July 21, 2016 @ 12:27 AM

HOW TO MAKE A BORING OLD T-SHIRT A LOT CUTER WITHOUT SEWING DIY STYLE

Angela Johnson Sonoran Living Live

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In honor of my appearance on ABC15's Sonoran Living LIve to demonstrate how to upcycle a T-shirt without sewing, I thought I would share detailed instructions here on my blog. 

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
A T-shirt, chalk or other eraseable marking tool, ruler, scissors. Any T-shirt will work, but you'll get the best results with shirts that are made of a blend (not just 100% cotton....something with some synthetic fibers) have a little more stretch and a soft hand to them. 

no sew upcycled tshirt

 

STEP 1
Cut the neck off of the shirt. I would start 1/2" over from the neck band and try it on. You can always make it bigger. 

 

STEP 2
Measure and draw your cut lines. The space between each cut line should be 3/4".  This way it's thin enough to look good and thick enough that it won't break. The length of these will depend on the size of the shirt. Just make it look proportional. In this example, the shirt is a youth size and will be for a 9 year old girl so the each slit in the shoulder is about 1 1/2" (total of 3" if you add both sides) deep.  

 

To cut the side slits, I measured over from the side seam 3" and then I measured up 10 inches to create a triangle.  Then I drew my slits inside the triangle. 

STEP 3
After you have cut all of your slits, put the shirt on. Now its time to knit/loops the slits together. Start with the top slit and pull it over the slit below it. Then grab the next slit and pull it over the slit below it.  Keep going until you get to the end.  

STEP 4
To finish off the knit/loops, simply cut the last two slits and tie them together on each side.

You can do this technique in so many different ways, shapes, sizes and placements on any T-shirt. Your local thrift store should have T-shirts for just a couple of dollars.  So, get creative and have fun!