How to Cut the Neck of a Sweatshirt

A step by step guide on how to cut the neck of a sweatshirt so you can rock the off the shoulder look.

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All you need to cut the neck of a sweatshirt is a pair of scissors and a sweatshirt. That’s it! You don’t need anything else. Just make sure the sweatshirt is clean and dry before you start.


A sweatshirt is a casual shirt made of a cotton/polyester blend and usually has a crew neck and long sleeves. It is comfortable to wear and can be easily dressed up or down. You can find sweatshirts in a variety of colors, designs, and sizes.


All you need is a good pair of sharp scissors. Any kind will do, but fabric scissors will give you the best results. You can find these at any craft store.


1. Lay your sweatshirt out flat on a table or cutting surface. 2. Measure and mark a line across the neck of the sweatshirt. 3. Cut along the line you marked. 4. Finish the edge of the neckline by either sewing it or using a serger.

Put the sweatshirt on inside out

Assuming you want to keep the original hem of the sweatshirt, put the sweatshirt on inside out. If you don’t care about the original hem, just put the sweatshirt on however. The neckline will be easier to cut if the sweatshirt is stretched out a bit, so try to pull it down over your hips.

Cut a small horizontal slit in the collar

1. Start with the neck of the sweatshirt facing you.
2. Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut a small horizontal slit in the collar, about ½ inch from the seam.
3. Cut slowly and carefully so that the slit is even and not too big.
4. Turn the sweatshirt over so that the back is facing you.
5. Cut a small horizontal slit in the back of the collar, about ½ inch from the seam.
6. Again, cut slowly and carefully so that the slit is even and not too big.

Turn the sweatshirt right side out

1. Place the sweatshirt on a flat surface, right side out.

2. Use a measuring tape or ruler to find the center of the neckline, both front and back. Make a small mark with chalk or a fabric pencil at these points.

3. Draw a line from each of these marks down to the bottom edge of the sweatshirt, about three inches from the side seam. The lines should be parallel to each other and perpendicular to the neckline.

4. Cut along these lines, being careful not to cut into the side seams.

Try it on and mark where you want to cut

Make sure the sweatshirt is clean and lays flat. Try it on to find where you want to cut the neck. Once you have decided, use a fabric pen or chalk to mark where you will make your cuts. If you are unsure, it is better to err on the side of making the neck too big, rather than too small. You can always trim off more later if needed.

Cut along the marked line

I find it easiest to cut along the marked line with scissors, but you can also use a rotary cutter. If you’re using a rotary cutter, be sure to use a cutting mat to protect your table.

Once you’ve cut along the marked line, you should have two pieces – the front and back of the sweatshirt. The next step is to cut off the neck of the sweatshirt.

To do this, lay the front piece of the sweatshirt flat on your cutting surface. Then, using scissors or a rotary cutter, cut around the neckline of the sweatshirt, about 1-2 inches from the edge. Repeat this step for the back piece of the sweatshirt.

You should now have two neckless pieces – the front and back of your new cropped sweatshirt!


If you’re looking for a unique way to cut the neck of a sweatshirt, you’ve come to the right place. This method is simple, and all you need is a pair of scissors. Follow these steps to get started.

Stretch the neckline after cutting to help the raw edge lay flat

Once you’ve cut the neck of the sweatshirt, you’ll need to stretch it out so that the raw edge lays flat. There are a few different ways that you can do this:

– Use your hands to gently pull at the raw edge of the neckline, working your way around the entire circumference.
– Place the sweatshirt over a bowl or round object that is slightly smaller than the new neck opening, and stretch it around the edges.
– Hang the sweatshirt by its new neckline and let gravity do its work.

After stretching, the raw edge should lay flat and be significantly less visible. If it’s still bugging you, you can always go back and trim away any stray threads or fabric.