How to make a cute ripped shirt with the knots on the side

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How to make a cute ripped shirt with the knots on the side
All you need is a pair of scissors to renew your wardrobe (Jupiterimages/ Images)

According to Megan Nicolay, creator of Generation T, "Each T-shirt has a story, and it would be, sentimentally speaking, out of the question to get rid of it." Rewrite the story of your T-shirt. A ripped shirt with knots on the side is an easy solution to revitalise a neglected shirt. This ripped and knotted shirt is the perfect project for the fashion-minded beginner. Get rid of unworn shirts, and get with this get-up instead.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Oversized shirt
  • Measuring tape
  • Shears

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  1. 1

    Put the T-shirt on. Use measuring tape to measure how much you need to take the shirt in to fit snugly on your torso. Measure enough for the shirt to fit snugly without squeezing.

  2. 2

    Make horizontal cuts into the shirt sides below the sleeves. When you tie knots along the side the shirt may be stretched and will become slightly narrower as a result. Take this into account, when deciding how deep to cut. Increase or decrease the distance between each cut according to your desired effect. Cuts spaced closer together will ultimately be easier to tie. Cuts spaced wider apart may result in gaping.

  3. 3

    Cut vertically along the sides of the shirt. This creates two ends on each horizontal cut. You may choose to cut off the sleeves as well, if a sleeveless top is the desired outcome.

  4. 4

    Tie the ends of each horizontal cut to one another in a double knot. You may choose to cut off excess fabric or leave it for a fringed effect.

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