Introduction: Knotted Summer Shirt
Step 1: Materials
All you will need for this project are, fabric scissors, an old T-shirt, a book, a pen or pencil, and a basket. (Basket not in photo)
Step 2: Cutting Out the Strips
You first begin this project by cutting out your strips. Try to make them long, about a few inches under where the sleeves start. The strips can be what ever width you would like, just try to keep it small. You can use the book as a guide to keep straight when cutting the length if the strips. Since we are knotting the strands together, make sure to only cut an even number of strands.
Step 3: Strip Cutting
To cut your strips, it is easier to make a small cut the hold the two new sections you cut with one hand and with the scissors in the other, start cutting while slightly pulling on the strips to easily glide through the shirt. Try to make all the strips the same length for a cleaner and neater T-shirt design.
Step 4: Knotting Time
When you start to knot, I found it easier to get a small basket to put the shirt on to knot. You can just turn the basket when you finish one side. To knot the shirt, grab to strips next to each other and simply not it. Leave some space at the top for the design, it will look like a loop when you knot it. Knot all around the basket and make sure the knots are even with each other. If you mess up, you can always unknot it and try again!
Step 5: Knotting Time, Again!
This time when you knot it, you can creat a pattern when you do it. In the title picture, after knotting the first time, they crossed the strips, skipping a two strips (one little section, the next knot, with the two strips) and knotted with the first next one. When crossing, the strip you start with to knot goes under the first strip of the section you skipped and the strips you are knotting with goes over the second strips that you skipped over. If you don't understand, go back to the first picture for a visual. Once you've knotted, try again with the next one continuing with all the other strips.