T-shirt makeover by Sewing With Nancy Zieman



Last week I shared how to makeover two rather boxy styled ready-made T-shirts into a fitted knit top with shape and style. (Click here to read the steps.) My T-shirt makeover also sports rosette embellishments, which were made from the leftovers scraps of fabric. Here’s how to make fabric rosettes a fast and easy way using Fuse ‘n Gather Tape.

How to sew fabric rosettes:

  • Use leftover knit fabric to make rosettes.
  • Cut one bias strip each of the following widths: 3/4″, 1″, and 1-1/2″ for three differently sized rosettes.


T-shirt makeover by Sewing With Nancy Zieman



  • Subcut the strips into 7″–8″ lengths.
  • Trim one lengthwise edge of each strip with a pinking rotary blade. 


T-shirt makeover by Sewing With Nancy Zieman



  • Cut 9″ lengths of Fuse ‘n Gather Tape for each rosette.
  • Center and press the tape to the wrong side of each bias strip with blue threads right side up. Free the blue threads of the tape from each end that extends beyond the fabric and place threads up and out of the way.


T-shirt makeover by Sewing With Nancy Zieman



  • Carefully trim the excess tape from each edge, being careful not to cut the blue threads.
  • Stitch each strip into a circle, meeting short ends and right sides.


T-shirt makeover by Sewing With Nancy Zieman



  • Secure the threads around a pin at one edge of the tape. Pull the free ends of the blue threads on the opposite edge to gather the fabric.
  • Using the threads from the gathering tape, hand stitch the embellishment into a rosette.


T-shirt makeover by Sewing With Nancy Zieman



  • Hand stitch the rosettes to the neckline of a knit top as shown, or embellish a headband, purse, or other project with these fabric blooms.
  • Tie and trim off the extra thread tails. That’s it!


T-shirt makeover by Sewing With Nancy Zieman



Excerpts from Sew Knits With Confidence

This T-shirt makeover idea is included in my book, Sew Knits With Confidence. There are 128-pages of knit tips and techniques.

Sew Knits with Confidence by Nancy Zieman

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