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I first learned how to shirr when I fell in love with the Kaiya Eve pettiskirts. I was almost ready to shell out the $100+ bucks to buy one when I found the Martha Stewart tutorial on how to make your own. And in the beginning she told you to 'shirr' your fabric. I had to look that up since I didn't know what 'shirr' meant. And 'shirr' enough it was the same thing that you do to create those smocked tops.

If any of you have been intimidated by shirring, rest a'shirr', you have nothing to be afraid of. Shirring is as easy as sewing. If you know how to sew, you know how to shirr.

If you have any questions just leave me a comment in this message.

And I have a great idea for next week's Technique Tuesdays! I'm sort of sad I didn't do it today but I promise it's something a lot of you have probably been too intimated to do, but can GREATLY benefit from. I just did it yesterday and saved myself a LOT of time and money.

Top photo courtesy of Amanda *Bake It Pretty*

Technique Materials

elastic thread

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    Feb 5, 2011, 05.58 PMby sewwhatdoyouneed

    Haha, I love the “rest a shirr”

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    Dec 28, 2010, 10.31 AMby blmfld

    thank you your tutorial was very helpful and i now can do it!! it isn’t perfect but its just the begining and practice makes perfect!!!

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    Nov 17, 2010, 11.01 PMby nicaban

    wow great, thanks!

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    Aug 15, 2010, 05.13 AMby 5294sandras

    Good demonstration.

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    Aug 12, 2010, 06.11 PMby lbeveryday

    Thank you for making this video!!! I have yet to attempt shirring but I am looking forward to trying this method out. You gave me enough of a foundation to make an attempt. I’ll keep you posted if I make something shirred. Happy sewing:)

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