I am the DIY Content Creator and Blogger behind the Semi Sweet Crafter blog. Semi Sweet Crafter is a DIY creative blog that celebrates building roots in a handmade/homemade lifestyle. 

Fourth Of July T-Shirts

Fourth Of July T-Shirts

We have been enjoying summer break for just over 5 weeks now. Surprisingly, the chilly weather has lingered here in Northern Utah, so our summer fun outdoors was a bit delayed. I keep thinking I need to box up sweaters and long sleeves, but then another rainstorm hits us and the clothing clutter stays for a little bit longer. I welcome July with arms wide open, in the hopes that the hot summer sun will follow.

Would you be surprised if I told you those devilishly cute smiles were the product of my husband saying potty humor? I sat for a good 8 minutes yelling things like “Ice cream! Cookies! Video Games!” in an attempt to get the boys to smile, which was a complete failure. They looked back at me with a glazed look on their face, and were totally unenthusiastic about me trying to take pictures of them. But then my husband walked over and started saying things like “Fart! Stinky Feet! Stinky Feet FARTS!” and that of course got them crying with laughter. (Sigh) boys, am I right? 
I found popsicles that matched their shirts while I was at the store, so when we did the photo session, I told them they could have a surprise treat too. Turns out, they didn’t like them and wouldn’t eat the popsicles. But I’m not complaining. That means the rest of the box in the freezer doesn’t have to be shared. More for me!

I recently came across the shop “So Sew English Fabrics”, which is an affordable and quality-driven fabric brand. They strive to provide fashionable materials, and make the dream of self-made fashion a reality for sewing enthusiast. They offer a wide variety of prints that work for all ages and genders. My favorite part is all the fun prints that you can use for KIDS. I love shopping for fabrics I can use to make my boys some mama-made apparel. Fun fabrics that spark creativity is an added bonus in my heart.
I’ve ordered from So Sew English Fabrics a couple times since I’ve joined their Facebook community, and I’ve been really impressed with the quality and enjoyable prints they have. They have definitely earned themselves a new stalker…I mean, avid follower. 

I tend to overthink and over complicate many, MANY things, so it’s no real surprise that I used the same thought process when ordering 4th of July fabric. I was planning on making the boys some matching t-shirts to wear, but I didn’t necessarily want to go with a standard patriotic print. I wanted something different, super fun, and geared towards child enjoyment (See what I mean? Over-thinker). Insert “the coolest patriotic fabric ever” here.

P.O.P.S.I.C.L.E.S. How stinking FUN is this fabric?! What kid doesn’t love popsicles?! I fell in love with this print the second it saw it on their website. Navy Patriotic Rocket Pops were calling my name and begging me to take to take them home (much similar to all the other fabric I have). I just knew the boys would go crazy over this print. 
Though this same print also comes in French Terry, I purchased the Double Brushed Poly Spandex material for the 4-way stretch. Let me start off by saying, holy batman, the double brushed poly spandex is so ssoofftt. The boys commented multiple times on how it was the softest shirt they have ever worn. The fabric is durable, stretchy, stable, and the perfect thickness without being see-through or hot. Double brushed poly spandex may just be my new favorite fabric content.

I’m  also throughly enjoying the Jordan sewing pattern from Made for Mermaids. I’ve written a couple of blog posts about different shirts I’ve made using the Jordan pattern. I know, I’m a broken record, but really, the Jordan pattern is the most versatile pattern I’ve ever used. It works for all seasons, making it a sewing pattern I use frequently. 
The Jordan pattern is a youth unisex top that includes three different lengths (straight top, split hem, and dress length), five different sleeve options (sleeveless with bands, short sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, long sleeves, and long sleeves with thumb holes), two neckline options (neckband, unlined/lined hood), and an optional Kangaroo pocket.
I made both boys some basic style tees by pairing a straight-top shirt length base with short sleeves, and a traditional neckband. Sleeves were zigzag hemmed on my sewing machine and the neckband was topstitched to give a professional look. No pattern modifications needed.

The 4th of July is only a couple of days away, but I was too excited to not share a little early. I hope you enjoy seeing my latest project. What have you made to celebrate the 4th of July? 

Full disclosure: This project was sewn and created using a pattern from another designer. All opinions are 100% my own. You do not have permission to republish or distribute this blog post in any way. All content within Semi Sweet Crafter including patterns, images, graphs, designs, logos, written work, and all other information are copyrighted and you do not have permission to use. Instead, please share the link back to the original post. Thank You!

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