How to Cut & Decorate a T-Shirt

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How to Cut & Decorate a T-Shirt

Creating your own customised T-shirt is as easy as cutting and decorating it. Designing T-shirts is an inexpensive and creative activity you can do with a group of children --- perhaps to celebrate their unity as a sports team --- or you can do it for yourself, creating your own wardrobe for the upcoming summer months. Some people even cut and decorate T-shirts so they can sell them online or at craft markets. Find out how to cut and decorate your own T-shirt by following the steps below.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • T-shirt(s)
  • Fabric paint
  • Decorative accessories of your choice such as ribbon or beads
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Two spray bottles
  • White vinegar
  • Bleach
  • Fabric scissors
  • Tarp or old sheet

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    How to Cut & Decorate a T-Shirt

  1. 1

    Practice your design on a piece of paper first, especially if you are going to "draw" anything on the T-shirt with fabric paint.

  2. 2

    Lay your T-shirt(s) flat on an old tarp or old sheet. It is best to work with a T-shirt that has no previous design on it. You can purchase packages of plain, solid coloured T-shirts inexpensively at craft stores or department stores.

  3. 3

    Create your decorations. You can use fabric paint and paint a design on it, sew ribbons or sequins onto it, or, if you would like an abstract look, fill a spray bottle with bleach, and one with vinegar, and spray the shirt in a few areas. The vinegar will fade the colour and the bleach will make it white, if it is coloured.

  4. 4

    Let the shirt completely dry, then turn it over and decorate the back side of it, if you wish.

  5. 5

    Cut the shirt. After it has completely dried, take some good fabric scissors and cut it. You can cut the sleeves off, fray the bottom edges, or use a razor to add slices to the shirt. Be creative!

  6. 6

    Wash the shirt to set the design and get rid of any stray threading when you are finished.

Tips and warnings

  • Fabric paint comes in easy-to-use pens so you can actually "write" on the shirt.

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