Make a Memorial Day Tee-Shirt

Seeing Stars

A great patriotic craft for the long weekendMatt and I enjoy the three summer holidays for more reasons than the weather that goes with them!  We love them because when you make a craft for Memorial Day, it can be used on the 4th of July and Labor Day as well.  Keep with the red, white and blue theme and you’re good to go!

You can get the summer holidays started by whipping up this adorable contrasting stars T-shirt for the kids – or make similar shirts for everyone in the family!

Craft Supplies:

  • Appropriate sizes of T-shirts
  • Craft materials like cotton fabric for stars
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine

How to Make It:

  1. Select your shirt color and several cotton fabrics for the contrasting stars.  Then, either draw a star as your template or use a star cookie cutter.
  2. Trace the star design onto the contrasting fabrics.  Then cut out the stars about ½” larger all the way around.
  3. Turn the T-shirt inside out, place the stars into position, (remember to put them in a mirror image of your final design) and pin them in place.  Be careful when pinning that you don’t catch the back of the shirt in your pins!
  4. Stitch the stars onto the inside front of the T shirt using a ¼” seam allowance. Keep in mind that if you don’t want your stitches to show on the T shirt, use matching thread instead of contrasting like I did.
  5. Turn the shirt right side out and use two hands to separate the T shirt fabric from the contrasting fabric in the back.  Make a slit in the middle of the star in the T-shirt ONLY, keeping the contrasting fabric star well away from the scissors.  Insert the scissors into the slit and cut around your stitching to remove the T shirt fabric.  I used regular scissors but you could try pinking shears as well.  Leave at least 1/8” of T- shirt fabric beyond the stitching.

So, this Memorial Day, wear your red, white and blue proudly and keep it for both the 4th of July and Labor Day!! (Then maybe make a couple more up for Halloween, Christmas, Easter…..)

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2 Responses to Make a Memorial Day Tee-Shirt

  1. maddie1 says:

    Thanks for the idea. I love to sew and never thought of this wonderful idea, and it is simple enough to do as a craft with my daughters this summer. We can even change the Memorial Day shirt with different colored shirts and shapes, so exciting! Thanks again for this awesome idea!

  2. kate says: