How To Cut an Oversized T-shirt

Posted On Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
Filed Under: DIY, How To, Looking FLY on a Dime

If there’s one thing you’ll come across in a lot of thrift stores, it’s t-shirts. Some are awesome and fun and others are just odd. And I tend to find a lot of tees with fun designs or phrases but they’re just too big. What’s a girl to do? Grab a pair of sharp scissors and you’re on your way to creating a funky piece.

The 80s baby in me loved the tee above for the Nintendo reference. It was less than a dollar at the Goodwill Outlet, but it was a size large. And this was way too cute for me to leave at Goodwill or just wear around the house or to the gym.

It only required a few snips for me to remix this baggy tee.

Step 1:
{Cut the sleeves off. I started about an inch below the armpit and all the way up to the neck. You can make the cut wherever you feel comfortable. The lower you cut, the more exposed skin you’ll have in the back and on the sides.}

{After both sleeves have been cut}

Step 2:
{Cut the collar for a more relaxed feel at the neckline. I cut right at the seam but you can cut lower if you want an off the shoulder look.}

{The back of the shirt after the collar and sleeves have been cut off. Don’t discard the scraps just yet.}

Step 3:
{Pinch the two sides of the t-shirt together, right at the armpit}

Step 4:
{Use the fabric you cut off from the collar to wrap around the gathered material.}

{After you’ve banded the material, just tie it off in a knot.}

Voilà! You’re left with a triangular top and draping at the bottom. If that’s too much skin exposed in the back and sides, just make a shallower cut at the sleeves or rock a tank or bandeau underneath.

I’d wear this to an outdoor concert or even a laid back party!

This is just one of the many ways you can remix a large shirt. Just let your imagination run wild and you can create a funky look.

For more fun DIY t-shirt creations, check out Salinabear on YouTube. She has dozens of videos to show you how to remix your blah tee.

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  • Melody

    this is so cute! love it!

    • Looking Fly on a Dime

      Thanks Melody! It really was super easy. I can’t wait to wear this tee once the NYC weather (finally) warms up. Be sure to check out the YouTube channel above, she has tons of vids that are sure to inspire your creativity!

  • Vi

    This is so cute..and brilliant. I have like a billion t-shirts that I’m tired of falling back on on my blah days. Will be remixing several of them :)

    • Anonymous

      Nice! Let me know if you remix any of them, I’d love to see pics!

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  • Danielle

    And if by outdoor concert you mean our summer concert from last year Part 2 then YESSSS!!! :)

    • Danielle

      P.S. This is sooooo cute!

    • Looking Fly on a Dime

      Thanks! And yes, I’m so talking about Rock the Bells part dos! This top is definitely L-Boogie approved :)

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  • Darah Soria

    I am so so so so thankful to have found this!  I am having an 80′s bachelorette party and had an awesome School House Rock shirt (I’ve had it for almost 4 years and haven’t known what to do with it besides sleep in it lol) that I just chopped up with this design and it looks fantastic!  Now I can finally put the shirt to good use, thanks so much for the great tutorial!  :-)

    • Looking Fly on a Dime

      Hey Darah, 
      So glad this came in handy for you. Good luck with the bachelorette party, I love anything 80s themed :)

  • Alainathegreekgirly0401

    you can see the bra straps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Saggezza13

      You could always layer another clashing tank underneath if it bothers you. :)

    • Tarabithia98

      its called being sexy

  • Amy-van

    great idea!

  • Ruth Borgstrom Baldwin

    Love this! Got a couple big t’s I’m gonna have to try this on! :)
    @ Alainathegreekgirly0401…idea for you; just move the collar wrap up or down to adjust so it doesn’t show your straps if your not comfortable doing so.

  • Sophia Chang

    Thanks so much for this!  I just cut the sleeves off my T and wore it today after having it sit in my closet for 2 years!

  • Linzeelu

    This shirt worked amazing and the directions were so easy to follow. Thank you so much, you made my oversized t-shirt look awesome.

  • Lisa Lucia

    Awesome. Bawlin’ as hell

  • ckp

    i did it and i got it right

  • Jessica Hansen

    Nice I might give this a try!

  • Lauren

    Would this work for a smaller shirt?

  • Nancy M

    Thank you! Great Tutorial, just what I needed!

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  • Ma A

    I want to cut some shirts for track. It gets hot in t-shirts while running ya know.

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