I love tees on little boys and they are so easy and perfect for summer. I wanted to dress one up without words, so inspired by vintage military I added a shoulder patch to a tee. Did you know the purpose of the original shoulder patches was to give a cushion while shooting a gun?
Here’s some tips for sewing knit fabric.
- 1/2 to 1 yard of fabric depending on your child’s age – I used Girl Charlee’s Bright Blue and White Wide Stripe Cotton Jersey Slub Knit Fabric
- Scrap of contrasting fabric
- Sewing tools
boy’s Tee Tutorial
1. Cut out the tee just like you normally would.
2. On the front right shoulder lay out the scrap and cut the shape you want. The shoulder patch is where you can go crazy with colors and prints. This orange striped fabric is also from Girl Charlee.
3. Pin the patch to the shirt.
4. Sew the patch to the shirt. I sewed it all with a straight stitch because that is the look I wanted.
*Tip: I would suggest sewing the sleeve edge and neck edge with a stretch stitch to keep the stretch in those seams. I had a little trouble with this.
5. Construct the rest of the shirt just like you normally would.
I love this subtle but masculine detail for tees.
I asked Henry to put his hands up and he come up with this post all by himself.
I would love to make a shoulder patch shirt with the opposite sleeve patching the fabric of the patch. Or a matching pocket!
If you make something using this Boy’s Tee Tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!