Shirts Off to You Ryker

 – While on our Northwest Journey, Q and I saw a boy’s shirt at one of the Washington quilt shops that was really creative. The shirt was made out of fat-quarters. With 3 grandson’s I knew I’d be making some shirts. Ryker’s birthday was coming up so this one is entitled “Shirts Off to You Ryker”!

One mission during the Northwest Journey became: Find fat quarters for boys’ shirts. I bought lots of different fat quarters at the various quilt stores we visited. It was a difficult decision but I finally selected three of them for Ryker’s shirt; one for the back and two for the front.


Step 1: Using a boy’s shirt pattern, cut out the back. After I cut out the back there was a piece of scrap fabric left over which I used for a pocket. Since green is Ryker’s favorite color, I made sure the green truck was centered on the pocket.

Step 2: Cut out the two front pieces. Important! Be sure to flip the pattern, so you DO NOT make two rights or two left fronts.

Step 3: I like to use a French seam on children’s clothes. Put the wrong sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam. Iron with seam to one side. DON’T iron open the seam. Put the right sides together and I sew a 3/8″ seam. Together they make the 5/8″ seam allowance.

Step 4: When making sharp corners, after trimming off the excess fabric, I use a knitting needle to push out the corner to a point.

Finished shirt! See the green truck is centered on the pocket. The lines in the blue fabric represents a road map. I decide to use the same fabric for the sleeves.  The fabric is red bricks. I used a bright color to brighten up the shirt. 🙂

What little boy wouldn’t LOVE to wear this shirt?

8 thoughts on “Shirts Off to You Ryker

  1. You did a great job. I love the colors, and you’re right what boy wouldn’t love this. I do the same thing. I use a knitting needle for those sharp corners too. 🙂

    Your lovely shirt gives me an idea…

    I wonder if they sell Angry Birds fabric? My five-year old nephew loves those critters. I just gifted him with a crocheted Red Angry Bird. Colorful fat quarters, mixed in with licensed Angry Birds fabric? My nephew would be in angry bird heaven.


  2. It’s really a cute shirt mom. Thanks for making it for him. Also, the Angry Bird hats are definately getting their fair share of use. Everyone always asks where we got them.


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