In celebration of a Packer playoff win, I sewed up a football tee for my little guy. You can use this tutorial to add a fun stripe detail to any of your little guy’s (or girl’s) shirts. Depending on the application, you can use it to make something more sporty or preppy, whatever your preference.
I FINALLY ordered a copy of Sewing for Boys. It was a little like Christmas morning when it got here. I sewed up this shirt using the Raw Edge Raglan pattern size 4/5.
A common boy sewing complaint (and I’ve made it too) is that boy sewing is just so much more involved then girl sewing. You can whip up a cute girl’s dress in no time, but boy sewing involves more waistbands and other techniques without as much wow factor at the end. May I suggest to you the raglan tee? The sewing technique is very similar to a girl’s peasant dress. It sews up just as fast and is really easy to add fun details to.
Adding Stripes to Sleeves
I knew I wasn’t in Wisconsin anymore when I laid these two knits down on the cutting table and the response was, “That’s a pretty green.”
Having passed all the clearance Vikings material and yarn on the way over, I didn’t have the heart to tell her its end destination.
The color in these pictures is a little funky because I was sewing late at night, and it was rather dark.
Cut out your pattern pieces as instructed. Pull out your sleeves. I was working with a knit and knew the right and wrong side would be hard to tell apart once I started moving pieces around.
I marked the right side with a pin like this-
Decide where on your sleeve you want your stripes to go and measure across.
Cut your stripes. I’m sewing three stripes a sleeve. I cut six stripes total. I decided I wanted them to be an inch thick. Because I’m sewing the “raw edge raglan” I won’t be turning the edge under.
If you want a cleaner more finished look, add 1/2″ to the height measurement. Turn your top and bottom under 1/4″ and press before attaching.
Layout your stripes and pin. I eyeballed it, but measure feel free to measure. I also just pinned my stripes in place before sewing. If you want to make sure your stripe doesn’t move while you stitch it, you can use a heat bond.
Sew down the stripes on both sleeves. Your pieces now look like this.
Keep in mind by stitching these stripes down across your knit sleeve you are limiting the stretch of your fabric. If the shirt is a close fit you may want to size up to compensate.
My finished top now looked like this.
I showed my husband and waited for the applause. After all, I had made a FOOTBALL shirt. That was sewing he could get behind, right? He tipped his head and said, “It reminds of the retro jerseys, you know it just needs a circle and a number.”
Sigh. Yes, I knew. I had thought the same thing. Determined to finish that night, I pressed on. He was referring to this throwback jersey that the Packers wore in 2011. It was a reference to a 1920s uniform.
Now there was some discussion when these debuted that they were
hideously ugly a little too retro for some. While the navy threw me a bit, I can’t say I felt that strongly about them, and they work for great inspiration for us.
Adding your Number
I cut my yellow circle out from tracing a bowl. I hopped on the internet and did a search for “line drawings 3” and found one that looked about right.
Trace and cut out your three. Fold your piece and make a snip to cut out the inside. Like this-
It was getting rather late, so I went straight to stitching. I would NOT recommend that. Use heat bond. Sewing the knit in a circle onto a knit I really had to work to not pull it into a really wonky shape. As it was, the sewing gods were with me and I got this on the first go.
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Rachel and Donna