Introduction: Dollar Bill Shirt

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Dollar dollar bills y'all, or how to make a dollar into a tiny shirt.

Massive credit goes to Clay, who put up the idea originally, along with much other money art.

Step 1: Gotta Have Cash Money

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Get a dollar.

(Don't steal it though, as that would be wrong, and I'll judge you. Begging is okay, but if you're going to beg, you should do something for people in return, like hum the national anthem.)

Place dollar face up.

Step 2: 50 Cents

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Fold the dollar in half, lengthwise, such that George is covered.

Step 3: Now, Unfold the Dollar.

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Unfold the dollar after you have folded it in half as mentioned in the previous step.

Yeah, I know. You are probably saying... "Folding it in half and then telling me to unfold it, what's the point???". The previous fold marks the middle of the short height of the dollar and you will need the crease mark in order to line up folds in later steps.

(NOTE: This step has been added since the original instructions were created... It should help with creating the sleeves that many had problems making the original fold. )

Step 4: Fold Dollar to Washington's Nose

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On the side with Washington's face, fold one end of the dollar so the edge goes up to Washington's nose.

(NOTE: This step has been added since the original instructions were created... It should help with creating the sleeves that many had problems making the original fold. )

Step 5: Another 50 Cents

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Using the crease you made in the very first fold, fold each half of the bill over, so the edges meet in the middle at the crease.

(NOTE: This step has been added since the original instructions were created... It should help with creating the sleeves that many had problems making the original fold. )

Step 6: Make Sleeve Folds

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On the end that you folded to Washington's nose, make 2 folds so the corners extend out.

(NOTE: This step has been added since the original instructions were created... It should help with creating the sleeves that many had problems making the original fold. )

Step 7: Flip-flop

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Flip the bill over.

Step 8: Pop the Collar

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Take the white (unprinted) edge of the bill, and fold it over itself, where the unprinted part meets the printed part. Fold from the bottom, such that the split in the middle of the underside shows.

Step 9: Pressed Button-down

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Flip the bill over again. Take the edge of the bill on the side you just folded, and fold that over towards the middle (where the split is) to create roughly a 30 degree angle. Does it have to be a 30 degree angle? No. Just look at the picture. Do the same for the other side.

Step 10: More Folding, No Clever Wording

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Fold the dollar so the bottom edge with the "sleeves" goes under the "collar".

Step 11: Light Starch

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This is what it should look like when it is complete.

Step 12: I Took Photos and I'll I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt

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These after you've mastered the one, you can move on to other denominations. These bills can be used for many things, like paying for dry cleaning, or to make a semi-anti-exploitative statement when you buy your sweatshop-manufactured clothing.


Devan campbell (author)2010-10-20

look at my shirt i made


Wait, how did you do that? Show me.

keomully (author)Devan campbell2011-01-23

EPIC!!! quick instructable?

One word: How?

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WUVIE (author)2012-06-17

Great pictures, thank you! I've been meaning to look these up for some time, but keep forgetting. Logged onto Instructables, and here you are!

Wonderful for making up a batch ahead of time in different denominations for tips.


Treasure Tabby (author)2012-06-17

Ooo neat. At first I thought it was an actual tea shirt.

But I guess it would go well on a mouse or a Barbie doll or something.

Flumpkins (author)2008-06-20

You mean Lincoln's nose! :D

your annoying

First off... I don't remember what I meant in that comment... and second off, how the frig is that annoying?

Flumpkins (author)Flumpkins2009-04-17

Oh yeah, because I was using a 5.

no because you postedf on every single page*

What the hell are you talking about? I only posted on that one.

I overexagerated you posted on one other step but still neither one of your posts were helpful in any way

Neither were your's.

nudge your notifications for trolling pleasure. Do it with a Franklin.

