How to Make a Shirt With Knots on the Side

If you have a collection of old T-shirts sitting in your drawers gathering dust, bring new life to your wardrobe by giving them a T-shirt makeover. With a pair of scissors and a little pizazz, you can easily redesign your T-shirts and make them like new again.

Things You'll Need

  • T-shirt
  • Scissors

Lay your T-shirt flat on a hard surface, such as a table. Cut the sleeves and part of the shoulders off the T-shirt, and cut the neckline to a wider "u" shape. This will make the shirt resemble a tank top.

Cut down the sides of the T-shirt from the spot where your armpit would be all the way to the bottom hem. Make just one long cut down each side of the shirt.

Lay the shirt flat on the table again, so that the two sides (front and back) are lined up. Make small horizontal cuts down the sides, coming in 3 inches from the cut edges. Your cuts should be 1 inch apart going all the way down the length of the shirt; it will resemble fringe on the sides.

Tie the cut strips you have made, one front strip to one back strip, all the way down each side of the T-shirt. Make a knot in each pair of strips.

Put your shirt back on, and it will have knots and openings all down the sides. For modesty, layer it over a tank top or another T-shirt. Now you've taken a baggy old T-shirt and transformed it into a trendy new tank.


  • If the shirt is too baggy, untie the knots and cut the strips a little deeper, then re-tie.