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.


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.


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



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.


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.



Keep lacing…


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.


And that is it!


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!


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