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
Things you need
- Fabric paint
- Decorative accessories of your choice such as ribbon or beads
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Two spray bottles
- White vinegar
- Fabric scissors
- Tarp or old sheet
Practice your design on a piece of paper first, especially if you are going to "draw" anything on the T-shirt with fabric paint.
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.
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.
Let the shirt completely dry, then turn it over and decorate the back side of it, if you wish.
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!
Wash the shirt to set the design and get rid of any stray threading when you are finished.
How to Cut & Decorate a T-Shirt
Tips and warnings
- Fabric paint comes in easy-to-use pens so you can actually "write" on the shirt.
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