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An Attached Peter Pan Collar…..with buttons

This colder weather we’ve been having is totally sticking around.  The sun has been really bright and shiny, so I keep thinking we’re going to have warmer days…..but the temp is staying cool.  SO, I finally admitted that my children needed warmer clothing. 


I bought this plain little T-shirt for Chloe yesterday…..but decided it needed a little something.


A dainty little Peter Pan Collar……..that’s permanently attached.  With a few buttons down the front.




Ahhhhhh, now our little Coco is ready for Autumn.




But, just imagine one in your size.  With your own pair of jeans, boots, and a cute cardigan.  Sounds cozy, right? :)





It sure is a quick way to add a little fun to a simple tee.  And not too tricky either! :)





Sweet Chloe, at least you have one long sleeve shirt to wear this fall.  I may need to grab you a few more. :)





Want to add a Peter Pan Collar to a shirt or two??



First of all, you need to create a collar template, that fits the neckline of your particular Tshirt.  Cut a rounded collar, that fits the contour of your neckline.  Make it extend from the center of the shirt’s neckline, up to the shoulder seam.  You’ll use the same template piece for both collar pieces.





Use your paper template to cut out 2 pieces for each collar…..but add an extra 1/4 inch around all edges as your cutting.  (Or make a new paper template that’s 1/4 inch bigger around all edges…and use that as you’re cutting out your fabric pieces.)





Place two collar pieces together with right sides together and then sew all the way around, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Snip the upper curve and cut notches into the lower more rounder curve.  And then cut off the excess fabric at both points. (Why clip corners and curves??)




Then, cut through one of the layers of fabric, right in the center of one side of fabric.





Then, turn the collar piece right side out through this slit in the fabric.  Poke out the corners and round out the edges the best you can.  Iron flat.  Repeat with the other collar piece.





Then, cut a piece of fabric for your buttons to be attached to.  Yours may vary from mine, depending on the size of shirt you’re using but my strip was about 1 1/4 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches long.  Then, I folded each short end towards the back a 1/4 inch.  And then I folded each side toward the back until the met in the middle.  Iron flat.





Then pin your strip of fabric along the front of the shirt, even with the neckline, and centered in the middle of the shirt.  (Folded edges facing towards the shirt.)




Then, sew in place, right next to the folded edges of the fabric.




Then, place your collar pieces right on top of the neckline and sew them in place, nice and close to the edges of each collar.




Make sure the tips of the the collars meet evenly together.




Then hand sew your buttons in place.




And that’s it. 

Pretty simple.  But such a cute detail.


Ready for several more?? :)


Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Nia says:

    Thank you very, very much for these very clear, easy to follow tutorials. I am looking for things just like this to make clothes for charity. This is perfect.

  2. Brittany says:

    I can’t even tell you how darling this little shirt is!! I am SO excited to try this! Thank you! :)

  3. zineb says:

    so cool I love it

  4. Michaela says:

    What a great idea! I have the same shirt but in pink that’s now screaming for a cute collar. It looks like our little ones might be the same size. Anyway you could share a template? I’m scared mine will come out wonky.

  5. Betsy says:

    Love it! May I ask where the boots are from? They are exactly what I have been looking for!

  6. wendy says:

    I love this and your tutorial was so easy to follow I have been desperate to learn how to make clothes for my 18 month old baby girl but have been too nervous to start anything, this was an ideal starting point for me and I love how it has turned out, can’t wait for her to wake up so I can try it on her. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

  7. Kristin says:

    This with a matching skirt or trim on some pants… CUTE!!!

  8. Jackie says: all your ideas! This little collar is adorable!

  9. Christine says:

    What a cute detail!

  10. Bek {Just For Daisy} says:

    Cutest thing ever! :) Great colours too!

  11. Shantel says:

    Love how easy it is! I’m going think of a way to boyify it ;o)

  12. Marga says:

    Thanks you for this great and easy tutorial! I just added a collar to my girl’s tshirt and it looks great! Thanks for sharing so many inspirational ideas!!! XOX from The Netherlands!

  13. Ellie says:

    Luv you for all your easy ideas! Now to get my sewing room straightened up for new projects.

  14. Sheryl says:

    Love it! She is so cute!!!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks Sheryl!

  15. RaD says:

    LOL! When I first read the title I kept reading “attacked” over and over again and could not wrap my brain around it! Thankfully, I finally read it correctly. ;0)

    1. Ashley says:

      Hahaha…..sorry about that! Glad it clicked! :)

  16. Tracy King says:

    Her hair is getting so long! All of the sudden she looks like a little girl in these pics not a baby. Thanks for the tutorial I think I just might try it.

    1. Ashley says:

      I KNOW!!! It’s making me cranky to see her grow so quickly. :)

  17. Allison says:

    So cute. And your little dearie is looking so big!

    1. Ashley says:

      I know…..she’s grown so much the past few months. How dare she! ;)

  18. Evie says:


    I love your blog:):) deeply!! actually its my-number one :O)
    but this post….is just STUNNING!!!
    so quick and easy idea but outcome…soo sweet!!
    I will add those little fellows to few tops of my sweetie:)
    thank you:):)

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh thanks, so glad you like it!! :)

  19. Maxime says:

    Adorable! And when on earth did Chloe get all grown up?!?!

    1. Ashley says:

      Ugggh. I know. Little stinker is growing way too quickly! :)

  20. Lynette says:

    That turned out so cute! I love the color you used. I may have to do this for my niece, since I have a boy. I’d love to see a simple fix to a boy shirt.

    1. Ashley says:

      I’ll have to do some more boy projects. But there are several in my “clothing” category under the “tutorial” tab at the top of my blog. Maybe one of those posts will get your creativity flowing! :)

    2. Kim says:

      You could change the shape to look like a mans shirt collar instead of a Peter Pan collar. Love this project, super cute!

  21. Jenya says:

    Super cute :) Isn’t it amazing how one detail can turn a plain outfit into something special? Love it :)

    1. Ashley says:

      YES! I love it too! :)

  22. Denise says:

    So cute! I’m going through my fabric stash right now to make one for my daughter! What a great idea.

    1. Ashley says:

      Oooooh, good luck! :)

  23. Jesse K says:

    This is SOOO cute! Great idea!

  24. Renata says:

    This so cool, I love it.

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