorable!

  11. 11

    Thank you for the tutorial! These are adorable, especially with the matching skirts.

  12. 12

    Thank you for the tutorial! Love these, especially with the matching skirts!

  13. 13

    What a cute idea. I will have to pass this along to all my friends with girls.

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