How to Easily Make a DIY Half and Half T-Shirt at Home

Nima Fatima
by Nima Fatima
6 Materials
90 Minutes

Not sure what shirt to wear? Compromise with a half and half shirt! In this tutorial, I'll show you how to easily make a half and half t-shirt.

I love the uniqueness of this t-shirt. I think it's a fantastic upcycle, especially for those who have a bunch of t-shirts and don't wear them on a regular basis.

I went for a half black and white shirt, but you can do any color and print your heart desires. Let's get started with this half and half t-shirt DIY!

Tools and materials:

  • 2 T-shirts
  • Needle and thread
  • Pins
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Scissors
Making the DIY half and half t-shirt

1. Line up the shirts

I went thrift store shopping and found two cool t-shirts to do this project with. You can choose anything you want, but the point is to have two different colors to create this look.

Now that you've decided on two t-shirts, line them up as closely as possible. They will need to be close in size and shape.

Measuring the half and half t-shirts

2. Measure the t-shirts

Measure and mark the halfway points. Leave 1cm (0.4 inches) for seam allowance.

Cutting the t-shirt in half

3. Cut the t-shirts in half

When you're satisfied, cut the t-shirt straight down the middle.

Half black half white t-shirt

You can do the same with the second shirt; either use the first shirt as a guideline or re-do the measurement. Be sure to put a 1cm (0.4 inches) seam allowance.

Matching up the t-shirt collars

4. Match up the t-shirt collars

Be sure to match the collars; these have to be straight. One of my shirts was slightly longer at the bottom, but that didn't bother me. As long as the shirts match up on top of the collar, you're good to go.

Pinning the half and half t-shirt ready to sew

5. Pin the t-shirt halves together

Turn the t-shirts inside out and pin them down the middle. When you pin, do not stretch the fabric. Pin the shirts somewhat loosely, right sides together.

Hand-sewing the half and half t-shirt

6. Sew the half and half shirt

Now, sew the front pieces together. I opted to do this by hand, but you can cut the time by using a sewing machine.

Half and half t-shirt tutorial

7. Pin and sew the back

Line up the back halves, pin the back right sides together, and sew.

DIY half and half t-shirt

DIY half and half t-shirt tutorial

Ready for the reveal? Look how awesome this is! Isn't this custom half and half t-shirt just so unique and cool? I bet you won't see this anywhere.

Let me know what you think of this tutorial and the finished product in the comments below. I hope this guide helped inspire you to make your own half and half t-shirt at home!

You can also pair this with jeans or white pants, and the half black half white t-shirt is so versatile; it goes just about with any look. I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy half and half t-shirt DIY tutorial. Have fun!

Suggested materials:
  • 2 t-shirts
  • Thread
  • Pins
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  • Bet ! Bet ! on Apr 27, 2022

    I like it ! What a great idea ! Well done 😍

  • Jacquie Trundy Jacquie Trundy on Jul 28, 2022

    I'm going to use a 3rd shirt because I want to make the shirt wider and I also want to see how it works. It should be fun.