How to Fix a Stretched Out Shirt

If you have a shirt that has become too loose, there are some easy ways to fix it. You may be thinking that this is an issue only for women’s clothing, but the truth is most people who wear shirts will eventually need to know how to tighten them up again. This article will discuss different methods on how to fix a stretched out shirt, so they fit better on your body.

How to Fix a Stretched Out Shirt

Things You’ll Need

  1. Clothespins
  2. Hanger or clothesline
  3. Ironing board and iron (optional)
  4. Fabric Tape
  5. Straight Pins
  6. Sewing Machine or Iron and Thread

Instructions: How to Fix a Stretched Out Shirt 

Step One:

Use fabric tape over areas where you want more compression or less stretch. You can also use this material on your shoulders, underarms, and back for an extra boost in support. It is best not to put anything on your chest, as this could cause skin irritation and may not be comfortable. Some people may choose to wear compression garments for several hours at a time, but most people will only wear them during physical activity. It is important that you make sure the garment fits snugly and does not slip down your body.

Use Fabric Tape

Step Two:

If your sleeveless shirt has become too large around the bustline or arms, use clothespins to hold it in place on your shoulders. This will also help it keep its shape better when worn without anything underneath.

Step Three:

If your shirt has any seams, use straight pins to keep them in place. This will help your shirt keep its shape and allow you to work on a smaller area at a time without worrying about rolling or stretching the fabric out of shape.

Step Four:

Use a clean, lint-free cloth to gently pull the fabric. Start at one side of the garment and slowly work your way across it in an even manner. Always go in the direction that you would normally put on clothes (the opposite is up). If you can’t get the fabric to lie flat with just your hands, then use a steam iron. Use a lint roller to remove hair from garments. Start at one side of the garment and slowly work your way across it in an even manner.

Step Five:

In order to fix a piece of fabric that is too loose, you need to pull it until it is tight. If you hear a snapping sound, that means the fabric is back in shape and can be sewn or hemmed.

Step Six:

Use your sewing machine or iron (with clothes pinned flat) with thread and a needle to sew the seams that have come undone.

Step Seven:

Place pins near any loose ends and use your sewing machine or iron (with clothes pinned flat) with thread and a needle to stitch those areas together.

Use a Fabric Tape

Step Eight:

Take the straight pins out and carefully remove all of them. Allow it to air dry before wearing again.

Bonus Tips & Tricks

  • Put more laundry detergent on any stains and let them soak overnight or for at least six hours (works wonders!) –
  • Avoid the dryer and use an iron instead. If you do have to put it in the dryer, make sure that clothes are placed on top of each other inside, so they don’t touch.
  • Remove clothing from the dryer before it’s completely dried, so they don’t stretch when they’re hanging in the closet
  • When drying your shirt after washing, place hangers at least two inches apart from one another.
  • If you have a favorite shirt that’s stretched out, take it to the tailor for repairs.

Prevent Shirt From Stretching Out Again

When the fabric stretches out, it’s best to take care of the problem before your shirt becomes unwearable. Here are a few quick tips for preventing this from happening again:

  • Turn off your dryer when you switch fabrics to get mixed and stretch out in different directions.
  • Remove clothes from the dryer immediately, and hang them up to air dry. Hanging helps the fibers regain their natural shape before they’re folded or put away in a drawer.
  • Don’t overload the washer. Check pockets for tissues, coins, or other items that might cause it to break down faster than usual.
  • Use cold water after washing instead of hot or warm water, which can cause shrinking that will lead to more stretching out over time.  If you’re concerned about smudging colors while ironing, use steam with caution because too much heat can also cause shrinkage over time if done improperly.
  • Avoid using bleach as it contains harsh chemicals that may weaken fibers; opt for vinegar or oxygenated detergent instead (they’re equally as effective).
  • When selecting your next shirt, opt for a material such as cotton with natural elasticity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Is My Shirt Stretched Out?

How long have you had the shirt? How often do you wear it? How well does it fit now that’s stretched out? If your shirt has been worn for a while, or if it was too big, to begin with, then this issue is most likely due to stretching from improper care. You might not be doing the right thing when you wash and dry it.

Take a Measurement  For My T-shirt

To fix this problem, we recommend washing at lower temperatures (around 30°C). And always make sure clothes are fully dried before storing them away again! This will prevent more shrinking in the future – so consider investing in some fabric softeners as well!

How To Take A Measurement For My T-shirt?

Measurements of a t-shirt are taken in inches around the chest or just below the neck. You can use this guide to determine what number you should order for different brands and types of shirts! For most shirts, measure from the armpit of one side across and over the other shoulder to the armpit of that same side.

Then double this number, so you have an accurate circumference size. For example, if you measured 33 inches around, then your shirt size would be 66 centimeters or 30 inches in circumference. This is important because too small can create discomfort, while too big will look sloppy!

How Do I Know When My Clothes Need Washing Again? 

How often you need to wash your clothes is up to you. Some people prefer the no-fuss way of washing their clothes after a certain number of wears, while others just do it whenever they feel like it! Washing too much can be bad for some fabrics such as wool and cotton, but doing so will keep them looking newer longer in general.

Clothes worn more often should be washed sooner than other items; this also includes those with sweat stains or food spills on them. When determining how long an item needs to stay clean before being washed, the best rule of thumb is if it smells dirty or has visible signs of dirtiness, then throw it into the washer immediately!

Can You Shrink a Stretched Out Shirt?

Yes, you can shrink a shirt by washing it in hot water and drying it with high heat. This will make the fabric smaller, which may fix your stretched-out problem! Some people prefer to use bleach to whiten their clothes as well. However, this is not recommended for every type of clothing or even if you are worried about ruining certain fabrics such as wool or cotton.

A less toxic option would be using oxygenated bleach that doesn’t contain chlorine on any color garments since some colors react badly when combined with chlorine. Other options include removing stains before they are set with an enzyme laundry detergent specifically formulated for pre-treating tough stains like blood and other organic matter, then wash them in cold water instead!


The best way to fix a stretched-out shirt is to turn the shirt inside-out and use an iron. This will take away some of the wrinkles that can happen from wearing it for so long, but they won’t be gone completely. You’ll also want to run a lint roller over any parts where you might have gotten fabric fuzz stuck on your clothes.

This may not work as well if there are too many loose threads or other bits hanging around near the bottom of your hemline. We want to help you feel confident in your clothes again! For more info, check out our blog post on how to fix a stretched out shirt. We have found some great tips for fixing these issues and shared the information for your benefit.

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