DIY Cross T-shirt

My last DIY blog turned out to be WAY more popular than I ever imagined, and with all the hits I decided that either you all LOVE my shirt and want one just like it, OR you all want to see what not to do to your old/large tee’s. Either way, I’ve been inspired to create a new shirt, a DIY Cross cutout tee.

I got the idea from this sweatshirt on

The whole plan started off very similar to the skull shirt.

-First I drew exactly one million little rectangles in the shape of a cross. I used a post-it to trace. (I used another of Husband’s extrashirts from E3-that really big video game convention. I don’t know what any of it means, but I know I’m advertising some popular video game.)

-Next, I cut off the bottom corners, parts of the sleeves, and the collar because that’s the style I was going for, and tend to wear.

-Then, I cut out the rectangles. This was excruciating and very, very time consuming. After an hour, my hand was permanently shaped to the handles of the scissors and I decided that lying on the floor and staring at the ceiling might be a better use of my time. FYI, these little rectangles were hell to cut without accidently cutting through the next rectangle. It required A LOT of patience and coffee, and a few choice words.

-What felt like years later, I finally finished! Voila! Looks okay, except that the shirt is ENORMOUS.

-The next plan was to take in the giant tee. I found this tutorial on Pinterest, which looked super easy. The only problem being that my sewing kit was stolen* this summer, and I keep forgetting to buy a new one. So, I got all crafty and resourceful and did this entire tutorial with a little bottle of fabric glue. It turned out perfectly! The seams look as if I they were machine sewn.

Here’s the final result. I’d like to apologize now for the poor pictures…I don’t know what Husband was thinking, but this is all he got. The “taking in” part turned out better than the actual cut-out. If you plan on trying this, I suggest making a smaller cross so it’s easier to visualize.

It was very chilly the day I decided to show off my “new” shirt, so there was just no way I could wear it without a layer underneath.

I was feeling especially artistic, so I also attempted this Pinterest tutorial on my hair: the double braided hand band.

Forgive my crossed-eyes and giant forehead…that’s what I get for quickly snapping a photo with my phone while exiting the subway. Just focus on the hair.

Hope someone has fun with this!


*My sewing kit was in one of my suitcases packed for the wedding, which was “lost” during transit. Along with my sewing kit, I lost basically everything I bought for my wedding including my 3 most favorite pair of shoes, which were all only worn once! So depressing…please never use Greyhound to ship any of your luggage. They are not the nicest company to deal with, and could care less that many of wedding memories are forever gone. I learned my lesson the hard way.

DIY Skull T-Shirt

I do not typically love fashion pieces with skulls, but every so often a special piece catches my eye, and I immediately need it in my collection. For example, this top from Urban Outfitters…

…it was love at first sight.

I spotted this on Facebook one day and decided I HAD TO HAVE IT. It probably had a lot to do with the cutouts all over the back. I am such a sucker for anything with a cutout back.

I ran to the closest Urban Outfitters as soon as possible and rummaged the store for it. Just as I was about to give up I saw one of the employees wearing it! I basically attacked her to find out where the shirt was located. Much to my pleasant surprise, she told me it was on the clearance rack and it was 50% off! Woohoo!

Much to my horrible discovery, there was only x-larges left. I then trekked to the next closest Urban Outfitters, and found the same situation. I had just about given up on my new clothing obsession when Husband gave me some large tee’s he’d recently received from E3 (a video game convention). He didn’t want them, and said I could have them, or toss them.

I decided to craft with them, and craft number one was my own skull cutout tee.

The shirt: pre-craft.

It was a simple project, but tedious and time consuming. I simply pulled up the Urban Outfitters picture on my laptop, drew the holes with a pencil, and carefully cut them out with my best pair of scissors. Voila! It’s a little bigger then a I prefer, and there are a few words left on it, but it will do.

I took the shirt out on the town, and ironically, Zoey happened to have on a skeleton tank top, so we had a little fun taking pictures waiting for the train.

Here’s the shirt in Chelsea Market.

Then, I took it for a walk in Grand Central Station.

This is the best view I got of the front…

I still have 3 more large men’s tee shirts to play with, anyone have another easy craft I can do? I’m all ears…and scissors!