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Seuss Patch Shirt

30 Minute Seuss Shirt

March 8, 2013 Sarah Coggins

This week has been my son’s first full week of school (i.e., daycare) and my first full week of work. It has also been “Seuss week” at his school in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Each day has had special attire  – pajama day, favorite hat day, wacky socks day, topsy turvy day, and black/white day.

Still being the mom who wants to enjoy her creative side while juggling the full time working schedule, I was determined to fit in a special shirt for him to wear on topsy turvy day yesterday. The description on the sheet he brought home was to wear a mix of stripes, polka dots, etc. I knew I had a few bits of Seuss fabrics in my stash. Of course, I put off until Wednesday night to do any of this which is why it quickly became the “30 minute shirt” project. I pulled out the 3 Seuss fabrics I could find plus 1 from the Eric Carle collection that coordinated colorwise, a white t-shirt from our beach photos last fall and formulated a simple idea.

Seuss Patch Shirt

I went wild (ok, wild for this girl who loves her straight lines and clean measurements) freehand cutting rectangles and then used iron on adhesive to attach. I quickly sewed somewhat angled lines (also intentional) around each patch of fabric for a slightly finished look. Then I tossed it in the wash to soften the edges.

He was very excited to try on his new shirt yesterday morning. Even eagerly posing for photos.

Supplies: Robert Kaufman (Seuss) and Andover (Eric Carle) fabrics; HeatnBond adhesive; Coats & Clark thread; Gildan toddler t-shirt.


  • Staci March 8, 2013 at 9:17 am
    What a great shirt. I have been enjoying Seuss at school too. :-)
  • emily March 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm
    It's so cute! Good luck with your first full time week back:)
  • Stacey March 9, 2013 at 8:31 am
    Adorable!! Look at you, doing it all! :) Super Mom!
  • ter@waaoms March 15, 2013 at 8:12 am
    Good job!
  • Christina February 21, 2017 at 8:00 am
    What a fun idea! We love Dr. Seuss and doing silly activities for his books. This one is great -- the perfect shirt to wear for some serious Dr. Seuss reading.
    • Sarah Coggins March 3, 2017 at 10:23 pm
      Thanks! Both of my kids have now enjoyed it. :)

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