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4 easy steps to a killer DIY t-shirt

So last week we made ourselves a pattern. This week after a little cutting and a nominal 10 – 15 minutes of sewing we’ll have ourselves one awesomely slouchy t-shirt.

It’s serriously that easy. Jersey really is amazing stuff, isn’t it?

4 easy steps to a killer DIY t-shirt

You could stop here and be done with it, but I’m not a huge fan of leaving the raw edge of jersey, so next week I’ll show you how to give the edges a bit more of a professional finish.

And please lovely people, get yourself a pack of ballpoint needles if you’re going to work with jersey and other knits. Regular needles will tear small holes in the fabric. Which would be sad. And we don’t want sad.
Keen to do more? Find the rest of the tutorials in the series here:

The Pattern
Sewing Success
Finishing knits (like a pro)
Adding cuffs 

4 steps to DIY t-shirt Sewing success

You will need:

pattern (from week 1)
1 – 1 1/2 yards jersey fabric
ballpoint needles
pins, sharp scissors, sewing machine, thread

4 easy steps to a killer DIY t-shirt

1. Take out your fabric and give it a few good tugs. It should stretch more in one direction. This is the direction you want running across your top (from side to side, not top to bottom).

2. Fold your fabric so the the stretch is running across the fabric from side to side and the right sides are together. Lay your pattern piece on the fold. Pin the pattern in place. Cut.

3. Repeat so that you have two pieces cut from the pattern. One piece for the front, and one piece for the back. Plus two rectangles that we’ll use next week.

4 easy steps to a killer DIY t-shirt

4. Put the right sides of the t-shirt together and pin in place. Sew at the shoulders and sides using a 1 cm seam allowance. Bam. That’s it. Simple, right?

  1. Reply
    floral and feather

    Fantastic post! Added jersey fabric and ballpoint needles to my shopping list 🙂

  2. Reply

    this is one of the easiest tutorials I have seen ever! can you make more clothing tutorials?

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