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See that tee I’m wearing. Yep. I made it. And it’s way easier to sew a tee shirt than you think! I’m rounding up all the tips you need to learn how to sew a tee shirt. Keep scrolling and let’s get started!

STEP 1: Buy the fabric

The best fabric for sewing a tee shirt is Cotton Jersey with 2% Spandex or less. For my tees, I chose fabric from the POP! Collection at JOANN Fabrics. There are a ton of adorable prints to choose from including seasonal prints. The photo above is just a teeny glimpse at all the cotton jersey prints that are available. For your tee, you’ll mostly likely need 1.5-2 yards of fabric. Make sure to pre-wash the fabric before sewing your tee shirt. This will account for any shrinking.


In addition to the fabric, you’ll need a few key supplies to create a super profesh tee. Here’s the rundown:

  • Sewing Machine: I currently love my Celine Eversewn.
  • Cotton Jersey Needle: You’ll want to have a specialized needle that works with stretch knit fabrics. Look for a ball point needles that specifies “Jersey” on the packaging. Like this one.
  • A Twin Needle: this is a game changer! With a twin needle you can create professional hems on the neckline, sleeves and bottom of your tee shirt. I highly recommend it.
  • Sharp Scissors or a Rotary Trimmer: anytime you cut fabric you’ll need something to cut with! With jersey, you want to make sure your tools are sharp to avoid any pulling or stretching as you cut through the fabric. These are my absolute favorite. The offset design makes table top cutting very easy.


You’ll need to cut the fabric using a pattern. The pattern I SWEAR by is THIS one. It’s simple and has a great drape to it.


Once the fabric is cut and your supplies are ready, all that’s left to do is sew a tee shirt! I HIGHLY recommend THIS video tutorial which walks you through the steps.

TIP: when sewing a cotton jersey tee shirt, make sure to use the stretch stitch setting on your sewing machine. This way you’ll maintain the stretch in the fabric.

Last thing to do is rock your tee! Just be warned, once you know how to sew a tee shirt, you’ll want to sew ALL the tee shirts! There are just too many cute prints to pick from! You’ll want them all!

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23 thoughts on “How to Sew a Tee Shirt!

  1. Many thanks for making these available to us. I have read a lot of articles on related subjects, but none of them go into as much detail as this one did. I intend to gain additional knowledge and experience.

  2. This content offers valuable advice for anyone looking to sew their own t-shirt. The recommendation for using Cotton Jersey with 2% Spandex or less is useful, and the suggestion to check out the POP! Collection at JOANN Fabrics is helpful for those looking for specific fabric options. The reminder to pre-wash the fabric is also important to ensure a proper fit.
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  4. Sewing a T-shirt is a rewarding DIY project. Start by choosing a suitable fabric and pattern, then cut the fabric pieces according to your size. Sew the shoulder and side seams, attach the sleeves, and finish with the neckline and hems. With practice, you’ll be stitching stylish tees in no time.

  5. I found this tutorial on “How to Sew a Tee Shirt” incredibly helpful! The step-by-step instructions made the process so much easier, even for a beginner like me. If you’re interested in taking your sewing skills to the next level and turning it into a business, I highly recommend checking out this sewing business plan template at . It’s a great resource to help you get started on the path to entrepreneurship in the world of fashion and textiles. Happy sewing!

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  8. This article is very helpful and inspiring for anyone who wants to learn how to sew a tee shirt. I like how the author shows how to create your own pattern from an existing shirt and how to customize it with different fabrics and details. fnf mods

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