Remember that $4 IKEA blanket I mentioned when I made the St. Patrick’s Day banner? It’s back for another craft today! I told you, I can’t turn down a giant piece of fabric for $4 and have been super into trying to use it all up before St. Patrick’s Day.
My kids have no green clothing to speak of and they are totally freaked out about the pinching part of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Someone (ahem…Hubs) mentioned to Sis and Bubba that they have to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day or they will get pinched. You would think that he told them that if they weren’t wearing green they would be sold to the highest bidder, killed, and their meat used to feed racehorses. They lost their minds. Hence this St. Patrick’s Day Sweatshirt post.
- Green fleece fabric
- A shirt that is a little big for your kid. I just chose a sweatshirt/sweater from each kid that fits over their other clothes.
- Sewing machine/thread
- Adhesive fabric – I used this white and gold polka dot adhesive fabric I got on clearance a few weeks ago. If you can’t find adhesive fabric, just cut out any fabric and glue it or stitch it to the shirt.
1. Fold your green fabric over so there are two layers. If there is a right/wrong side, make sure the right sides are together.
3. Cut around the body of the shirt leaving an extra 1/2 inch or so for seam allowance. Fold the arms in as you do this so you can cut straight up the side of the body.
4. In the piece that will be the front piece, cut the neck a little lower. This can be a V or a curve or whatever. Just cut it out a bit.
5. Lay each sleeve out on the fabric and cut around each sleeve in the same manner.
6. Take your sleeves and sew up both the long sides, leaving the shoulder and wrist hole open.
7. Take one sleeve and lay in across the front piece.
8. Stitch the front piece to the bottom layer of the arm piece at the shoulder. This will result in a rougher, exposed seam on the final product which is the look I was going for.
9. Take the back piece of the body and stitch it to the other side of the sleeve.
10. Repeat steps 7 – 9 with the other sleeve. You should now have two sleeves attached fully at the shoulder to a front and back piece that are not connected.
11. Stitch down the sides of the body from armpit to the bottom.
12. Fold the bottom edge up and stitch a hem.
13. Fold the wrist areas up and stitch hems.
14. Fold the neck area up and stitch a hem around the entire neck area.
15. Trim all the excess seam fabric away, especially around the shoulder seams. This is going to be exposed in the final shirt so you want it to be fairly short and even.
16. Take your adhesive fabric and cut out a shamrock shape. I used my Cricut machine for this, but you can do it freehand or trace a print out you find online. Also, feel free to cut out any St. Patrick’s Day inspiration for the shirt. Bubba’s says “LUCKY” because he didn’t want a shamrock.
17. Stick the image/word onto the center of the shirt.
- I made the shoulder area of Bubba’s shirt way to big the first time. It looked like it had 80’s bridesmaids dress shoulders. It was rough. I went back in and stitched a more rounded shoulder and cut away the excess.
- Kids love anything you make even if it is hideous. That is what gets me through any project.