DIY Summer Sunsuit from a T-shirt


Grab an old T-shirt you’re not quite ready to part with and turn it into an adorable summer sunsuit for a little boy or girl. This tutorial is incredibly simple (like under an hour simple) and the only materials you need are a T-shirt, thread, scissors, and a sewing machine. I wanted to give my sunsuit a 1920s feel so I made it using a striped T-shirt, but you could really use any kind you want.

While you’re digging up old T’s, consider using the extras to make Striped Jersey Shorts and a Sundress.

Keep reading for the full DIY Summer Sunsuit from a T-Shirt tutorial after the jump…

DIY Summer Sunsuit from a T-shirt

I had so much fun whipping this up that I made two of them. The first one is below. Start by picking out your T-shirt.

Fold the T-shirt in half. Lay out a tank top and pair of shorts over the fold.

Cut out the outline of the tank top.

Cut out a small section along the fold to create the shorts.

It should look something like this.

Pin around the top and sides of the outfit.

Serge or zig-zag stitch the sides, legs, and shoulder seams together.

Flip right-side-out and stitch along the arm holes and neckline.

Finito!

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3 Comments

Janelle Dunn

I made a bunch of these for my oldest son, I would leave the whole seam at the bottom though, and add velcro or snaps in the middle to make an easy open crotch.

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Kristi Whitaker

How do you put it on the child using this pattern? Through the neck hole? I’m thinking about making some of these. But I’m only at a basic sewing level.

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