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digital school bus t-shirt sewing pattern

digital school bus t-shirt sewing pattern
Price: $8.95
Brand: Oliver + S
Item: OLV-OS047SB
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This basic kid’s T-shirt sewing pattern can be made several different ways. With a long-sleeve and two short-sleeve options, you’ll get endless use from this easy and quick-to-sew style.

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digital school bus t-shirt sewing pattern
  • Digital Patterns

    This style is provided as a digital pattern. It may be printed on both home printers (using either 8 1/2" x 11" or A4 paper) and at service bureaus that handle 36"-wide sheets. When you complete your order, you will be provided with a unique code to instantly download the pattern. See our digital product policy for full details.


    This basic kid’s T-shirt pattern can be made several different ways. With a long-sleeve and two short-sleeve options, you’ll get endless use from this easy and quick-to-sew style. View A is a standard short-sleeve T-shirt while View B is a more feminine version with capped sleeves and a narrow neckband.

    Skills Used

    Each of our patterns calls on a unique set of sewing skills. Haven't ever done one of these things before? Don't worry. We'll walk you through it, step by step.

    After successfully sewing this pattern, you will have developed the following skills: knit fabric.

    Suggested Fabrics

    Light- to medium-weight knits with at least 25% stretch.


    Coordinating thread, lightweight fusible interfacing.

    school bus t-shirt sewing pattern

    Fabric Guide (knit fabric width: 58")

    SIZE 6-12 M 12-18 M 18-24 M 2T 3T 4
    All Views 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 3/4 yard

    SIZE 5 6 7 8 10 12
    All Views 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 3/4 yard 1 yard 1 yard

    Finished Measurements

    SIZE 6-12 M 12-18 M 18-24 M 2T 3T 4
    T-Shirt Chest 11" 11 1/4" 11 1/2" 11 3/4" 12" 12 1/2"
    T-Shirt Length 13" 13 1/4" 13 1/2" 14" 14 1/2" 15 1/2"

    SIZE 5 6 7 8 10 12
    T-Shirt Chest 13" 13 1/2" 14" 14 1/2" 15 1/2" 16"
    T-Shirt Length 16 1/2" 17 1/2" 18 1/2" 19 1/2" 20 1/2" 21 1/2"


  • English System
    Size Chest
    6-12M 19 19 ½ 19 ½ 27-29 17-22
    12-18M 19 ¾ 20 ½ 20 ½ 29-31 22-27
    18-24M 20 ½ 21 21 31-33 27-30
    2T 21 21 22 33-36 30-33
    3T 21 ½ 21 23 36-39 33-36
    4 22 ½ 21 ½ 24 39-42 36-39
    5 23 ½ 22 25 ½ 42-45 39-44
    6 24 ½ 22 ½ 26 ½ 45-49 45-55
    7 25 ½ 23 27 ½ 49-52 56-64
    8 26 ½ 23 ½ 28 ½ 52-54 65-72
    10 28 24 30 54-56 73-77
    12 29 25 31 ½ 56-58 78-82


    Metric System
    Size Chest
    6-12M 48 50 50 69-74 8-10
    12-18M 50 52 51 74-79 10-12
    18-24M 52 53 56 79-84 12-14
    2T 53 53 56 84-91 14-15
    3T 55 53 58 91-99 15-16
    4 57 55 61 99-107 16-18
    5 60 56 65 107-114 18-20
    6 62 57 67 114-124 20-25
    7 65 58 70 124-132 25-29
    8 67 60 72 132-137 29-33
    10 71 61 76 137-142 33-35
    12 74 64 80 142-147 35-37


