D-I-Y: How to cut a t-shirt | Knotted Racerback

how to cut a shirt

This is post #2 in our T-shirt series.

This time we're going to transform an oversized tee into a racerback tank that you can use for working our or a bathing suit coverup!



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What I love about this series is that you can do this while you're on the road. All of the examples I'll show you should take less than 30 minutes, and you just need scissors and a needle and thread to complete it.
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If you prefer to read the steps, here they are!

how to cut a shirt


Materials needed:
* t-shirt
*scissors
*needle & thread


This example is with a 100% cotton t-shirt.

how to cut a shirt

As usual, we're going to cut the sleeves and collar.
So, fold the t-shirt in half vertically. 
Match the sleeves together.

how to cut a shirt

Cut the sleeves on the outside of the seam.

how to cut a shirt

Cut across the seam of the shoulders to separate the tee.

how to cut a shirt

Cut a racerback pattern...

how to cut a shirt

Take the scrap, and use it as a pattern to match to  the other side - to match the back.
*note: it's just a t-shirt. So, don't freak out if it doesn't match perfectly.

how to cut a shirt

Stretch the back to lengthen the shirt, then tie a knot at the base - where the material starts to widen.

how to cut a shirt

how to cut a shirt

Fold the top strip of the knot in half, and cut down the middle.

how to cut a shirt

Stretch the pieces to lengthen.

how to cut a shirt

Flip to the front of the shirt and trim to create a tank.

how to cut a shirt

Just like before with the back, take the scrap to use as a pattern to match to other side.

how to cut a shirt

Take one of the back straps and match it to the front.

how to cut a shirt

how to cut a shirt

Fold over and stitch together.

how to cut a shirt

how to cut a shirt

Repeat for the next side.

Issa a look: as usual. The tee's edges are best after washed!

how to cut a shirt


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1 comment :

  1. LOL. Cutting up T-shirts huh? Well! I guess this is a fashion trend I'll have to get used to. In my generation, T-shirts were tie-dyed. I remember the first time one of my daughters cut up her T-shirt and I'm like “What's wrong with you? I could have worn that! Now it's ruined!” My daughter's like: “Oh mom!! You are so not with it!” LOL.

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