Show Your Stripes turtleneck


Here’s another variation on the Flashback Tee that I love to make for my kids — the turtleneck! Again, this can be easily done with ANY tee, as you’ll see in the how-to (below).


I love stripes! And though this turtleneck doesn’t really follow my “more color” rule, there’s something about stripes that I just can’t get enough of, even when they are more subtle color-wise. I think navy and off-white is quite possibly my favorite stripe color combo. Maybe black and off-white.




Elliot loves this turtleneck. He wears it with these green cords whenever he can (or with these radio pants, an outfit that gets a lot of comments, let me tell you, whenever we go out). And as you can see, it looks great with the new rain boots (but who am I kidding? EVERYTHING looks good with rain boots!)

show your stripes turtleneck

Love this kid. I know most of you will never meet him, but I love that you can tell exactly what his personality is like from these pictures: happy, slap-happy, silly, totally goofy. He’s a total joy to be around. Such a happy boy!

Making a turtleneck is almost exactly like making the normal neckband on the Flashback tee, except you make the neckband a little longer and wider (so it can fold over). The neckband is just a rectangle, and for the turtleneck I make it 8.5″ tall and as wide as the length around the neckhole. I think the graphic here is pretty self-explanatory — just don’t forget to pin and sew the turtleneck to the outside of the tee, so that when it flips up you won’t see the stitches or seam.


I like to sew the neckband to the tee with my serger, but you can also use a narrow zig-zag stitch on a regular machine. It’s important NOT to use a straight stitch or a walking foot here, because in those cases your stitches will break when it gets pulled over the head.

Celebrate the BOY 2013

This post is part of Celebrate the BOY, a series of boy sewing posts hosted by me and Dana of MADE. Here’s what we’ve done so far:

DAY 1: Rae: Saffron Pants and Color Roundup / Dana: 5 Steps to the Basic Tee
DAY 2: Rae: Little Bit of Color Hoodie / Dana: Pants Roundup
DAY 3: Rae: Hoodie Tutorial / Dana: Kids Shorts/Pants with Back Pocket Tutorial

Head over to made to see what Dana’s up to! or check out my Celebrate the BOY archives for even more boy sewing posts! And don’t forget to add your photos to our Celebrate the BOY Flickr group!

11 thoughts on “Show Your Stripes turtleneck

  1. Question. Do you find the necklines easier to sew before or after the sleeves and side seams? In the Flashback tee pattern the necklines is sewn at the end and I always feel like I have a bit of a problem getting the neckline just right. I notice here and in Dana’s basic tee tute that the neckline is sewn on just after the shoulder seams so I wondered if it makes a difference.

    • Hmmm…honestly I don’t notice much of a difference. I like doing neckbands last because then you can try them on, tear them out, and redo them easily to check how they fit…but with something like a turtleneck (where you’re cutting the foldy neck thing larger, instead of stretching it like a neckband) or the hoodie I did yesterday, I do the neck first because then if you biff it up you haven’t wasted all that time on the entire thing. I guess that’s true of the narrow neckband too though. OK, I really don’t think it matters! Personal preference!!!


  2. Love how E’s personality always shines through your photos – he totally seems like a fun kid! I was just thinking about making a FBST turtleneck the other day – thanks for this!

  3. I love this! Thank you for the awesome boy ideas!!! I have 2 girls and a boy. I can always find great ideas, fabric and craft supplies for the ladies of the house but finding fun boy stuff is a bit more difficult. You have filled the gap with your awesome tutorials and advice! Love it! Thanks!

  4. Your son just made my evening. Love the pic of him looking to the side with his hands in his pockets. Those green cords look Fabulous! The stripy shirt is great too…

  5. His personality really does come through. So great! Fabulous quality…happy with life. And the turtleneck is awesome. I’ve never made one. Maybe I should! For all those cold days in Texas. Maybe that’s why I’ve never made one. Haha. But it looks so cute on him….I prob should.
    Cute graphics

  6. I can’t wear turtlenecks myself (I don’t like wearing stuff close to my neck) so I hadn’t thought of making any for my kids but Elliot looks great in his I might have to try one now. Looks like a fun photo shoot too!

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