DIY Wedding Shrug Jacket for Brides or Maids …{it’s not finished}

DIY Wedding Shrug from a T-shirt {unfinished}

I began this project at the end of September 2010 …got a shoulder done and realized just how time consuming it actually was. I worked on it Sundays during football through the end of October but then the Holidays hit and I haven’t had a second to revisit the project since {especially knowing there was no end in sight}. I truly am in love with it however and will finish it …eventually. I thought it would be a perfect DIY if you’re getting married next Fall or Winter …begin now and you’ll be done by then!

Here’s What You’ll Need…

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* A fitted white or ivory T-shirt …preferably with cap sleeves. You may also choose to use a jacket or shrug you already have and/or sew one up yourself if you’ve got the skills. However, the T-shirt works quite well. I used the burnout one because it’s the only one I had.
* 4-10 yards of sheer fabric – I’ve gone through about 2 yards so far, depending on how close you’re stitching your fabric pieces together, you’ll need more or less than 8 yards. I may need 10yards at the rate I’m going. I’m using a sheer polyester in ivory
* Pen/Scissors/Matching Thread and needle

{This would also be adorable for all your bridesmaids in a similar or lighter hue to the dresses they’re wearing, especially if they’re strapless}

* This is the same technique as my Baby Couture Ruffled Onesie & my Pouf Sleeve Top


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* Sketch an outline of your shrug on your T …try it on first and mark just below your bust as where you’ll draw the length out. It will shorten a bit but it’s always better to start out long and trim away than do all the work and have it be too short or too small. Draw a straight line down the center …and a corresponding line across the back as well. NOTE: If you have a shrug or jacket already, skip this step, obviously.

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* Cut along your pattern.

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* This is how it should look

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* Snip and Rip your sheer fabric, beginning by removing the selvage. You want the frayed edges. Don’t worry about they fraying too much. This is what gives it that romantic/vintage look. Make your strips about 2 inches wide.

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* Create approximately 2x2inch squares by cutting down your strips.

DIY petal flowers tutorial

* Fold and pinch your squares, run a stitch or two through the bottom to create a flower-lik effect, then hand stitch each one at a time to your t-shirt as close together as needed as to not see any of the t-shirt through the petals.

DIY Petal tutorial 1

* Begin stitching at the top of your shoulders and work down and out. Your squares should be close enough together that no part of the t-shirt is visible through. AND you’re going to do THE ENTIRE T-SHIRT. No t-shirt will be showing when it’s complete.

DIY petal tutorial 2

* Remove the tag with a seam ripper 🙂

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* The underside will look a little like brains. Make sure while you’re stitching that you’re not pulling or gathering the t-shirt. Once you have enough done, the shirt will feel thicker and sort of morph into molded creation …if that makes any sense. {also, if you’ve got skills, you can line it and hide all of this}

And… Voila!

Though I’m nowhere NEAR finished!

DIY Petal Wedding Shrug from a T-shirt

DIY Petal Wedding Shrug from a T-shirt

DIY Petal Wedding Shrug from a T-shirt

As you can see, this project will take you forever {I’m still not done with it!} – that’s a lot of shirt to cover …so start now!

Have Fun!

* I will publish a final post with photos when I finish …IF I ever finish!

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.


  • Namine

    March 6, 2011 |

    Oh this is super cute!! It looks great even partially finished!! Can’t wait for your finished product though!! Great idea using a T-Shirt!

  • BeAtta...

    March 6, 2011 |
  • Jac

    March 6, 2011 |

    It’s going to be beautiful. Good for you on sticking with it.

  • La Petite Olga

    March 6, 2011 |

    So beautiful!! This one makes me want to start a DIY myself 🙂

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • sternchenslove

    March 6, 2011 |

    Beautiful! I love your DIY posts. I think I try that in black for a night out!

    Thanks for sharing!


  • sharonlei

    March 6, 2011 |

    Time and time again you blow me away with your aweseom DIY’s. I can’t wait to see how this turns out. By the look of things, it will be fabulous!

    xx Love & Aloha

  • Pececillo con volantes

    March 6, 2011 |

    It’s a big project but the result deserves the hard work so, enhorabuena!

