The shirts I will be showing you how to DIY. They are simple, but that is the point, as I didn’t want them to be the star of the show, but rather the star of the show’s sidekick. 😂
Hey everyone! Lately, I have been loving to get cheap t-shirts and fix them up to look a lot cuter than they were originally (I talked a lot about this in my last post, Top 10 Things To Do In Summer). It’s so much fun to “DIY” clothes and put your own spin on things that are otherwise very plain. That’s why today, I am sharing 2 t-shirt DIYs that I have done recently. For one, I give a step-by-step tutorial and for the other a quick explanation as some of the steps between the two are similar. I hope you enjoy and decide to do them yourself because I finished these DIYs feeling very satisfied with the finished product. 🙂
The first one I am going to show you is a Tie-Dye shirt that I cut into a v-neck and outlined it with ribbons and barred the ribbons across.
- Two Rulers (or any other straight edge)
- Hot Glue Gun or Fabric Glue
To start off, try on the shirt and mark with a pencil where you want the tip of the v-neck to be. I recommend doing this instead of just guessing because then you might cut the neck too low or too high! After that, lay the rulers along the collar so that they meet where you have just made the pencil mark like I have shown below. Then, using a sharpie, trace the edge of the rulers and make the outline of the v-neck so you will know where to cut.
*It is very important that the v you draw connects to the collar because we are going to cut out the collar with the rest, but we do not want to cut parts of the sleeve, which might happen if your v does not connect to the collar.
Next, cut along the sharpie lines.
Outline the opening of the neck with the ribbon, so you know how much you need to cut. (always cut a little more than you think you need so there is room for mistakes). Cut two pieces, one for the left side and one for the right. Once you snip off the proper amount of ribbon, place the two along the neck and fold the ends underneath each so they create more of a square shape at the ends.
Using the glue, glue the ends of the ribbon together so they won’t shift out of the folded square shape. Now, glue the square part to the tip of the v-neck and begin to stick down the rest of the ribbon to the edge of the neck. Do so carefully, as you don’t want there to be any bumps in the fabric when you are finished. Running your fingers along the ribbon so it stays down should prevent the bumps.
After you have the neck outlined by the ribbon, it’s time to create the bars that will go across it. Flip the shirt inside out and cut your remaining ribbon into strips so that they reach across the entire opening and then some. Lay them out so they are evenly spaced and glue the edges to the back of the shirt.
Turn the shirt right side out and viola! You are finished!
This second shirt DIY is similar to the previous one. You follow the same steps to cut the v-neck out, then after that, instead of outlining it with ribbon, you cut holes along the edge. The easiest way to cut holes is to twist the bit of fabric you would be cutting out to make the holes and snip that part off. Then, using the ribbon criss-cross it through the holes as if you were lacing up a shoe. After that, ta-da, you are done! Easy as pie!
Although, these DIYs were extremely simple, they turned out so cute and took a regular white shirt and a regular Tie-Dye shirt to a whole new level. Also, they are super easy to recreate with any shirt and any ribbon. I figured these are perfect for summer so I hope you enjoyed and feel inspired to try this yourself. As always, thanks for reading!
Oh, and really quick before I sign off, here is my recommended post for today: Global Warming: We Need To Take A Stand. This post is by Aqsa from the blog Aqsa Says What and it is a well-written post about how global warming is completely real (even though some may say otherwise, global warming is actually scientifically proven) and why it’s important we, as humans, should do our best to preserve our planet. I would love for you all to go read this post and feel free to come back to Absolutely Olivia and comment below what you thought!
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