I'm going to scrape in a wee tutorial on the very last day of the month; part one of my promised series of T-shirt make-over techniques. This will probably turn out to be quite a long series - I mean, really, how many ways can you re-vamp an old T-shirt?! - but don't worry, I will throw in some sewing tutorials, jewellery-making, home decor and some other bits and bobs as well. Just for variety. ;-)
This tutorial is inspired by a DIY spread in an old issue of Bizarre magazine, and is painfully easy as long as you can wield a pair of scissors and tie a knot. All you need is a T-shirt, and a pair of scissors (obviously, that's why I called it SLASH'n'burn. Not just because I wanted a cheesy title, honest...). It helps if the T-shirt is a bit too big as this is a nice simple way to tighten it; helpful for those of us ladies who find that the only merch available at gigs is gigantic men's tees.
1. Cut off the neck and sleeve edges of your tee along the seams. Don't fuss too much about neatness - this is quite a punky look so it won't matter if it's a bit ragged. But you can trim off any jaggedy bits if you like.
2. Lay the top face-down and cut vertically up the middle, from the very bottom of the shirt to about one inch below the neckline
3. Cut each side of the shirt into horizontal strips. These will form ties, so you can make them as thick or as thin as you like.
4. Tie all the opposing strips of material together at the back of the shirt. You can do this singly or in groups of two or three. It might help to get somebody to tie them for you whilst you're wearing the shirt to ensure a perfect fit. This is the stage when you can pull it tight for a tight fit or slightly looser to keep it baggy.
|Et voila! |
Wow, what an old picture...
|Speaking of old pictures... blech, I hate this one!|
Of course, no one says you have to stick to T-shirts; you could make or re-design bags, cushion covers or purses with nothing more than a pair of scissors.