How to Decorate a T-Shirt by Cutting

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During the summer, you see t-shirts everywhere. Express your creativity by cutting your t-shirt into a masterpiece. A bargain t-shirt can become a personalized summer staple with a few strategic scissor cuts.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • T-shirt
  • Ruler
  • Wooden cutting board
  • Place the shirt on a wooden cutting board. Make all your cuts on the board, with your fingers safely away from the blades.

  • Fringe the bottom of the shirt. Make the fringe 4-inches long, keeping your cuts as uniform as possible. A 2-inch fringe can also be cut around the sleeves. As a fringe enhancer, tie a knot in the bottom off each strip.

  • Cut 3-inch slashes diagonally at random intervals. The effect will look like a tiger slashed the shirt with its claws.

  • Remove the neckline of the shirt. Cut the neck opening larger on one side, creating an off-the-shoulder look.

  • Remove 1 1/2-inch circles from the material, running up the sides of the shirt. Leave a 3-inch space between each circle.

  • Cut the lower portion of the t-shirt off completely. Try on the t-shirt, marking the cut line for a cropped shirt. Be careful not to cut too short.

Tips & Warnings

  • If too many cuts are made, making the shirt too revealing, layer another solid color t-shirt under the cut shirt.
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