How to cut a t shirt to make it cuter

Written by alison faria
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How to cut a t shirt to make it cuter
(sweater and shirt on a clothes line image by Gina Smith from

T-shirts are one of the most popular clothing items available. Despite their popularity, some T-shirts are really boring. However, you can turn a dull T-shirt into a cute one with just a few snips. This article will teach you how to cut a T-shirt.

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Things you need

  • Scissors
  • Basic T-shirt

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  1. 1

    Lay the T-shirt flat on a table. You want to make sure that all of the seams at both the front and the back match up.

  2. 2

    Begin with the neck. Most basic T-shirts have a rather thick neck seam, but that can be easily worked with. Simply cut slowly right below the collar seam. You have a couple of different options for how you want to make the T-shirt neck. A cute idea is to cut a broad arc across the neck area, from shoulder to shoulder, for an elegant off-shoulder look to be paired with a tank top.

  3. 3

    The neck area finished, you now can move on to the sleeves. Some people like to cut the sleeves off altogether, but to keep the T-shirt looking consistent, it's best to leave the sleeves. You can shorten the sleeves by slowly cutting around the bottom seam of each sleeve. The seams can help to keep your cutting from looking uneven.

  4. 4

    The neck and the sleeves being done, you can now turn your attention to the overall length of the T-shirt. Generally speaking, shorter is better. However, you don't want your T-shirt turning into a halter top! Take about 1 1/2 inches from the bottom of the T-shirt, again following the path of the bottom seam, and cutting in one continuous motion.

  5. 5

    You should have a long strip of T-shirt fabric left. Take it and wrap it around your waist, using it as a belt. With just a few snips you've transformed your boring T-shirt into a cute top!

Tips and warnings

  • Cut a small amount at a time. It's easy to trim it shorter, but impossible to make it longer after cutting it too short.
  • It's very easy to get carried away with the cutting. Make sure what you create is wearable.

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