DIY: Bow Back Shirt

Bow back shirt tutorial! I got the idea from Macbarbie07. I thought it was the cutest thing ever and decided to try it out.

What you’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • Liquid stitch
  • Rotary cutter
  • A piece of cardboard (STURDY)
  • A shirt you are willing to cut (mine was an old t-shirt that cost about $3)
  • Toothcomb (optional)

Step 1: Using your scissors, cut off the edge of the hem around the neck with a pair of scissors. Cut however much you want off, depending on how deep you want your shirt to go in the front and back.  (you’ll need the top hem material later)

Step 2: With the cardboard inside of the shirt, cut slits in the fabric with the rotary cutter. It doesn’t matter how far apart you make your cuts, as long as they are evenly spaced. I used a small toothcomb to help guide my cuts so they were all the same width, but this step isn’t necessary.

Step 3: Using the extra material, cut 2-3 inch long strips (make sure to cut off the thread).

Step 4: Pinch the fabric in the middle, creating the “bow” shape.

Step 5: Wrap one of your fabric strips around the area that you pinched, and apply the liquid stitch. Make sure that the glued section ends up in the back, so you have a smooth looking bow on the outside.

Step 6: Once glued, your bow should now look like this.

Step 7: Repeat steps 4-5 for all of the other bows until you reach the bottom. Voila! Your shirt should now look like this.

And there you have it! I love this DIY because it’s quite simple to do (seeing as there’s no sewing involved), and it ends up looking adorable!

I have skipped the step where you cut the bottom hem off the shirt as I wanted mine to be a bit longer. But if you like to have a shorter shirt you can first cut the bottom hem and use it instead of the top hem to create the bow shapes.

Hope you guys have fun with this, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

Also, if you decide to do this DIY, submit a picture once you’re done! I want to see your versions. 🙂



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