ToddisI (author)2012-06-17

I had known how to do this for a while... however i forgot and this reminded me. It makes and excellent tip. We usually use another dollar bill to prob it up by making a stand of some type to prop it up. We actually had a waiter run out the restaurant.. and asked us about it.. anywho... great instructable, thanks for the reminder.

jthompson50 (author)2012-06-12

finally got it but i liek the one guys shirt with the tie any idea how to add that?

sgt.peanut95 (author)2007-02-07

do u think it would work with a 5 dollar note cause i live in Australia and our notes dont fold as good

relay (author)sgt.peanut952007-11-22

I made mine with a $20 Australian (I also live in Aust.) our money is made of plastic so its hard to fold

Fashim (author)relay2009-05-30

Is our money made of plastic?

relay (author)Fashim2009-05-30

Yep, aust was the first country to use plastic notes. Australia also prints money for other countries

more info:

@jeffreyf our notes are all the same height but get longer as the value increases $5 is our shortest and the $100 is the longest (we have coins for $1 and 2$)

Jsquared24 (author)relay2012-02-02

Im amazed! I live in australia, and i cannot believe how you made that! Aussie money is hard to fold!

jeffreyf (author)sgt.peanut952007-02-07

It would work with any US note. They're all the same size. I don't know about the Austrialian dollar, but I'm sure you can play around with it.

Devan campbell (author)jeffreyf2010-10-19

i just did my first one thanks for showing it to me

Vertigo666 (author)jeffreyf2007-02-07

I'm thinking about doing this to my 100 bills..

kmontgomery2 (author)2011-06-28

I loved it i made a shirt for my mommy

ajames3 (author)2011-06-05

All I can get too is this

nighthawk5022 (author)2011-01-23

Devan campbell howd u make that shirt w/ tie?
this instructable is cool

MrStuff (author)2010-12-29

great fun and well written too.
my money man is wearing a pullover vest with a dress shirt and slacks.

Devan campbell (author)2010-10-20

dude you rock but some how i mess up on the collar

sokka (author)2010-10-14

idk about u, but for me its jefferson and franklin! woot! soon i'll be payin for an ipod with a shirt or 2!

BEAST14 (author)2010-08-13

This makes an excellent last minute gift. I'm up a 1:00 in the morning and I just made one because I kinda forgot to get someone a gift...the party is in a few hours...thanks man, you're a life saver.

hulaboy808 (author)2010-04-29

Wow that looks great. It looks just like an Hawaiian shirt.

BellaStella7 (author)2009-03-26

Mexican Pesos are colorful and some sort of plastic... :) Bet that would look purty

gorgous_butt7890 (author)2009-01-20

mine always comes undone so im sitting on it right now

steve_laman (author)2008-12-06

my version made from 5 of the queens finest £pounds

aunt cootie (author)2008-11-17

cute...i wonder if you could starch fabric and make a real tiny shirt

josefu0 (author)2008-08-03

Nice origami dollar. say want to join the origami club. i added your t shirt in the club. come join us.

Sunny124613 (author)2008-07-18

Mine is kinda small and useless

i make shooting things (author)2008-06-21

heres the new Us $5 (sorry little sloppy didnt put to much effort into it)

Flumpkins (author)2008-06-20

For mine Lincoln is covered :D

gamerguy314 (author)2008-06-16

very cool shirt :p *do i smell a new graphic t-shirt?* oh nvm its just my dollar bill :D

freazzer1 (author)2008-06-09

Very cool man, I just did my first one.

HardCoreHacker (author)2008-02-17

what would be really cool is to be able to put a lego man in it

noahw (author)2007-02-07

I'm planning on never washing the shirt in hot water and going on some sort of shrinking binge involving saran wrap, salt, and moonlit dancing. I'll wear that shirt one day! Does anyone have a "how to get smaller" instructable?

GorillazMiko (author)noahw2008-01-14

Don't you like this guy who made this Instructables looks a bit like you, noahw (Noah)?

i kill stuffs (author)noahw2007-11-20

i put some news paper together and made 1 big shirt its awesome.

noahw (author)i kill stuffs2007-11-26

Pictures, pictures, we want pictures!

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