DIY Off The Shoulder T-shirt (No Sew Refashion!)


Using simplified no sew techniques, this refashion tutorial shares how to make a DIY off the shoulder t-shirt. Turn an old tee into a new style by following along with these simple steps. 

DIY off the shoulder t-shirt before and after
This project uses no sew reconstruction to refashion a t-shirt into this DIY off the shoulder top. However, understanding the basics of how to cut off the shoulder t-shirt helps you to further understand this project.

There is nothing like wearing personalized and unique outfits. This DIY off the shoulder t-shirt has an elastic band that helps the garment snug nicely on your shoulders. 

Are you ready for the challenge? Grab an old tee and lets get started! 


DIY Fashion That Is Exciting To Wear

When it comes to t-shirt upcycle ideas, there are many exciting inspirations to choose from. From sewing for beginners, to no sew projects, there are many funs ways to cut a shirt.

How do you refashion old tees? No sew t-shirt refashion is a fantastic place to begin the journey of recycling old clothes into new looks.

Find your favorite upcycle clothing and push your creative boundaries. Turn old clothing into exciting new styles that you look forward to wearing. 

In the end, there is nothing like wearing your own clothes and being able to say, “Yes, I made that!”

DIY Off The Shoulder T-shirt

DIY Off The Shoulder T-shirt

Here is a cute DIY off the shoulder t-shirt that is made from an old tee. It’s a perfect summer piece to wear with denim shorts or jeans to create an adorable outfit on a casual day. 

The elastic band hugs gently around your shoulders to great a secure fit. Wear as a off the shoulder top or even as a one shoulder top.

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Beginner



  • Fabric Chalk
  • Measuring Tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors


  1. To make a cropped shirt, measure 16” up from the bottom of the hem and mark a dotted line across the shirt.
    diy off the shoulder t-shirt step 2
    Follow the stripe pattern and cut along the line.
    diy off the shoulder t-shirt step 3
  2. Next, cut off both sleeves, and also cut open both side seams and shoulder seams. As a result, you have much more fabric to work with.
    diy off the shoulder t-shirt step 5
  3. Fold the panel in half with the inside facing out. Match the stripes so you have an even look.
    diy off the shoulder t-shirt step 6
  4. From the folded line, measure 9” x 9"and draw a square and cut along the chalk mark.
    Helpful hint: Use a measuring tape and follow along the stripe pattern.
    diy off the shoulder t-shirt step 7
  5. Do the same with the other piece  of fabric. So now, you have two pieces 18” x 9” rectangles for each sleeve.
    diy off the shoulder t-shirt step 8
  6. Next, keep the hem finish of the original shirt as your new shirt hemline. Using the tape measure, start 1” away from the side seam and mark with the chalk. Then, measure 3” down and mark with chalk. Draw a smooth curve line and cut along the chalk mark. This is your new under armhole for the sleeve. Do the same for the other side.
    diy off the shoulder t-shirt step 9
  7. Grab the sleeve pieces and measure 1” away and 3” down from the raw edges, mark with chalk. Draw a smooth curved line and cut along the mark.
    diy off the shoulder t-shirt step 10
  8. Make sure the sleeves are folded with the wrong sides facing together. Now, join the side seam of the sleeve with the curve line using fabric glue. Let it dry completely for about 2 minutes and then turn the sleeve right side out.
    diy off the shoulder t-shirt step 11
  9. To join the body and sleeve, lay the body and sleeve armhole flat so it creates a “U” shape. Match the lines of both pieces to glue about ¼” width along the curve line. Again let it dry completely.
    diy off the shoulder t-shirt step 12
  10. To make a tunnel for the elastic band, you’ll need to fold the top part of the shoulder about 1 ¼" and glue about ¼” width. At the end, leave a 2” opening to insert the elastic band into the tunnel.
    diy off the shoulder t-shirt step 13
  11. Slide the elastic into the opening and push the band so it goes around the tunnel. Overlap the elastic and glue the ends together.
    diy off the shoulder t-shirt step 14
  12. Finally, close the opening to finish the no sew refashion off shoulder top.
    diy off the shoulder t-shirt step 15


The step by step no sew tutorial shows exactly how to diy off the shoulder t-shirt! Recycle old striped t-shirt into new off the shoulder top for summer season. It’s a no sew project that is easy and fun to do.

I chose a pinstriped t-shirt dress that was 98% cotton and 2% spandex. Because when adding elastic inside, cotton makes the shirting more rigid and keeps the voluminous silhouette better than rayon spandex fabric.

Try to find a cotton spandex blended knit shirt dress for this project. It greatly improves the finished look of the garment.

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This striped off the shoulder striped t-shirt is THE BEST Recycle DIY no sew refashion projects ever. It's perfect recycle and refashion your old tees. Simple and cute wardrobe to try for this summer!

Soonjoo Uh

I graduated with a bachelors of fine arts degree in fashion design. I worked in the fashion industry as a lead designer for major brand name labels such as Stitch Fix, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, and Dillards. Now, I am the founder of the website Fashion Wanderer where I share current fashion trends, style tips and how to build a capsule wardrobe collection.

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