Anything But Basic Kid’s Tee

(86 customer reviews)


The Anything But Basic Children’s Tee is an easy way to spice up your child’s wardrobe staples! This pattern was developed especially for beginners as part of our Anything But Basic collection. Which means it is simple to make and easy to love. Our instructions will walk you through everything you need to know to get the perfect fit for any child.

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Pattern #CK-75276

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Your PDF pattern purchase includes the following:

  • Print-at-home PDF pattern files in both children’s regular and slim fits (sizes 18m-12y)
  • US Letter, A4 and A0 Copy Shop formats
  • No trim pages
  • Size layers so you can print only the sizes you need
  • Complete sewing instruction ebook with our Perfect Fit custom fit adjustment tutorials

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  • Necklines: Crew Neck
  • Sleeve Lengths: Short // 3/4 Sleeve // Long
  • Optional Chest Pocket


  • Beginner sewists and beyond
  • Knit fabrics

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86 reviews for Anything But Basic Kid’s Tee

  1. phormann (verified owner)

    Love this pattern! Goes together quickly and looks great. And the slim option is perfect for my little guys.

  2. koffmanlm (verified owner)

    This pattern is by far one of my new favorites!! I have so many unique children’s patterns already this is exactly what my stash of patterns needed. This is such a quick and easy sew and it is the perfect shirt to use when I have a panel in mind for my girls!! The fit is flawless and the directions are top notch!

  3. brianne.matlage (verified owner)

    Quick sew and perfect sizing for my daughters!

  4. brookemiller.gccandles (verified owner)

    Perfect and quick sew, my daughter absolutely loves it.

  5. jwkilger (verified owner)

    I love this shirt! With 5 long and skinny kids, it is SO nice to have options closer to their sizes without massive amounts of grading. The fit is perfect, and now I need to make more so I can convince my kid to change her shirt. 😂😂💗💗

  6. Jessica (verified owner)

    Absolutely love this pattern. I need a regular fit for my oldest and the slim for my girls. As always woh DIBY patterns you can get a great custom fit. This shirt fits my kiddos so great! I am thrilled with this pattern!! Absolutely love the different sleeve lengths making it so versatile for all year wear!!

  7. beltcourtney11 (verified owner)

    Such a quick sew with the perfect fit! Having the slim pattern option is incredible for the tall/skinny kids (and the mamas who are tired of grading so much haha).

  8. kewene (verified owner)

    Yet another wonderful pattern from DIBY Club! I love the different size options and customizations like sleeve length and optional chest pocket. The instructions make this a quick and easy sew, perfect for the beginner and experienced sewist alike.

  9. leeanne.croucher (verified owner)

    I’ve tried several kids tee’s and this one is by far the best. It. Just. Fts. The neckline is not too low, but it’s big enough for a real kid to get their real head through. The arms are the correct length for their size, and I like the sleeve options. This is now my go to tee pattern, and the one I recommend… AND IT’S FREE! Get it while you can 😀

  10. cindyh0929 (verified owner)

    This is my very favorite kids T-shirt pattern! I’ve made 4 for my goddaughter and she loves them all.

  11. katkelley0918 (verified owner)

    Love this pattern! A staple for sure. The instructions are so easy to follow.

  12. debpen (verified owner)

    I love DIBY patterns, and the kids t-shirt is easy to understand, the instructions guide you through the process easily. My grandchildren are loving the results.

  13. (verified owner)

    Such a great pattern to try as a beginner to advanced seamstresses! All my kids love these tees very comfy and versatile with colours and patterned fabrics!

  14. gwennythepooh (verified owner)

    Amazing shirt! My favorite kids tee, hands down. Amazing fit an instructions!

  15. biekedw1965 (verified owner)

    Makkelijk te maken in verschillende mouwlengtes.
    Zit perfect
    Er zullen er nog volgen.

  16. Tiffany Copon (verified owner)

    Great pattern and perfect fits.

  17. barbmckown57 (verified owner)

    Very simple shirt pattern. Goes together easily instructions are very clear. My one recommendation would be to add a slightly lower neckline option for people who don’t want or can’t stand to have a neck line up near their throat

  18. koffmanlm (verified owner)

    Amazing shirt and such a quick sew. This has already become a staple in my daughter’s wardrobe.

