Stretch that baby and give it some wear time! There are a couple methods for stretching a t-shirt that can be used when either the garment is wet or dry. The first one involves simply trying to stretch the t-shirt by pulling on it. In fact, if your t-shirt has graphics on it, it may distort them and give away your attempt to stretch your t-shirt.
Stretching a t-shirt while it is wet is most successful. The first step after wetting the shirt is to lay it on a flat surface and start pulling gently on the fabric in the areas that you need to stretch out. You should pull lengthwise and crosswise during your stretching process. A second tactic to use while the t-shirt is wet is to stretch it with an iron. The heat setting of the iron should be on a low to medium.
Gently run the iron over the problem area pushing out the fabric lengthwise and crosswise. As with hand stretching, hang the t-shirt to air dry. A final method that can be attempted is to use your iron on a dry shirt using the same technique as above. This method however is likely to only be successful in situations where limited stretching is needed. Having a larger sized family member or friend put on your shirt and wear it may sound like another option for stretching out your t-shirt.
However, if the differential is not great enough, you may get little or no stretching. Therefore, depending on how much the shirt needs to be stretched and if you have the right individual to utilize for the process, this idea may work. Take the shirt out of the bowl, dump the water out, and refill it with clean, cool water or just use a different bowl. In much the same way as you would rinse your hair after using conditioner, you've got to rinse the shirt, too, otherwise it will be covered in a sticky residue.
Spend 5 minutes or so rinsing the shirt, again making sure the clean water penetrates every fiber. Find a flat place to lay out the shirt. An area such as the top of your dryer, a granite counter, or the top of a freezer works well. Lay down some towels first to protect the shirt and the surface, if you don't want it wet. Squeeze the water out of the shirt to keep it from dripping everywhere and to speed up the drying process.
If there is a graphic on your tee that you don't want to stretch, iron it now. Stretching a t-shirt can distort the image on it. However, if you dry the picture first, it won't stretch as much as the bottom and sides of your shirt the areas you want stretched because they're still wet. Place your forearms inside the part of the shirt that you want to stretch.
If you want it wider, stretch the shirt outwards making sure not to put too much pressure in one spot. This can leave a strange "dent" sticking out in one place on the shirt. If you find that your arms are not strong enough to get the right amount of stretch, try using your legs, a sturdy pole of some sort, or getting someone with more arm strength to help you. If you just want it longer, stretch from the neck and the bottom, pulling it longer in opposite directions. Work from left to right, making sure all sides of the t-shirt are equally stretched.
Spread the stretched shirt out on a towel to dry. If you're worried about it shrinking, place weights on the edges. If you're looking for a larger bust or stomach, you can place objects within the t-shirt to stretch those areas out even more. The shirt will retain its shape until it is washed and dried again. If you want to keep it at its new size, make sure not to put it back in the dryer. Wet the entire t-shirt in cool water.
In a similar fashion as the method above, wet your entire t-shirt, making sure every fiber is soaked. Hold it flat towards the bottom of a bowl or a sink to ensure it's evenly wet.
No need to soak the t-shirt; simply drench it in cool water. Once you're convinced it couldn't be wetter, you're ready to move onto the next step. Lay it on a flat area for ironing. Wring it out a bit to get rid of excess water to prevent dripping and soaking your surface or ironing board. Make sure whatever you're ironing on can handle heat. An ironing board is best, but you could also use the counter top or floor if you're careful.
If you'd like, give it a few tugs now to get the stretching process started. You'd be surprised just how much you can do with just your bare hands. With your iron on medium-low, start going over the t-shirt using pressure.
With the iron in one hand and the shirt in another, start pulling and pressing the shirt out with the iron. Don't just go over the shirt, use the iron as a means of force, the t-shirt stretching as the iron passes over it, forcing it outward.
Make sure to go in every direction — pulling up, down, and to the sides. Flip the shirt over when you're done and begin on the back, too. This method isn't great for significant stretching; it's best used if you just need the shirt to fit a little better or be a little longer.
Leave it to dry. Make sure it's flat and give it a final tug one last time. Spread it out, and place weights around the edges if you'd like. This just makes sure it stays at the size it is now, just how you like it. To make sure it stays at this size, avoid drying it. From now on, this shirt should be air-dried. You may occasionally have to stretch it out again, but avoiding drying will keep it larger. Wear the t-shirt in the shower. Clothes stretch more when they're wet.
So, the next time you're in the shower a hot shower is best , wear your shirt. Tug on it in all the areas you want stretched. Talk about a productive shower!
This sounds a little silly, but think about it: So if you need a shirt that's only longer or only bigger in the bust, say, this is a decent idea. Tug on the t-shirt often. Cotton shirts are pretty malleable. If you tug and tug on it, the t-shirt will eventually stretch. If you wear it all the time, constantly pulling on it will stretch it out bit by bit. Just make sure not to overdo the stretching, as it will eventually look obviously out of shape. Use weights to manipulate the t-shirt's size.
If you've used one of the above methods, you may want to use weights on the t-shirt to keep it stretched out for a final certain measure. On the edges of the shirt, place mugs, books, or bags of rice, keeping the t-shirt in it's stretched-out position.
You can also place items inside the shirt. Need it stretched out for your chest? Place a couple of baseballs inside, stretching out that area. Place a cylinder or small bowl in the sleeves. Have a larger friend wear the t-shirt. But if you have a friend who's in that Goldilocks zone just right , ask them for the simplest favor they could ever give you. All they have to do is wear your shirt for an hour or two; or just sleep in it.
This method works well for small or fitted T-shirts. Get the entire T-shirt wet. Either use the washing machine or dunk it into a tub of water.
Pull the wrung but wet shirt over the back of a dining chair. Or, choose another appropriately-sized chair that won't be damaged by the water. Allow the shirt to dry. As it dries, the shape of the chair will stretch the t-shirt nicely for you. If I use the shower method, will it affect the graphic writing on my T-shirt? If you're pulling the shirt right where the graphic is, there's a chance you'll get some cracks in it; since you're using the shower method, you can just avoid pulling too close to that area.
Not Helpful 7 Helpful How long do I need to keep the shirt on the chair while using the "chair stretch" method? Leave the shirt on the chair for however long it takes for the it to dry. If you're worried that the shirt is becoming too distorted, pull it off while it's still somewhat damp, and lay it flat to dry. Not Helpful 8 Helpful I know this might be a dumb question, but if I am using the "chair stretch method", will the graphic or image on the shirt be distorted?
Pull the shirt out of the washer and shake it out to allow some stretching without compromising the neck. If you have a severely snug shirt, I recommend a wash first and then air drying it, shaking it out as mentioned above for optimal results. In fact, if your t-shirt has graphics on it, it may distort them and give away your attempt to stretch your t-shirt. Stretching a t-shirt while it is wet is most successful. The first step after wetting the shirt is to lay it on a flat surface and start pulling gently on the fabric in the areas that you need to stretch out. out of 5 stars Calvin Klein. Men's 2-Pack Cotton Stretch Crew Neck T-Shirt. from $ 32 99 Prime. out of 5 stars Men's Cotton Stretch Crew-Neck T-Shirt (Pack of Two) from $ 14 53 Prime. out of 5 stars Healing Hands Scrubs. Melissa Knit Long Sleeve Underscrub Tee Shirt- .