Upcycle T-shirt Tutorial- 3 Epic Ways to Transform Your T-shirts

Meera Kaneria
by Meera Kaneria
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1 Hour

So today, all I’m going to do is…. Snip! That’s right; this is a no-sew t-shirt upcycle project that will leave you in awe of the amazing results! I have three old t-shirts that could do with some jazzing up, so I took my handy, trusted scissors and gave them a major revamp. In this upcycle t-shirt tutorial, I’m going to show you some fabulous t-shirt upcycle ideas. Let’s get our snip on and begin the transformation!

Tools and materials:

  • 3 t-shirts
  • Chalk
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Scissors
Upcycle old t-shirts

First style

T-shirt upcycle ideas

Mark the center point at the halfway section of the t-shirt. Mark a line from the point to the bottom and cut. 

How to upcycle t-shirts

Make a horizontal line; take your pencil and mark it on both edges.

How to upcycle a t-shirt

Then, cut the side seam until you get to the mark on the side. Do this on both sides.

No-sew t-shirt upcycle

For the backside, simply crop the t-shirt by cutting off the panel starting from the midsection, as shown. 


Stretch the t-shirt with your hands to give it a looser, raw edge. 

Voila! What you have here is a beautiful front-tie crop t-shirt! Showing some skin in all the right areas is super trendy and fun, too! 

Second style

This one’s pretty straightforward. Cut the shoulder section for an off-the-shoulder look. With chalk or pencil, draw an arc-like shape around the front, top shoulder section, as shown. 

Then, cut off the piece, as shown. 

Stop right before you get to the neckline. Cut around the neckline on both the front and back piece. 

This is so simple, and the one off-the-shoulder style is just rocking! It gives an interesting twist and vibe to any outfit, don’t you think?

Third style

This has got to be one of my favorite upcycle t-shirt styles! Fold your t-shirt lengthwise and cut the folded t-shirt all the way up, just past the neckline. 

Discard the sleeve area. Then, take the piece with the neckline and start cutting one-inch strips, lengthways. 

Now, open the neckline so that you have a star-like shape. Continue cutting the strips all the way up to the neckline. 

Then, gently pull each strip so that it becomes a long string. 

Next, take the first two strings and tie a knot. Make sure the knot is not up but leaves a nice loop on top. Then, tie a second knot. Continue this process with all the strings. 

When you’re done, take the middle two knots and tie a knot. You should have a diamond shape. 


To see the whole process, check out my tutorial from 4:15 minutes.

Ok, so like I mentioned, this is my ultimate favorite upcycle t-shirt transformation, and it’s clear to see why! This goes above and beyond the imagination and adds a stunning flare to an outfit. 

Suggested materials:
  • 3 t-shirts
  • Chalk
  • Measuring tape
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