How to Make a Shirt Cute by Cutting it Up

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Raid second-hand stores for inexpensive, interesting t-shirts.
Raid second-hand stores for inexpensive, interesting t-shirts. (Image: Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

T-shirts are abundant and run rampant in many closets. The t-shirt bought at a concert, the one given to you as a product promotion, a race shirt and other shirts emblazoned with some slogan or another -- they are all in the closet. Some t-shirts are not worn because they are too big or have a boxy cut, but they are not discarded because they are in good condition or hold sentimental value. Armed with a pair of scissors, you can transform these shirts into cute and stylish attire.

Things You'll Need

  • T-shirts without side seams
  • Scissors

Scoop-Neck Tee

Lay the shirt on a flat work surface, and evenly line up the front and back of the shirt's sleeves and bottom hem.

Cut the edge of each sleeve just above the hem.

Cut off the bottom of the shirt just above the hem.

Cut out the neck band of the shirt, removing one inch of t-shirt fabric to create a scoop neck.

Test the fit of the shirt. Remove additional one-inch bands of fabric around the neck, testing the fit after each cut, until the neck is scooped enough to fall off one shoulder.

Halter Top

Lay the shirt on a flat work surface, and evenly line up the front and back of the shirt's sleeves and bottom hem.

Cut a one-inch-wide strip from the bottom of the t-shirt. Set the strip aside.

Measure 12 inches from the bottom of the shirt, and mark a line across the shirt with chalk.

Cut off the bottom of the shirt at the line, creating a tube.

Snip two holes through the front layer of the tube. The holes should be eight inches from each other and one inch from the top of the fabric.

Thread one end of the reserved strip of fabric from the outside of the tube through the left hole.

Bring the strip from the inside, and thread it out the right hole.

Adjust the strip so it is centered.

Wear the halter top by securing the ends of the strip behind your neck.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use sharp scissors to make clean cuts on the shirts.

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References

  • "Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt"; Megan Nicolay; 2006
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