3 Easy DIY T-Shirt Hacks

Posted by  Diana Mendoza

We all lve a good deal, but sometimes those cheapie shirts and freebies at Warped Tour are not so cute. Or what if the best Never Shout Never shirt is sold out in your size?! Customize your ish with these super-easy, cruelty-free, no-sew T-shirt hacks!

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We’re covering the basics here, but let your creativity run wild and fill your closet with shirts that are a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, a bit little funky, and 100 percent custom.

The Summer Fling

This cute yet modest cut works great if your fave peta2 shirt was left in the dryer too long—or if you just want to make your top more summer-friendly :)

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  • Cut the sleeves off your shirt.
  • Optional: Cut the bottom hem off your shirt.
  • Measure about 2 inches down the collar on each side and mark with a piece of chalk (pens and Sharpies also work well but may leave a permanent mark).
  • Use a ruler, a record sleeve, a pizza box, or anything else that has a straight edge to draw a line from each mark to the bottom of the corresponding armpit. Carefully cut through both sides of the shirt along the lines, then cut away the remaining fabric (over the shoulders) on the outside of the collar.

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The Bombshell

This cute cut-up is hot-date-night-on-the-boardwalk–worthy—and again, SO easy!

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  • Use a ruler, a record sleeve, a pizza box, or anything else that has a straight edge to draw a straight line all the way across the shirt at the lowest part of the neck with a piece of chalk (pens and Sharpies also work well but may leave a permanent mark).
  • Carefully cut along the line, making sure to cut through both layers of the shirt.
  • Optional: This shirt will sit lower on your shoulders after you’re done, so if your shirt ends up being too long, draw a straight line along the bottom at the desired length, then cut along the line through both layers.
  • Cut the hems off the sleeves, then cut each ring into a strip.
  • Try on the shirt and make a mark 1 inch below where the neckline hits the outside of your right arm. Repeat on the left side.
  • Take the shirt off, then cut a hole through both layers of the shirt at your marks. Loop one of the sleeve strips through each hole.
  • Loosely tie the strips, then try on your new date-night shirt and adjust the tightness of the strips until the shirt fits snuggly on your shoulders

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The Rocker

This shirt gives no f#*!s about how you’re “supposed” to wear it. Plus, this shirt looks way more complicated to make than it really is, so you can rock it out and still meet your friends tonight.

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  • Cut the sleeves off your shirt.
  • Fold your shirt in half lengthwise, with the front of the shirt facing in, then lay it on a flat surface.
  • Carefully pull the front of the shirt forward out of the fold until just the back of the shirt is folded in half.
  • Draw a series of triangles up the edge of the folded back with chalk. The taller and narrower the triangles are, the easier it will be to tie the strips of fabric together after the shirt is cut, so don’t make the triangles too wide.
  • Carefully cut out the triangles, making sure to cut through both layers of fabric.
  • Unfold the shirt and loosely tie the points of the triangles from the right side to the points of the triangles on the left.
  • Try on your edgy new tee and adjust the strips, making them as loose or as snug as you’d like.

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BAM! There you go—three easy summer wardrobe updates that are 100 percent cruelty-free, cost you zero ca$h, and look totally creative, unique, and stylish!

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