Extreme Upcycled Shirt

Extreme Upcycled Shirt


Dip into that pile of worn out clothes and create an Extreme Upcycled Shirt from Debra Quartermain for Westcott. Easy t-shirt crafts help you save on fabric and turn something old into a brand new piece. Best of all, this project requires just scissors and an old t-shirt.

Extreme Upcycled Shirt


  • Westcott ExtremEdge Scissors
  • Old t-shirt


  1. Fold T-Shirt in half lining up seams with sleeves flat. Fold in half three more times smoothing as you go. Begin below sleeve. Cut from one folded edge through to 1/2” from opposite folded edge with ExtremEdge Titanium Bonded Scissors. Turn T-Shirt and cut from opposite fold. Repeat. Cut evenly spaced slits. The narrower the slits the longer the dress will be. I suggest about 2” width.
  2. Handy Hint: Cut carefully so as to not cut completely through either side. The ExtremEdge scissors will cut through several layers easily.
  3. Continue to the bottom of T-Shirt leaving about a 3” wide border on the bottom. Carefully open up the T-Shirt  and put it on. Gently stretch it out with your legs and the border at the bottom will create a wavy effect. Embellish as desired.

For a comprehensive video tutorial of this project, check out How to Make a Cut Shirt Dress Design.


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Some old jeans jackets. I appliqued a design on the back and decorated with all of the pins that I collected at needlework seminars. thanks.

This is a great idea!

I haven't up cycled anything yet. I have been thinking about making a tote bag from an old tee shirt.

I have never up cycled anything but would certainly love to try.

cool shirt, I've turned shirts into little girl dresses,

I think this shirt/dress would be cold-especially in winter.

I made a few pillow covers from old sweaters which had really interesting colors, textures and patterns. Some of them belonged to family members, so these pieces had sentimental value too. I love to make old, unwanted items, useful again.

I haven't upcycled anything, but my daughter made a mosaic piece with cut-up floor tiles. It was fantastic and was featured in a local gallery. She was only about 14 at the time.

What a wonderful shirt - wow!

This shirt is amazing. How clever! I also had trouble following the directions. Very confusing. SO GLAD you posted a tutorial. Now it is easy peasy! Thank U!

I'm glad that I watched the tutorial because the written instructions say to fold in half and then 3 more times. In the video, Debra folds in half and then 2 more times.


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