Welcome back, Threadheads! It’s so great to be at it again! I’ve been busy the last year making masks (well over 1,000) both for donating and for sale through my Etsy shop. You’ve probably been busy making masks as well! And with kids in at-home school, hubby at-home work, and me spending far more time in the kitchen whipping up yummy stuff, it’s been a full year.
I’ve also building out my Etsy shop. If you’re interested in supporting us or just in seeing what’s new this month, here’s the link:
So on to the tutorial… a few pointers here and learnings along the way… If you have any questions about this project, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. I will answer!
Start with a T-shirt one size larger than you normally wear. You will lose some width to the T with this DIY. You will need 1/2 yard of knit fabric. Cut along t-shirt seam lines to make your pattern pieces and place these right side up with fabric right side up. Add 1/2 in seam allowance all the way around except for the neckline – no seam allowance needed there. Cut 1″ longer on sleeve length.
After you’ve cut all pieces, cut a neckband piece. Mine was 1.5 inches wide before folding lengthwise to iron. The length will depend on how big your neckline is… Longer is better than shorter – you can cut it down after it’s sewn on.
You see me using a serger. Since I sell these t-shirts on Etsy, I need the seams looking professional. However, you can use a regular machine and a zig-zag stitch with a stabilizer (so as not to stretch out your knit fabric as you sew).
You might be tempted to skip the basting steps but it is crucial to keeping your fabric from bunching up on the rounded areas: neckline and arm hole. You’ll get a superior, professional finished product.
After sewing the diagonal pieces on the black T, you see me evening up the edges of the T with a straight edge. On subsequent versions, I followed the flare of the T at the bottom when evening up the sides before sewing up the side seam. Also, treat the whole side seam and under-arm seam as one long continuous sew.
I finished off the sleeve edges by serging (easier to do before you attach knit print to knit black T) and then turning the hem up 1″ and using a regular machine to sew a blind hem.
The serger seam thread “tails” I threaded back through the seam or tacked in place on the seam using a straight stitch.
I’d love to hear if you make this T. It’s an easy way to make a statement T or to save a stained or worn shirt – cut off the stains or hole!
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