Guest Post: DIY Triforce Cut-out T-shirt Alteration

2 Aug

Today, you’re in for a treat: The amazing, fantastic mega-awesome Michelle (sister of Sarah) is visiting Tea Time & Tulle for an easy way to repurpose T-shirts with a slightly nerdy twist.

If there’s one thing I enjoy more than the Legend of Zelda, it’s not being naked all the time.  Luckily for me, sometimes these joys coincide with awesome T-shirts.  Not so luckily, this shirt is from my smaller years and was on the road to becoming the culprit in an asphyxiation case.  After a few restless nights of brainstorming, I realized that cutting holes in shirts generally makes them larger.  So don’t throw away that old, beloved T-shirt just yet; there may be hope for it still.

First things first, here’s what you’ll need:

  • One (1) totally awesome T-shirt
  • Fabric Scissors/Normal Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Angle Measure (Optional)
  • White chalk/pencil

While I’m granting my shirt the almighty power of the triforce, you can try other designs too.  The important thing to remember is guidelines. You want symmetry and good placement for any design, and the best way to do that is to plan it out and use a ruler to your advantage.

Here comes planning:

First, I found the center of this shirt by measuring the neck opening and drawing a line down the center.  No matter what shape you’re making, this is important because you can use it as a guideline. I used mine to make sure the triforce was directly in the center of my shirt.

After, I found my center and felt at peace with that or whatever, I went to work making a triangle.  Fun math fact: equilateral triangles have 60° angles at their vertexes.  The triforce is made of four equilateral triangles joined into one larger one, so that’s what we’re making here.  Anyway, now I used my center line to start a line 30° to the left and another 30° to the right (these add up to a 60° angle).

Now, continue those lines as far out as you can or want.  Once you’ve done that, pick a line and measure a 60° angle from that line to the one across from it and draw another line.  You should have a pretty handsome triangle by now, and maybe you’re also kind of sick of measuring angles, but we’re done with that.

The next step is super easy. Measure the sides of your triangle (they should all be the same, if not, your angles are wrong).  From here, you want to mark off half of the distance at every side.  Once you’ve done that you can connect those points with a straight line.

Wow, amazing! A Triforce! Da da da daaaaaa.

Don’t cut anything yet; next you have to draw in the lines you’ll actually be cutting.  I made my lines 1 1/2 cm apart, but a smaller or larger distance will also work.  Just make those lines on all of the little triangles except the center, and you’ll be golden and basking in the light of Hylian glory.

Now, we get to the fun part: CUTTING STUFF UP. (Note: While thematically appropriate, the Master Sword is not a practical tool for this project.)

I started from the bottom line and worked my way up with cutting, but before you start, I recommend finding something to protect the front of your shirt from scissors cutting through it.  I also later sewed the bottom of my shirt  under the long slit at the bottom of the triforce back to the center triangle to make it drape better.  You can just leave yours attached from the start if you want.

Keep cutting all the horizontal lines drawn on your shirt until it is a holey mess. Once that happens, it is also finished.  Yay!

Pro Tips:

  • To start your cuts, try a small snip in the center and cut the lines from there.  If it looks a little sloppy where you started your cuts, don’t worry because the fabric will curl up and that mistake will disappear.
  • The top of the triangles may look a little lackluster.  Try actually cutting out small triangles at the tops for  a sharper look.
  • Seriously, don’t cut through to the front of your shirt.  Be careful.
  • If your pieces of fabric aren’t curling properly, try rolling them together with your fingers.  If that doesn’t work, make a small cut upwards or downwards into the fabric strip; this will give it something to curl.
  • To make different designs, all you need is some patience and planning.  Make sure you like your design before you cut.
  • Dear ladies, if showing your bra strap is a concerning development, watch the placement of your cuts.  With this design, the center triangle covers things up pretty nicely, but other designs may not be so forgiving.

We’re done! Wear your stylish new shirt to break into people’s houses and smash their fine china and find Rupees.

If you want to further change your shirt, you can do what I did and open up the neckline.  You can also try cutting out the sleeves if they don’t suit your fancy.  Do what you want; the shirt is yours. Fashion is yours. The world is yours.



2 Responses to “Guest Post: DIY Triforce Cut-out T-shirt Alteration”

  1. tshirt geek December 4, 2012 at 12:23 PM #

    OMG! Its seriously awesome! A must try!


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