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Free Raglan T-Shirt Pattern, size 2 to 14

I’ve got a great new free sewing pattern for you today:  A Simple Raglan T-Shirt Pattern for girls.  This free pattern and tutorial is available for download in sizes 2 to 14 and will guide you through the steps of how to sew a raglan shirt.

Learn how to sew a Raglan Shirt with this easy and FREE Raglan Shirt Pattern, the free sewing pattern and tutorial is available in girls sizes, 2 to 14.

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Basic Raglan T-Shirt Pattern

This Simple Raglan Shirt is a great pattern staple to have in your pattern stash.

This raglan pattern is very, very similar to the sequined tunic top that I shared a few years back, but this version comes in several additional sizes and doesn’t have a cuffed bottom or sleeves. 

It’s just a basic raglan style t-shirt with plenty of room in the middle (ie: not fitted) and long, fairly narrow sleeves.

What’s So Great About this Basic Raglan T-Shirt Pattern:

My favorite aspect of this simple raglan pattern is the customization possibilities!

You can customize it any way you wish. You can add…

The ideas are endless!

Learn how to sew a Raglan Shirt with this easy and FREE Raglan Shirt Pattern, the free sewing pattern and tutorial is available in girls sizes, 2 to 14.

I realize we are now a week past Halloween, but I did start this project well in advance! Every time I think a pattern will be quick and easy, that’s a sure sign it won’t be, lol. 

Anyway, three weeks later…  Here it is!

Today’s Raglan T-shirt Version

For the version I’m showing off today, my missy specifically asked for me to add 2 inches to the length as she likes her t-shirts extra long, to cover her backside when wearing leggings.  (Which I am in complete agreement with, lol!)

Learn how to sew a Raglan Shirt with this easy and FREE Raglan Shirt Pattern, the free sewing pattern and tutorial is available in girls sizes, 2 to 14.

For my missy’s birthday this year, we gave her a magic kit that included this velvet top hat with a hidden compartment.  She’s gotten really good at some of the magic tricks.  For $32, I thought this was a great deal and has been the one toy she’s played with the most this year.  (plus she’s a little bit shy, so I think the talking and practicing the tricks has really helped her.)

Learn how to sew a Raglan Shirt with this easy and FREE Raglan Shirt Pattern, the free sewing pattern and tutorial is available in girls sizes, 2 to 14.

Tada!  There was a cat in that hat!

Learn how to sew a Raglan Shirt with this easy and FREE Raglan Shirt Pattern, the free sewing pattern and tutorial is available in girls sizes, 2 to 14.

Recommended Fabric for this Raglan T-Shirt

This T-shirt is designed to be sewn with stretchy knit fabric. Cotton blends, double brushed poly, just about anything with a good amount of stretch.

The sleeves on this pattern are narrow, so If you choose a thick sweatshirt fleece or a not-so-stretchy french terry, you may need to add width to the sleeve (or sew my raglan tunic pattern, it has wider sleeves.)

The fabric I used for today’s shirt was a 1st-time purchase from NR Fabrics on Etsy.  These two fabrics were pretty much the nicest knits I’ve ever sewn with and they just flowed through my machines like butter.  The shop carries different lines of fabric, so they’re not all the same, but these two were amazing!  Orange dot, Purple skeletons.

And now, I need to make a bunch more of these tops, just have to get my hands on some cute Christmas fabric! 

Other favorite online shops for knits are:

  1. Funkalicious Fabrics
  2. Girl Charlee
  3. Fabric.com
  4. Cali fabrics
  5. Etsy
  6. The Fabric Fairy has great ribbed knits for neck binding and cuffs

Learn how to sew a Raglan Shirt with this easy and FREE Raglan Shirt Pattern, the free sewing pattern and tutorial is available in girls sizes, 2 to 14.

Let’s get started!  First, download the pattern.

