DIY fashion is all about modifying what already exists in our closet. Cutting up an old T-shirt and giving it an updated look is still my favorite DIY project, which coincidentally goes along quite nicely with my current obsession, fringe. Today’s project is quite simple and is a great way to achieve a grunge revival look. By adding fringe to our T, we get the benefit of pulling off the look with out having to worry about showing too much skin. We can’t all look like models.
- Basic T-shirt, an oversized shirt will work best for this project
- 1 to 1 ½ yards faux leather fringe (I used a 6” to order please call 1-800-9-mjtrim, style number 00807-bk)
- Sewing machine or a hand needle and thread
- Measuring tape
- Tailors chalk
- This is going to depend on your size and how short you want the shirt to be, but I measured and marked with tailors chalk 14” from mid shoulder and cut straight across.
- The great thing about jersey is that if you pull on it slightly it will hide any imperfections in your cutting.
- Take a measurement of the bottom of the T and cut your fringe down to the correct size adding 1” to total measurement.
- Beginning at center back pin the fringe to the bottom inside of the shirt overlapping ½”.
- Use sewing machine or hand needle to stitch the fringe down. Fabric glue could be used instead if you’re not an avid sewer, just be sure not to over do it and allow the glue to seep through to the right side of the fabric. Since jersey cuts clean and this is a bit of a grunge look I didn’t create a hem at the bottom, just simply attached the fringe to the underside of the jersey.
- Wear and enjoy!