Guest blogger and Fora’s resident DIY aficionado, Niki, shows you how to whip yourself up a summer staple: the fringe tee!-
And no, I’m not talking make-your-own Joshua Jackson. This month, it’s all about the fringed t-shirt. With music festivals a-plenty, warm weather (finally!) on it’s way and cut off jean shorts looking for a new BFF harder than Paris Hilton circa 2008, a cropped fringed tee is the perfect top to satisfy all. Plus, it’s super easy to make. Exceptionally easy, if you will. In fact, it’s so easy, you’re going to wonder why I thought it was blogworthy.
That being said, in my opinion, the easier the DIY, the better. I like to keep things difficulty, special tools and equipment-free for y’all. I’m not lazy, I love you guys! Plus, this brings me back to my golden rule: Why would you buy something when you can easily make it yourself?
WHAT YOU NEED to make a FRINGED TEE:
- A T-Shirt. I recommend trying this to spice up an old one, or picking one up at a thrift store for a few dollars.
- Scissors — the sharper the better.
- A ruler or a measuring tape.
- Fabric chalk, or anything you can use to lightly draw on your fabric that will come out in the wash. Even a light eyeliner would be fine.
Turn your t-shirt inside out and cut off the bottom hem all the way around (see photos 1 and 2 below).
Using your ruler or measuring tape, measure at least 2.5 inches from the bottom (this will be the length of the fringe, so if you would like longer fringe, add an extra inch or two) and mark this point with your fabric chalk (see photo 3 below).
Using your fabric chalk, lightly draw a dashed line horizontally across the bottom of your shirt (it should still be inside out at this point) from where you measured and marked in step two (see photo 4 below).
With your scissors, cut strips from the bottom of your t-shirt up until the line you drew with your fabric chalk. The width of the fringe is up to you – mine is fairly small (about a centimeter wide) which results in more fringe. If you would like less fringe, cut wider strips. If I were to do this over, I probably would have cut my strips a little bit wider. Sigh.
Tie the very bottom of each strip into a knot. Pull and twist the fabric a little bit while you do this — it helps separate the fringe strips a bit more.
Voila! You just got fringed. Super easy! High five!
Wear this top with a pair of high-waisted flares and platform sandals, denim cutoffs and a cute pair of flats, or a body-con mini skirt. Or better yet…