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    Heart-shaped decoration for a garment

    Heart-shaped decoration for a garment

    A few strips of fabric, a sole-colored T-shirt or a tank top, and 15 minutes of your spare time—that’s all you need to create a heart-shaped decoration. You can use the tips described in this tutorial to decorate any garment, thus giving your old clothes look new and interesting look. Hearts are perhaps most often associated with the Valentine’s Day, but one doesn't need an excuse for wearing them on any other day of the year. Don’t be afraid to experiment! Not only it will help you to revamp your clothes but also give you lots of joy!


    • A T-shirt
    • Thin silk cording
    • A gathering foot
    • A Ruffler foot
    • A cording foot for sewing on three cords
    • Strips of non-fraying fabric (netting, tulle netting, thin knitwear).

    Peach-colored T-shirt and tulle netting

    Heart-shaped decoration for a garment

    On a T-shirt, mark the center front line. Place a heart-shaped cutout on top of it and trace the outline with a piece of tailor’s chalk or a fabric marker. Cut the non-fraying fabric into strips 3 to 6 cm wide.


    Heart-shaped cutout on a tank top

    Strips of netting material

    Attach the Ruffler foot to your machine. Select the appropriate pleating depth and stitch the strips along the center line, gathering the fabric as you go. If you haven’t yet used the Ruffler foot, here’s the tutorial (coming soon!):

    If you need narrow pleats of the equal width, you can use a gathering foot instead. For instructions, see this tutorial (coming soon!):

    Long red strip of gathered netting

    Gathered strip of red netting

    Piece of netting on a peach-colored fabric.

    Pin the pleated strip of fabric along the outline of the heart and straight-stitch it to the fabric. You now have a decorated garment!

    After I had slipped my T-shirt over a mannequin, it became clear that I failed to get the measurements right, so I cut the upper part of the pleats a bit, thus making the decoration even more impressive.

    Heart-shaped netting decoration closer look

    Red and white netting stitched to tank top

    Peach-colored tank top with heart-shaped decoration

    Alternately, you can use knitwear strips and cords. Cut the thin knitwear fabric into strips 3 to 6 cm wide.

    While cutting, pay attention to the wales. They should be vertically oriented: in this way, the fabric edge won’t fray, and there will be no runs.

    Gather the knitwear strips, using the method described above. Trace the future decoration to the fabric. In my case, these are two halves of a heart, to the right and left of the straight line. Pin the gathered knitwear strips along the outline.

    Blue strip of knitwear

    Two halves of a heart cutouts

    Blue knitwear strip with pins

    Attach the cording foot and feed three cords into it. Select a three-step zigzag stitch. Stitch the gathered strip to the fabric by the cord.

    Cording foot with three cords in it

    Gathered blue strip of fabric with pins

    Red and two white cords in a cording foot

    On turns and at corners, raise the foot and rotate the fabric under it. Having adjusted the fabric position, pull the cords slightly and continue sewing.

    Blue knitwear strips stitched with cords

    Blue gathered strip of fabric stitched with three cords

    Pink tank top with blue gathered strip decoration

    Original text by Irina Lisitsa

    Edited by Irina

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