How to Make Cotton Shirts Larger

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How to Make Cotton Shirts Larger
Cotton (cotton image by arklite06 from

If you have a cotton shirt, you more than likely have had it shrink after you washed it. This can get a shirt down to a size you can't even slip into. Thankfully, you can stretch out the cotton shirt without damaging it, returning it to its normal size and allowing you to wear the shirt you purchased, not the shrunken shirt you washed.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Baby shampoo
  • Parchment paper

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  1. 1

    Place the cotton shirt into a sink of water (roughly one quart).

  2. 2

    Add in 1 tbsp of baby shampoo. Allow the shirt to soak in the baby shampoo.

  3. 3

    Squeeze out the water from the shirt, then lay it on a piece of parchment paper. Trace around the shirt the size you want your shirt to be.

  4. 4

    Gently pull out the shirt to fit around the traced lines you drew. Place heavy objects onto the shirt to secure it and hold the stretch. Wait for the shirt to fry. Repeat this process if the shirt isn't large enough yet.

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