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Tutorial: How to add a knotted hem to a basic t-shirt

Knotted hems are all the rage right now, and luckily it’s a really easy hack!

Creative Counselor: Knotted Hem

For this knotted hem hack, all you will need is a good basic tee pattern — I’m using the Only Tee (affiliate link) from KBSD patterns — some freehand drawing, and a French curve to help smooth things out, though that is not absolutely necessary.

Creative Counselor: Knotted Hem

How to Hack a Knotted Hem:

  1. Trace your front shirt piece.  Draw a 1/4 circle at the center of the bottom hem of your front shirt piece.  Your 1/4 circle should be against the edge that is placed on the fold.

Creative Counselor: Knotted Hem

2.  Draw your ties.  This part requires a little bit of freehand.  I brought mine straight down from the bottom of the 1/4 circle I drew, and then angled them down from the other side.  I made them just over 8 inches long.

Creative Counselor: Knotted Hem

Creative Counselor: Knotted Hem

3.  Cut your pattern.  Because of the way we did the knot, you can still cut the front shirt piece on the fold.

4.  The only other step for this particular hack is the hemming.  When you go to hem the shirt, just hem the ties as well.  I did my hem in two parts.  First, I turned under the curved part at the center front by about 3/8″ and hemmed.  Then I turned under the rest of the ties by about 3/8″ and slowly blended that to the full 1″ hem allowance at the straight part of the hem.

Easy, peasy right?  You could also do a banded bottom and extend the band pieces to make a knot.  This is the approach used on a newer tee pattern that is popular right now and it is really easy to do!

Don’t forget that you can pick up the Only Tee for 35% off with the code “B2B” and be sure to link up your basic makes here.

All fabrics in this post are sponsored by Simply by Ti Fabrics.


2 thoughts on “Tutorial: How to add a knotted hem to a basic t-shirt

  1. You made this look so easy. If you want to be lazy (and you know me, I love lazy), you can skip hemming all together. When you use solid fabrics, you can’t really tell the front/back from far away, so no one will even notice. 🙂

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