Creating a Trendy Choker T-shirt

Creating a Trendy Choker T-shirt

Learning how to cut a shirt will give you a trendy way to modernize a bland t-shirt collection, or even an old t-shirt you never wear. Many stores sell shirts that are pre-cut, and many of them are expensive, this is a great way to recycle your old t-shirts. This can also be a cheap alternative. Buying screen tees at thrift stores or in my case Target are much cheaper than some of the precut shirts online.  This article will teach you ways to cut a t-shirt to make it more fashionable for minimal cost.


Shirts (mine can be purchased at Target)

Scissors (Target)I loved the new designer series printed blades


chalk (this can be used to draw your lines to be cut)

ruler (this can be used if you want precise measurements)


Gather your supplies! Be sure to know or have an idea of what you are going to do before cutting into your shirt.


Turn your t-shirt inside out! I have found that this helps me cut the shirt more evenly without being distracted by the graphic on the front.


Cut off the sleeves. Start about 1" (2.5 cm) below the armpit and cut all the way up to the neckline. I chose to cut along the hemline for guidance.


Making your snips. (connect the dots hehe)Make a small little snip in the center of the neckline just below the hem. This is going to serve as the area in which you start to cut your "V" shape. Then, decide how far of a “V” you want your shirt to be. Sometimes it helps to put the shirt on and make a little snip in the center where you want it to end. Mine is about 8″long.  Make a snip on both sides of the neckline or collar this will be marking where the "V" will end, and how big of a choker you will have. It’s ok if it’s not perfect, no one will notice. If you’re struggling, you can also use a piece of chalk and ruler to draw your triangle. Cut from the collar to the center on both sides, being careful not to cut the stitching. Basically you’re cutting around the surged stitches. That’s why it’s easier to do inside out.

Connect the snips: ~ Snip a slit in the center of the shirt, under the neck hem

~ Snip a slit in the center where you want your "V" to go to

~ Snip on both sides of the collar where you want your choker to end

~ Cut from snip to snip, forming a triangle piece of fabric when you are done. Please tell me you used to do connect the dots when you were younger?!


Turn your shirt right side out! Lay it out, check to make sure its cut just the way you want it to be, if not make your adjustments. If you are like me and like the tattered uneven edges then Voila! You’ve got your very own, super trendy,  Choker Cut Off T-Shirt! And you didn’t have to spend an arm and a leg! (or if this is a recycled shirt, you didn't spend any money!)


~Practice t-shirt cutting first on a junk t-shirt that you don't care about ruining, or if you don't care because it is a junk shirt then cut away!  
Side note; I found that cutting a t-shirt with the jersey cotton is much more difficult to cut straight lines. Cutting the good ole 100% cotton starchy shirts seem to be a much more seamless cut.

~Your options for cutting a shirt are only as limited as your imagination. There are countless ways to cut a t-shirt and make it custom to you.

~Stock up on t-shirts in a variety of colors and fits for future t-shirt cutting creations.