Mens T-shirt Pattern – Free Pattern!

Men's t-shirt with free pattern - http://mellysews.comHey y’all! Today I have another free pattern for men. I’m sharing a men’s t-shirt pattern.

I know I’ve mentioned before that my husband is a football coach – which means that he tends to hang out more in t-shirts than anything else, even at work. It’s one of the perks of the job – which in the midst of football season I have to make a point to remember. As in, “Even though we only get to see Dad for 5 minutes on Friday nights, at least I don’t have to dry clean suits.”

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And even when he’s not coaching at his job, he seems to end up coaching with our kids – like at soccer practice with Bean. Though most of the time I’d just as soon buy him a t-shirt, once in a while it’s nice to sew one too. So I did, and now I’m sharing.

This pattern is a size medium, which fits chest sizes up to about 38″ with some ease, and up to 40-41″ for men who like fitted t-shirts. If you need to make the pattern bigger or smaller, check out this post.

To make your own, you’ll need:

  • About 1 yard of 60″ wide knit fabric for the shirt and 1/8 yard of rib knit for the neckband
  • A sewing machine that will do a zig-zag stitch. Note: You DON’T need a serger to do this. I sewed t-shirts for years using my 1950s Singer 503 and a zig-zag stitch. Now that I have a serger I prefer it, but again, you don’t have to have one.
  • To download the pattern, subscribe to the Melly Sews Weekly Newsletter. AFTER you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email – and you have to confirm or my email service can’t send you the free pattern. But once you do confirm, you’ll get access to not just this but several other free patterns. Woot!

(PS – if you have trouble finding either your confirmation email or the email with the pattern link, try checking your spam, trash, junk, bulk, social and/or promotional email tabs or folders. Free pattern links are also included in every weekly newsletter; these go out on Friday afternoons. Due to the number of subscribers I can’t email pattern links to individuals.)

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The shirt pattern has one piece for the front, back and V neckline variations. Cut your front and back pieces out with the appropriate neckline variation for the t-shirt you want to sew. Below I have instructions for a regular crew neckline, for instructions on a V neckline see this post.

To make a basic t-shirt, start with a front, back, two sleeves and a neckband.

how to sew a t-shirt

Place the front and the back right sides together and sew one shoulder.

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Open up the shirt and pin the neckband in, stretching it from shoulder to shoulder. Be careful not to stretch the t-shirt, just the neckband. Stitch it in.

how to sew a t-shirt

how to sew a t-shirt

Sew the other shoulder and neckband together in one seam, making sure to match the neckline seam and to press the neckline seam allowance up.

how to sew a t-shirt

Pin in the sleeves by placing them right sides together on the shirt. Line up the top center of the sleeve with the shoulder seam, then pin the ends of the sleeve to the end of the armhole, then ease the rest of the sleeve into place. Stitch.

how to sew a t-shirt

how to sew a t-shirt

Fold the shirt right sides together and sew the underarm seam and the side seam in one (red line).

how to sew a t-shirt

Fold the neckband to the inside of the shirt, covering the neckband seam, and pin. Use a zig-zag stitch on the right side of the neckline to stitch in place.

how to sew a t-shirt

If desired, hem the sleeve edges and bottom edge – though you don’t have to – knits don’t ravel. I prefer to hem with a twin needle; you can find more about that here.

If you want to make a shirt for your little man, I have a free one in this post for children sizes 2-4.

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  1. Catherine says

    It is as if you knew I would be needing this. I was looking for a plain t shirt yesterday day and could not find a decent one. Guess you gave me the answer. Just make it. Thanks ever so much!

  2. Sheryll says

    My husband is XX and my boys are XL. What suggestions do you have for resizing pattern. Thanks!

  3. JudyB says

    Thank-you sooooo much! I am definitely ready to try making a tee for Trent! MUCH appreciated! With jumbo-gratitude, JudyB

  4. says

    Oh, cool! I need to try this at some point. My husband is a big guy, so normal XL t-shirts are too short on him (and XXL are too baggy and too short). A while back, my mum found us a couple extra-long XL t-shirts and they fit him really well, but those are surprisingly not easy to track down. Next time he tosses a few t-shirts, I will have to try making him one that’s long enough.

    • Mardee says

      @Crystal, there are lots of places that sell ribbing. Joann’s carries a decent selection – mostly in neutral colors, although I did find some purple the other day at one of the superstores – but you can also find it online at places like Most other online fabric stores that sell knits will carry ribbing. If you go to Joann’s, you might have to be persistent – the last time I went to one, the sales clerk, who was new, told me that they didn’t carry them. :) I finally found the manager and he helped me find them. Also, you can always substitute regular knits for ribbing as long as there is enough stretch (50% or more).

  5. Sume says

    Wow!! Just made my husband one this afternoon….I might have to make ALL his t-shirts now! He HATES shopping, so this is absolutely perfect for him. And he looks amazing in it…THANK YOU!!
    (actually also finished the men’s shirt for him ….started it literally a year ago and then didn’t have buttons to finish it….well, it is done…and Yay Me for having a husband the same size as yours)

  6. Silvia says

    I just made this tshirt for my boyfriend ( using your other tutorial for tracing a pattern from one old tshirt ) looks pretty! I used bias tape for the neck cause I didn’t have that nice one you use…
    I found it really tricky to place the sleeves, the fabric was all waving around.
    Page question I have is how to finish the seams with my normal machine? I used a 1.5 cm seams allowances and now they just look to big …
    Thank you very much


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