I love sewing with knit fabric. Maybe it started with taking a swimsuit making class in college with my sister. Maybe it started with loathing the always fraying edges of a woven. Maybe it started with having a boy instead of a girl. I appreciate the fun printed knit fabric at Girl Charlee, and created an awesome boy’s tee tutorial!

Shoulder Patch Tee Tutorial for Girl Charlee

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?

Shoulder Patch Tee Tutorial for Girl Charlee

Supplies 

boy’s Tee Tutorial

1. Cut out the tee just like you normally would.

Shoulder Patch Tee Tutorial for Girl Charlee

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.

Shoulder Patch Tee Tutorial for Girl Charlee

 3. Pin the patch to the shirt.

Shoulder Patch Tee Tutorial for Girl Charlee

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.

Shoulder Patch Tee Tutorial for Girl Charlee

5. Construct the rest of the shirt just like you normally would.

I love this subtle but masculine detail for tees.

Shoulder Patch Tee Tutorial for Girl Charlee

I asked Henry to put his hands up and he come up with this post all by himself. 

Shoulder Patch Tee Tutorial for Girl Charlee

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!

Shoulder Patch Tee Tutorial for Girl Charlee

 

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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3 thoughts on “Shoulder Patch Boy’s Tee Tutorial

  1. Super cute!! I dislike cheesy retail fashions for boys myself. Great idea.

    Posted on August 13, 2013 at 6:24 pm
  2. Cute! Easy way to make a little boy shirt more fun!

    Posted on August 2, 2013 at 5:41 pm
  3. Such a cute idea! I'm a recent convert took it sewing…I love Girl Charlie's knot fabric…now I can actually buy some!

    Posted on August 2, 2013 at 4:27 pm