DIY Petal Ruffled Puff Sleeve Top

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I LOVE this DIY petal sleeve top. It’s one of my favorites, and one of my favorite DIYing technique as well. I’ve petalled shoes, a clutch, a wedding bolero jacket {though I’m not quite finished with that one yet}, and even a baby onesie. Though tedious and time consuming, it’s an easy technique that gives you a lot of bang for your buck.

Here’s What You’ll Need…


* T-shirt, jacket, blazer or top of any kind really

DIY Petal Ruffle Puff Sleeve Top

* Chiffon, or sheer fabric in a matching color {or not}
* Needle/Thread/Scissors

DIY Petal Ruffle Puff Sleeve Top

DIYPetal Ruffle Puff Sleeve Top

DIY Petal Ruffle Puff Sleeve Top

I needed a bit more than I anticipated. At least 40 squares per sleeve. AT LEAST!

DIY Petal Ruffle Puff Sleeve Top

And… Voila!



DIYBLack Petal Ruffle Puff Sleeve Top

* NOTE: The edges of the chiffon I used for the sleeves is frayed more than the bag/shoes because I “tore” the fabric to give it that look. For the bag and shoes, I cut the petals out separately. See below. * Also NOTE: this is quite a long and tedious project.



Have Fun!

* Find all my DIYs here
* Click Here to see my “Petal” bag DIY
* Click Here for my “Petal” shoe DIY
* Click Here to see how I did it to a baby onesie
* CLICK HERE to see my partial petalled wedding bolero

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Marianna Evangelista

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    Maegan, I have been reading your blog for a couple of months now, and I love it! congratulations 🙂

  • carlyjcais

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    Beautiful DIY! Check some of mine out too at

    Yours are so inspiring!

  • Couture Carrie

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    Another stunner, darling! It looks amazing!



    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    Your ar an artist!!! I like so much!

  • céline

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    wow this is amazing !!

  • Lindsay [Bella Cene']

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    What a great DIY! I’m gonna have to try that with my own “design” for the flowers…

    Have a fabulous monday =P

  • Christyrenee

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    Wow! That top turned out gorgeous!!!

  • Carlotta

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    you always have the best DIY projects..thanks for sharing!!

  • Tara Gibson

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    wow! I LOVE this! Girl seriously you are SO talented!

  • down and out chic

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    it’s fantastic! i actually thought about you this weekend b/c i saw some embellished shirts the other day in the store and i thought about buying them but didn’t want to spend the $$$ and i thought, “maegan could easily do a little diy with this.”

  • vicen

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    Ay modistilla que eres una modistilla, je, je.
    ¿Por que no te pasas a recoger tu premio?:

  • amoramor

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    i am never tired to come here and see urs wonderfuls posts =]
    u rock, always

  • captivate me.

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    oooh, very chic. I’m not sure if I could pull off the look with them on my shoulders, but I like the idea also for placing the petals around the collar. Gorgeous.

  • Berry

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    Love this! I may just have to apply it to some of my projects =)

  • - - aika - -

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    amazing d.i.y 😀

  • amy jo

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    you make your diy projects look so easy! this top looks amazing on you.

  • anhesty

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  • Sal

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    Fantastic! And my gawd, you must have the patience of a saint to tackle that project, lady.

  • Ediot

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    ah its well done! looks really great- i love that last picture-very ballet-esque

  • ~Trish~

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    That is really cute 🙂

  • Cathy Voyage

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    This DIY is amazing, as all your DIYs are!

  • Saskia

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    It looks completely GORGEOUS!! I love this diy!!


  • Dream Sequins

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    This is a wearable way to make BIG shoulders work for most silhouettes! Love your DIYs!

  • Tori

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    This is such a cool DIY!


    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    Fabulous DIY! Likey-likey!!
    Cheers to creativity~


  • Brooke

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    You are so creative! I love this DIY. Super cute.

  • xphoebelinax

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    you’re amazingly talented and beautiful! 🙂 gorgeous work!

