6 Unique DIY Cut-Out T-Shirt Designs That Are Quick & Easy to Do

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30 Minutes
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Spruce up your boring t-shirts with these 6 easy cut-out t-shirt designs! I’ll be showing you exciting and simple ways to cut a t-shirt; all you need are a bunch of t-shirts and a pair of sharp scissors. I can’t wait to show you these t-shirt cut-out designs so let’s get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Cardboard
  • T-shirts
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Sharp scissors
  • Cup
Marking the new neckline

1. Square neck cut-out t-shirt

Put your shirt inside out and mark an inch or two higher than you want the neckline to be. 

Using a ruler to draw a line across

Lay your shirt down flat and use your ruler to draw a line across at your mark, stopping about ½ inch away from the sleeves. 

Connecting the marks to the edge of the collar

Then, connect the edges of this line to the edges of the collar. Trace around the collar. 

DIY t-shirt cut out designs

Put the cardboard inside your shirt and cut along these lines. 

Front cut out t-shirt

There you have it, a stylish cut-out t-shirt made in under 5 minutes! 

Marking where to crop the t-shirt

2. Slash triangle crop top

Put your shirt inside out and mark where you want to crop the t-shirt. 

Using a ruler to draw a straight line

Lay your shirt down flat and use your ruler to make a straight line across the t-shirt. 

Marking the center

Find the center of that line and make a mark above that (where you want the top of the triangle to be). 

Creating marks for the triangle shape

Mine was 14cm (5.51”) above. Then, I marked every 2cm (0.78”), as shown. 

Connecting the marks to the top of the triangle

Mark 8 inches in the center of the first line, and connect these marks to the top of the triangle. 

Drawing lines across the triangle

Start drawing lines across the triangle at every 2cm (0.78”) mark. 

Cutting along the crop line

Cut along the crop line and all the lines across your triangle. Ensure you’re cutting through both layers of fabric. 

Stretching the fabric strips

Now, stretch your fabric strips. 

T-shirt cut out designs


T-shirt cut out DIY from the back

All done! You have a unique t-shirt cut-out design on the front and back. 

Marking where the cut-out will go

3. Peek-a-boo cut-out t-shirt

Put your shirt inside out and mark about ½ inch to an inch higher than what you want the neckline to be. 

Using a ruler to mark the cutout

Lay your shirt down flat and use your ruler to draw a line across the shirt at the mark you just drew. Stop a couple of inches away from the sleeves. 

Marking the center of the line

Find the center of this line and mark 1½ inches above it. 

Marking an inch above on both sides

Then, halfway between the center and the end of the line, mark an inch above on both sides. 

Drawing a curved line

Use these marks to draw a curved line from one side of your base line up to the 1½-inch mark. 

Cutting out the shape

Put your cardboard inside your shirt and carefully cut along the shape. 

Easy t-shirt cut out ideas

What do you think of this t-shirt cut-out idea? It’s so simple to create!

Drawing a new shape on the t-shirt shoulder

4. Open shoulder cut-out t-shirt design

Turn your shirt inside out and lay it out flat. Then, draw the shape of a razorback tank on one side of the shirt.


Connect the bottom of the sleeve with a curved line to a third of the way down the collar on the same side. Stay under the collar when doing this.  

Cutting out the asymmetric design

Cut along this line through both layers of fabric. 

Unique ways to cut a t-shirt

I love this t-shirt cut-out DIY! The asymmetric design is really unusual.

Marking where the circle will go

5. Circle cut-out t-shirt

Put your shirt inside out and mark (generally) where you want the circles to go. 

Drawing around the cup

Lay your shirt down flat and grab your cup. Using the larger side of the cup, Trace the circle in the center of your shirt, just below the collar. 

Drawing circles on the t-shirt

Use the smaller side of the cup to draw two more circles down the center of the shirt, about an inch apart. 

Cutting out the circles

Put your cardboard inside your shirt and carefully cut out your circles. 

Circle t-shirt cut out DIY

This is a very risqué design! You could brave it as is or wear a top underneath, as I've done. This design would also look great on the back of the t-shirt.

Marking where the first triangle will go

6. Triangle sleeve cut-out t-shirt

Put your shirt on inside out and mark where you want the bottom of the top triangle to be. 

Marking where the second triangle will go

Also, mark the top of the bottom triangle. Both should be in the center. 

Tracing along the collar

Lay your shirt down flat and trace along the bottom of the collar as wide as you want your triangles to be. 

Drawing the triangle

Use your ruler to make a triangle using this line and the first center mark. 

Using a ruler to draw the triangle

Below that, use your bottom mark to draw another triangle. It should be about the same width. 

Laying the sleeves out flat

Lay your sleeves out perfectly flat. Make marks along the top edge and down the sleeve, starting ½ inch from the collar. Make your marks 2-inches apart. 

Drawing triangles along the sleeve

Use these marks to draft out triangles; 2 inches apart, 2 inches wide, and 1½ inches deep. Also, repeat on the other sleeve.

Cutting out the triangles

Put your cardboard inside your shirt and cut out the big triangles. 

Cutting out the shapes along the sleeves

Remove the cardboard and cut out the sleeves’ triangles through both layers. 

How to cut a t-shirt


Triangle cut out t-shirt

This is such a fun way to cut a t-shirt!


Cut out t-shirt tutorial

What do you think of these 6 DIY t-shirt cut-out designs? They are so straightforward to make! Let me know in the comments what cut-out t-shirt you like the most! 

Suggested materials:
  • Cardboard
  • T-shirts
  • Ruler
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