Learn how to make a super simple boxy top for kids, perfect for beginners. You won't need any fancy pattern making skills, just about 1 yard of fabric, an hour of your time and some basic sewing tips.
I love the fit of this woven top and the great feel of the double gauze fabric against the skin. So comfortable! You can also use materials like linen, poplin, chambray, or lightweight denim to create your own adorable top.
This woven top allows your child to move freely, and because it's designed to be roomy, it will stay snug on your child for a long time.
No need to worry about sleeves or zippers: this top is as simple as it gets. It's also a quick sewing project – it shouldn't take more than an hour, even if you're a beginner. You can easily pull this woven top over your head. To make it, you will only need two simple pattern pieces and a bit of bias binding for the neckline.
Easy Boxy Top Tutorial – Sewing Supplies
Step 1 – prepare the pattern pieces
To get started, take a look at your child's wardrobe and get a woven top or shirt that looks good on them. Fold it in half – we'll use it as a template.
Lay your folded t-shirt on top of your folded fabric and let's get to tracing. Extend the armhole slightly at the bottom and add a little extra room at the sides. Cut out this pattern piece, then use it to cut out another identical one.
Advice: If you're looking for a very roomy, oversized top, simply extend it further below the armpits and add extra wiggle room at the sides.
Now stack these two pattern pieces on top of each other. In one of them, cut out a slightly deeper neckline for the front of the top.
You should now have two pieces, both folded: one with the neckline in front and one for the back. The back will be exactly like the front, except for the neckline.
Step 2 – sew the shoulder and side seams
Next, in this simple square top tutorial, let's put these pieces together! Lay them right sides together and sew along both shoulder seams, then along the side seams. See the image below for reference.
Now here's a crucial step: stay stitched around the neckline. This is important to prevent your fabric from stretching. You will be able to easily put on and take off your top without any deformation of the fabric.
Step 3 – make sure the neckline is perfect
At this point, you might ask yourself: “Will this top fit over the head?“. To be honest, you won't know until you try it.
In the picture below you will notice two rows of stitching. This is because after trying it on, I needed to widen the neckline, so I added another row of stay stitching. For now, I'm 100% sure that this double gauze top fits perfectly.
Step 4 – hem and finish the neckline
There are only a few steps left to conclude. Start by finishing the raw edges of the seams (side seams and shoulder seams). You can use a serger or zigzag stitch for this.
For the top hem, use the overlocker on the bottom edge, fold it 1/2″ to the wrong side and sew it. Follow the same process to hem the sleeves.
Finally, let's finish the neckline. Discover the steps of this clothing tutorial on how to sew a bias neckline. You will be finished in less than 10 minutes!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make an easy square top for kids. If you make a basic top using these instructions, I'd love to hear from you!