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Shoulder Patch Tee Tutorial for Girl Charlee

If you're new around here you might not realize, but I love sewing with knits. 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. Anyway, I remember looking for an online knit fabric shop and came across Girl Charlee and immediately fell in love. I fell in love with their prints and especially their prices. Today I have an awesome boy tutorial to share using some of Girl Charlee's fabric!
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?
1/2 to 1 yard of fabric depending on your child's age-I used Girl Charlee's Bright Blue and White Wide Stripe Cotton Jersey Slub Knit Fabric (which is on sale for $3.85 right now!)
Scrap of contrasting fabric
Sewing Supplies*

1. Cut out the shirt just like you normally would.
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, but I got it about six months ago so it's not available anymore. 
 3. Pin the patch to the shirt.
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.) 
5. Construct the rest of the shirt just like you normally would.
I love this subtle but masculine detail for tees.
I asked Henry to put his hands up and he come up with this post all by himself. 
I would love to make a shoulder patch shirt with the opposite sleeve patching the fabric of the patch. Or a matching pocket! Have a great weekend!


  1. 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!

  2. Cute! Easy way to make a little boy shirt more fun!

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


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