Cut up T-shirts can be trendy and hip, as long as you do it with some finesse in mind. Otherwise you may end up looking like a flashback to that hit 1980s dancing flick or you fell into a paper shredder. You can cut up T-shirts in a stylish and funky way with a few simple steps.
Things You'll Need
Start with a T-shirt that’s already been washed and dried so it’s already done its shrinking.
Try on the T-shirt to figure out what parts need chopping. For cropping and necklines, it’s highly recommended to note the length you want with chalk.
Take off the T-shirt, grab your scissors and go, following your chalk lines and starting at the neckline.
Go for the sleeves. Cutting off the sleeves entirely will make a nice muscle man, or woman, effect, while rounding them will give the shirt a cutesy look.
Finish it off by cropping the bottom and any other areas you wish to chop.
If you are going for that shredded T-shirt look, it’s best again to sketch out what pieces you want cut so they are evenly placed and not too deep.
Be frugal. You can always cut more if it’s not short enough, but you can’t really glue pieces back on.
Use serrated scissors for a primitive effect.
Create fringe by cutting long, vertical pieces at the shirt’s edges and then adorning with beads.
If you become unsure during any of the chopping, try on the T-shirt again to see what needs further adjusting.