Every year my mom buys the whole family those infamous “flag shirts”. Seriously, every year. I’ve been married 9 years – here’s 8 pictures (the one from our first year isn’t digital – shows how old I go back), all in flag shirts except one year (the year I got my embroidery machine and wanted to make our 4th of July garb) – and you know on most blogs if you want to see a picture bigger you can just click on it:
Some years the right sizes are easier to come by than others. This year she couldn’t find my toddler anything (toddler sizes are often MIA – what’s with that?) so she bought him a 4/5. He’s not even 2. The shirt was only $3, so I figured I’d try to turn it into a romper – if I messed up, it was no big loss.
So here we go – how to turn a tshirt into a romper. I was making a size 18mo and used a child’s XS (4/5) Tshirt. Fold the Tshirt in half and trace the right shape onto it and cut (I used chalk because it showed up best). See below for the shape or, as I did, grab a romper your child owns and trace around it. I should have made the legs a little wider, just FYI.
Cut out it should look like this (notice the neck is left intact – baby heads are big, so no need to shrink the neck opening). And you’ll need those arm pieces you cut off, so don’t through them away.
Open it up and hem the sleeve holes. You can turn them under 1/4 inch and then turn them under 1/4 in again, or I ran them through my serger and then turned them under once. The armholes are the half circle areas I’m pointing out below:
Then fold the shirt so the right sides of the front and back are facing each other. Then sew the sides up. I didn’t have to hem the bottom of the leg holes because I used the edge of the shirt, but if you cut the bottom of the shirt off, you’ll need to hem the leg holes at this point.
Now grab the sleeves you cut off earlier and cut the cuff thing off – the thing that’s at the end of the sleeve. You want it to be a strip of fabric. Take that strip of fabric and with right (front facing) sides together, sew it to the edge of the snap area – the curve between the leg holes. It’s hard to picture with the navy fabric, but try to look close. Do this to each curve separately – 2 curves, 2 sleeve cuffs.
After that I flipped it and topstiched it to hold it down a little better. Then I grabbed this snap-putter-inner thing (who knows where I got this! maybe handed to me by someone who was cleaning out their sewing supplies – the price tag said $1 – and refills were $0.29 – wonder if that still holds true…). I was nervous about doing snaps because I’d never tried it before – WHERE have they been all my life – soooo easy, and it looks so professional – it worked just like my BeDazzler (yes, I have that too – doesn’t everyone?)
I think there were lots of ways to do this, but I had the snap strip things overlap each other – maybe you can tell in the pictures how I did it. Also, I used 3 snaps because that’s all that were in the package – I should have used at least 4.
That was it – I know, easy, right??
My model was more interested in playing than posing:
But I did get this one GQ shot of him staring off at something for a second:
You can do this – grab a tshirt and some snaps and try it!!
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