How to Cut a T-Shirt into a Punk Rock Style

by Sara Cantu
Use scissors to cut simple or intricate patterns onto a logo T-shirt for a cool, punk rock vibe.

Use scissors to cut simple or intricate patterns onto a logo T-shirt for a cool, punk rock vibe.

Punk-rock style has evolved in recent years, with more fashion lovers embracing the edgy punk-rock persona and incorporating it into their wardrobes in a variety of ways. From studded accessories like belts and bags to tough garments like the motorcycle jacket, punk-rock style is making a major comeback. Luckily, you need not spend a fortune to get in on this trend. Revamp an old T-shirt into punk-rock territory by following a few simple steps.

Punk Rock T-Shirt

Take your scissors and cut off the sleeves of your T-shirt to make it into a [tank top](, cutting from the bottom hem of the sleeve to the top.

Cut a slight U-shape, starting and ending three inches before the corner of each shoulder. A deeper cut will result in more neck room while a V-neck cut is a popular silhouette, as well.

Allow the back of the T-shirt to drape and cut several thin vertical slits into the fabric. Thin lines will result in many subtle cut-outs while thick, separated lines will result in a larger area for skin to peek through. You can also use this technique horizontally by draping the T-shirt horizontally and cutting slits from there.

Cut a few scattered holes throughout the T-shirt, about one inch in diameter, to create a grungy effect with subtle cut-outs.

Add spikes or pyramid-stud embellishments to your T-shirt for an extra dose of glam. Determine a pattern for placement -- usually on the shoulders -- and mark each spot with a fine-point marker.

Unscrew a screw-back stud or spike and insert the sharp edge of each stud into the shirt and screw the fastener on to secure. Repeat this step until each marked point is covered in a stud or spike, creating a cool and stylish punk-rock inspired T-shirt.

Items you will need

  • Scissors
  • Screw-back studs (optional)
  • Soda water (optional)
  • Salt (optional)
  • Sandpaper (optional)


  • Give a new T-shirt a worn look through fading and softening. Start with a T-shirt one size larger than your normal size as the fading process will cause shrinkage. Combine a mixture of washing soda and salt and set aside.
  • Then, wash your T-shirt in the washing machine on a high temperature. Once the water has reached the top of the load, add your salt and soda mixture and put the T-shirt in. When the load has finished, dry on high heat. Repeat this process three to five times, gradually decreasing the amount of salt and soda in the mixture. Finally, use a small piece of sandpaper to brush at any logo your T-shirt may have, creating a cool faded appearance.

About the Author

Sara Cantu has been writing fashion and lifestyle articles since 2009. As a fashion stylist, writer and blogger, she has been published in “Lady Couture” magazine and “RGV” magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from The University of Texas - Pan American.

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