Cool Slashed and Twisted T

I guess it comes with the territory…as my daughter approaches the teen years, I find myself making more “cool” things than “cute” things.

This latest project is a no-sew alteration to a t-shirt.


We started with a slightly fitted t-shirt that had a cool image on the front.

Step 1 is to cut the collar off:


Step 2 is to mark the back of the shirt with chalk where the slashes will go.  We marked a triangular shape that was wider at the top and came to a point at the center of the hem. The top line was 1″ down from the neck edge and across the back stopping about 2″ from the sleeve seams.


Step 3 : We placed a magazine inside the shirt and used a ruler and rotary cutter to cut 1″ strips (staying within the chalk triangle.) We didn’t go all the way to the bottom…stopped about 4″ from the hem. But there’s no reason you couldn’t go all the way down.

Step 4 is to start looping the strips down the back. Let’s see if I can explain this…oh – it’s a lot easier to do while the person is wearing the shirt

You take the first strip and bring it down over the 2nd strip. Now grab the 2nd strip and pull it up and over (catching the first strip)

Now pull this 2nd strip down over the 3rd. You will then grab that 3rd strip and pull it through, catching the 2nd strip.

Continue down the back of the shirt in this manner – each strip is looped through the strip above it.

When we got to the end, we used a thin scrap of the t-shirt fabric to tie off the last loop and keep it from unraveling.

** watch out for tagless t-shirts – we wound up cutting the very top strip of the shirt off because she didn’t like the way the printed logo on the inside of the shirt looked when it was exposed after twisting  the back**

I’m so pleased with the way it came out! I’m going to make one for myself, but instead of the strips being wide at the top I’m going to make all the slashes 2 or 3″ long centered down the back – hopefully it will look more braid like and less airy.


July 5, 2012. Tags: , . Uncategorized.


  1. Meredith replied:

    i started this cutout..
    but i got to the 1″ slits down the back..
    and can’t figure out where the “strips” came from to start looping them down the open slits..
    help me please?!
    thank you!

    • lilliputianstitches replied:

      Hi! so sorry that was unclear. We had a bit of fabric left from where we cut off the collar that we used to secure the end after we finished looping those horizontal strips that resulted from the cuts made in the shirt.

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