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Add a sweet bow-covered cutout to the back of a t-shirt
If you have a tee you want to spice up this DIY won’t cost you anything, otherwise I recommend that you hunt for a suitable specimen at your local thrift store. Mine was only $4.50, plus about an hour of cutting and sewing, but you can definitely do it faster if you’re not taking pictures of the process.

Posted by Rachel J. from Portland, Oregon, United States • Published See Rachel J.'s 7 projects »
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  • How to cut-up a top. Bow Back Blouse - Step 1
    Step 1

    Materials:
    T-shirt
    Scissors
    Needle
    Thread
    Sewing machine
    Chalk

  • How to cut-up a top. Bow Back Blouse - Step 2
    Step 2

    Grab your shirt and flip it over to the back. Starting at the edges of the collar, draw a long scoop shape about 6 inches wide and 17 inches long.

  • How to cut-up a top. Bow Back Blouse - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut the shirt collar completely off and discard it.

  • How to cut-up a top. Bow Back Blouse - Step 4
    Step 4

    Find the center of the back of the shirt. Fold the back half of the shirt lengthwise, insides together, so that your scoop shape is folded in half symmetrically. Make sure that you keep the front half of the shirt separate. Pin in place.

  • How to cut-up a top. Bow Back Blouse - Step 5
    Step 5

    Carefully cut out your scoop, then hem the edges of the collar and the cut-out section.

  • How to cut-up a top. Bow Back Blouse - Step 6
    Step 6

    Take the piece you cut out of the back and cut it in half lengthwise, then widthwise, leaving you with four pieces that measure about 6 inches by 3 inches each.

  • How to cut-up a top. Bow Back Blouse - Step 7
    Step 7

    Hem the edges of three of the four pieces you just cut. Take the last unhemmed piece and cut it into four smaller pieces as you did with the large back piece. Hem the edges of three of these smaller pieces.

  • How to cut-up a top. Bow Back Blouse - Step 8
    Step 8

    Wrap the smallest hemmed pieces around the middle of your larger hemmed pieces to make three bows. Pin in place and sew the back of the center loop closed by hand, tacking it to the center of the larger bow piece.

  • How to cut-up a top. Bow Back Blouse - Step 9
    Step 9

    With your shirt inside-out, pin the bows at the edges of the back cut-out, about 2 inches apart. Sew in place.

  • How to cut-up a top. Bow Back Blouse - Step 10
    Step 10

    Try on your new shirt!

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aurelas
aurelas · 3 projects
This is so pretty! I'm going to have to try this soon Happy
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Melissa N.
Melissa N. · 4 projects
sweet as, thanks so much for the ideas!
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xxxKittycorexxx
xxxKittycorexxx · 3 projects
I'm making one of these as soon as I can so cute thank you so much for sharing such an awesome idea and showing how its done. (I've seen shirts like this in stores and loved them just I don't normally buy off the rack more like I buy from the rack in the back XD) lol thanks again.
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Very Small Feet
Very Small Feet · Castle, Wales, GB · 8 projects
simple yet brilliant! Love this!!
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Cynthia H.
Cynthia H. · Crestline, California, US
Can't wait to try this!
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Krystaline Faithe G.
Krystaline Faithe G. · New Britain, Connecticut, US
are these popular again? finally! i can wear the one i bought!
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DIS.AR.RAY
DIS.AR.RAY · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 32 projects
That's gorgeous! Beautifully done. Happy
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DIS.AR.RAY
DIS.AR.RAY · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 32 projects
That's gorgeous! Beautifully done. Happy
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Vannia D.
Vannia D. · Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, CL
Im really love this!! :>
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Bat Ma'am
Bat Ma'am · Seattle, Washington, US · 13 projects
AWESOME!!!! LOVE THIS!
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