I've got a few fun t-shirts makeovers to share over the next week. The first is one I made for my little girl.
plain child sized t-shirt
old t-shirt, any size will do
fabric/ribbon to cover buttons
First, I cut an even width of hem from my old t-shirt. This will be used to form flowers. *By using the hem of your tee, you automatically have a finished edge on your flower. Otherwise you'd need to surge your edges. Also, I used one of my t-shirts because I wanted lots of length to make full, ruffly flowers. But any old t-shirt belonging to a child or adult will do. The less length you use, the less frilly your flower will look. (For example, on the biggest flower shown in the photo of the final product below, the top layer flower is less frilly because I used less length on it.)
To form the flowers, stitch like so, cinching as you go to determine how close you want your ruffles to be. When you flower is as full/big as you desire, secure the 2 ends together to form a circle.
I then covered some mismatched buttons with ribbon using hot glue, to create the center of the flower. You could also use fabric to cover them, but this ribbon print worked well with my colors, and I kind of like the imperfect way it folded over the edges due to the ribbon being a little stiffer.
Hot glue the finished button to the centers of your flowers. Stitch the flowers to your t-shirt (this one was $3.50 at WalMart!). You may wish to sew a backing onto the flower first, for more security. I plan to reinforce mine with fabric glue.