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Child’s T-shirt project

How to make a child's t-shirt

Make this casual T-shirt for a child in a soft jersey for the summer. An ideal project for the beginner to dressmaking using a simple “T” shape, incorporating simple seams and hems.


Sizing chart

Finished T-shirt measurements


2-4 years


5-7 years


8-10 years

Sleeve edge to sleeve edge




Shoulder to hem





How to sew with jersey

You will need…

T-shirt fabric which is at least 60cm wide:

Small T-shirt  – 50cm

Medium T-shirt – 60cm

Large T-shirt – 70cm

Sewing thread

You will also require a sewing machine.

How to measure a child for dressmaking

Measuring to establish which size to sew

Take the sleeve edge-to-edge measurement.

Taking measurements for dressmaking

 Take the shoulder to hem measurement.

Free t-shirt pattern for kids


Draw and cut out 2 T-shirt shapes as indicated above for the size you require.

How to sew a t-shirt for a child

With right sides together pin the shoulder seams.

How to sew seams on jersey fabric

Stitch the seams using a stretch stitch or a narrow zig-zag stitch. Neaten appropriately by machine or overlocker.

We have a guide to sewing jersey fabric including the different seams you can use.

How to sew the neckline on a t-shirt

Fold over 1cm to form the neckline and tack in position.

How to sew necklines

Using a zig-zag stitch (we used width 3) stitch the neckline in position, thereby enclosing the raw edge. Pull the ends of the stitching to the wrong side and using a darning needle to lose the threads in the fold of the neckline.

How to sew sleeves on a t-shirt

Place right sides together and pin the side seams. Curve the seam as indicated, the curve will enable the finished seam to lie flatter.

How to sew a t-shirt for a child

Stitch and neaten the side seams.

Easy child's t-shirt pattern -free

Then your t-shirt is finished and ready to wear. 

Free kid's t-shirt sewing pattern for beginners