Snip a Shirt

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Snip a Shirt

Don't toss those old, stained, outgrown, or just too-plain tops. With a few scissor snips, they can be transformed into a cute cut-flower tee or a stylish scarf.

What you'll need

  • Old shirt
  • Chalk
  • Templates
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Old knit shirt
  • Scissors

How to make it

  1. Flower Power Tee: Turn the shirt to be snipped inside out and fold the front in half lengthwise, matching up the side seams. Be sure the back of the shirt is pulled away from the front so that it won't get cut.

  2. Use chalk to draw a half circle and petal shapes, or trace our templates, on the shirt.

  3. Pin the fabric between the petals to keep it from slipping, then cut out the shapes, snipping through both layers at once.

  4. So-Simple Scarf: No one will guess that this great scarf used to be a knit shirt! To fashion one, make two diagonal cuts through the front and back of a shirt, as shown. The bottom edge should be a little wider than the shoulder. For a longer scarf, use an adult-size shirt.

  5. Bonus Idea! Tie-dye a pair of dingy leggings to make them wearable again. We used Tulip brand dye ($10 for a three-color kit).

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