Here’s another t-shirt with heart cut out refashion tutorial for Valentine’s Day. This t-shirt features a beautiful heart on the back of the shirt (rather than the front) with beautiful stretchy red fabric.
Do you remember this heart cut-out t-shirt refashion? I love that shirt. Everyone else loves that shirt, too. I get soooo many compliments on it. And if you’d like to see more of my Valentine’s Day refashions!
Why I Love This T-Shirt with Heart Cut Out Valentine’s Day Refashion
The best part of this refashion is that it is only 10 minutes (assuming that you have your sewing machine and thread already set up). A quick sew, step-by-step DIY tutorial on how to refashion a plain gray t-shirt into a back heart cutout for Valentine’s Day!
I also love that the heart is on the back, so I can use some see-through lacy fabric for the back. It would so awkward if that was on the front … but I’m not judging if that’s your thing. You will be able to see a peek-a-boo of your bra strap, so make sure to wear a red one (for Valentine’s Day, of course)!
FAQs on T-Shirt with Heart Cut Out
- How Do I Choose the Right T-Shirt? Opt for a t-shirt that fits well but isn’t too tight. A slightly loose fit is ideal as it gives room for the lace to sit comfortably without stretching too much.
- Can I Use a Different Color Lace? Absolutely! While red is great for Valentine’s Day, feel free to experiment with other colors. Black or white lace can give a more subtle but equally stunning effect.
- How Do I Cut the Heart Shape? You can freehand the heart on the back of the shirt or use a paper template for precision. Remember to place it where your bra won’t show if that’s a concern.
- Is Sewing Required? Yes, sewing is necessary to attach the lace to the t-shirt. Hand-sewing works if you don’t have a machine, but it might take a bit longer.
- How Do I Prevent the T-Shirt from Stretching While Sewing? Sew slowly and avoid pulling the fabric. Pinning the lace and fabric carefully helps to keep them in place as you sew.
- Can I Make the Heart on the Front Instead? Definitely! Just be mindful of the transparency of the lace and what you wear underneath.
- What If I’m Not Good at Sewing? This project is beginner-friendly. Take your time, and don’t rush. It’s more about patience than advanced sewing skills.
- How Do I Care for the T-Shirt Afterward? I launder as usual.
- Can This Technique Be Applied to Other Designs? Yes, you’re not limited to a heart shape. Get creative with other designs like stars, letters, or even abstract shapes.
How To Make A Heart Cut Out Shirt Refashion
Start with a plain gray thrift store t-shirt.
And some sexy red lace 🙂 Who doesn’t love some lace? Make sure that your lace is the stretchy kind.
Make a heart on the t-shirt’s back. You can also make a heart on the front, but I didn’t want my bra to show through the lace in the front. I free handed this heart, but you can also use a plain piece of paper and make a template.
Cut out the red lace so it covers the heart. You want to be generous, here. Make sure your lace is facing the right direction! (You want the right-side of the lace to face you.)
This part of the tutorial is the most difficult, but I hope I explain it right … put your hand underneath the heart, and your finger at the top of the heart. Pull the top of the t-shirt down, and put a pin there.
Now, flatten the t-shirt again. Pull the shirt up from the bottom, and you should see the pin. Pull the lace up to that spot, and using another pin, pin the lace to the shirt. Make sure that you pin the lace to the correct side of the shirt, e.g. the back and not the front.
(Sorry for the blurry picture. The camera focused wrong haha.)
Using your hands to “flatten” and “smooth” the shirt, pin the remaining heart. I hope you can see the pins and the heart. Be careful with this step. This is the most important part of how to make a heart cut out shirt.
Start at the “V” in the heart at the top and start sewing around. Make sure that you do not sew the front!! Take your time and don’t stretch the t-shirt material.
We come to the bottom “V” and stop. We have to turn the t-shirt around because the front is all twisted into the sewing machine.
Here we are, all done. 🙂
Grab the bottom of the heart and pinch.
Make a slight cut. MAKE SURE YOU DON’T CUT THE LACE — it’s easy to snip it!!
Cut up the center to meet the heart middle. Once you cut the first strip, all the rest will be easy. Cut the remaining strips.
I turned the t-shirt inside out, and cut around the heart so it wasn’t all fabric-y when I wear the t-shirt.
A close-up of the heart. The heart cut-out gets better and better with each washing, because it will curl up and you will see more of the red lace.
Here I am modeling: