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Valentine Shirt for Child

By: Jessica Fediw of

Add some heart-fabric embellishments to a plain white child's shirt for a fun Valentine's day sewing project. This Valentine's Day craft is a thrifty way to create a festive outfit for your child. 

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Valentine Child Shirt


  • A shirt to makeover
  • Heart Fabric
  • Buttons
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine, thread, etc.
  • Sewing needle and thread (to sew on buttons)
  • Iron


  1. Determine how wide and long you want the strip down the middle to be. To determine the width measurement, take your desired width x 2. For the length, add how long you want the strip to be plus how much longer you want to leave for the part to tie and add an extra 1/2 inch for seam allowance. (My daughter's was 13" by 3"). This will be piece one. The second piece you need to cut is for the other tie to make the bow. Take the length of piece one minus the length of the middle strip (the part that will have the buttons on it). Add an extra 1/2 inch for seam allowance. The width will be the same. (My daughter's was 9" by 3").
  2. Take the two strips and fold in half, wrong sides facing. Iron.

    Ironing Fabric Strips
  3. Open pieces up, then fold each side towards the middle crease and iron.

    Ironing 2
  4. Turn up the bottom at each end and iron.

    Ironing 3
  5. Fold back in half and sew down the open side and the bottom that will be left hanging to tie into a bow.

    Sewing Box
  6. Pin the longest piece at the middle top of your shirt.

    Pinning Bow Fabric
  7. Pin the second piece on the middle a little above where the middle strip will end. This will make sure it is sewn on.

    Valentine Shirt for Child
  8. Sew down the side right on top of where you had sewn it earlier, but this time it's on the shirt. Then continue sewing around until you have it all sewn on. Tie the ends in a bow.

    Valentine Shirt for Child
  9. Sew on buttons. I used embroidery thread to extra contrast and a stronger hold.
  10. To add a bottom flap, clip at the bottom of the side seams. I would cut it to right above the bottom seam.

    Cutting Shirt Seam
  11. Measure how long the bottom is on the now front flap and the back. This will be the width of your fabric measurement plus seam allowance. (I added an extra 1/2 inch). For the length, just decide how long you want it to be plus seam allowance. (I added an extra 1 inch for my seam allowance). Cut two pieces in these measurements.
  12. Fold one side end over once, towards wrong side, and then again and iron. Sew down that side. Do the same for the other side.

    Folding Fabric
  13. Fold up the bottom once, towards the wrong side, and then fold again. Iron. Sew across.

    Sewing Fabric
  14. Place front flap on, right sides together, and pin. Sew across. Repeat for back flap.

    Placing Fabric
  15. Turn seam towards fabric on the inside of the shirt. This will cover the fabric ends and prevent fraying.

    Turning Seam
  16. Sew right over the pushed down seam to hold it in place.

    Sewing and Finishing
  17. Admire your pretty new shirt.

    Valentine Shirt for Child


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So pretty and a fast way to decorate a great a simple t-shirt for Valentine day. Great way to get real creative with the fabric you use to make this. You can even make it easier by buying ribbon in colors or for whatever Holiday you want not just Valentine"s day. You can even do this ribbon down or across a plain t-shirt dress. Thanks for the idea.


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