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Minerva CraftsThis project has been designed by Little Miss Fancy Frocks – the dynamic mother-daughter duo who lovingly create handcrafted clothing for adults and children. Visit their Facebook page here.

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Child's T-Shirt Project

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





You will need...

Supplies for a t-shirt project

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.


Measuring to establish which size to sew

Measure for t-shirt project

Take the sleeve edge-to-edge measurement.


Taking measurements on a child

 Take the shoulder to hem measurement.



Diagram for t-shirt project

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

Pin shoulder seams

With right sides together pin the shoulder seams.

Finished shoulder seams

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

Finishing neckline on t-shirt

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

Neaten neck seam

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.


Sewing side seams

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

Neatening side seams

Stitch and neaten the side seams.


Finished t-shirts


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