  19. priede.kristine (verified owner)

    very disappointed with size for 12 years. I know the height is mentioned in table but I live in metric world and did not notice that 12 year old boy is supposed to be 56″ (142 cm) short. It might be true to some Chinese or Japanese kids but definitely not for standard European boy. My very average and rather on short side in his class 11 year old boy is 150 cm (59″). So pattern might be good for small kids buy it is very misleading for older sizes.

    • Jessica

      Hi there! I’m sorry you had a hard time with the pattern. We include a tutorial for height adjusting if your child is a different height than what is on the size chart. I recommend you use it for your next attempt to get an accurate fit. Explicit instructions are included towards the beginning of the tutorial. Also, please do not use your child’s age to select the size, rather use their measurements and compare them to the size chart.

  20. mmhspcl (verified owner)

    Really easy and perfect fit for my 2 and 3 year olds!

  21. Susie (verified owner)

    This is a really nice and easy pattern. I made a great little cat tshirt for my daughter and she loved it. Planning to make a few more

  22. heathernaretto (verified owner)

    I have used the ABB kids tee multiple times now, and every single use it is perfect.

    I love that the pattern pieces include where is should be hitting on the body. That makes it 1000 times easier to lengthen and shorten.

    Also, the measurements are perfection. Because of the detailed directions on measurements i knew I needed to add 1/4in to the body, but take an inch out of the sleeves.

    I highly recommend ABB! It’s perfect.

  23. Dagmar McColl (verified owner)

    This pattern is great. If anyone remembers the quality of the Stretch And Sew patterns of the 80s, this one is as excellent as those. Great instructions, multiple sizes, great fit.

  24. the5thgoulet (verified owner)

    Another DIBY win! A great basic pattern.

  25. Elizabeth Sevy (verified owner)

    This was my first pattern to use as a trial for sewing knits. The instructions are very good, the slim fit sizing worked well, and the shirt looks great! Thanks for such a comprehensive pattern. I will be trying more!

  26. saknight41 (verified owner)

    This basic t is a simple sew. It goes together beautifully. I have made a couple for great grandkids. Will be making for sure.

  27. Naomi Burgess (verified owner)

    Well written pattern but runs really small. Even using my children’s measurements it makes a very small, fitted t shirt even in the regular style. Highly recommend sizing up 2 or 3 sizes from what size their measurements give.

  28. Kate Morgan (verified owner)

    Hacked this into a dress for Miss 3 and it’s perfect. Awesome staple for both my kids. Can’t believe how many options there are, it’s so well drafted and explained. Can’t believe it’s free! Thanks Jess!

  29. Simon Baker (verified owner)

    What a great pattern! Easy to follow instructions with excellent fitting guidelines. Can’t recommend this enough.

  30. Sarah Youngman (verified owner)

    I’m new to sewing knits, and I have a serger that intimidates me! I’ve REALLY been wanting to make my kids some cute knit tees, but every pattern intimidated me. I found this pattern and since it was free figured I’d give it a try! I am blown away. The detailed instructions and videos are SO clear and helpful, I didn’t mess up once! The shirt came out amazing and I plan on making so many more! I can’t believe this pattern is free! Everyone should try it! I will DEFINITELY be purchasing patterns from you from now on now that I know how easy they are to follow!

  31. Kayla McDonald (verified owner)

    This is my favorite shirt pattern for both my kids, I’m still a beginner but the pattern was well explained and easy to understand. I’ll be making many! Thank you!

  32. Pat Woodman (verified owner)

    Great pattern. Easy to follow instructions. Sewed up 3 of the slim Ts for my grandsons and they loved them.

  33. Teresa Coughlan (verified owner)

    This is the first review I’ve ever posted for a pattern but this is so very well explained with options for resizing and adjusting to fit as well. Explanations couldn’t be clearer and it sews up beautifully. I’ve made one and am just about to make 2 more..

  34. Oonagh Gleeson (verified owner)

    Really great instructions. Easy to follow and very clear pattern adjustments

  35. Diane Brajkovich (verified owner)

    I have a passion for sewing and because I am self taught I have a lot more to learn. Your Patterns are So well written and so easy the fact you even have a slim for boys was the best for me for my Grandson. I made this pattern for both my Grandboys. I love when I see them wearing the things I made for them. Thank you for your free patterns it allows me to continue my love for sewing.

  36. buzzybetsy (verified owner)

    Love the slim fit and such a quick and easy sew.

