Introduction: Stylish Ways to Cut Your T-shirt (T-shirt Hacks Contest)

In this short but sweet instructable, I'll show you how you can cut up the sides of your t-shirts to make them stylish and cool. Alot of people at my school do this to their t-shirts that they buy for fund raisers or events that the school is holding, and I thought it'd be cool as a short instructable.

This is a no sew project, So all you need is a desired T-shirt, and a pair of scissors.

There are two different ways in which I have seen these cuts executed at my school. From what I can tell, there is a way for guys, and a way for the girls. Each will be described here.

Don't forget to VOTE if you enjoyed this instructable, or just found it useful.

Step 1: What You Need, and to Know.

This is a real easy t-shirt altering project, and the only things you need are:

1. Your t-shirt!
2. A pair of scissors.

Step 2: Making the Cuts: Male Version

Take your T-shirt and lay it so that one of the side seams is on top, with the sleeve right above it.

Male Version: Starting at the bottom of the shirt, make cuts going horizontally about 6 inches long, maybe half way or more up the shirt. I made my cuts about 1 1/2 inches away from each other. After this you may want to cut off the sleeves, but I left mine on. Do this for both sides and the male version is complete and you now have your new shirt!

Step 3: Making the Cuts: Female Version

Female Version: Repeat the process as in the Male version. Starting at the bottom of the shirt, make cuts going horizontally about 6 inches long, maybe half way or more up the shirt. I made my cuts about 1 1/2 inches away from each other. After you've cut these, re-cut them. From the bottom, cut straight up through all of the 1 inch wide pieces of cloth, changing them from one long piece to two short pieces on either side of the shirt. When you've done this, just tie them back together! You can tie them in a bow if long enough, or just knot them. It's that simple! Repeat for the other side and your done.

Heres to another short but sweet instructable. VOTE if you enjoyed it our found it useful. Thanks!


mmoore12 made it!(author)2011-07-07

this shirt look ewwwww
but sorry fa sayting so but i had ta tell d turth

1Dforalways made it!(author)2012-06-16

Are you talking like that on purpose.

adeathlyaura made it!(author)2012-01-04

Constructive criticism would have been much more conducive than what you have posted, as would proper English.

mlrobin1935 made it!(author)2011-04-20

Thank you for sharing your talents will be trying today. Will be back soon for more. Thanks again.

shauck made it!(author)2011-03-05

this is pretty cool but i have seen it all before on the back of a shirt, the front and of course the side and i thought maybe next time (if there is a next time) you could do something different, ,aybe something not many people know of. By the way another website to look at for these kind of things is: just so you know.

monster4monsters made it!(author)2011-02-24

AHH!!! I saw my friend wearing a t-shirt just like this and so I've been googling for a tutorial on how to do this ever since! Thank you! This project is super cute(:

BodhidharmaCharma made it!(author)2010-12-10

Any chance you could find a way to hack these rave shirts?

The electronics are cool, put I'm sure you could do a lot more with them.

SarahMalooch made it!(author)2010-07-08

ohmygooddd, this is amazing! makes huge shirts fit perfecttt :))

salinabear made it!(author)2010-06-14

Here's a really helpful youtube tutorial:

Meragness made it!(author)2008-03-23

I must say, a black shirt makes this step (and others) hard to see

Gunk+on+Floor made it!(author)2008-03-23

I know, But it's the only shirt I had to work with, and I tried to fix the problem by taking the pictures with paper behind what I was working with. As always, Thanks for feedback!

Lord+Bos made it!(author)2010-06-11

The contrast is sweet. I reckon I'll use your female design to make a male skinny-fit for myself, with a white panel sewn in to keep the contrast strong. :-) Thanks

pinkgirl4ever made it!(author)2009-10-03

awesome, im glad i stumbled on this

tatertotz7 made it!(author)2009-08-04

who makes this website anyway? puhshah! lol

pooky3 made it!(author)2009-06-24


ilikedginger made it!(author)2008-11-25

I love doing this to old tshirts that are uh, huge, ugly and free. Sometimes I'll cut the collar and/or sleeves off to make different looks. Awesome tutorial!

MrStupid made it!(author)2008-04-07

I used to like making custom tops and outfits (even a couple leather bikinis) for my friend Jocelyn, she makes me (among other things) feel creative. Anyway, I don't think I have ever seen a t-shirt that had seams on the sides. Seams would definitely make the job of customizing a t-shirt much much easier.

GorillazMiko made it!(author)2008-03-22

Nice! My friend does that tying method (yes, she's a girl). That looks pretty hard and annoying to tie it so small like that. +1 rating and vote.

Gunk+on+Floor made it!(author)2008-03-22

It actually looks smaller in the picture than it really is. Thanks for the vote!

gmjhowe made it!(author)2008-03-22

i agree with BigCoCo, would be great for the summer! Nice Job!

Labot2001 made it!(author)2008-03-21

+1 and voted! Great job! =]

BigCoCo made it!(author)2008-03-21

I'm sure this would make a great summer shirt for working in the yard or something... great ventilation.

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