How to Make a Baby T Shirt Tutorial (free pattern)

You can learn how to make a baby T-shirt (free pattern) with this easy to follow tutorial.  The free pattern provided comes in sizes 3 months to 18 months.

As parents, we always want the best for our little ones. From their food to their toys, we strive to provide them with the highest quality and safest options available. The same goes for their clothing. We want our babies to look cute and stylish while also being comfortable and safe in what they wear.

That’s why making your own baby t-shirt can be a great option for many parents. Not only does it allow you to have complete control over the materials used and ensure that your baby is wearing something safe and soft against their delicate skin, but it also gives you the opportunity to get creative and personalize your little one’s wardrobe.

In today’s fast-paced world, buying clothes has become more convenient with ready-made options readily available in stores or online. However, these mass-produced items may not always meet our expectations in terms of design, quality, or fit. Plus, buying new clothes every time your child outgrows their current size can quickly add up.

By learning how to make a baby t-shirt with a free pattern, you can save money while still having unique and well-fitting clothes for your little one. Making your own baby clothes also allows you to have full control over the style and design of the shirt, ensuring that it reflects yours and your child’s personality.

Moreover, making a t-shirt for your baby can be a fun bonding activity for both parent and child. It is an opportunity to teach basic sewing skills to older children or simply spend some quality time together working on a project.

Additionally, by making use of old or unused fabrics from around the house instead of buying new ones, you are also reducing waste and doing something good for the environment.

In this step-by-step guide on how to make a baby t-shirt with a free pattern, we will show you just how easy it is to create adorable shirts for your little one without breaking the bank.


1/2 yard cotton lycra stretch jersey knit. Other knits can be used, but be sure it has at least 50% stretch and good recovery.

Sewing Essentials (pins, scissors, etc.)

Sewing Machine

Get the free pattern here.



1 front on fold, 1 back on fold (use the dashed line for the back neck), 2 sleeves on fold, 1 neckband


Seam allowances are 1/2″.


76boy tee-2Sew shoulder seams together with right sides facing.



76boy teeSew short end of neck band, right sides facing, to form a loop.



76boy tee-3Fold neck band in half (wrong sides facing) and mark the 1/4 points with pins.



76boy tee-2-2Mark the neckline of the tee into fourths, and pin the neckband to the neckline, right sides together.



76boy tee-476boy tee-5Stitch and press seam allowance to the shirt. You can also topstitch this seam if you like.



77boy teeFold under and press 1″ of sleeve and bottom hem. Do not stitch yet.



Sew sleeve to armscye, right sides together.


76boy tee-68.

Next, sew underarm and side seam.



76boy tee-7Stitch hems with a zigzag, double needle, or other stretch stitch.

Congratulations, you have now successfully completed sewing your own baby t-shirt! With this simple and easy-to-follow guide, you can create a variety of t-shirts for your little one in different sizes and fabrics. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors and patterns to make each shirt unique. Happy sewing!

This pattern was designed by Gracious Threads. 


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I can learn how to to make a baby t shirt with this easy to follow tutorial and free sewing pattern! I love this DIY idea, It's a perfect wardrobe staple for a baby.

I can learn how to to make a baby t shirt with this easy to follow tutorial and free sewing pattern! I love this DIY idea, It's a perfect wardrobe staple for a baby.