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Products used and Recommended:

  1. My favorite fabric shop for knits:  Funkalicious Fabrics and Girl Charlee. My favorite shop for cottons and other fabrics: Fabric.com.
  2. My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist, my coverstitch: Janome Cover Pro 1000cpx
  3. My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
  4. Rotary Cutter
  5. I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start off with a smaller Cutting set
  6. Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
  7. Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
  8. Ball point needles
  9. Ball Point double needle
  10. Walking foot

Basic Raglan Shirt Pattern Sewing Instructions:

Materials needed:

  • Pattern
  • With creative fabric folding: up to 1-yard stretch knit 58-inch wide knit fabric for up to size 6, and up to 1 1/3 yard for sizes 7 and up (see pattern layout guide for more info)
  • Ribbed binding (usually has 70% or more stretch) or other stretchy knit for neckline (you don’t want to use anything with less than 30% stretch-see notes under pattern tips and tricks)
  • Ball point/jersey needle
  • spray starch/iron
  • basic sewing supplies

Fit Chart:

  • Size 2: Height- 35.5 inches,  Weight- 28 lbs, Finished length:  14.75 in, finished chest: 23.675 inches
  • Size 3:   Height-  38.5 inches,  Weight-  32 lbs, Finished length:  15.9 in, finished chest: 24.5 inches
  • Size 4:   Height-  41.5 inches,  Weight-  36 lbs,  Finished length:  17 in, finished chest: 25.75
  • Size 5:   Height-  44.5 inches,  Weight-  42 lbs, Finished length:  17.75 in, finished chest: 26.75
  • Size 6:   Height-  46.5 inches,  Weight- 48 lbs, Finished length:  18.375 in, finished chest: 28 inches
  • Size 7:   Height-  51 inches,    Weight- 60 lbs, Finished length:  19.5 in, finished chest: 29.52 inches
  • Size 8:   Height-  53 inches,    Weight- 66 lbs, Finished length:  20.25 in, finished chest: 30.25 inches
  • Size 10: Height-  55 inches,    Weight- 74 lbs, Finished length:  21.55 in, finished chest: 32.5 inches
  • Size 12: Height-  57.5 inches,   Weight- 85 lbs, Finished length:  22.675 in, finished chest: 34 inches
  • Size 14: Height-   60 inches     Weight-  96 lbs  Finished length:  23.75 in, finished chest: 35.5 inches

Pattern layout guide:

free raglan shirt pattern layout

Pattern Tips:

  • Enter your name and email to download the pattern. Save it to your PC, open the pdf document in adobe acrobat. Don’t print from google’s online version of adobe. (It will sometimes cause the pattern to print too small.) *there is also a new option to print only the size needed)
  • Seam allowance is 1/4 inch with a 1/2 inch bottom and sleeve hem.
  • Pattern is designed to hit at hip level. Example on page 1 is a size 12 with 2 inches added to the length. (Model is 57.5 inches.)
  • Shorten or lengthen if needed by cutting at the specified mark and redraw side seam

Binding tips:

  • The pattern for the neck binding is designed for a ribbed knit with a minimum of 75% stretch with good recovery (Fabric Fairy has a lot of good quality ribbed knit choices.) If using a binding fabric with less stretch,  Measure the neckline and cut a fabric strip 15% less than the measurement (multiply the neck measurement by .85) and follow the instructions in step 4. (This is the “in the round” method– and it never hurts to do the finger stretch test before sewing…)

Tips for sewing with knits:

  • Use a ballpoint/stretch needle
  • Sew seams with either a serger, stretch stitch,  narrow zig zag or a straight stitch with a longer stitch length and a slightly loosened tension. (Make a couple of practice stitches on your fabric to see what works best.) I also like to use this “lightning bolt” stretch stitch on seams that need strength but a little give. (For my project I used a combination of straight stitch and serger for seams and zig zag, double needle on the hems.)
  • Use spray starch when pressing hems.  Sew hems with a zig zag, twin ball point needle, narrow zig zag with a long stitch length or a straight stitch with a long stitch length and a slightly loosened tension or leave raw. (also helps to use a walking foot.)
  • If you find your fabric keeps getting pulled inside the needle plate, place a small piece of tissue underneath the fabric, so the feed dogs have something to grip.

Free Raglan Pattern Sewing Instructions

Step 1: Print pattern, tape together and cut out size needed.

Once you have downloaded the pattern to your desktop and opened it in the free adobe reader program, there’s a new printing option for you.  You can now print only the size needed.  (this pattern only, I’ll slowly go back and start updating the older patterns.) This function is super handy and makes it much less confusing when cutting the pattern, plus I love that it enables me to print in black and white.  (that color ink can be pricey!)

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Step 2:  Cut pattern pieces from fabric

Cut a front and back bodice piece, 2 sleeves and neck binding.

Learn how to sew a Raglan Shirt with this easy and FREE Raglan Shirt Pattern, the free sewing pattern and tutorial is available in girls sizes, 2 to 14.

