Tutorial: How to Fix a Too Small Head Hole

Fix a Too Small Headhole
My kiddos have nice round noggins. Think 98th percentile round 🙂 Sometimes I have to take matters into my own hands to fix a too small head hole.
As cute as those heads are sometimes I just can’t get tees over the head and if it’s a Disney princess tee that means a lot of sadness. So I took 10 minutes and fixed it.

Sewing a Too Small Headhole

Anne was very appreciative 🙂
And yes I did this project last fall…I’m a bit behind in my blogging
Let’s fix a too small head hole in those tees!

1. Grab your seam ripper and unpick one shoulder seam. Most tees have a shoulder where the neck binding ends meet up and you’ll want to use this one. Unpick almost all the way to the shoulder edge.

 2. Grab a piece of coordinating knit (it won’t show too much) and cut it to 1″ longer than the opening and about 2″ wide. Interface half of the strip on the wrong side. Tuck the short ends in 1/2″ and then sew one long edge of the opening in the shoulder.
3. Now fold the other long edge of the neck binding in 1/4″ and then in half so it covers your seam from the last step. Topstitch in place from the right side.
Here’s the view from the inside. Not quite perfect but close enough 🙂
4. Add 1 or 2 snaps and you’re all set!
tip to fix a too small head hole
There you have the tips and tricks to fix a too small headhole. Hooray for eliminating 1 more wardrobe battle!

14 Responses

  1. Hi this is a great idea
    But the problem Iv got for my grandauter is Iv made a fleece hoodie which overlaps at the front of the neck
    I can’t get it over her head and don’t know how to cut this to fit
    Please could you help thanks

  2. Thank you, have needed this for a few years for my son who has a brain overgrowth condition. His head is adult size at 4 years old. I haven’t been brave enough to try figuring it out on my own so this gives me the confidence to try!

  3. I’ve been using your patterns for years, and just happened upon this tutorial. Amazing, I have a super tiny little one in the 5th percentile, and t-shirts still come with impossibly small head holes! This tutorial is a great fix. Thanks for the work you put in. 🙂

  4. I sent three Hudson sleeveless hoodies to the grandsons, their heads didn’t fit so the SIL cut them at the front, OUCH !!! Lol so this is a good tutorial, thanks

  5. Thanks for your sewing tips. However, I find all the advertizing on this page absolutely distracting and horrendously interruptive! Please scale it back so we can read your good information more easily! Thank you!

  6. Thanks so much for this! I am going to try it on a few jumpers we have as well as I have a 2.5 year old wearing size 5 and her head is really tough to get through the necks as well.

  7. We too, have big heads. Perhaps the I dusty should adjust their neck holes! Glad we aren’t the only ones…I thought we were freaks, lol. Great tut!

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