DIY Fringe T-shirt

fringe tshirt

While at the craft store the other day, Hobby Lobby to be exact, we picked up a few of the plain, but fun, colorful t-shirts they sell for all sorts of creative purposes.  We decided to try making the trendy fringed t-shirts we'd seen floating around on the internet.  I was amazed at how inexpensive they are.  There regular price was $3.50 but they were on sale for $2.50.  You can't beat that!

So, off we went with four different shirts in various colors.  The girls love orange and blue so that was their choice for their shirts.  Did we mention that these can be made in a snap?  All you really need are scissors.

What You Need:

  • T-shirt, preferably long
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape/painters tape

DIY fringe t-shirt

What to Do:

  1. Try on shirt to determine where you want the fringe to start. Mark with a pin or tape. We chose waist length, but remember if you haven't pre-washed the shirt there may be a little shrinkage.
  2. Lay the shirt out flat.  Tape a piece of the masking tape or painters tape across the front of the shirt exactly where the fringe will begin.  Try to make this line as straight as possible.
  3. First cut off the seamed bottom hem.
  4. Now, start cutting thin strips, about 3/8 inches apart, cutting through both thicknesses of the shirt as you go.  See photo for example.
  5. The fringe will curl naturally so there is nothing else to do. 
  6. We chose to make fringed sleeves on one of the girl's shirts, so if you go this route, just cut strips on each sleeve.  Remove the seamed hem first.  Then, cut almost all the way to the shoulder seam, stopping about half an inch prior.

fringed t-shirt

Sharon Pierce McCullough