Sunshine T-Shirt

Seeing as the weather is warmer, may I present to you the Sunshine ribbon t-shirt “summer” edition. More like I have tons of ribbon to use up and wanted to surprise my kids when they get back from my vacation their vacation at my parents place.

Things you’ll need to do this:

– Grosgrain ribbon of your choice (I literally used whatever I had in my tupperware box of ribbon chaos)

E6000 glue

– Plain white cotton t-shirt – these are from the George brand that you can buy at Walmart

– cardboard

– a plate or bowl you can afford to destroy (to put the glue on) and a plate or bowl in a size to compliment the t-shirt size your are doing your craft on

– scissors

DIY ribbon tshirt (2)

Trace a circle using your plate on a piece of paper. I decided to do a half sunshine because I thought it looked a bit fresher and modern.

Lay out your ribbon over the outline, mark with a pencil and trim ribbon.

DIY ribbon tshirt (3)

DIY ribbon tshirt (4)

Insert cardboard in between t-shirt layers to avoid glue seeping into both layers.

DIY ribbon tshirt (5)

Put some E6000 glue onto your plate and using your finger pat down the glue on the backside of each ribbon and place the ribbon onto your t-shirt according to the sunshine pattern.

E6000 glue is VERY tacky and sticky, so you will probably be wiping your fingers throughout this process. The most important part is to ensure you coat the ends (just the back, not the front) of each ribbon. This seals the ends and prevents them from fraying in the wash. I usually hold the ribbon in my left hand and apply the glue with my right. That way your ribbon isn’t sticking to the table.

DIY ribbon tshirt (6)

DIY ribbon tshirt

Let dry overnight. And you’ve got yourself a pretty darn cool sunshine t-shirt.

DIY Sunshine tshirt using ribbons

sunshine tshirt

sunshine tshirt 2

DIY sunshine

DIY Sunshine tshirt using ribbons 2


I’ve also done this in the shapes of Apples and Pumpkins and some Heart ones for Valentines. They are machine washable (no really they are) as long as you put them into the washing machine inside out and wash them cold water.

DO NOT under any circumstances put them in the dryer. Hang them to dry and they will last you as long as your kids don’t destroy them first.

Or if you’re making one for yourself, well then…just watch the wine.


Tater Tots & Jello


  • Reply
    August 1, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Pretty darn cute! And a great way to use scraps of ribbon.

    I had no idea E6000 would work on fabric. You could also use with fabric glue, or iron the ribbon on with strips of Stitch Witchery.

    Very fun summery design! Thanks for sharing!


    • Reply
      August 1, 2013 at 11:09 am

      RE: E6000 Neither did I! Half my projects I try out and think let’s see how this holds up. So if it’s good I share it. If it’s bad, I’ll tell you too. Like the Fabric glue. I used Fabri-Tac for the last Heart shirt I did and it didn’t make it through 2 washes in the machine so I won’t use that for these anymore. The ones I made last Fall for Apples & Pumpkins were with E6000 and they still are in tact after many machine washes.
      I definitely want to try to do one with hemming tape one day. I am just terrible at ironing.

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        August 1, 2013 at 6:11 pm

        Thanks for the tip about Fabri-tac, not holding up; and I see Kate’s comment that the iron-on tape doesn’t hold up either. I’m making some baby bibs and was thinking of using this idea, which certainly needs to hold up to many washings.
        What about a moon shirt for boys? White and lights on a dark shirt would work. And then put a tiny blue spot “in the distance” for the earth.

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    August 1, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Oh those are so darn cute! I think I may have to try this out for my nieces unless I can somehow convince my boy that intricate ribbon ninjas are in fact cool.

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      August 1, 2013 at 11:11 am

      If he doesn’t like a sunshine, may I suggest a planet like Saturn? Possibly the Death Star from Star Wars. Oh who am I kidding I just want to make one of those for myself (huge Star Wars nerd).

  • Reply
    Tash @ thedreamhouseproject
    August 1, 2013 at 11:08 am

    So fun!! Love these. 🙂

  • Reply
    August 1, 2013 at 11:56 am

    These are just gorgeous – I love your t-shirt series 🙂 and the glue is an inspired idea; I’ve tried the iron on tape before and it just ended up peeling off after a wash or two. The Star Wars idea is genius…. Harry will (temporarily) think I am a god. Hurrah.

  • Reply
    Stephen Hughes
    August 1, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    I bet that t’shirt brought sunshine to a child’s day!
    (and do you have ton’s of ribbon)!

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    Victoria • Restoring our Victorian
    August 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Laughing at the intricate ribbon-ninja comment… that would be awesome. Star Wars too… although you might need different ribbon.

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    Danielle from Storypiece
    August 2, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Girl… this is such a cute idea and a very fun design! Seriously… as in your girls will not be trading horror stories over the holidays when they are older about the crafty stuff mom made them wear. You get to be the cool mom that is a crafting genius. 🙂

  • Reply
    August 3, 2013 at 2:55 am

    perfect for summer! and great color combos. i wish i had a fraction of your ribbon stash!

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    Maartje Quilting in Amsterdam
    August 4, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Just lovely. Thanks for sdharing! I pin it.

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    Tracie Gulit
    August 6, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Found you on Looksi! Love your design- def going to make one for my little sweety!
    Thank you for sharing! Would love for you to stop by my little spot:

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    Gina Sturgeon
    July 6, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Very clever. Thanks for sharing. That’s something I wouldn’t have thought of. Very effective!

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