Easy T-shirt Weaving Tutorial: How to Make a Spine Pattern T-shirt

by Unorthodoll
5 Materials
10 Minutes

Here, I’m going to show you how to make a spine pattern t-shirt weaving design that looks super cool, and best of all, it doesn’t involve any sewing or glue!

If you’ve never tried t-shirt weaving before, it’s much easier than it looks, and I’m going to walk you through all the steps. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • T-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Chalk
  • Ruler
Trimming shirt

1. Trim shirt

Start by trimming the shirt to your liking if you want to.

Adding cardboard

2. Put cardboard inside

Turn the shirt inside out and place it backside up. Then, place cardboard inside.

Drawing lines

3. Draw lines

Using your ruler and chalk, draw two lines approximately 2 inches (5cm) apart down the center of the t-shirt - this will be the spine.

Drawing lines

Then, draw two lines approximately 1 inch (2.5cm) away on both sides of the spine.

Drawing ribcage

4. Draw ribcage

Draw the shape of the ribcage.

Drawing horizontal lines

5. Draw horizontal lines

Draw a line the width of the spine.

Then measure and mark 1 inch (2.5cm) apart down the center two lines and draw horizontal lines connecting them - going all the way to the outer two vertical lines.

Leave the top line and bottom two lines just marked in the spine and not going all the way to the outer lines.

Drawing across ribcage

6. Draw across ribcage

Start between the second and third lines from the top - connect the outer lines of the ribcage to the edges of the spine without going into the spine.

Continue down to the third line from the bottom.

Progress shot

The markings should look like this.


7. Cut horizontal lines

Cut along all the horizontal cutting lines carefully.

Progress shot

The shirt should look like this.

Stretching fabric

8. Stretch fabric

Pull on the strands to stretch out the fabric. Be careful not to tear anything.

Weaving fabric

9. Weave fabric

Now, ladder weave down the center. To do this, grab the second strand and pull it under the first, creating a loop.

Pull the next strand through the loop and continue down to the second-last strand. Leave out the bottom strand.

Tying bottom

10. Tie bottom

Grab your loop and cut it in the middle. Then, tie the two pieces of loop around the bottom strand to finish the weave.

Turn the t-shirt right side out, and you’re done!

T-shirt weaving DIY

T-shirt weaving DIY

Here is the finished t-shirt, I love the spine running down the center with the ribs on either side.

The t-shirt weaving looks great, and you can either wear the t-shirt as it is or with an undertop in a contrasting color for more coverage.

If you’ve never done t-shirt weaving before, I hope I’ve inspired you to give it a go! Leave me a comment.

For another t-shirt weaving tutorial, check out these DIY t-shirt cutting ideas.

Suggested materials:
  • T-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
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