How to Make a Cut Off Workout Shirt

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Make your own cut off shirt for the gym.
Make your own cut off shirt for the gym. (Image: Andrea Chu/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

T-shirts come in a variety of colors and styles, but can look ragged after a lot of wearing and washing. Transform old T-shirts into workout gear by making a few simple alterations. Workout clothes can be expensive, so making your own cut off T-shirts saves you money while providing you with functional clothing. Cotton shirts are perfect for the gym because they allow your skin to breathe while you are working up a sweat.

Things You'll Need

  • T-shirt
  • Iron
  • Fabric marker
  • Scissors

Wash and dry the T-shirt. The fabric should be pre-shrunk and clean before you make any alterations.

Iron the T-shirt with an iron on the cotton setting. A wrinkle-free T-shirt helps you make sure the alterations are even.

Turn the T-shirt inside out. Lay it on a clean, dry and flat surface. The seams should match up on both sides of the shirt to ensure an even cut.

Use a fabric marker to draw a line for the new armhole inside the body of the shirt. The line should begin approximately 1/2 inch from the shoulder seam, toward the neck seam. Draw the line with the same curvature as the original seam. Repeat the same actions on the other side of the shirt.

Draw a line just below the entire neck seam. Removing the neckline makes the shirt more comfortable for working out.

Cut along the lines with scissors to remove sleeves and the neck seam. Fix any jagged edges by cutting off unneeded material.

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