  • Sunshinemeg

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    Too cute! I am loving the ruffled look right now.

  • Tiffany

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    love it! what a great way to spice up a plain tee.

  • *Diane*

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    I love your diy’s…

  • Vanessa

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    Another great DIY tutorial! Super cute shirt!

  • Hanako66

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    omg LOVE this diy!

  • Living and Loving In L.A.

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    This is AMAZING! How clever are you? I love coming up with stuff like this! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • God Made Me fuNky

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    another cool DIY from your creative kitty. Looks super cute. The other day I showed my hubby two pics of the Petal sandals( one from your blog and the other from Louboutin website)He couldnt tell that one was a DIY project:-) You really rock!

  • gold

    August 3, 2009 | Reply


  • Marbella Designs

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    another great DIY! thanks!

  • Jeni

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    I found your tutorial via the fashion spot website and had to look.

    I am also going to feature and link to your tutorial too, really inspirational!

  • agatiszka

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    It’s gorgeous and so easy to do!! I’ll try something simillar.

    Check my new blog with my DIY

  • drollgirl

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    LOVIN’ IT!!!!! LOVIN’ IT!!!

    and hope your mac is going to be a-ok soon!

  • Purse Addict

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    Looks AMAZING!!! Wish I was as crafty…

  • Anonymous

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  • Nicole Marie

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    i love all the ruffle stuff you make.

    and i had a serious celebrity malfunction when i didnt realize you could see straight through my black dress. you could even see the victoria secret writing on my underwear!!

  • hautepocket

    August 3, 2009 | Reply


  • Gãb!

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    Just Beautiful…
    I love your DIY works… That inspire me to do better my clothes 🙂
    Kisses darling

  • Stephanie

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    So creative! I am such a fan of your DIY’s – This one is super cute!

  • Fashionista*

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    ruffles really are your thing

    but it looks amazing!

  • Iva

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    I LOVE it! LOVE IT!! I am so happy that you were able to get on your husbands computer to post this!! Its so beautiful! {I hope your mac gets better soon :-/ } LOL sorry about the see through….ohh the flash!! You look remarkable as always. Thank you for your amazing DIYs! 🙂 Hope you had a great weekend!

  • Chessa!

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    I think I want to order one of these from you. I love it so much but I’m a spaz at anything DYI.

  • Alba_Shopaholic

    August 3, 2009 | Reply

    wow, you are a Artist, is amazing!


  • Jenn

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    Geez, you’re so creative!

  • ~ Kelly Ann ♥

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    Another gem- you are so creative!
    Keep the ideas coming- Love this idea!


  • Sher

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    You have the BEST DIY projects!

  • Rain

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    cavalli! i have a meshlike dress with puffed sleeves just like this : )

  • Style & Beyond

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    GREAT DIY!! love it!!


  • Style & Beyond

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    GREAT DIY!! love it!!


  • The Mrs.

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    Looove it and love your blog!!

  • Ljubica

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    wow, turned out amazing! you are so inspirational!

  • Underfunded Heiress

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    Super cute. Your so chic!

  • fazed-girl

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    Looking gorgeous! This reminds me a bit of the DIY that Queen Michelle did at Kingdom of Style using shower flowers/loofahs, but much more wearable. I love all of your DIY posts!

  • Amy

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    Another wicked post. Loving your tweets too x

  • 5_kubikov_lda

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    I love your ideas!:)

  • Susan

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    wow! that is gorgeous! I love all your DIY projects 🙂
    happy Tuesday, xoxo

  • Annie Spandex

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    Oh WOW I hate those kinds of sleeves and you have completely transformed them!!

  • Carla

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    Maegan, you are a such a renaissance woman. You are all over those petals. Great work. Carla x

  • Suzanne

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    really nice!

  • Penny Nicole

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    is it Phillip Lim? I love him, and I love you this is gorgeous!

  • Pretty Little World

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    This is just fabulous!! The pretty things you show off in your DIY posts always amaze me!!

