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Style How-To: DIY Game Day T-Shirt

Are you ready for some football? There's no reason not to look your best on game day as you cheer on your favorite team. Here's how to refashion your oversized tee into a spirited DIY T-shirt. We guarantee you'll stand out at your next tailgate.

DIY Game Day Shirt

Crop tops aren't just for summer anymore. In less than 15 minutes you will have a refashioned tee that can be easily styled with denim shorts, a high-waisted knit skirt, or jeans for warmer games this September and October. Another fun way to wear your game-day shirt is to layer over a maxi dress. For cold weather games, where layers are required, throw on a cardigan and a leather jacket to add warmth while allowing just a sliver of skin to show. For this DIY all you need is an oversized tee sporting your favorite team logo and a pair of scissors. There are many ways to refashion T-shirts: Channel the '80s by cutting off one of the shoulders. For a bohemian feel, cut the bottom portion of your shirt into vertical strips, creating fringe detailing. There are many ways to create intricate patterns to make the shirt all your own. This no-sew DIY T-shirt will have you cutting up every tee in your closet!

DIY Game Day Shirt


  • Sports T-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

Here's how to transform an oversized T-shirt.

DIY Game Day Shirt

1. Lay the T-shirt on a smooth surface with the front and back centers now facing out. Make sure the bottom hems match up with one another.

2. For this DIY T-shirt, we wanted a cropped look. I measured 4 inches down from the logo and began cutting from the back center. Begin cutting down when you get about 2 1/2 inches from the folded front center of the tee. Cut until you cut through the hem of the T-shirt.

DIY Game Day Shirt

3. Starting an inch higher than the horizontal cut you just made, cut out a thin vertical strip of fabric in the front center of the T-shirt about 1 inch wide. This will give you two ties that you can knot in the front of the shirt.

4. Cut off the sleeves. For wider straps, simply follow the cut of the arm sleeve hem. For skinny straps, cut in a few more inches. This creates a slouchier look. Follow the same instructions for the neckline. Trim any uneven edges. Tie the front in a knot.

DIY Game Day Shirt

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Samantha McClelland

Samantha McClelland currently resides in Iowa as a full-time merchandise buyer. Before landing her job in the corporate world, she was itching for a creative outlet. After perusing many interior design, DIY, and fashion blogs, she created The Brunette One in July of 2010. The Brunette One is a collection of splendid things. A collection that includes Samantha's love of fashion; cataloging the latest trends and shopping tips, along with sharing her personal and street style inspirations. In her spare time, Samantha moonlights as co-owner and founder of StyleEsque, the director of communications for Go Blog Social and co-founder of Midwest Bloggers.

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