How to tie knots in a shirt

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How to tie knots in a shirt
Restyle a shirt. (Ingram Publishing/Ingram Publishing/Getty Images)

Style is constantly changing, which makes it hard to stay in style while remaining on a budget. Tying a shirt can make an old shirt look like new and give it a stylish and updated appearance while saving money. Tying knots in a shirt is simple, effective and can even make hot weather a little more bearable. There are a few basic types of shirt knot tying: single knots tied to the side, tied up sleeve or shirts that are tied up the sides.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Scissors
  • Loose shirt

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    Single side knot

  1. 1

    Select a loose fitting shirt. The ideal shirt is both loose and thin in material rather than thick.

  2. 2

    Put the shirt on and smooth it down. Pull the shirt to one side and gather the excess material at the bottom of the shirt.

  3. 3

    Wind the excess material around two fingers and pull the end through the loop that forms around the fingers. Adjust the knot. The knot is tied at the side and pulls the loose shirt to a more form fitting appearance. It should fit the frame, but it should not look too tight.

    Knotted sleeves

  1. 1

    Select a T-shirt. Avoid tank tops or similar shirts with small sleeves when knotting up the sleeves on a shirt because there is not enough material to work with. Avoid shirts that have tight sleeves as tying the knots will result in smaller sleeves. A loose shirt or a shirt with loose sleeves are necessary for tying the sleeves.

  2. 2

    Cut the sleeves from the outside to the neck. There are two options available when cutting: Either cut the entire sleeve or cut only to the hem around the neck. Cut as preferred.

  3. 3

    Lay the shirt down and line the two sides of the cut sleeves together so that it forms the original sleeve. Take the scissors to the top of the sleeve and cut downward about 2.5 cm (1 inch) or so. Cut about three to four strips in the sleeves.

  4. 4

    Pick up two strips, one from each side of the sleeve, and tie them together in a knot. Fold one side over the other, slip the fabric under the other side in a similar motion to tying a shoe and pull until the fabric on the sleeves stops at the bottom of the cut. Repeat to form a knot. Repeat this process for each strip in the sleeve and then repeat the process on the second sleeve.

    Tying the sides

  1. 1

    Select a shirt. A loose shirt is necessary as tying up the sides will tighten the shirt.

  2. 2

    Cut the side of the shirt in a triangle. The triangle should come to a point below the arms and form the thinnest part near the sleeves and widen until reaching the bottom. Repeat for the second side of the shirt. Set the triangles of fabric to the side.

  3. 3

    Lay the shirt flat so that the two sides line up. Pinch a small part of the fabric so that both sides of the shirt are pinched. Make a slit that cuts through both sides. This ensures there are slits on both sides of the shirt side. Repeat to the bottom of the shirt and then repeat on the second side of the shirt. Count the number of slits.

  4. 4

    Cut the triangles of fabric into strips to match the number of slits in the shirt. The ideal length is around 7.5 cm (3 inches) or so. Slip the strips of fabric through the slits in the shirt and tie the two sides of the strips together like tying a regular knot.

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