DIY Outfits for Tailgate Season

Story and photos by Kaylee Winter, Courtesy Photos by Julia Saleski, Julia Locricchio

With football season here, everyone is looking for the perfect tailgate outfits. Why go out and spend money on apparel when you can just make your own shirts for much cheaper? Here are some quick and easy DIY outfits for this upcoming tailgate.

To start off simple, get a shirt that is a few sizes bigger than your usual size. Figure out how short you want it and simply just cut the shirt in the middle to give it a flowy crop-top look. You can do this look with t-shirts, long sleeves and hoodies.


For a tighter tube-top look, get a shirt that has a CMU logo on it. Cut the top part of the shirt off, right below the sleeves so that it becomes sleeveless. Then, cut the bottom of the shirt off, depending on how short you want it. By doing this, it leaves you with just the middle part of the shirt that contains any logos. Afterwards, lay the shirt down on a flat surface and on the left and right sides under your arms, cut the shirt in half on both sides all the way down going vertically. Then, lay the front and back pieces on top of each other and make sure that they line up evenly. After the two pieces are lined up, cut about 8-10 horizontal pieces on each side that are about 2-3 centimeters long. Tie and double knot each of the horizontal cuts that you just made and once that is done, your tube top will be complete.


If you’re not a big arts and crafts person, all you need is an iron-on CMU logo. For this look, all you have to do is use a plain white shirt (or any other color if you chose) and iron on the logo where you want it placed on the shirt.

Make the most and save the most out of your football season and DIY your own super cute and cheap outfits.