Two shirts = better than one.

Two shirts = better than one.

In order to embrace my indecision, I’ve decided to combine two shirt designs in one. This combination shirt is a total time-saver for getting ready. No more pre-outing stress about which tee to style. Instead, represent multiple aspects of your identity at once! With this super simple DIY you’ll be able to rock two tees at once and make use of old undesirable shirts, or create one completely unique shirt. So, whether you want to combine your favorite band tees or add designs to both, you’ll be ready to go with this calming DIY. Let’s get started!

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What you’ll need:

  • Two T-shirts in the same size that you don’t mind cutting up
  • Puffy Paints (optional)
  • Acrylic paint (optional)
  • Fabric marker (optional)
  • Painting utensils (optional)
  • Shears
  • A Needle and thread, or sewing machine
  • A sheet of cardboard

Step One:

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Lay out a shirt you’re comfortable cutting up. Slide an old flat journal or piece of cardboard in between each layer of the tee and begin to create a full design with your favorite tools. I grabbed some acrylic paint and a paint brush and did a freehand design with noodles in a bowl in mind.

Step Two:

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Paint your design on and allow it to dry for at least two hours. Drying is important, this DIY is easy but requires patience.

Step Three:

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Design your second tee, if you’d like. I tried this line drawing of flowers inspired by tattoos, using puffy paint. This part is pretty therapeutic. Allow the puffy paint to dry for at least four hours. Here’s what you should have so far:

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Step Four:

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Place your two tees one on top of the other. (This is why drying times and patience were important!) Place a ruler or measuring device of some sort on your shirts to find the exact center. Mark your center—or don’t, be freeeee.

Step Five:

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Cut down the center of both tees.

Step Six:

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Open one of your tees and spread it out so that each side’s raw edge is open.

Step Seven

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Do the same for your other tee, but place it on top of your first tee, right sides facing each other (make sure both tees are perfectly dry because the sides that will show should be touching). Pin down the length and sew down the length with a small enough seam allowance for the tee to still fit you. I did five-eighths-inch seams.

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Ta-da! You have completed your masterpiece! And you can use the leftovers to make a matching tee for a friend. ♦