Homewearable-diyRUFFLED TUBE TOP DIY


If one is good then two is better.

Heres a girlied up version of my previous post T-Shirt into Summer Top DIY. This time around its so simple, in less than an hour you can have a cute Summer top with minimal sewing.Ruffled Tube Top DIY


To see the step by step instructions and photos click here.

What youll need for your Ruffled Tube Top:

  1. 1 L or XL T Shirt
  2. Elastic
  3. Pins
  4. Scissors
  5. Safety pin
  6. Measuring tape or ruler
  7. Sewing machine

Ruffled Tube Top DIY
Step 1
Turn your tee inside out.Ruffled Tube Top DIY

Step 2
Fold the bottom hem of your tee over 5 ¾ inches and pin. This will be the ruffle on the top of your tube top.Ruffled Tube Top DIY

Step 3
Using your sewing machine, sew a ½ inch seam on the top of your tee. Be sure to leave at least ½ inch open to insert your elastic.
Measure your elastic around your upper chest, pull it a little tight and leave ½ inch to an inch extra to overlap and sew.Ruffled Tube Top DIY

Step 4
Attach your safety pin to one end of your elastic and feed it through your seam.
Ruffled Tube Top DIYOnce your elastic is all the way through sew your 2 ends together and sew your seam closed.Ruffled Tube Top DIY

Step 5
Cut the neck off making a straight cut across what will now be the bottom of your top.Ruffled Tube Top DIY

Step 6
Cut the sleeves off of your tee.Ruffled Tube Top DIY

Step 7
Pin your sides and sew a straight seam down each of your sides. You can take your sides in as much or as little as you want.Ruffled Tube Top DIYTrim the excess fabric off after you sew your seam.Ruffled Tube Top DIY

Step 8
I left my bottom hem a raw edge, if you do this be sure to tack the ends of your side seams well, so they dont unravel.Ruffled Tube Top DIY
Or if you prefer you can hem your top as shown here.

Summer is right around the corner and with the warmer weather youll need lots of fun Summer tops. You can pick up t-shirts in every color usually for less than $7 each, so you can make a bunch. You can wear it with anything from shorts to a skirt to jeans, dress it up or down and they make great bathing suit cover-ups too.
The only thing I need now is a tan! OMG not even Photoshop helped this time!

There are so many ways to personalize this project you can even make mini ones for the girls. Let me know what you do with yours.


  1. Saw this on pinterest, can’t wait to try it for the summer. Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. LOVE this!!! Can’t wait to try it out and hopefully make lots for the summer :)

  3. This is just amazing..love the tutorial..great job!!!

    • Hi Anne,
      Thank you so much!

  4. I LOVE the idea! I think if I made it, I would put the raw hem as the ruffle, and put the hemmed end as the bottom end.

    • Thanks Jill!
      That’s a really good idea too!

  5. LOVE THIS!!! I also tried this by just making the ruffle 7 inches deep, measured the elastic just below my waist and the inserted it and closed up my seam. And voila! I had a gathered, ruffled bottom t-shirt. Made another one that I turned the hem on the sleeves up and inserted elastic thus creating puffy sleeves for a total different look. Thanks for sharing your idea!!! — BeeJay

    • Thanks BeeJay! You have some great ideas for this project too! Thanks for sharing!

    • Like to see a picture of that

  6. Just made 2 of these in less than 30 minutes from tshirts I got at Dollar General for $1.75 a piece. Score!

    • Wow Tammi! You were inspired! That’s so fabulous, serious score!

  7. Oooh so cute and simple! I think I’ll try it- thanks for sharing!

  8. I made 2 of these this morning for my daughter and her friend. It was so easy and fun! I cut off a couple of strips from the bottom, and I was able to add cute little straps that tie at the shoulders. Thank you do much for the idea!

    • Thank you so much matter of style!
      I’m a fan of your blog too!

  9. Everything you do is beautiful and your instructions and photos are so good and easy to follow… I love Trinkets in Blooms and your blog and will be making beautiful accessories for my granddaughters soon! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Does the finished product end up inside out or do you fold towards the right side of the shirt?

    • Hi Laura,
      The body of the shirt is inside out, since you are using the hem from the bottom of the t-shirt as the hem on the ruffle, when you fold the ruffle over it will be right side out and the hem will fold under.

  11. Definitely will make this for my kids..thankyou so much for the idea.. :)

  12. OMG, found this on Pinterest and tomorrow I will go to Dollar General and find some cheap t-shirt and go to town making a few of these. With that ruffle…not bra is really needed if I don’t want to wear one! Lol!

  13. What is the sizing on this pattern? I am a size 4 /small, so should I still use a L/XL t shirt?

    Thank u!


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