How to Make a Side Tie Shirt

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Things You'll Need

  • Scissors

  • Over-sized t-shirt

  • Tailor's chalk

  • Pencil

  • Ruler

  • Straight edge

Turn an over-sized t-shirt into a side-tie shirt.

Get in touch with your inner fashion designer and cut up that old t-shirt you have lying around the house. Slice it up, make knots and create something new. For your very own side tie shirt, create a couple of knots or a series of knots going up the sides of the shirt. You can knot the ties on the outside of the shirt so they are visible, or flip the shirt inside out and knot them from the inside for a more clean look.

Series of Ties

Step 1

Place the shirt on a flat surface and spread it out so it's flat.

Step 2

Measure in on each side of the shirt half of the overall measurement of how much tighter you want it to be. For example, if you want the shirt to be 6 inches tighter than it currently is, measure in 3 inches on each side of the shirt.

Step 3

Mark a few of these measurements from each side of the shirt. Line these measurements up with a straight edge and mark a line that goes up and down the shirt, lengthwise, from the bottom to the neck hole.

Step 4

Cut up each side of the shirt, where the seam is. Cut until you hit the bottom of the sleeve so that the shirt is still connected.

Step 5

Readjust your shirt so that the front and back layer are directly on top of one another.

Step 6

Cut strips into one of the sides of the shirt, parallel to the width of the shirt, going towards the middle, all the way up the shirt. Cut both the top and bottom layer together and stop each cut at the measurement line you drew earlier. You want strips that measure about 1 inch wide.

Step 7

Repeat on the other side of the shirt.

Step 8

Tie each set of strips together into a knot. Continue this up each side of the shirt so you end up with a series of knots.

One Or Two Ties

Step 1

Put your shirt on.

Step 2

Pull the bottom right or left corner of the shirt and gather the material, so the shirt fits around you snugly. If you want knots on both sides of your shirt, skip to step 4.

Step 3

Tie this extra material into a knot. The knot should be close to your body. Leave the extra material from the knot hanging out or tuck it on the inside of the shirt for a cleaner look.

Step 4

Pull both bottom corners of the shirt toward your body until you have reached your desired tightness.

Step 5

Hold one corner and let the other corner go. Don't pull the one corner you are holding any tighter. Otherwise, you may not have enough material for the other corner to tie a knot.

Step 6

Tie a knot into the corner that you are holding. Pull the other corner again, close to your body and tie a knot on that side as well.

Step 7

Leave the extra material out or tuck both sides or one side under your shirt.


Purchase an over-sized t-shirt because when you cut into the shirt, it will make the shirt smaller.

Use a pencil or tailor's chalk when marking the measurement. You want the marks to wash out before you are able to wear it.