Learn how to sew t-shirts for boys and girls with this free kid’s t-shirt sewing pattern. This is a step-by-step sewing project with free downloadable templates for sizes 12 months to 5 years.
Isn’t it hight time I gave you a kids t-shirt pattern? I have designed almost all common outfits for little ones and this free t-shirt sewing pattern is something I have been working on for quite some time. I had kept this pattern ready for the holiday sewing so that my readers can sew a matching T-shirt with pajamas to be worn during Christmas eve.
T-shirts are available in plenty in stores but we being ardent seamstresses, we would always love to make everything handmade for ourselves and our kids right? We always have our creative juices flowing to mix and match different fabrics and prints to create a “me designed” outfit for our little ones.
So, look no further, here is a lovely versatile kids t-shirt sewing pattern, that is sure to keep you glued to your sewing machine. This is a t-shirt pattern for boys and girls. There are options to sew it with short, 3/4th, or long sleeves. You can also sew them with or without the cuffs.
This new t-shirt pattern comes from 12 months to 5 years and involves just a few steps to sew.
Here have a look at some of my tester pictures in Christmassy fabrics as well!
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Free Kid’s T-Shirt Sewing Pattern
- Interlock knit, cotton knit, or jersey knit in a desired print and color for the tee (a medium-weight knit like interlock knit is the best for a beginner seamstress to handle) – requirement specified in the table-3 below
- Rib-knit (optional) with 75% or more stretch for the neck binding and cuffs- ¼ yard.
- Ballpoint needle for your machine.
- Other sewing Notions.
- T-shirt template. * Enter your e-mail address and click the subscribe button to download the pattern pieces.
Guidelines for Sewing with Knits.
- Spread out your knit fabric on a large flat surface for cutting. This prevents it from getting stretched and distorted.
- Secure the pattern pieces by using ballpoint pins or pattern weights. This would keep the knit fabric underneath from moving and would keep it in place.
- Use polyester thread or a cotton-polyester thread to allow for stretch.
- A ball-point needle is a must while sewing with knits.
- Use a narrow zigzag stitch or a stretch stitch for necklines, armholes, and hems. You may use a straight stitch for the side seams.
- The thread tension of your machine should be looser than normal. Try stitching on a double layer of scrap before sewing on your actual fabric.
- Take care not to stretch the fabric while sewing. Hold the fabric up to keep it flat near the machine.
- I suggest using a walking foot to prevent stretching and to facilitate free movement of the fabric. If you have an option in your machine to reduce the pressure of the presser foot, that would work fine too.
- Since knit fabrics do not ravel, you don’t need a serger. But if you need a professional finish and you have just an ordinary machine, you may go ahead and use the zigzag for finish.
*All the knit fabrics used here are of 58- inches.
*The fabrics shown here are only for illustration purposes and as such may vary from the original.
*The seam allowance is 3/8-inch unless otherwise specified.
*I suggest you read the entire pattern once before starting to get a general idea
*Note: If you wish to sew a slim fit tee for girls, move a size down, keeping the tee length and the sleeve length the same.
In the table below, “L” stands for the length of the fabric and “W” stands for the width.
- While cutting the strips, the stretch should go across the length.
- The length of the neck binding given below is for the rib-knit. If you are using any other knit material with 50-75% stretch, add 1” more to the length.
- The neck binding width can be changed to suit your preference.
Next, we sew the front and back pieces of the tee together.
Next, we attach the neck binding.
Let’s attach the binding to the neck. For that, we need to quarter mark the binding and the neckline.
Your neckline may look a little wrinkled once done. You may use steam press to get it back in shape.
Next, we attach the sleeve to the tee.
Let’s pin the sleeve along the armhole.
*If you are adding cuffs and not hemming the sleeve, you may skip the two steps below and sew the side seams. The cuffs are attached once the side seams are done.
If you opt to hem the lower edge of the sleeves, refer the two steps below.
Next, we do the side seams.
Adding The Cuff
if the lower edge of the sleeve is not hemmed and you would like to add a cuff, refer to the few steps below.
Let’s attach the cuff to the lower edge of the sleeve.
Let’s do the lower hem of the tee.
Pin it for later,
My kid’s t-shirt sewing pattern is done! Hope it inspires you to sew awesome t-shirts for your little girls and boys too!