Learn how easy it is to create a cool diamond pattern by just cutting and tying t-shirt stripsRecently I showed you a really versatile t-shirt cutting technique that involved looping strips of fabric.  You can find that tutorial here.  Today I’m going to show you another really cool t-shirt cutting technique that looks complex but is actually really easy to do!

tied t-shirt

I made these projects last year when I was thrilled to collaborate with the San Antonio Parks Foundation for an exciting new Fiesta event! Throwback Fiesta is a family (and pet!) friendly event where we all get to throw back to the 60s-90s. Costumes and a fun loving attitude are encouraged. I was at the inaugural Throwback Fiesta hosting a t-shirt cutting booth, and I had a great time.

Supplies for making this project:

  • T-shirt
  • Scissors

Step one:  Cut evenly sized slits in the shirt.

Step two:  Cut off every other “line” (see picture).  Save the fabric and cut each remnant piece in half if they are too wide.

Step three:  Use the saved shirt strips to tie together pairs of fabric, as shown in the photo.First tie two strips at the middle, then join them with adjoining strips above and below the first knot.  Use the picture as a reference.

Step four:   Finally, tie together alternating strips to make the diamond pattern.

Totally awesome and rad, isn’t it?  Here I am channeling my inner Go-Go’s girl.

Learn how easy it is to create a cool diamond pattern by just cutting and tying t-shirt strips

You could use this idea on different parts of the shirt to get different effects.  I used the same idea on the bottom of this shirt, except I cut long fringe and tied the pieces together so they would be more gathered.  Have fun cutting and creating with your old t-shirts!  For more fun crafts you can make with t-shirts, check out this post!

Learn how easy it is to create a cool diamond pattern by just cutting and tying t-shirt strips

This post first appeared at Dollar Store Crafts, when I was a contributor to their site!

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