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How to Cut a Slashed-Back T-Shirt

Slashed-back T-shirts are popular, especially among young people. There's almost no end to the variations. Once you learn how to cut a slashed-back tee, you can experiment with various styles and try them out on different T-shirts.

Hold the T-shirt so that the back and front are separated from each other. Find the centre back of the T-shirt and fold it so that the back of the shirt is folded in half.

Measure 12 long ovals for cutting. Each oval should be three-eighths inches wide with a five-eighth-inch space between each. From the fold, use the pen to mark the length of the ovals, from top to bottom as follows: 4.5 inches, 4 inches, 3.5 inches, 3 inches, 2.75 inches, 2 inches, 1.75 inches, 1.375 inches, 1 inch, 1 inch, a half inch and three-quarters of an inch. Because these ovals are on the fold, they will be twice as long when the T-shirt is unfolded.

Unfold the T-shirt and gently tug on the fabric between the ovals to stretch them out into fabric strips.

Weave the fabric strips from the upper ovals and work your way down to the bottom ovals. Pull the strip below each oval through the oval above it. The weaving gets somewhat challenging at the bottom when the ovals are smaller, but with effort it can be done.

Make several stitches to secure the bottom loop to the T-shirt . Adjust the loops by pulling them gently to make them even.

Things You'll Need

  • Plain T-shirt
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread (in a colour that matches the T-shirt)
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About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.