  • Average rating: (4.9 of 5) based on 31 reviews

    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 07/05/2020
    I made matching School Bus T's for my kids. I chopped my daughter's off at the waist and added a skirt. She's 6-9 mo size so I used the 6-12 mo size pattern and it worked great. My son is a 3T, I used the 4T since I've been buying hi 4T's to wear this summer and next, but the fit is more of a 3T fit. It fits him great this year, I'm sure he'll be grown out of it next summer.
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    Easy and cute tee
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 03/12/2020
    This tee is adorable. I took other reviewers advice and sized up—making an 8 for my 7 yr old and the fit is great, he’ll be able to wear it all year but it’s by no means baggy. The pattern was a breeze, and it is one of the nicest tees I’ve made. This is my second Oliver + S pattern I’ve used and definitely not my last!
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    Great Tee for all ages
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 10/22/2019
    I found that for younger sizes, up to 4T, the sizing is fine, but older kids prefer a looser fit so I would go up a size or 2 for the school age set. This is not a defect of the pattern, but a reflection of current style preferences.
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    Love the school bus t-shirt pattern
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 10/09/2018
    Very quick, easy pattern to make. Great instructions. My wee grandson is the proud owner of three t-shirts with many more to come. Highly recommend this pattern.
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    A really great pattern
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 07/24/2018
    I loved the detail provided in this design, finding the grid particularly useful.
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    School Bus T-Shirt
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 12/14/2017
    I made three short sleeved t-shirts for my toddler Grandson for Christmas. They turned out beautifully and were so quick and easy to make. I am sure I will be making many more over the coming years. So pleased I found this pattern.
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    Like the slim fit
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 11/01/2017
    I really like the slimmer fit of this t-shirt. Having 6 grandkids, I have made it in 3 sizes using both short and long sleeve versions and both the regular and slimmer neckline self ribbing. I lengthened the sleeves because my granddaughter likes the sleeves on the longer side. Will go to the pattern more!
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    Fantastic pattern!
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 10/11/2017
    The school bus t-shirt pattern was extremely easy to follow and super fast to construct. I've made two shirts for my daughter with it, and I will definitely be making more!
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    School Bus Tshirt
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 03/27/2017
    I absolutely love this pattern! I've made 5 shirts from it already in the short time since I've purchased it!
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    School bus T-Shirt
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 03/09/2017
    I made a size 4, short sleeve version for my grandson and it turned out great! Like all of Liesl's patterns is went together easily. My adult son asked me to make one for him :).
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    Unisex-friendly pattern
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 01/12/2017
    I made the long-sleeve version for a seven year old girl in a size 8 and, shortened it 3 cm, it was a perfect fit. I agree with Sarah: next time I'll lengthen the sleeves an inch or so. I'll definitely use this pattern again.
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    Will Use Often
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 01/12/2017
    This is a great pattern that I'll use often. I made Christmas pj tops for a size 2 girl and size 5 boy, but modified them to add cuffs to the arms and waist. I also added 1/4 inch (size 6) to the size 5 as my grandson is a larger boy and I wanted the Pj to be a bit loose. They were a perfect fit and were red stripes and worn Christmas morning. I find this pattern easy to follow and the result is very fashionable as Oliver and S patterns are. I enjoy sewing with the patterns and have had lots of compliments. I am also a great fan of the Blog.
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    Awesome pattern!
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 01/03/2017
    So, I have made this shirt 3 times so far already- one for my 6yo daughter and 2 for my 8yo son. The only problem I would say it has is that the sleeve length was about 1- 1 1/2 inches too short. But as always, I do love Oliver & S' digital patterns and how they are laid out. I also appreciate that when I was taping the pattern together, I noticed they save you a couple pages by fitting in the center fold in some extra space that would have just gone to waste. I'm not used to that; I have bought several different digital patterns from other companys that pay no attention to save you on paper. Super appreciated that!!!
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    A perfect basic
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 10/09/2016
    Another great pattern from Oliver & S. Thoughtfully drafted with clear and helpful instructions. While I have enjoyed sewing all of the Oliver & S patterns I've purchased, I know that this one I will be sewing over and over again in the years to come.
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    Very good t-shirt pattern
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 08/19/2016
    I made the school bus t-shirt in a 98% NZ merino wool jersey for my 2 and half year old grandson. I made the size three which was a little small on him but he is a very big boy and I could only take the fastest of measurements from him (so can't say they were accurate!). It's quite a slim fit, which is fine - that is the style. The pattern is straight forward and easy to follow. It's a great winter tee.
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    Useful T-shirt pattern
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 05/29/2016