Step 3:  Assembling the top.

Line up the sleeve edges and the front bodice piece, right sides together.  Pin in place and sew along the edge.

Learn how to sew a Raglan Shirt with this easy and FREE Raglan Shirt Pattern, the free sewing pattern and tutorial is available in girls sizes, 2 to 14.

Line up the back bodice piece with the back sleeve edges, right sides together, pin and sew.

Learn how to sew a Raglan Shirt with this easy and FREE Raglan Shirt Pattern, the free sewing pattern and tutorial is available in girls sizes, 2 to 14.

Hem sleeve edges. (1/2 inch hem allowance)

Line up the front and back bodice and sleeve edges.  Pin together and sew, from sleeve edge to the bottom of the shirt.

Learn how to sew a Raglan Shirt with this easy and FREE Raglan Shirt Pattern, the free sewing pattern and tutorial is available in girls sizes, 2 to 14.

Step 4:  Add the neck binding.

Fold binding in half and press.  Open the binding and line up short ends.  Sew together with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.  Refold.

How to add binding to a t-shirt (free pattern)

Divide the neck binding into 4 equal sections.  Mark with pins or fabric marker.  Divide dress neckline into 4 equal sections.  Keep in mind; the front neckline is lower than the back, so the marking will be slightly in front of the shoulder seams.

Match up the markings, lining up the raw edges, and pin the binding to the dress neckline.

How to add binding to a t-shirt neckline

Sew the binding in place with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Stretch the binding to fit the dress neckline.  Take care not to stretch the dress neckline.  (That is what causes wonky, stretched out necklines.  If this happens to a minor degree, pressing with lots of steam will help the neckline return to normal.)

Perfect T-Shirt Dress Pattern and Tutorial is a free pdf sewing pattern for girls in sizes 3 - 12. This T-Shirt Dress is a perfect transitional clothing staple that can be dressed up or down! (How to sew a t-shirt dress tutorial)

Press the binding edge down towards the dress and top-stitch if desired.

Step 5: Hem the bottom.

Hem the bottom (1/2 inch hem allowance) and you are done!

 

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16 Comments

  1. Cathy Gaul says:

    Hi! Thanks so much for these free patterns! I printed out a size 7 raglan sleeve shirt just now using the layers option. The diagonal side of the top of the sleeve is shorter than the diagonal side of the front/back pattern piece. To be more clear, these don’t line up from necck to armpit. Is it supposed to be that way? I checked another raglan sleeve pattern I have for a hoodie from another website and these sides match exactly. I could use some advice before I cut fabric! Thanks.

  2. I am learning to sew and just made this for my daughter. The neck came out a bit large but super cute. This is the first pattern I have followed, been making up my own. It was simple, easy to print and I will be using it more. Thank you.

  3. Hi. What paper size should I use to print the patterns? Can I use A4 size? Thanks!

  4. Hi and thanks for the pattern! I wanted to make flannel tops. Because the is no stretch should I choose 1 size up? I will use stretchy ribbing for the neck.

  5. Jenny van den Oever says:

    Hi Jamie,Thanks so much for these lovely patterns. I have used the basic legging pattern a few times for my 5yr old and 2 and a half yet old grand daughters and they are a comfortable fit. I have just downloaded this raglan t- shirt and struggling a bit to print through adobe(it says the author has not allowed printing permissions). I will continue to figure it out though. Thanks again from South Africa

    1. Hmm… I’ll look into this again. I hear this every so often. I don’t know why it works for some but not others, I may end up reformatting it and re uploading to my system. I’ll keep you posted.

  6. Dorothea Rüter says:

    Ist die Nahtzugabe im Schnitt enthalten?
    Danke
    Dorothea Rüter

  7. Jamie Cotterell says:

    Is there any reason you wouldn’t use this pattern for a little boy? It looks perfect for what I was looking for.

    1. You definitely could. The sleeves are a bit more slim fitting than what you see on a boy, but it would be very easy to compare sleeve of a ready-made shirt and make adjustments.

  8. Diane Nelson says:

    Thank you so much, I love using your patterns, they fit my grandchildren to a T. They are not living near me but I know they will fit exactly. Thanks again.
    Diane

  9. Mary Lane says:

    Thanks for pattern!

  10. Jane Urbach says:

    Wish the sewing instruction could be saved a unit, since i won’t be sewing these until after Christmas probably, and i would like to do a check up on instructions at that time.