  37. Gal Gutman (verified owner)

    Absolutely love it!! Made 7 alredy and my kid just love them!!!

  38. Nicte Lopez (verified owner)

    Made a whole batch and they are great. There are a variety of options on sizing so you can get the fit and look you want

  39. Rachelle Quince (verified owner)

    I bought this pattern to make a kids cycling jersey. It made a great block to use. The size was great and I’m super happy with the outcome. Will definitely use it again! 😀

  40. Jessalyn Capelot (verified owner)

    Awesome! Clear instructions, easy adjustments, great fit!

  41. Julie Brough (verified owner)

    Great pattern & size range & quick & easy sew

  42. Annie Mortimer (verified owner)

    Very informative pattern package, tells you everything you need to know. I made my grandson this t-shirt, but I used a fleece backed fabric instead of thin t-shirt fabric, so he has a snuggly warm long sleeved top for winter.

  43. Vera Rebrovich (verified owner)

    Great pattern and instructions! My grandson and I are both happy!

  44. Loesha (verified owner)

    Love this pattern! It was rock solid drafting-wise and my little was so impressed with the quality (Mom! This shirt looks like it came from the store!) and with the cute pocket we were able to customize the tee to his tastes (he wanted pockets on his sleeves with fun stitching). I would keep an eye out for the length – my kid is on the shorter side of average and, I felt, just fit. Super easy to adjust though especially with the information given with the pattern and on the website.

  45. Thalia Kirsch (verified owner)

    Easy, straight forward t-shirt pattern.

  46. Lisa Anderson (verified owner)

    My go to pattern my daughter’s been loving her new t-shirts 🙂

  47. Bobbi Kinne (verified owner)

    It fit perfectly and was easy to sew. 🙂

  48. Mandy Smith (verified owner)

    Great pattern and easy to follow instructions. Quick and easy to make. I will be making many more of this for my grandchildren. Thank you DIBY.

  49. Barbara Wood (verified owner)

    Quick and easy see. It was good fit. Have made 2 so far. Instructions were easy to follow and well written.

  50. drganesen (verified owner)

    Best T shirt pattern I ever came across for a 10 yr old!

  51. Susie Jarrold (verified owner)

    Excellent pattern – I’m a beginner and have made a bunch of these for my son and other family/friends

  52. Rebecca Winfrey (verified owner)

    Great pattern made smallest size and size six both came out great love this pattern arm length is perfect for long sleeve

  53. Qiaoya Zhang (verified owner)

    Wonderful pattern. Made a few ranging from cotton spandex, bamboo rayon, merino wool. All turned out great. I’ve always made the slim version even though I don’t have a slim kid. Really like the fit.

  54. Liza B (verified owner)

    Great pattern very easy to follow and sizing is good.

  55. SEPHORA TITIRO (verified owner)

    Easiest Kid T-Shirt for beginners. Well explained and many possibilities to alter it. I´ve hacked it by adding a kind of turtleneck and made a pullover with long sleeves.

  56. Susan Wainwright (verified owner)

    Have not made it up yet but don’t expect any difficulties judging by other reviewers e periences.

  57. Melissa Knisely (verified owner)

    Works up quickly, but measure carefully before cutting your fabric. This pattern runs VERY small and short, more like the style from 20 years ago. I had to add 4 inches to the length for the size 12, or the hem would have been just over the waist. Also added 3 inches to the sleeves or they would have been cap style. Most boys don’t want tight short t-shirts anymore.

  58. Jessica Llewellyn (verified owner)

    Brilliant pattern, easy to follow and construct. Great instructions and so simple to make the appropriate size modifications for a perfect fit. My kids sure are dressed to impress ☺️

  59. lja.lynne (verified owner)

    This is a great pattern. I made it for my 16 month old twin granddaughters and the fit is perfect. Very easy to use with good instructions….thank you 🙂

  60. Shirley Harrell (verified owner)

    I have made several of these! Love them. Not complicated but a great fit and so so easy to sew.

  61. Laura Smith (verified owner)

    Great instructions! Came together so well and so quickly! Will definitely make more!

  62. Judy Chastain (verified owner)

    I love DIBY’s Anything But Basic Tee – no matter what the size. The Kid’s Tee is a quick sew, and fits perfectly. Thank you, DIBY!

