DIY: How to Cut a Tee Shirt

I got this tee shirt from one of my favorite stores in Wisconsin called "Touch of Class." They have the absolute nicest staff. I loved the extra special touch that they included a hand-written note inside of the package when I opened the delivered tee shirt too. To shop for this tee, visit them at www.touchofclasslacrosse.com. They may even be able to special order you other states as well...??? 

I love the tee and thought it would be a fun craft project to take it, transform it and give it a little special edge with this DIY project. Overall, it took me about an hour and a half to do this project. 

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

1. A cute tee

2. A pair of sharp scissors. You need sharp scissors so that you can get clean straight lines when you cut. I have a pair that I only use for sewing that I actually hide from the rest of the family. I get this from my quilting mom who always had a pair she marked and kept for herself. Now I understand why! Haha! Scissors can dull very easily. 

3. A fabric pencil. This is a pencil that leaves marks on the shirt but washes out with water. You could also use regular chalk too. 

4. A ruler. 

 Here's our goal, and the finished tee!

Here's our goal, and the finished tee!

 Here's the before tee shirt. It's a very soft and cuddly cotton blend.

Here's the before tee shirt. It's a very soft and cuddly cotton blend.

 Here are those sharp scissors I was talking about. 

Here are those sharp scissors I was talking about. 

 Here's a close-up of the white pencil I used to mark my lines. It really helps! The white pencil comes off in the wash.   

Here's a close-up of the white pencil I used to mark my lines. It really helps! The white pencil comes off in the wash.

 

 Lay your tee perfectly flat on a table so the front and back line up perfectly. I started out by measuring and using the pencil to sketch lines as guides where I wanted to cut off the sleeves. Then I cut off the sleeves because I did this project on a hot 91 degree day. You can see that I cut the sleeves a little larger than the actual arm hole to give the tee shirt more of a drape effect. Keep in mind that with this large of a drape, you will need to layer and wear a tank underneath which was the look I was going for, but you can experiment with this step. I also drew in white pencil a guide around the v-neck where I would trim this off too. After you cut the tee shirt, give the edges a simple little pull or tug to straighten the cuts. This also gets the edges to roll nicely. Then, where the ruler is, I began drawing a slight subtle "v" shape below the state that is centered on the tee. This will become my guide for the fringe. I thought this "v" gave it an unexpected shape and interest instead of just doing it straight across. But you could do it either way! Use your imagination!

Lay your tee perfectly flat on a table so the front and back line up perfectly. I started out by measuring and using the pencil to sketch lines as guides where I wanted to cut off the sleeves. Then I cut off the sleeves because I did this project on a hot 91 degree day. You can see that I cut the sleeves a little larger than the actual arm hole to give the tee shirt more of a drape effect. Keep in mind that with this large of a drape, you will need to layer and wear a tank underneath which was the look I was going for, but you can experiment with this step. I also drew in white pencil a guide around the v-neck where I would trim this off too. After you cut the tee shirt, give the edges a simple little pull or tug to straighten the cuts. This also gets the edges to roll nicely. Then, where the ruler is, I began drawing a slight subtle "v" shape below the state that is centered on the tee. This will become my guide for the fringe. I thought this "v" gave it an unexpected shape and interest instead of just doing it straight across. But you could do it either way! Use your imagination!

 Here's the final "v" shape in white pencil. Next, cut off the bottom strip of the tee. 

Here's the final "v" shape in white pencil. Next, cut off the bottom strip of the tee. 

 Keep the tee shirt perfectly flat and create a guide for the fringe cuts. I measured each fringe at a 1/2 inch wide. You only need to make the lines on one side of the tee shirt. 

Keep the tee shirt perfectly flat and create a guide for the fringe cuts. I measured each fringe at a 1/2 inch wide. You only need to make the lines on one side of the tee shirt. 

 Making progress. This was my favorite part. I found it relaxing. 

Making progress. This was my favorite part. I found it relaxing. 

 Here's my first fringe cut. There's no turning back now!

Here's my first fringe cut. There's no turning back now!

 Crafting in my JJ Number 8 Serenity bracelet.

Crafting in my JJ Number 8 Serenity bracelet.

 Here's where it starts to get exciting!

Here's where it starts to get exciting!

 Yeah! Party time!

Yeah! Party time!

 When you finish cutting all of the fringe, I like to tie each one at the bottom. You don't have to do this step, but I think it makes it look more finished and gives the fringe more of a weight that helps it dangle better. 

When you finish cutting all of the fringe, I like to tie each one at the bottom. You don't have to do this step, but I think it makes it look more finished and gives the fringe more of a weight that helps it dangle better. 

 I then went back and snipped off any extra fabric right below the knots. Here it is before I did the snipping. 

I then went back and snipped off any extra fabric right below the knots. Here it is before I did the snipping. 

 Here's the final tee shirt! I threw mine in the washer and dryer to finish it off. 

Here's the final tee shirt! I threw mine in the washer and dryer to finish it off. 

 I hope you have as much fun crafting and making your own tees as I did. We'd love to see your creations. Tag us in your DIY Tees on Insta @jjnumber8inc and Twitter @jjnumber8

I hope you have as much fun crafting and making your own tees as I did. We'd love to see your creations. Tag us in your DIY Tees on Insta @jjnumber8inc and Twitter @jjnumber8