How to stretch out a pre-shrunk cotton t-shirt so that it wears a little easier


Before stretching out your shirts make sure that you have taken the right cloth, It should be 100% cotton as a polyester blend.

While the shirt doesn’t need to be particularly expensive, very cheap cotton shirts generally have a lower thread count, which makes them more likely to tear if you stretch them too hard.


1.Stretch by hand
2.Stretch by weight
3.Fast stretch (using conditioner)


How to Stretch a Jacket

Denim jackets work well with this method. Any jackDepending on what kind of cloth your jacket is made of, you can often employ a cold water soak followed by the weighted stretching method to enlarge the jacket by a size or two.

Denim jackets work well with this method. Any jacket made of cotton or a cotton blend should stretch quite easily.

If you have a leather, velvet, or wool jacket. You will have more difficulty reshaping it.

You may want to leave jackets and coats to the professionals. These clothes usually feature the most complex structures requiring lots of work to reshape without accidentally twisting or warping the material.

Professionals can measure everything to a “T” and use blocking mats and other tools to carefully reshape each area of these complex items.

Plus, many jackets and coats these days feature special waterproof or synthetic material that does not stretch as easily.

Can Knitting be Unravelled from the bottom?

This will feel wrong, but if you need to undo knitting below the needle, you will need to cut away the unwanted knitting. If you try to unravel starting at the cast on edge, you will soon find that the yarn is locked at each stitch. Very carefully, cut the row or round above the picked up stitches.

Does wool keep shrinking?

Yes, wool fabric can continue to shrink and wool clothing may become misshapen also. You can minimize the shrinkage by using cold water and avoiding agitation in the wash cycle. Worsted wool may shrink less because they have a resin coating the fibers that smooths the scales of the wool.

How to Fix Shrunken Shirt

Method 1: Use Conditioner or Baby Shampoo

Step 1

Wet your shirt thoroughly.

You can sop it in a bowl of water or sink. Use coo

You can sop it in a bowl of water or sink. Use cool water and ensure that every part of the shirt that needs stretching is soaked.

Again, remember that you should not use hot or warm water because it affects the garment structure.

Step 2

Pour one-fourth cup of any hair conditioner in the water. If you do not have this product around, you can use baby shampoo.

Use a comb or stick to mix it up. Make sure the co

Use a comb or stick to mix it up. Make sure the conditioner fully dissolves into the water. The conditioner will soften the fibers in your shirt and make them stretch.

Step 3

Use both your hands to push down the shirt to the bottom of the mixture in the bowl. Leave it there for about 20 minutes.

Step 4

Drain the water from the bowl into the sink and fill it again with cool water.

Squeeze out the conditioned water from the shirt gently and then soak it in the bowl for a few more minutes.

After this, remove the water from the shirt by squ

After this, remove the water from the shirt by squeezing it lightly. Repeat this step two or three times to get all the conditioner out of the shirt.

Step 5

Step 5

After squeezing the water out of the shirt, spread it on a plain surface.

Step 6

Step 6

Use both your hands to mildly stretch the shirt from its neckline, making your way down to the sides.

Repeat this process on the sleeves. Do this until the shirt is back to its normal size.

Step 7

Step 7

Lay the shirt flat and let it dry.

This method works best for cotton shirts.

Method 2: Stretch Your Shirt with Hands

Step 1

Wash your shirt using the washing machine or your hands. Rinse it and squeeze out the extra water, but do not wring the fabric.

Instead, just press on the shirt. That way, you don’t interfere with the shape of the garment.

Step 2

Place your shirt on a flat surface. Spread the shirt completely and ensure that there are no folds or wrinkles on it.

Step 3

Pull onto each corner of your shirt. Stretch the shirt, starting with each sleeve, slightly pulling by an inch or two. Stretch along the collar of the shirt and the top line of it.

Finally, pull both sides.

Step 4

Step 4

Leave the shirt outside under a shade to dry.

Method 3: Stretch with Heat

Step 1

Wet your shirt by dipping it in cool water. Make sure that all corners are wet. You don’t have to soak it.

Step 2

Step 2

Squeeze out any excess water and spread it on a flat surface for ironing. Make sure that your iron’s temperature is on medium-low.

Slowly go over your shirt while exerting slight pressure. With the shirt in one hand and the iron in the other, start pulling and pressing out the shirt with the iron.

Ensure that you go over the shirt in all directions.

Step 3

Step 3

Leave it outside to dry on a flat surface.

Method 4: Use a Cloth Hanger

Step 1

This method is great for stretching polyester shirts, which can be a bit difficult.

Soak your shrunken polyester shirt in conditioned water.

Remove the shirt from the water and squeeze to remove excess water.

Step 2

Tug on the shirt to remove the creases and folds.

Step 3

Hang it on a hanger to air dry.

Method 5: Stretch with Some Weight

Method 5: Stretch with Some Weight

Step 1

To unshrink a shirt, spread it on a flat surface when dry and apply some free weights to manipulate its size. On the edges of the shirt, you can place something heavy like books, bags of rice, or just free weights.

The items have to be heavy to keep the shirt stretched out. If you want to stretch out the arms, you can use wide bottles full of water – just place them in the sleeves.

Step 2

Step 2

Leave the shirt in that state for about 30 minutes to an hour. The weights will stretch out the fiber and make the change more permanent.If you have used either of the methods mentioned above (1 to 4), you can also use this one because it complements them.

