Giveaway: The Shirt Off Daddy’s Back sewing workshop

The winner of this giveaway is lucky commenter #20, Gina Lange, who said:

i would make these beautiful things for my 4 year old who loves to wear my hard work!!

For everyone else, Wendi has a special coupon code giving you $5.00 off the registration price.  Just use the code CRAFTGOSSIP at checkout to get your discount.  (Deadline to receive the discount is midnight EST on July 10, 2011.) Thanks, Wendi!!

Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World is on a mission to teach people that they can sew.  Through a series of videos and patterns on her blog, she’s been teaching the basics of sewing bulding skill upon skill each week.

Now, she offers a sewing workshop designed to take you into the world of garment sewing.  The Shirt Off Daddy’s Back shows 12 different ways you can use a man’s shirt to create fun and easy clothes for girls.  Using existing garments is not only economical (they can usually be found for free) and earth-friendly, but the many-times-washed fabric makes super soft garments that kids love.

Through the 8 downloadable PDF patterns and 12 video lessons (some that accompany the PDF patterns, others as stand-alone projects), you’ll learn how to make A-line skirts, straight skirts, dresses and aprons from t-shirts and button-down shirts.  Check out her Flickr set to see her workshop examples.

Techniques covered include:

— making elastic and knit waistbands

— drafting simple skirt patterns

— binding the  edges of woven fabric

— using foldover elastic to finish the edges of knit fabrics

— making a tube-top dress

— making adjustable neck straps (for an apron)

— embroidering a rainbow hem (CUTE!!!)

— crocheting a scalloped hem,

— making ruffles from knit fabric scraps

Registration is a reasonable $35, or $30 each if you get at least one friend to register with you.

The Giveaway

Wendi is giving away one registration for free to a lucky Craft Gossip reader.  How cool is that!!  To enter, leave a comment on this post telling who you would make these sweet garments for.  I’ll choose one comment at random as the winner.

Deadline for entry is midnight CST on Monday, July 4, 2011.


  1. Teresa Coker-Power says

    I would love to learn all of these lovely techniques to make clothes for my two daughters and myself. As a single mom, I’m always looking for great ways to recycle everything! My dad would get a kick out of seeing me use his old shirts as new pieces of clothing.

  2. Susan Karson says

    I’d love to make these for my eight year old daughter,Katherine. It hit me recently that this is probably the last summer that she’ll love what I make for her. Bittersweet!

  3. Elizabeth Renard says

    I would actually love to use these as a way to teach my friend to sew! Her daughter and mine are best buddies and what a fun project to do together!!

  4. Caitlin Luccio says

    I love this idea! My daughter would love the new additions to her wardrobe too. Fingers’ crossed!

  5. Laura Estep says

    Would love to learn the different techniques. I have 3 daughters and we’re expecting our 4th daughter in October and Id love to be making skirts and dresses for all or most of them. :)

  6. Carmen says

    I’d make these for my daughter. Now that her daddy is a SAHD, I know there are some of his shirts we could make up for her.

  7. M A says

    I have been making more and more gifts for friends’ kids from clothes I find at thrift stores. For these patterns, I would make them for my friend’s twin girls – they would look adorable in these outfits!

  8. Filipa Marques says

    For the little person that goes around the house, of course! Every mom thinks of her children first. If there’s time why not try one for me? Let’s wait and see.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Annie says

    I’d love to make these for a friend’s daughter. She is such a little Daddy’s girl. She already uses his shirts as nightshirts and I know that she would adore a dress from one if his shirts.

  10. says

    I’ve been thinking about signing up for this to make them for my 5 year old daughter. And my 3 nieces. And friends of my daughter. I’d go on, but I’m afraid my sewing schedule is a little overloaded as it is…

  11. Claire says

    I just adore making things for my Grandchildren so I am always open for new ideas so I don’t get bored at making the same items more than once. I do hope I can win, thanks.

  12. Canan says

    I’m learning to sew for my little ones, a boy and a girl. My boy won’t be wearing dresses, but I might be using the techniques Wendy is teaching to make something for him too.

  13. says

    I would make clothes for my daughters. I want to get into making my own clothes, but the drape is different on my “womanly” body than on a little girls’! 😉

  14. Diane K. says

    I would make these for my best friend’s grand-daughter. The grand-daughter’s daddy is a fireman, and I would be thrilled to make her a dress from one of his old uniform shirts, and incorporate the patches too. I recently have been to some garage sales and picked up some wonderful men’s shirts ($0.50 each)that are so perfect for this – one is orange/cream checked and one has fishes on it, Hawaiian shirt style. PICK ME!!! :) I LOVE this site -so many cute, clever ideas. fiddlegirl8

  15. Betsy says

    I’d make these for my little girls – 4.5 and 2.5. The big one LOVES skirts and dresses, the little one LOVES matching the big one, and I love recycling/upcycling!

  16. says

    I would like to use it for my kids, a girl and a boy. There is nothing more beautiful then seeing their joy when I make them something.

  17. Julie says

    I’ve been reading Wendi’s blog for a bout 2 weeks. I love her tutorials and videos. Whoever wins this giveaway is in for a treat!

  18. says

    I’d love to make some great clothes for my grandaughter Autumn! She’s almost five years old — her requirements for clothing are 1) not itchy, 2) soft, and 3) twirly when she turns around!

  19. Gemma says

    I would love to win this workshop! Just bought a bunch of patterns from Wendi’s site to use with my 7 and 10 year old. They are beginning sewists and I am teaching them how to upcycle old, outgrown things and enjoy them once more. Thanks so much for the chance!

  20. Andrea says

    I love upcycling. I have a 1 year old daughter and a 9 year old daughter that would love clothes from these. Thank you! :)


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