DIY: Lace Up Shirt

Today I am going to share a step by step pic-torial on how to DIY your own lace up shirt. I posted a picture on Instagram and received a ton of requests on a tutorial, so here it is! The whole project takes about 20-30 minutes and is relatively simple. This is a great way to transform any old t-shirt and completely re-vamp the look. This time, I used an old football jersey and it worked perfectly, as well.

Supplies needed:

  • Shirt
  • Eyelet tape
  • Fabric glue or glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie or Fabric marker
  • Scrap paper
  • Ribbon

Lets get started.

You’ll want to lay your shirt on a flat surface and gather all your supplies. I recommend trying on the shirt beforehand and determining how deep you want your cut-out to be. This is particularly important for shirts have have wording or intricate designs.

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Next, lay your eyelet tape where you will want the cut-out. Use the edge of the eyelet to mark where you will be cutting the fabric. Be careful not to mark your eyelet tape during this step. You can also use a ruler or other flat edge to eliminate the risk.

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Now, you’re ready to cut. Cut just beyond the mark you made to ensure there are no marking left on the shirt.

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Now you’re ready to glue. Since we’ve already measured the tape, you can cut it so it’s easier to work with one side at a time. Add some scrap paper to protect the rest of the shirt. This part can get a little tricky, so make sure you keep your glue at the edge of the eyelet so that you will be able to lace your ribbon through later on.

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Once you’ve let your eyelet tape dry and fully adhere to the fabric, you can go ahead and start lacing the ribbon. Make a small knot at the end of the ribbon and lace it through the first eyelet. Once you’ve laced it through, add a second knot over the first to ensure it doesn’t slip while you’re wearing it. I cut more ribbon than necessary because it’s better to have extra than to be short, so make sure you give yourself more than enough ribbon to lace with.

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Keep lacing…

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This is what your ribbon should look like when you’ve finished lacing. Cut the ribbon to size and knot the same double knot you did when you started.

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And that is it!

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to transform an old shirt into something new. Thrift stores, likes Goodwill, have awesome vintage tees for great prices (often for $1!). Hopefully, these photos were easy to understand. As always, I’d be happy to answer any questions!

Xo,

La Vida Vila

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