3 No-Sew DIY T-Shirt Cutting Ideas That Will Give Your Tees New Life

by Unorthodoll
4 Materials
10 Minutes

Take three old t-shirts and try out these three DIY t-shirt cutting ideas, which are no-sew ways to achieve these cute t-shirt alterations. This is a super way to re-use t-shirts with a few simple cuts, demonstrated in this step-by-step t-shirt alterations tutorial.

Tools and materials:

  • Old t-shirts
  • Scissors
  • Fabric marker
  • Ruler
Wearing a t-shirt inside out to cut it

T-shirt alteration 1: off-the-shoulder

Put a t-shirt on inside out and use a fabric marker to mark the center of each shoulder, about 1.5 inches from the end of the shoulder. 

Marking the t-shirt ready to cut

Draw a smooth curved line from the center of the front neckline out to each shoulder center.

Cutting out the t-shirt neckline

Cut out the neckline of the t-shirt, long the line you just drew, through both layers of the t-shirt.

Trimming the length of the t-shirt

Stretch flat and trim the length of the t-shirt and length of sleeves to whatever you’d like for your new DIY off-the-shoulder t-shirt.

Off-the-shoulder t-shirt cutting ideas

Pull the shoulders to one side to get the off-the-shoulder look.

Wearing a t-shirt inside out to measure

T-shirt alteration 2: the cold shoulder

Put a t-shirt on inside out. With a fabric marker, put two marks on the front neckband of the t-shirt at the distance of your neck width. 

Drawing curved lines from neck to shoulders

Draw curved lines from the marks you made on the neckband out to the top of the shoulders on the same side.

Cutting through both layers of t-shirt

Cut from the outside of the shoulder, along the line you drew, ending at the mark on the neckband, going through both layers of fabric.

Cutting around the t-shirt neckband

Then, on the front layer of fabric only, cut from the outside edge of the neckband at the top, along the edge of the neckband and down to the mark. 

Step-by-step t-shirt cut DIY

Flip over the t-shirt and continue to cut along the neckband edge for the back layer of the t-shirt, joining up with the back of the neckband a bit farther in than the front.

Repeat on the other side of the t-shirt.

Cold shoulder t-shirt cutting ideas

You can see here how the cut-out neckline works.

Wearing a t-shirt inside out to measure sides

T-shirt alteration 3: tie-up crop top

Put on a t-shirt and fold up the bottom to your desired crop top length. Mark that length on the inside of the t-shirt with a fabric marker.

Measuring the new bottom of the crop top

Take off the t-shirt and turn it inside out. Lay it flat and mark the center of the front bottom at your desired hem length.

Drawing a diamond shape on the t-shirt

Draw a diamond shape with the center front hem point as the top of the diamond, extending the shape to the actual bottom of the original t-shirt. 

Easy t-shirt cutting techniques

Add marks to each side of the t-shirt 1 inch below the crop top length marks.

Marking the t-shirt ready to cut

Draw slightly curved lines from the new side marks to the respective side of the bottom of the diamond.

Cutting the t-shirt around the markings

Cut out the diamond from the front layer of the t-shirt only.

Cutting the ties for the crop top

Cut along the curved lines on the front of the t-shirt only. These cuts make the ties for the crop top.

No-sew t-shirt cutting ideas

Turn up the ties so they are out of the way and cut straight across the back of the t-shirt at the marks you made for the crop-top length.

Tie-front t-shirt cutting ideas

Wear your new DIY no-sew crop-top with the ties in front and tie them in a knot.

No-sew DIY t-shirt cutting ideas

No-sew DIY t-shirt cutting ideas tutorial

Thanks for checking out this tutorial on how to cut a t-shirt three different ways. Try out all three t-shirt cutting techniques and leave a comment about which one you liked best!

Suggested materials:
  • Old t-shirts
  • Scissors
  • Fabric marker
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