    Made two long sleeved versions of this T-shirt for my 8 year old in a 92% cotton 8% spandex fabric. The pattern was clear and easy to follow. Plan to make a few short sleeved versions for the summer
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    My new go-to
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 04/24/2016
    Fantastic slim-fit t-shirt pattern. Made four of these already for my 4 yo (size 5 fit him perfectly). Now to try out the Metro for my big fella. Love, love, love.
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    Very Good Basic T-Shirt Pattern
    Reviewed by on 04/19/2016
    I have made 3 shirts from this pattern, 2 in the size 12-18 months and 1 in 4T. What I like about this pattern is the fit, very easy to understand instructions. What I don't like is that the shirt barely fits over my son's head (the 12-18 months). And by barely I mean it takes some effort to get it on. I modified by daughter's (4T) to have buttons on the shoulder seam and this fixed the problem.
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    School bus tee shirt
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 03/22/2016
    I have already made three versions of this pattern for my 12 and 8 years old. I found the fit quite slim so I went up a size for my youngest, who is not as thin as my older boy. I found the shoulders very narrow, but this is not a problem at all and the overall look of the tee shirt is great. It is really easy to customize and I have been playing with colour blocking, I also added self drafted elbow patches to one version. I would definetely recommend it!
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    School Bus T Shirt
    Reviewed by (Verified Buyer) on 11/19/2015
    Excellent pattern and clearly written. I too love the simplicity of the design which fits little ones very well. Suitable for boys and girls so very versatile.
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    School Bus T-Shirt
    Reviewed by on 05/15/2015
    This is a very well written pattern. The directions are clear and easy to follow. I am giving this pattern 4 stars, however, because I would have like the pattern to have been drafted with 3/8' or 1/2' seam allowances to better accommodate serger use. I know I could add the extra seam allowance but I shouldn't have to.
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    School bus t-shirt
    Reviewed by on 02/18/2015
    I have made at least five of t-shirts so far. The digital pattern was easily assembled, and the t-shirts are beautifully shaped. I've made versions for a baby, my 7yo daughter, my 6yo nephew, and my 10yo son. Liesl has such a nice eye for the subtle lines that make for a perfect shape.
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    Perfectly designed simple t-shirt
    Reviewed by on 12/07/2014
    My little boy was given a couple of purchased t-shirts with his favourite cartoon characters but they were huge, quite a few sizes too big. So I decided I would cut them up and remake them to his size so he can wear them now. The first and last pattern I thought of was this one and it was absolutely perfect, everything went so smoothly and the finished result still looks like a purchased t-shirt! Not a glitch to be had.
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    Excellent fit
    Reviewed by on 11/27/2014
    Sizing is great.
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    Fantastic pattern
    Reviewed by on 11/02/2014
    Sewed this up tonight for the first time. It was so quick and easy. Finished product looks great Andy daughter loves it. Another fabulous oliver and s pattern.
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    Great for learning knits!
    Reviewed by on 10/26/2014
    I used this pattern to learn how to sew with knit fabric, and it was excellent - the instructions and tips were really helpful for a beginner. I turned the t-shirt into an A-line dress, using the O+S tutorial for customising a raglan t-shirt, and was really happy with the results: two little Lola Lotta dresses for my girls! I'll be trying the adult Metro t-shirt version next! https://esmeintheattic.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/kcw-lola-lotta-dresses/
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    School Bus t-shirt--perfect fit and simple construction
    Reviewed by on 10/07/2014
    I whipped up one of theses shirts the night before the first day of school. It went together really fast with everything lining up perfectly. I was concerned the neck would be tight over my 5-yr-old's enormous head but it worked fine. I sewed a size 5 for my average sized boy. The cut is slimmer than store-bought Ts but not tight.
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    Not afraid of knits anymore!
    Reviewed by on 09/15/2014
    I used to be so leary of working with knits. I bought this pattern and made the entire thing on my serger and LOVED the results. I'm just sad I only bought the one size and not the entire family pack!
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    So adaptable!
    Reviewed by on 09/07/2014
    I bought this pattern (both size ranges) to adapt into Elsa costumes for various little girls in my life. It fit true to size, went together like a dream and was perfect for what I needed it to be!
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    easy to put together
    Reviewed by on 09/03/2014
    This is the first pattern I have bought from oliver & s. The pattern tiles are easy to put together. All the instructions were clear. I like how liesl explains why such-and-such step is necessary. The shirt turned out great!
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    well-written, as expected
    Reviewed by on 08/05/2014
    I made this tee in size 8 for my 8 year old daughter. It went together very nicely, as I've come to expect from every O+S pattern. The sizing is true to measurements, notches match up perfectly, and the directions are clear. I used both a serger and a traditional sewing machine to construct the shirt (pattern is appropriate for either). I would say this is for an advanced beginner, not because of the difficulty of the pattern, but due to the challenges of sewing with knits for beginners...you have to get the hang of it. This pattern is an excellent way to learn! I'm off to buy the women's version now. :-) Thanks, Liesl, for another wonderful sewing experience!
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