Sweatshirt t-shirt for kids tutorial

sweatshirt tshirt tutorial
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Me: (in a sickly sweet tone) “Gigi, will you please let Mommy take some pictures of you in your new shirt?!”
Gigi: “No I have to feed Foofa this cake.”
Me: “Gigi, mommy really needs some pretty pictures of your new shirt. Put Foofa and the cake (a little wooden block) down, and help mommy, please.”
Gigi: “But Foofa needs her cake.”
Me: (in a stern tone) “Gigi, mommy needs these pictures for work. I work so I can get money to buy you fun stuff. If you help mommy work I will buy you a treat for being such a hard worker! Will you please help mommy?!”
Gigi: (totally indifferent) “I want a sucker and red juice.”

AND THIS IS WHAT I GOT for that astronomical price. It must be EXACTLY what they pay the Urban Outfitter’s models, because they have this same sullen look, don’t you think?

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But regardless of my little sassy-pants, I’m SO excited for this! Ginger has an endless supply of adorable leggings, but I feel like I’m constantly trying to find shirts to go with them. Because so many of her leggings are so cute, I don’t always want to pair them with a busy t-shirt. I’ve wanted a sweatshirt t-shirt for her for a while, and I haven’t found one, so I finally just made one and now I’m going to make 5 more!

If you can cut moderately straight lines and sew somewhat straight lines, YOU CAN MAKE THIS SHIRT!

There is NO hemming, NO measuring and NO pattern.


Let’s do it.


– An old sweatshirt with no zipper or front pockets

– A shirt or onesie to reference for size

– A pen

– Scissors

– A sewing machine

– A moody toddler or happy baby


See, the genius of this is that you do not have to HEM AT ALL! WEEE!

1. Utilize the bottom of the sweatshirt so you do not have to hem. If you wanted to capture a design somewhere in the center of the sweatshirt you don’t HAVE to do this, you just would have an unfinished bottom, which could look cool!

2. Use a marker or pen to make the rough shape of HALF of the shirt. You don’t want a lopsided shirt. I measured about 3″ away from the side of the reference shirt because I wanted a boxy look. It ended up being TOO boxy and I took it in on each side about half an inch.

3. Cut out the half you traced, then fold the shirt in half so you can cut out the other half to match perfectly.

4. Place the shirt right sides together (fuzzy side out) and make sure to match the bottom seams of the band.

5. Pin and sew! (I never pin things…I’m wild and SLOPPY!)

6. Try the shirt on your victim, and trim and fix as necessary. I cut some of the sides off, and then resewed the shirt. I also made the neckline bigger.

7. Roll the sleeves. You could sew them in place with a few stitches by hand if you wanted! Make a cute lil notch on the neckline if you want!

8. Embellish to your heart’s content! I think I’ll add some studs to other ones!

Happy sewing!



  1. love it! i have the same problem when it comes to finding shirts to go with busy leggings, and quite a few sweatshirts in my stash of clothing to repurpose – i am totally going to be doing this!

  2. i’m doing this! love it. and her shoes? where are those from? she’s a sassy little doll baby. her and my avery would be dear friends, i’m sure of it.

  3. josie

    You are the bomb. I am doing this!

  4. Adorable! Now to go steal some sweatshirts from my husband so I can whip some of these up! And I’m totally going to blame you when he notices the sweatshirts went missing. Hope you don’t mind. 🙂

  5. Kim

    Amazing! And your conversation with Gigi is killing me!

  6. Pernel Martin

    i love everything about this…i’m so afraid of olin, aren’t you so afraid of gigi?? they are so powerful & insane…and smart. we are screwed!

  7. i do so much cutting of t-shirts and sweatshirts and leggings around here that my daughter brought it in a pile of leggings the other day and said ” i don’t know mom…what are you thinking? should we make these all shorts?” yes baby girl we should. love this sweatshirt/ t- shirt!

  8. So cute! I’ve had the same conversation with my daughter soooo many times. She does not care about mommy’s blog or work, but you know what she does care about? Muffins. I bribe her with muffins at our favorite coffee shop basically any time I need her to cooperate.

  9. and PS: where did you get gigi’s shoes? They are adorable!

  10. What a cute little top! And so easy to make!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this evening that links to your tutorial

  11. Great tutorial! My daughters really needs a few sweatshirts and this looks so easy! Thanks 🙂

  12. nadya crouch

    Thank you for sharing this idea. I got HUGE sweatshirt for $1, so I made sweatshirt n legging for my 15mo girl last night, I love it!

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