Old Tee Makeovers Part 2: The DIY Fringe Tee

Friday July 27, 2012 by Alexandra C.

Last week, I showed you how to revamp an old tee into a cute work out tank. This week, strap on your seat belts and get ready for part 2 in our tee makeovers! 

We're going to be re-purposing an old, boxy and oversized tee into a cute, fringed tee. This one is going to be perfect in the summer heat and come fall, throw on a boyfriend cardi for a boho look. 

So, let's get started shall we? All you need for this DIY project is your tee and scissors. I'm also going to be using a ruler and a pencil, but they aren't necessary. 

Here's the how to: 

Step 1: First, you'll need to decide on where you want the fringe to start. I usually start it around the midriff area. I asked Miranda to put on the tee for me and I made a mark where her belly button was. This would be my starting point. 

Step 2: Laying the tee down flat, I drew a line to mark where the fringe would start. 

Step 3: Next, you need to decide on the width of your fringe. I recommend each strand be about 1.5 cm. I wouldn't go any smaller since cotton curls up and your shirt may shrink in wash (if it's new). I just made markings every 1.5 cm or so and cut free hand but you could also sketch quick lines. 

Step 4, Step 5: Cut off all the hems (neckline, bottom and sleeves). If you want to get creative with your neckline (i.e. off the shoulder cut), feel free to do so. 

Step 6: Start cutting your fringe! As I said before, I followed the width but my fringe wasn't necessarily straight. You won't notice when the tee is done so don't worry too much about it. I also cut both the front and back of the tee at the same time. This makes it easier, just remember, you'll probably want to cut a slit in the side of the tee too. 

Step 7: Stretch out the fringe by pulling it. This will make the cotton curl and make the fringe more uniform.

Step 8: Here is the basic final look, keep reading for two easy options for getting crafty with the sleeves!  

Option 1: Final Look 

Here, we applied the same fringe method on the bottom to the sleeves. 
Option 2: Final Look 

For a tank, I measured out an inch from the sleeve and shoulder seam, traced around it and cut. 

What do you think of this DIY tee project? Is this something you'd try out? Which version do you like best? 

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on Jul 31, 2012  smiley_gen  3,650 said:

Awesome, it brings back memories but...no thanks! ;o)

on Jul 29, 2012  midnightsun2288  5,988 said:

I love the tank, but the tee is a little bit too much for me.

on Jul 28, 2012  acpelletier  868 said:

Looks Great as aTank!!! Awesome idea!!

on Jul 28, 2012  fredamans  8,142 said:

I like it better as a tank! Very cute and thanks for the idea!

on Jul 27, 2012  GoneBatty  2,911 said:

looks cute on Miranda, but I would not be able to pull that off!

on Jul 27, 2012  gl0ss  2,867 said:

Cute! But I def would not be able to pull this one off

on Jul 27, 2012  KatelynRose1984  20,723 said:

Very cute, but definitely nothing for me! Miranda is so adorable.

on Jul 27, 2012  bubbles77  17,004 said:

Very cool, looks great on, neat idea thanks !!

on Jul 27, 2012  Bren  22,248 said:

Super cute idea!You could also add a few beads to some of the fringes :)

on Jul 27, 2012  takoda  26,770 said:

I use to have a few Harley Davidson T-Shirt like this years ago. I think
I'm a bit old for a T like this now, but I like the last one better
then the first.

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