  • kirstyb

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    im gonna give that a go it looks fantastic xoxoxoox

  • K @ Blog Goggles

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    So I was in a fancy store today and saw the CL petal purse in person for the first time. I was truly umimpressed – yours look a thousand times better (not to mention a thousand times more wallet happy). Just wanted to let you know!

  • SabrinaFairchild

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    definitely going to try this one. gorgeous!

  • Ela

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    You are inspiring! One of these days I’ll have to actually try one of your DIYs…instead of just marvelling at them!

    Thank you so much for your warm comments, I really appreciate them. Recent miracle…a friend was told she would NEVER conceive…went through the process of adoption – waited 2 years and was expecting a child to be placed with them soon. I just saw her mother in law, they just cancelled the adoption process…she’s 3 month’s preggers 🙂 She hasn’t told many cause she’s STILL in shock.

  • bananas.

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    once again you amaze me with your exceptional DIY talents. while i can never do these myself i love learning your creations. you’re awesome, k? that’s all. xoxo.

  • Siljesfashion

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    I am totally trying this tomorrow! You are such an inspiration!

  • A Balancing Act

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    You always amaze me with your DIYs! How do you manage to stay so beautiful and talented?! Pass on over a dose of your fabulousness, will ya…

  • dirtyflaws

    August 4, 2009 | Reply

    very cute idea xx

  • blushingjoy

    August 5, 2009 | Reply

    hey there! i’ve been stalking your blog for a while. 🙂 i’m loving this ruffle sleeve top… gonna find some black tees and try this out! awesome diy!!

  • OceanDreams

    August 5, 2009 | Reply

    How amazing! You can transform anything, I swear. ;0)

  • wicketywicketywhack

    August 8, 2009 | Reply

    Was this hand stitched or machine sewed? If it was done by hand.. that must of been a very long time. But I wonder how it would be possible with a machine…

  • cindywan

    August 9, 2009 | Reply

    love your DIY so much, very easy to follow step by step.
    looking forward for more of your DIY…
    hope you could do a DIY on sequin shoulder top

  • curlymonkeyandco

    August 27, 2009 | Reply

    Awesome! Have to make it! Thank you so much!!!

  • arzu

    August 29, 2009 | Reply

    thank you very much=)

  • Jenna

    September 7, 2009 | Reply

    Well done, I must try this one. Just even sewing on a flower type poof around the neckline would be gorgeous!

  • las sandalias de ana

    September 21, 2009 | Reply

    simply perfect!!!lovely 😉

  • jukejka

    December 8, 2009 | Reply

    good job, I love it!

  • MissNeira

    December 19, 2009 | Reply

    Love it!! you did an amazing job!

  • Blythe

    April 3, 2010 | Reply

    Wow, this is awesome. Not too difficult, but so expensive-looking.
    Thanks for the DIY!

  • Sofia

    April 5, 2010 | Reply

    Advice to anyone considering ‘ruffling’ an item of their clothing- use a synthetic fabric that WON’T crinkle when washed- even silk chiffon can crinkle! I had some very light black cotton crepe (looks like silk chiffon but made from cotton) which I used to make ruffles a la Maegan on a boring black top- and thanks to Maegan I had a serious piece of couture that cost me nothing and looked AMAZING! But then I chucked it in the washing machine (I do this with everything- a prerequisite of all my clothes is they have to be SUPER EASY to look after) and I discovered that all the cute petal/ruffles had crinkled and shrunk up after washing!! So you can blast your ruffles with a hair dryer and try to iron them out with a hair straightener or iron like I did,which sort of works but not 100% effective, or you can use a synthetic chiffon in the first place and it will never crinkle or shrink.

    Thanks for being awesome Maegen your gratuitous outfit posts are not in the least gratuitous I love them an you!!

  • fenski

    May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Thank you Maegan. Looks like a fun project to make for my daughter. The onsie is so cute. I sure wish we had a baby girl in the family – all boys and teenagers at that.

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