Everyone loves a cute raglan style tee, but I personally think they can be difficult to get on a squirming baby. Snaps are my saving grace, and I’ll show you how to add snaps to your raglan tee. I’m using Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop’s Happy Feet Pajamas as the pattern for my raglan tee, but you can use any raglan tee pattern you have on hand. (You can click the link below to purchase the Happy Feet Pajama pattern.)
I’ve printed and cut my pattern pieces in size newborn. I’m only using the bodice and sleeve pieces for this tutorial. The picture below shows my pattern pieces, front bodice, back bodice, two sleeve pieces, binding for the neck, cuffs for the sleeves, band for the shirt bottom and matching plastic snaps.
The first thing to do is to sew your sleeves to the bodice pieces, right sides facing, using a 1/2″ seam allowance, (1) BUT we are not going to sew the left sleeve to the front bodice. This is where we’ll add our snaps in a later step. I topstitched my seams, you can skip that step if you like. (2) Quater and mark the neck binding and the neckline of raglan. Starting at the edge of the front bodice, match up the points, ending at the edge of the unsewn sleeve. Sew using 1/2″ seam allowance. Press the seam towards the body and topstitch if desired. (3) Measure 1/2″ from the edge of the front bodice and the edge of the sleeve, you will trim this off. (4) Measure the length of your newly trimmed front bodice and sleeve. (Mine measured at a hair under 5″.)
(5) Cut 2 strips of matching fabric 3/4″ longer than your measurement from step (4) by 1.5″ wide. Cut 2 pieces of interfacing, the length of your measurement in step (4) by 1″ wide. (6) Apply your interfacing to the wrong side of your strips, beginning at one edge. (You’ll be left with 3/4″ of the fabric strip without interfacing.) With right sides together, sew 1/2″ from the uninterfaced edge, (7) then trim your seam allowance. (8) Starting at the edge of the neck band, line up the raw edge of your strip with the raw edge of your front bodice. Repeat with the second fabric strip and the raw edge of the sleeve. You’ll sew this with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Press your seams and topstitch.
(9) Overlap your front and sleeve, matching up the top and bottom and tack down with your preference of stitch. I personally like to track with a box/”x” as shown. (10) With right sides together, sew up your side seams and attach arm cuffs and bottom band pattern directions. Turn right side out and press.
(11) Measure and mark placement for your snaps, (12) I only added 2 to mine since its a size newborn, for the larger sizes you may want to do 3 snaps.
Sit back and admire your work!
I hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to message me.
Until next time, happy sewing!