How to Design Cut Up T Shirts

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How to Design Cut Up T Shirts
Safety pins can replace thread and needle for styling purposes. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Many fashion fanatics find that T-shirts don't just cut it when it comes to high fashion. But with the costs of buying designer clothes at retailers, it may be impossible for some to fit shopping into their budgets. Plain T-shirts can be transformed into fashionable works of art, saving money on buying new, expensive clothing. Creative persons can become their own fashion designers with just a pair of scissors.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • T-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Thread and needle (optional)

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  1. 1

    Iron a T-shirt if it has any creases or folds or wrinkles, as this may affect your shirt's design during cutting.

  2. 2

    Sketch out an idea for the shirt design. Consider options that require only cutting or a few stitches with needle and thread. You can cut along the neckline of your shirt to have a widened effect. Also, you can cut along the neckline even lower if you want an off-the-shoulder shirt.

  3. 3

    Cut the entire shirt from arm pit to arm pit to get a sleeveless design. In order for the shirt to stay up once you remove the collar and sleeves, you may have to gather the shirt under the arm pits and stitch it or secure it with fabric glue.

  4. 4

    Fold the shirt sideways so that the sleeves are on either side of the shirt and below the sleeves, cut the slits into the shirt about 1/2 inch apart. The slits should begin about 2 inches below the sleeve and end about two inches above the bottom hem of the T-shirt.

  5. 5

    Lay the shirt out flat and cut a slit from 2 inches below the neck straight down the back and all the way through the bottom hem. Tie the bottom of the shirt together, leaving most of the slit open.

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