3 Cool T-Shirt Cutting Ideas That Are Completely No-Sew

by Unorthodoll
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Do you have a bunch of t-shirts lying around? I’m going to show you three cool no-sew t-shirt cutting ideas!

Whether you want a t-shirt with a chest cut out or an awesome design, I’ll show you some cute step-by-step t-shirt cutting ideas. So, grab your scissors, and let’s get cutting.

Tools and materials:

  • Piece of cardboard
  • T-shirts
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Sharp scissors
T-shirts before the cutting

T-shirt cutout style 1

Marking where the slash will go

The first tutorial is a simple slashed t-shirt. So, put your shirt on (inside out), and make a mark where you’d like the slash to be. 

Using a ruler to mark the slash

Lay your shirt down flat and use a ruler to straighten your line. 

Thickening the line

Thicken the line in the center, drawing a long, pointed, thin oval about the length of your line and about an inch thick in the middle. 

Cutting out the oval shape

Put the cardboard inside your shirt and carefully cut out your long oval. 

DIY t-shirt cutting ideas step by step

That’s it! What do you think of this cute DIY t-shirt cutting idea? 

T-shirt cutout style 2

Marking the t-shirt before cutting

The following design is more of a pattern. So, put your shirt inside out and mark a little higher where you want the opening to be.

T-shirt with a marking across the chest

Draw a line across your chest and continue the line across your sleeves. 

Extending the marks

Lay your shirt down flat and straighten your lines. Also, make sure everything is symmetrical. 

Easy DIY t-shirt cutting ideas

Make a dashed line just above the first one, all the way across the shirt. 

Then, draw another dashed line above the first and make them overlap, like bricks. 

Drawing dashes on the t-shirt

Continue making dashed lines all the way up to the collar and shoulders.

Do the same thing on the sleeves, but follow the sleeve lines. 

Cutting the dash marks

Once you’ve done all of your markings, put your cardboard inside your shirt and start cutting all of the dash marks. 

Stretching the t-shirt after cutting

Once that’s done, stretch out your shirt really well. Be careful not to rip it, though. 

T-shirt with a chest cutout design

I really love this t-shirt with a chest cut out; it’s so simple to make and looks so funky. 

T-shirt cutout style 3

Marking the chest on the t-shirt

Ok, the last DIY t-shirt cutting idea is on a sleeveless t-shirt. You’ll notice I’m wearing it on the backside, but that’s because I used the front for another design.

Start by marking a little higher from where you want the design to start. 

Drawing a straight line across the t-shirt

Lay your shirt down flat, with the right sides out. If your t-shirt has sleeves, then go ahead and cut off the sleeves. Then, draw a straight line across using the mark as a guide. 

Drawing a vertical line down the center

Place cardboard between your shirt, then draw a vertical line from the center of the first line to the collar. 

How to create fun t-shirt cut-outs

You could draft out all of your cuts with lines, but I was a little lazy. So, I cut out the first centered line and then winged it with the rest.

So, cut out more parallel lines across the t-shirt, spaced about ½ inch apart. Remember to stop at the original horizontal line. 

Stretching the slots lengthwise

Stretch out your slots lengthwise. 

Cool t-shirt cutting ideas

Bam! You’re done! This t-shirt cut out is so easy! 

Cool no-sew t-shirt cutting ideas

Cool t-shirt cutting ideas that are no-sew

Thanks for joining me on this tutorial; you now have some cool no-sew t-shirt cutting ideas you can easily recreate yourself.

Let me know which t-shirt design is your favorite in the comments below! Happy snipping!

Suggested materials:
  • Piece of cardboard
  • T-shirts
  • Ruler
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4 of 6 comments
  • Leslie Leslie on Mar 19, 2022

    Love the T-Shirt with the horizontal slits. I also like the vertical slit shirt but not so much the lower armhole for me. Thank you for sharing.

  • Norma Norma on Mar 19, 2022

    I like the second and third one I think number 1 needs something yet

    • Unorthodoll Unorthodoll on Mar 19, 2022

      I agree I was going to add another slash on the side but decided not to, should have.