Ruffle neck shirt tutorial!

Posted by: Kittykait

I made a Pinterest account last week and it’s been making my crafty side feel super energetic!  Last night Deanna gave me a v-neck shirt that she didn’t want and I’ve never been terribly fond of v-necks so I decided to experiment with it.  Here’s what I came up with:


  1. When you mark the neckline it’s best to measure from the sides to make sure it’s even.
  2. Use a zig-zag stitch! I tried with both and the elastic tried to twist out with the straight stitch.
  3. I don’t finish the edges since knits don’t fray, but you can if you like!

This was super easy, cute and fast! It took me less than ten minutes the first time.  The best part?  The neckline is more modest because it doesn’t sag at all!






  1. Going to try this with clear elastic. It works great for gathering. Great idea.

  2. I love it! So simple, yet it turns an average top into something special. I’ve just finished mine

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. This would also make a great nursing top! They cost $20 or more in stores. Now I can buy or reuse an old t-shirt instead of spending a fortune. Thank so much!

  4. Trina Green says:

    Thank you so much for the idea!

  5. SavedGirl says:

    It looks so cute. I want to try it, but I’m a little confused. How exactly did you put the elastic on?

    • I tacked one end of the elastic down to a shoulder seam then stretched it about 150% it’s regular length and zig-zagged it in a full circle to the first shoulder seam. I hope that’s clear!

  6. I love this. I have a t-shirt that I will be doing this too later today!! So Cute.

  7. Melissa says:

    Saw this on pinterest and I can’t wait to try it! Did you use 1/4″ elastic and just pull it taught while you sewed it on? Need to go search for an old short to experiment with 🙂 thanks!

    • Hey Melissa!
      Thanks for coming over! I used 1/4 inch elastic but I didn’t pull it *really* tight. I probably extended it to about 150% it’s regular length (4 inches= 6). Have fun!

  8. Love it! Now I have an idea of what to do with those shirts that have too tight neck lines, I want to be modest not feel like I’m being strangled by my shirt! LOL

  9. Very cute and creative!

  10. Jamie,
    Thanks for the comment and congratulations! I tried making a fabric rose out of the scrap, but I rushed it too much so it didn’t turn our great. Your rag idea is pretty cool. I love rainbows so it would make me smile! Isn’t it cool how many crafty possibilities tee shirts have? It almost makes me feel guilty for giving them to the Goodwill.

  11. Genius!

    It is really cute!

  12. did you put elastic also in the back?

  13. By the way, did Deanna want her shirt back? Or did she ask you to redo one of hers?

  14. It’s also more flattering/feminine. I really like what you did with the t-shirt. Congratulations! What did you do with the cut out scrap? When our t-shirts start looking/feeling blah, I cut them just under the arms and detatch the bottom half from the arm and neck top half. Voila! I now have a delightful stack of colorful rags. Arranged in rainbow order, it does spruce up the cleaning supply shelf.( I don’t use the arm and neck portion. Too many seems.) I have seen a t-shirt scarf which looks interesting.
    I am going to try your option today. It would be a definate improvement on some of the t-shirts we still have lying around that my girls don’t feel comfortable wearing.


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