DIY – Shredded Shirt

A big thank you to those who showed interest in my DIY Shredded Shirt posted last Friday. Here is the tutorial that I promised 🙂

These instructions include a few photographs and a soundless video to demonstrate how to start the shredding process.


  • Thin cotton t-shirt/tank top/anything you like really. Thin cotton fabrics are the best to use as it creates a softer drape effect.

Please refer back to my previous post ‘To Shred or Not To Shred’, to re-cap on what material to use, sizing recommendations and the designs you could do.

  • A pair of good fabric scissors (you can use regular scissors too, but fabric scissors are just so much sharper and does the job much quicker!)


1. Cut the bottom of the T-shirt off, you can only shred non-seamed edges.

2. Start at the bottom of the shirt and work your way up in columns and patches.

3. Loosen a few threads at the bottom to start off (this may be hardest bit depending on the knit of the shirt – using a thread ripper or a needle may be helpful in this instance)

4. Once you have a few strands pulled out in a small area, start to pull the fabric apart using your fingers in the manner shown in the video, you’ll start to see the magic happen.

Sorry about the quality of parts of the video, my camera was having issues focusing, but I think it gets the point across. Don’t be alarmed when parts of the video speeds up, I sped up parts where I’d been fiddling with the fabric and where I’d been doing the same motion one too many times.

The first column done may not show the initial loosening of threads as clearly as the second time I do it halfway through the video, so keep a close eye after about a minute!

5. If you have only done a small portion like I’ve shown then you can only progress upwards a short way as the fabric will have a tendency to taper

6. This is when you create another column next to the patch you’ve just made and work your way up again.

7. You can either create columns with spaces of  intact fabric between them and this if how to get striped tapered effect or you can create columns with no spaces between them and this is the process to a fully shredded back or whole shirt.

8. That’s basically it, if you have any questions or issues please comment or contact me. I will be happy to answer any questions.


I mentioned in my previous post about using two techniques, it is really just one technique , but the styles are differentiated by the way it is used.

I’ve shown a more mesh like effect and this is done by shredding with your fingers very close together and pulling small bits of fabric at a time, this is more meticulous.

If you would like your shredding to be more stringy, at the initial stage with the loosening of threads, make them longer before working your way up, this will create a wider column from the start and will create the more string like effect.

I hope this have been informative – Enjoy!

LOve <3




13 Replies to “DIY – Shredded Shirt”

  1. Oh my God it looks like it’s a loooong process! How much did you spend on shredding the whole back of your t-shirt? And also, did your fingers hurt at the end? Are you sure there’s no way you can do this with something and not your fingers?
    Thank you for sharing anyway *_*

    1. Lol. It is a long process, it can take anywhere between 2 to 6 hours or more if you are being particularly pedantic. You definitely have to take breaks, especially if it is your first time otherwise your fingers will get quite sore.
      As far as I know it’s all DIY with your hand ^_^. Definitely give it a try though.

  2. oh my goodness! I LOVE IT. I am getting a victim t-shirt tomorrow. This looks like the perfect thing to occupy me while watching movies! : ) thanks for sharing!
    xo Erin @ Thanks, I Made It

    1. You just need to put it in a washing bag and use a more delicate cycle. The shirt will slowly become less mesh-like and more string like over time, this is part of how the fabric deteriorates over time. The effect is still nice though.

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