  63. Collette Rogers (verified owner)

    This was my first ever top and it worked perfectly. The pattern holds your hand and takes away the fear

  64. tmcos (verified owner)

    I found this pattern just as easy to use as the adult ABB T shirt pattern. I sewed these for my Grandchildren. The fit was perfect & they loved them. Thanks Jess. Maeve Western Australia

  65. AUBREY OLIVER (verified owner)

    I cannot for the life of me find where the collar band is or even an idea how to measure one myself

  66. Linda Weeks (verified owner)

    Good basic pattern, but I found it a bit small.

  67. DeeDee Foley (verified owner)

    I made my first tshirts with this pattern and found the information helpful. The neckline instruction video helped as well.

  68. Bridget Brignull (verified owner)

    Great pattern, great fit and clear instructions. I love that the pattern is versatile and the finished t-shirt is easy to wear and the grandchildren love them.

  69. mummyc85 (verified owner)

    I’m a complete beginner and made this T-shirt for my little girl, I found the instructions very clear and easy to follow. I will definitely be making more.

  70. Rene Sears (verified owner)

    This is a fantastic pattern, and the detailed notes about how to insure a good fit are so helpful and much appreciated.

  71. Molly Campbell (verified owner)

    Love the slim option and the finished product is wonderful, but it runs so small! I don’t usually measure, and go by my kids RTW size, but the 7 I made for my son was way too snug. So then I measured my older son and made him a size 12 (he normally wears a 10 or 12 in handmade clothes) and it was way too snug in the arms. I finally made a 3T for my 18 month old and it fit perfectly. The end results are so cute, but definitely measure and remeasure before making it!

  72. Christobel Botten (verified owner)

    So easy to print and trace and easier to make. Great way to use up leftover bits of jersey to make fun tops with different sleeves and pocket features for the kids.

  73. temenujka.hinkova (verified owner)

    Easy to follow and cool pattern.

  74. sarah worsham (verified owner)

    This pattern is amazing! Its super easy to print/cut/follow. I usually create my own patterns and this was my first time following an actual pattern and it was so simple. The shirt I made turned out well for the first time and I will definitely be using the pattern again. Thank you so much!

  75. Susan Carter (verified owner)

    This pattern was perfect. My granddaughter is 9 and is very long in the body so most T-shirts and tops don’t come long enough for her. I have made a few of these for her now both long and short sleeved and she loves them. They are quick and easy to make. Brilliant pattern.

  76. Marieke Das (verified owner)

    The instructions are extremely detailed and I am very impressed. I made one yesterday and will be making many many more!!

  77. Isabel Gratton (verified owner)

    I really love this pattern! It’s my to go pattern

  78. carmenrooke (verified owner)

    Very easy to make tshirt – used for a last minute book week costume when I couldn’t buy in the colour I needed. Neck was slightly tight for my boy so I will adjust it next time

  79. Carol Ferensak (verified owner)

    Nice simple pattern that goes together quickly and easily. And they fit as well as look cute on my grandchildren!

  80. Leanne Jones (verified owner)

    Easy to make with clear instructions. I’ve made a couple now for my granddaughter with more to come as she’s growing so quickly.

  81. Kiarra Dozier (verified owner)

    Help! Where’s the pattern for the neckline?

  82. Cindy Paul (verified owner)

    A quick and easy pattern. Very much appreciate. Have lengthened it for a t shirt dress, too.

  83. Marie Felton (verified owner)

    This is a fabulous versatile pattern. I have used the slim version with long sleeves, cut it at the waist and added a circle skirt. Instructions are clear and it comes together so fast! One of my favourites!

  84. Karli Schwanke (verified owner)

    This is an excellent go-to pattern for a kid’s tee. Both me and my mom have used it several times to make tees for the kids in our family and they have all turned out great. The instructions are thorough and easy to follow. The sizing is spot on plus there are lots of options for customization. I was very impressed by how well the finished fit was after using the sizing charts provided in the instructions. Thank you for the generous share DIBY Club!

  85. Lynn White (verified owner)

    Made this shirt for a friend daughter from just the measurements. She loves it.

  86. Phebe Ting (verified owner)

    thank you for this lovely pattern!! detailed instructions, wide size range, and so generous of you to make it free. As an amateur and new sewist just trying to sew up basics for my family(I have 2 toddlers) I really appreciate this so much!!

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