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Short Sleeve Raglan Tee

Time for another pattern spotlight! This time we’re featuring the Short-Sleeve Raglan tee, a true wardrobe staple. Once you make one, you’ll be looking for excuses to fill your little one’s closet with more! I can speak for this shirt personally as my son owns it – it is the softest, most comfortable tee your kiddo will ever wear! The seams on this shirt are on the outside, and they’re designed that way intentionally so that all of the seams on the inside are enclosed and super-soft. Even the most sensitive kiddo will live and play comfortably in a shirt like this!

The pattern details:

  • This is a beginner-level pattern.
  • Size range: 12-18 months to 6/7
  • Yardage requirements: 1/2 yard – 2/3 yard
  • Fabric recommendations: medium-weight knits with at least 30% stretch, such as cotton jersey, bamboo rayon, or rib knit
  • You do NOT need a serger in order to make this top! You will, however, need thread, a universal stretch needle, and double-sided water-soluble basting tape (or at least, that last one is super helpful).

Let’s take a look at some of the amazing versions of this shirt that our Flickr pool members have made:

This retro-styled long-sleeved version will be a hit with kiddos and adults:

We love these dueling banjo brothers:

Aww, what an adorable family tee:

This little hiker is so sweet we want to go hug a tree:


This clever mama turned an adult-sized tee into an upcycled dress for her daughter using the Short Sleeve Raglan pattern as a guide:

What about you – will you make YOUR kiddo’s new favorite t-shirt next? If you do, share it with us in the Sewing for Boys Flickr pool and we might just feature your project in a future post!