Sunday, September 1, 2013

DIY: T-Shirt Cutting

Hey guys!
So a few weeks ago I cut an over-sized T-shirt to make it a cute tank top! I actually made the T-shirt myself (well I put the quote on it, I didn't actually sew it together or anything) but wanted it to be a tank top. So I decided to cut it! I have a tank top that's a very similar shape and I love it because it's really versatile; I definitely wanted this T-shirt to look the same!

T-shirt before I cut it

I made the stencil using my Cricut machine. As you can see, the paint bled through the lines, but I actually like how it did that! The awkward little dot was supposed to be a star. I know, it really doesn't look anything like one, but oh well.

I used these dye's to make the quotes.
For the dye, I first mixed the blue and green (using more blue) and lightened the resulting color with white. I painted it on the shirt, let it dry over night, and bada bing it was done.

For the cutting, I first cut off the sleeves. But I turned it inside out first so I could see the seems better, cutting on the inside of the seems so they were no longer part of the shirt. It provided a helpful guideline so it was even on both sides.

Next, I turned it outside in again, and cut off about four inches or so from the bottom.

Tip: about halfway through cutting the bottom, I folded the already-cut part over the other side, so the line was straight and even all the way across.

Then I cut the thick collar part off so the tank top would be more relaxed looking.

 As you can see, I did the same thing here as I did with the bottom; about halfway through I folded the cut side over the other one, so the curve was the same all the way across.

After that, I was done!

I'm really happy with how it turned out!

And, of course, I had to throw in some pictures of Angel and Perry "helping."

Haha, I caught her mid-blink I think

Hope you guys like how the tank top turned out! It wasn't too difficult, but I thought it would be nice just to give you guys some of the little tips that I used to ensure even cuts.

Have you ever cut T-shirts to make tank tops? How did they turn out?

Have a great day! (:


  1. This looks so cool, love what you've done. My cat likes to 'help' by sitting on my stuff too haha

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    1. Thanks! Haha, yeah, it seems like they think it is just the funniest thing in the world to constantly be in the way!

      I definitely will! (:

  2. Hey! I've nominated you for The Liebster Award!

  3. Awww this is super cute, great way to change up a tshirt!
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    The perks of being a hipster

    1. Thanks!
      Your blog is really great, I followed!

  4. I love this! your kitty is so cute!! I would LOVE for you to share this at "That's My Style" Link Party TODAY (EVERY WEEKEND!) on my blog. Not comfortable sharing? Stop by anyway for beauty related post and fun DIY projects. I hope to see you there! :)

    Karla @

    1. Aw thanks! He is quite the handful. I would love to! I wish I would've seen this sooner haha I have been very busy with school! Maybe sometime in the future!!

  5. so cute! we love DIY projects.