Graphic Design Refashioned T-Shirt




Introduction: Graphic Design Refashioned T-Shirt

About: Corporate mom sharing her simple spin on sophisticated style and tossing in a little creative touch through DIY projects.

Update an old white t-shirt into a trendy graphic designed tank.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

  • white T-shirt (for my project)
  • another shirt with a neckline I preferred (to use as a template)
  • spray fabric paint
  • painters' tape
  • a pair of scissors
  • a piece of cardboard large enough fit inside the width of shirt and stretch it lightly

Step 2: Modify Hem & Neckline (as Desired)

Modify the shirt to be the shape you desire. Knits don't fray, so I didn't need to hem anything. I made this plain white T-shirt into a casual tank. I changed the neckline, cut off the sleeves, and cut off the bottom hem (so all the edges matched and some weren't hemmed while others were not). I generally used the existing seams and hems as guides to make sure my cuts were straight.

Step 3: Insert Cardboard Inside Shirt

I put the cardboard inside the shirt to make sure it was slightly stretched/tight and to ensure the paint didn't bleed through to the back of the shirt.

Step 4: Measure for Height of Chevrons

I taped off the top and bottom edges of the chevrons (my two pieces of tape were five inches apart). I approximated how straight the tape was by comparing it to the bottom of the armholes. If I can't tell it's crooked, no one will be able to tell the design is crooked either.

Step 5: Find Middle Point for Chevrons

I used a pencil to lightly measure the midpoint between the two lines and drew a line down the middle (parallel to the tape) to guide the midpoint of my chevrons as I taped.

Step 6: Add Tape to Outline Your Design

I began taping the edges of the chevrons (you could really modify to do any shape here). I used a piece of tape as my guide for the white space (where the paint would ultimately be). I wrote on the piece I used as a guide so you can see my example. I needed to cut the edges of the tape straight so that the left most tip of the chevron was clean.

Step 7: Spray Away

Following the instructions on the paint container, spray the paint to your desired color and allow to dry.

Step 8: Remove Tape and Enjoy

After the paint has dried, remove the painters tape and wear!



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    10 Discussions

    Brilliant idea to use tape! I winged some tire track one year on a costume- not as great as this, for sure! Nice!

    Woah, looks cool! Bet that when I do it - it will look terrible :D

    The process is elaborated nicely. This is the one of the best way to customize the tees. You can also get the latest tees from and for offer


    I am so thinking of doing this with the tracks on the back of the shirt. Then, I'll wear it to work and point out the tracks from being tossed under a bus again. ;)

    I like the punk rock attitude of this shirt!

    Looks like the person wearing it survived being run over by a tractor :)

    I've never seen spray fabric paint before. Do you think I could use regular fabric paint in an old deodorant spray bottle?

    I would like to give this style a try!

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    Hmm. I haven't tried it but I think that might work. I purchased the spray fabric paint at a big box arts and crafts store. (Michael's to be exact). But I am pretty sure they have it at JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby, or the like, if they have those in your area. Let me know if you try it with the deodorant spray bottle and if it turns out! Glad you like it.

    I really like this idea! I think I can draw some inspiration from it! Im wondering, can I use regular spray paint?

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    I think you'll need to use fabric paint. I have never tried regular spray paint, but I'm not sure what would happen when you washed it. It might not hold on the DIY project. More importantly, it might stain something else in the load with that item when you wash it. Sorry I can't give a more definitive answer!

    nice pictorial description..