  • *amanda*

    March 6, 2011 |

    The stitching for the fun little flower fabric petals is just what I needed to see to help me along on a little DIY that I have in the works!(
    Thanks for the great shots of how to do that.
    This is such a cute MIY, and could be a fun project to get together with your bridal party to complete once a week until finished! 😉

  • Schnelle Couture

    March 6, 2011 |

    This is so cute! Great idea!

    Schnelle Couture

  • Ashley J

    March 6, 2011 |

    That scrug is amazing! You are so creative, I don’t know if I would have the patience to do all that work but the end result is so worth it!

  • Anonymous

    March 6, 2011 |

    I love your tutorials and you give such great DIY ideas. I Saw you have your online boutique at and it’s amazing! It would be really great if you’d show your favourite boutiqus with a little comment in your blog:)

  • LaReK

    March 6, 2011 |

    It’s so beautiful! Just love it!
    I didn’t know what to do in the Carnival holidays (here, in Brasil, we have 4 days off!), but now I do!
    I like your tutorials, congratulations!

  • K.Line

    March 6, 2011 |

    This is an outrageous undertaking! I don’t think I’d ever have the patience. 🙂

  • Jody

    March 6, 2011 |

    This is soooooo pretty. I don’t have patience for a project like this. Would love to buy at a store though ; )

  • Allie

    March 6, 2011 |

    This is going to look beautiful! I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished. I’m definitely going to have to try it this summer when I have time.

  • Bree

    March 6, 2011 |

    Clearly I’m an idiot; I looked at the first picture and was like “what’s not done about it?!”
    But really, this is already gorgeous and going to be even more so when it’s done.

  • CessOviedo

    March 6, 2011 |

    So love this! not getting married or attending a wedding anyday soon but so going to make one!

    <3 Cess O.

  • Rachael

    March 7, 2011 |

    I totally have that exact same burnout tee from f21 .. except I wouldn’t dare cut it up, it’s too cute and casual all at the same time, I get compliments on it every time I wear it. Though if I remember correctly, it was only $6 or something.

  • Claire Alexandra

    March 7, 2011 |

    oh my god that is amazing! I want to do it but I don’t think mine would look like yours ha. Your blog is amazing by the way : )


  • anhesty

    March 7, 2011 |

    as usual… awesome!

  • Anonymous

    March 7, 2011 |

    Just wondering – seems to me it would be extreme hot in that shrug, with 4-10 yards of any fabric on it, let alone polyester.
    Are you sure it’s going to be practical, not getting pit-stains etc?

  • Mary Ann

    March 8, 2011 |

    Wow, that one really is taking some time; looks great already, I bet it’s gonna look amazing by time you finish!

  • Fashion Mom

    March 8, 2011 |

    so funny, what a lovely post x

  • My Hideaway

    March 8, 2011 |

    Ah, I think it’s going to be amazing when it’s finished!

  • carlyjcais

    March 9, 2011 |

    Maegan, you are insane! What an incredible amount of work…and such a beautiful result! (If it were me, I would have just done the shoulders and called it quits…;-)

    This ain’t DIY, it’s Couture! Mae-ture? :-/ LOL!

  • ter

    March 13, 2011 |

    that is beyond….AMAZING

  • Claudia

    March 18, 2011 |

    This is amazingly gorgous! Love it!
    Thanks for sharing 😀

  • Amanda

    June 28, 2011 |

    Hey Maegan! I had starred this entry in my reader back when you published it and I was going through my starred items last night and found it again. I can’t wait to see this all finished! I’m thinking about starting one of my own, just to add to my wardrobe. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Prom Dresses

    October 5, 2011 |

    This is a wonderful DIY bridesmaid outfit. I’m looking forward to reading post updates.

  • wholesale clothing

    December 14, 2011 |

    This right here is the reason why I love your blog. Gorgeous project.

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