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July 4th DIY Patriotic T-Shirt

A cute patriotic shirt is a must have for the upcoming July 4th holiday and our DIY Patriotic T-Shirt is fun to make and would be great for girls & boys of all ages!  It’s made with upcycled materials and can be put together easily in a couple of hours.

DIY Patriotic T-shirt

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July 4th – DIY Patriotic T-Shirt


  • plain white t-shirt
  • small rectangle cut from old blue jeans approximately 3″ wide x 1 1/2″ tall
  • 7 strips of red t-shirt cut to 1/2″ – 1″ wide and 6″ long
  • white thread
  • needle
  • scissors

VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100


Step 1 

Decide on a placement for where the flag will be sewn onto the t-shirt and lay pieces in place to mark.  The pieces should look something like this.  I like to place the flag at an angle for a couple of reasons.  First, it will look like the flag is blowing in the air and second, I don’t have to sew it on perfectly straight!

DIY Patriotic T-shirt

Step 2

After you have decided where the flag will be placed, begin sewing on the denim patch.  You will sew this on with the white thread and this very basic stitch that will look like stars.  You simply stitch a small cross in each corner with a straight stitch coming up from the middle of the cross.  Knot each stitch on the backside of the t-shirt.

Step 3

Continue adding the small cross stitches and straight tips until you have many white stars against the blue.

DIY Patriotic T-shirt

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Step 4

Using a basic strait stitch add the strips of red t-shirt to the flag as shown.  The stitches are not seen and do not have to be perfect!  That’s great for keeping this craft quite simple.  Add all stripes to the flag to finish the project.

The t-shirt scraps roll and create great stripes that look to be blowing in the wind.  This great t-shirt is not only perfect and patriotic for this July 4th but for any occasion you wish to show your USA pride!

DIY Patriotic T-shirt

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Our family has a tradition of wearing matching or coordinating patriotic shirts for our July 4th celebration.  Does your family have a July 4th tradition?  Please share with us!

Brutus Duffy

Monday 30th of June 2014

That's very creative but I can't sew at all. I do appreciate your shirt as art though.


Monday 30th of June 2014

I love this and I'm going to pin it too! I;m not that great at sewing but I think I could do this beautiful and original shirt. Plus I like the cross stitcing for the stars. Very clever!!

Richard Hicks

Monday 30th of June 2014

This is quite original. Something fun to do with the kids too.


Monday 30th of June 2014

This is such a cute idea, I wish I would've found it sooner (filing it away for next year!). Last year I got my son a 4th of July tee from Old Navy. Now that we have two kids this year, I got my son a navy and white check button down shirt and my daughter a red and white check romper - festive without being too match-matchy. I can't wait to take pictures!

Laura J

Sunday 29th of June 2014

Oh what a wonderful idea! So cute! We were looking for a 4th of July shirt for Carter yesterday and didnt find one we liked! I will have to give this a try! Adorable!

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