Pep rallies inspire school spirit and pride. Whether you're a high school or college student, you can show your school spirit by creating a customized t-shirt in your school's colors. Creating a custom shirt requires just a few materials and can be done with or without a sewing machine. In fact, there is a way to construct a pep rally shirt that does not require any sewing skills at all.
Select two, solid-colored t-shirts in your school's colors. Choose t-shirts that are your size or larger; both must be the same size.
Turn both t-shirts inside out.
Measure the t-shirts. Mark the center of the shirts with tailor's chalk.
Cut the t-shirts straight down the center, cutting through both the front and back layers of the shirt.
Put one half of one of the t-shirts next to one half of the other shirt.
Pin the t-shirts together at the front and back cut lines. Pin the front and back separately. Do not pin the front of one shirt to the back of the other, or vice versa.
Sew the center of the front of the t-shirt. Then, sew the center of the back of the t-shirt. Make sure the collar and bottom hem of both t-shirt halves line up.
Turn the shirt right-side out and try it on. Make any necessary adjustments by taking in or letting out the center front and back seams.
Use two solid colored t-shirts in your school's colors. Choose t-shirts that are two sizes larger than the size you wear. Make sure both shirts are the same size.
Measure the t-shirts. Mark the center of the shirts with tailor's chalk. Cut the t-shirts straight down the center.
Put one half of one of the t-shirts next to one half of the other shirt. Make cuts along the front and back center lines of each t-shirt half along the length of the shirt. Each cut should be approximately 2 x 3 inches.
Tie one cut strip from one of the t-shirt halves to the corresponding strip on the other t-shirt half. Do this for each strip on both sides of the t-shirt, front and back.
Try on the t-shirt. Make any necessary adjustments. If the t-shirt is too large, increase the length of the cut strips, tying them tighter and closer together. If the t-shirt is too small, loosen the knots.
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Elizabeth Tumbarello has been writing since 2006, with her work appearing on various websites. She is an animal lover who volunteers with her local Humane Society. Tumbarello attended Hocking College and is pursuing her Associate of Applied Science in veterinary technology from San Juan College.