For example, stretching with heat may not return the shirt to its original full size. In that case, use the weights to stretch it even further.


How to Stretch a Shirt that Fits Too Tight

How to Stretch a Shirt that Fits Too Tight

How much can you stretch a shirt / blouse?  –  The construction of the fabric determines how much you can stretch it — both what it is made of, and how it is woven. Some materials do not take to stretching, while other garments have already been stretched out. From its basic rinsed or sanforized (prewashed) state, most shirts can be stretched about 1/2 – 3/4″. Care must be taken to ensure that the stress on the fabric does not tear it. Make sure that the shirt in question fits comfortably around the arm holes, shoulders, and neck, as these areas will not stretch much, if at all.

How do you stretch a cotton shirt?  –  Cotton is (usually) the material from which chambray, birdseye, flannel, corduroy, and twill are made. It can be soft or scratchy, and tough or delicate. A near-overwhelming majority of shirts are made from cotton or cotton blends, so if your vintage shirt is made of an unknown natural fiber, signs point to it being cotton. Many cotton fabrics are easier to shrink than they are to stretch, but you typically can still get some slack. Soak the shirt in cool to cold water until fully saturated (about 20 minutes) — it may help to add and rub some hair conditioner (I use the aforementioned Outback Gold wool wash since it doesn’t have to be rinsed out) to relax the fibers of the shirt. Remove from the water, squeeze excess water out, and lay flat on a table. Tug lightly on opposite sides of the garment to stretch it, working your way up the body to the arms. If you are looking to make the entire shirt fit larger, take special care to make sure that you have stretched the shoulders, gut, and upper arms.

  • How to Stretch a Viscose Blouse / Shirt – Viscose cannot be stretched beyond its original size. If you have purchased a garment that has shrank, then follow the same guidelines for unshrinking rayon. If it has not been washed and fits too small, it is unlikely you will be able to stretch it to size. When unshrinking, take care not to tear or put too much stress at the seams of the shirt.
  • How to Stretch a Rayon Shirt  –  Similar to viscose, rayon does not stretch much beyond its original size. The most that can be done is unshrinking it to recover previous loss in the fabric. Soak the shirt in cool (no warmer than room temperature) water for about 10 minutes or until fully saturated, agitating the water to get the fabric to loosen up. Allow excess water to drip out before laying it flat on a table or towel, then use the above method for stretching a cotton shirt. Books or other weights can ensure the garment does not draw back in as it dries, but be sure to check on it regularly.
  • How to Stretch a Linen Shirt  –  Unfortunately, linen only moves in one direction on the size axis, and that is “smaller.” Do not attempt to stretch linen.
  • How to Stretch a Silk Blouse / Shirt  –  Do not attempt to stretch a silk shirt.
  • Other Synthetics  –  As a general rule, synthetic materials are more resistant to stretching and shrinking. Use the same method as rayon and do not expect much stretch.

Can a tailor make a shirt bigger?  –  Most shirts have no allowance for making them larger. They are, however, able to add fabric in discrete areas to give the shirt some more room. If your shirt fits tight around the shoulders/arms, talk to a tailor (or a friend who can sew) about underarm gussets. If the shoulders and neck are fine, you can also unstitch the sides of the shirt to add fabric side panels for room in the gut while adding gussets. This is a great option for men’s dress shirts that fit a hair too small or that do not have the desired silhouette.

How to make shirt fit longer  –  Care must be taken to make sure you do not tear the shirt. While it is damp using the above methods, add some steady tugging or pressure to the bottom hem and arms. Make sure that you continue adding horizontal stretch so that it does not get tight.

How to Shrink a Shirt that is Too Loose

How much can you shrink a shirt?  –  Owing to its thinner construction, shirts take to shrinking quite well — even synthetics! If the seams (neck, arm holes) fit well, then you can expect the body of the shirt up to 25% of its size, depending on the fabric and method of shrinking. This typically equates to 1-2 sizes.

How to shrink a shirt or blouse –  Allow to soak in warm (not hot) water for 20 minutes, or until fully saturated. Agitate the shirt if desired to stimulate the fabric. Lay flat to air dry. When shrinking chambray shirts and other indigo-dyed fabrics, care must be made to ensure that the color does not leach excessively. Wash inside out to prevent marbling of the dye. This same method can be used for cotton, viscose, rayon, other synthetics, linen, and silk. Always aim to undershrink (water slightly too cool) instead of overshrink. For more information, look up at shrinking jackets.

Ways to stretch a cotton shirt

Method 1: Soaking the shirt in water

  1. Wash your shirt 

Fabric will stretch much easier when it’s wet, which is similarly the reason you have to reshape some clothes after washing. You can wash it either by hand or in the machine, as it’s only really to make it wet. Whichever method you choose, make sure you use cold water as this will prevent the shirt from shrinking any further. On your washing machine select cold wash – anything below 30 degrees.




2. Lay your shirt out

While it’s still wet, lay the shirt on a flat surface. If you’ve washed by hand, make sure you wring the shirt out before doing this. Either way, lay the shirt on a towel and make sure it’s flat and has no creases.



 3. Stretch the shirt

Stretch the material in the areas where you  want it to be larger. Wet cotton has a surprising amount of give in it, and you might find that the chest area has up to 5cm give in it. Similarly, the arms can have 2-3cm give in them.


 4. Leave it to dry

 4. Leave it to dry

Now simply leave the shirt on the towel to dry. Once it’s completely dry, try it on and see if it’s worked!




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