Cut Up the Back of Your T-Shirt - Simple DIY Tutorial




Reconstruct old, boring t-shirts by cutting strips into a "V" shape on the back of your t-shirt and making a sexy V. Just learn the basic weave and it's super easy! Your own diy style shirt :)

No sewing required, you just need a pair of fabric scissors.

Watch the video tutorial:

Step 1: Cut the Neckline

Start off by prepping the neckline.

Decide how you'd like to cut the neck off - Follow the original seam so your cut will be even. Cut 1in wider than the original neckline for a roundneck. Cut 1.5-2in wider than original neckline for a wide, boatneck or off the shoulder neckline. Do not cut more than that because when you stretch the fabric it becomes much larger than you expect.

Step 2: Decide the Shape of Your V

Fold the back of the shirt in half - Match up the shoulder seams so it is even.

Then decide the shape of the "V" that you want. The wider, or deeper the V, the sexier and more revealing the shirt. Place a rule to outline where you'll be cutting.

Step 3: Cut Your Strips

Cut thin strips - about a finger width all the way down. Careful not to cut too low (Don't make the last snip too narrow) or you'll have a hard time tying a knot in step 7.

Step 4: Stretch the Strips

Stretch out the fabric to roll edges. Gives it a cleaner look. Hides any imperfections from cutting.

Take each strip that you cut and pull it out so it turns into a thin and even strip.

Step 5: Time to Weave

Weave - take the second strip and put it under and over the first strip. Still holding onto the second strip, take the third strip and place it under and over the second strip. Continue all the way to the bottom. Make sure you didn't miss any strips before doing the next step because you can still undo and redo the weave at this point.

Watch the video tutorial:

Knot - when you're holding onto the last loop at the very bottom of the V, take scissors and cut the loop in half. Double knot both of them to the previous loop to hold the weave.

Done!!!!! You can repeat the weave if you like the look of having 2 or more weaves. See the difference compared to the main picture at the top? Try it out!



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    11 Discussions


    5 years ago

    I tried it and it's awesome. I couldn't tie the end off right though. but other then that I love it.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Neat way to recicle old shirts, you are very creative, plus you're hot. Great instructable.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    LOVE IT.
    I actually messed up and cut the front too but I left it as it was on the front and weaved the back and I loved it.

    I used a white tee that I had already tie dyed.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    simple, easy, and beautiful. good job! i needed something for all my tshirts i don't want to get rid of. maybe a good idea for leggings also? :3


    7 years ago on Introduction

    i had so many tees and tanks that i didn't like, now they look awesome!
    i just wear a black tank underneath. thanks!!!!!


    8 years ago on Step 5

    the video tutorial was very helpful!! at first i was confused but the video really cleared things up! really glad u made it^^


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Wow very good instructable. Keep up the great creativity!