Y’all, I love this land. I really do. I love the diversity that is seen in the United States of America. I love that you can experience the sunny California beaches on one end of the country, hike mountain upon mountain in the midwest, and see fireflies and eat the best barbecued spareribs on the other side. I love how many types of people you see here, everyone trying to figure out what they are doing, getting along with others side by side (for the most part). Sure, we’ve got problems, but everyone does. And all in all, I think it’s a pretty awesome place to live. Needless to say, I was pretty thrilled to put this Guys and Patriotic Vibes blog tour together to celebrate!
Last year, we spent eight months in Alabama. Coming from Utah this was quite the culture shock for our family, but we loved it! I got pretty good at saying “y’all” instead of my usual “you guys”, so when I saw an advertisement for a 4th of July shirt saying “I love this land, y’all” I knew I had to copy it someday. That day has come! Today’s share on the Guys and Patriotic Vibes tour is all about showing some lovin’ for our country the Southern way, because I love this land, y’all!
I included a free download link for the cut file for this tee at the bottom of the page. Keep reading!
I reused my favorite Patterns for Pirates Jolly Raglan pattern for this shirt. Obviously I love the Raglan tee – I keep using it over and over! It takes me less than an hour to make one and it is so easy to whip up. I love that you don’t need to attach the front and back bodices together because it’s done through the sleeves. Plus, no curved sewing for the sleeves! (Can we say pet peeves? Anyone with me on this?) It’s a great standard for creating holiday tees, like the St. Patrick’s Day shirts I made earlier this year. All you need is holiday colored stripes for the sleeves and neckband, white for the body, add a fun HTV design on the front and voila! Perfect holiday tee! I should probably start thinking outside the box, but this is really nice to do in a pinch.
The striped fabric used is from fabric.com. They have an excellent selection of knits and I have a hard time not buying all of them whenever I browse! This fabric was actually in my stash from when I made a wardrobe of maternity tops last year. It’s 4-way stretch, and I combined it with some white 4-way stretch I got in the remnants section at JoAnn. I have only used 2-way stretch knit with this pattern before so I wasn’t sure how it would go, but I turns out I prefer this look. The boys (and the cat) enjoy it quite a bit too!
The only frustrating thing is the HTV I used started peeling after only a day of the boys wearing their new shirts. I used some basic black Iron-On from Cricut, and I think the problem is that it’s just not meant for stretch fabric. I need to get the Siser EasyWeed Stretch for my next project – I’m hoping this will help it stick better!
Want to make your own “I love this land, y’all”? Maybe for a shirt, pillow, or even a mug? I’ve included the cut file for this (including SVG, PNG, and STUDIO3) in my free resources page. You can get it by clicking on the button below.
I plan to make three more of these shirts before the 4th of July – one for my husband, me, and Mr. L, our baby. We’ll be celebrating Independence Day with fireworks, BBQ, parades, hot air balloons, great music, and anything else we can figure out how to fit in. What are you doing to celebrate? Are you planning any fun 4th of July outfits to wear for the day? Share in the comments below!
I hope you enjoyed this make! Would you mind sharing it via Pinterest with the image below? Thank you!
Celebrate America with the rest of us! Follow along with the Guys and Patriotic Vibes Blog Tour hosted by Made for Little Gents by viewing each blog contributor below.
Fri. June 1 | Made for Little Gents (Intro to Guys and Patriotic Vibes Blog Tour)
Mon. June 4 | Family of Makers
Tues. June 5 | Made for Little Gents
Wed. June 6 | Paisley Roots
Thurs. June 7 | My Sewing Roots
Fri. June 8 | EYMM
Mon. June 11 | Ellie & Nels in Stitches
Tues. June 12 | Custom Made by Laura
Wed. June 13 | Our Play Palace
Thurs. June 14 | Sew Cute Couture by Kathy
Fri. June 15 | Dreams & Stitches | The Sewing Goatherd