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No Puffy Shirt Here -- Just a Folded Shirt Card Tutorial

Manly19 OK -- you have to be a Seinfeld fan for that headline to make sense. Puffy shirt or not -- this is one very CUTE idea -- I've made folded shirt cards before but had not really thought of turning the shirt front into a pocket where you can put a pullout greeting tag! The tag is even topped with a tab made from SU's Round Tab punch attached with a brad -- it almost looks like a hanger. (at the end of the post, you'll see the tag pulled out.)

This card is the last that I received in the Manly Card Swap that I took part in. Because we did not put names on the card, I'm not even sure who made it. I've got how-tos to share, so hopefully the photos and directions will allow it to make sense. It's really not that hard. Just practice with scrap paper first. The argyle stripe that dresses up the front of the shirt is from the SU set Classic Backgrounds and it's just perfect! The "buttons" are Bordering Blue card stock punched out with a 1/4 inch circle punch and then attached in a row. The shirt itself is Night of Navy card stock. (I think it's easiest to fold first and then stamp where you want you the pattern. The exception would be an all-over stamped pattern such as a tropical look from Hawaii.)

I've put the directions UNDER each photo so hopefully you can see the photo as you scroll through and see the how-tos.

Here we go -- start with a piece of card stock that measures 6" wide by 9 & 1/4" tall. (I drew little marks where I'll be folding it in half -- these are just for the directions. You can just fold it or score it first.)

Fold it in half, with the top edge lined up with the bottom edge.

Unfold it and now score 1 & 1/2" from EACH long side edge -- TIP: a note about this: if you want one side of your shirt to overlap the other side a little bit, then score that side just a little bit more than 1 & 1/2".

Those score lines, which again I've marked with black lines just for the demo, are your guides that will help you measure the collar and the sleeves.

To make the collar, measure 7/8" down from the top corner on each side edge (you can mark this with a pencil that you'll erase later). Now imagine there's a diagonal line from there to the point where the scored line meets the top of the card stock. You'll be folding it there once you've folded in the sides of the shirt... but first....

It's time to mark the sleeve. Measure up  3 & 3/8" from both bottom side corners. Again, make a pencil mark you'll erase later. And imagine that diagonal line again, this time from the mark you made to where the scored shirt fold line meets the bottom edge of the card stock. (TIP: you can use the guide marks to score the fold lines, using a ruler and bone folder or other scoring tool. Especially with card stock, scoring it will help it fold more easily.)

Manly46 Now fold in the sides of the shirt -- and NOW it's time to fold on those imaginary collar and sleeve lines. (I've switched from my white sample to the real card.) Use the adhesive of your choice to hold those all down.

Fold the shirt back in half now and use a strong adhesive to hold the back to the front ---- the sleeves will stick out from the sides. The pocket was created by the shirt fronts -- and you can slip a tag down inside. The tag for this one measures 2 & 3/4" by 4 & 1/2" with layering and rounded corners. So give it a try -- and like I said, it's really not that hard once you've practiced a little. Whew! This is one long post so thanks for hanging in there -- and waiting as I'd hoped to get it done earlier today.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads and all the great male role models who fill that role for our kids. I know my kids are so happy they have the best daddy!