DIY Button Up Collared Shirt

by Sam P. | January 15th, 2015 | DIY, Fashion

sam collared diy shirtThis is a fun and easy DIY that will turn your basic button down shirt into a fun and unique one that you will never get bored of.  You can use any button down shirt; I used a plaid flannel one, but any will work.  The best part is that this does not require sewing!  In fact, I did not sew my edge down; I left it as is.  Not only did I like the way it looks as is, but I cut too close to my pockets to fold it down.  Luckily, I like the worn and frayed look that it will create after being washed a few times.  Now you have a brand new and improved button down shirt in your closet.  It looks great with jeans, leggings, even shorts in the summer.  It adds an all-new fun and interesting look that you probably haven’t seen before.  If you want to make it even more diverse, add studs to the collar for a cool rough and tough look.


  • A button down shirt
  • Card stock (any paper will do in a pinch)
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Fabric glue (optional)
  • Thread and needle (optional)


  1. Lay your shirt out flat and measure out how large you want your cut outs to be.  I went about halfway across the shoulder and about two inches down on the chest.
  2. Lay the paper over the area you want to cut out and trace the measurements on it.  You can either cut straight across from end to end, or curve it out.  If there are pockets, your best option is probably cutting it straight across.
  3. Cut the shape you want out of the paper and then trace it onto both sides of the shirt with chalk, and be sure to line it up with the seam of the collar, the shoulder, and be sure it is right up against the seam for the buttons or it will look weird.  You should now have a sort of triangle on the upper chest area of your shirt.
  4. Carefully use the scissors and cut out the shape from the shirt.  Go slow and try to cut as exactly on the line as you can.
  5. Trim the edges as needed to have a straight and even line all the way.
  6. If you like the way it looks now you can leave it as is.  If your main edge that is not next to a seam is fraying and you dislike it, you can add a few tiny cuts into it going into the fabric, and then fold it in. Then use a thread and needle to sew them down to create a nice crease.
  7. If you prefer to use fabric glue, follow step six with fabric glue instead.

This will work on any button down shirt you have.  I used a plaid shirt, but any button down will work.  One last tip is a reminder to be sure that when you are choosing your measurements that your bra will not be seen through the cutout.  If your cutout is too large and has a curved edge your bra may show which will not look good.


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