Wondering how to shrink a shirt? The best way to shrink a shirt is with an iron. But if you don’t have an iron, there are still ways to shrink your shirts for free—and they’re actually pretty easy! All you need is some time and patience, but it’s well worth the effort.
Wash the shirt in hot water.
- Wash the shirt in hot water.
- Use a mild detergent, like Tide Original or Dawn. Do not use bleach or any other harsh chemicals on your shirt! (You can always add scent to keep it smelling fresh after washing.)
- If you want to wash it inside out, turn the garment inside out before placing it in your laundry basket and gently squeezing out any excess water from its fabric by hand; then hang up to dry completely before wearing again later on!
Turn the shirt inside out.
The next step is to turn your shirt inside out. This will help prevent the print from fading, as well as protect it from the damage from heat.
Turning a shirt inside out also means that you can use less ironing time (and energy) to iron over the same area of fabric multiple times during this process. If you have an iron with settings that allow you to press down hard enough on one section of garment while leaving others untouched, this is especially helpful during shrinking operations!
Make a loose knot in the end of the sleeves, and pull them through to form a gather on each side.
- Make a loose knot in the end of the sleeves, and pull them through to form a gather on each side.
- Keep your fingers out of it! It’s easy to accidentally get them caught up in there while you’re trying to dry your shirt. This could lead to tears or even worse—a mess!
Place clothespins or tape at the knot on each sleeve, to keep it from slipping through while drying.
The best way to keep your shirt from slipping through while drying is to place clothespins or tape at the knot on each sleeve, to keep it from slipping through while drying. This will ensure that there are no loose threads in the garment when you’re done drying it and ready to wear again!
When you’re done sewing up your sleeves, make sure they’re centered at both ends of your arm (or wherever else they need to be). If you haven’t sewn them yet, then start by pinning them together so they don’t slip out of place during stretching and shrinking processes later on down here—this part is very important because otherwise one side might end up being shorter than others due poor placement!
Put the shirt on top of a dry towel and roll it up to soak up as much water as possible.
The next step is to lay the shirt on top of a dry towel and roll it up to soak up as much water as possible. You can use another dry towel if necessary, but we recommend using one just for this purpose.
When you’re done rolling up your shirt, iron it with an ironing board on medium heat setting (heating should be set at 350 degrees). This will help remove any remaining moisture from your clothes and make them look less wrinkled when they are finally finished drying.
Pull the shirt back out into its full shape and hold each edge out straight, then twist the ends in opposite directions until you can’t twist them anymore.
- Hold the shirt in its full shape and hold each edge out straight, then twist the ends in opposite directions until you can’t twist them anymore.
- Use clothespins or tape to hold the ends of your shirt together as they dry, which will prevent it from shrinking further while it’s drying out at room temperature.
- Once your shirt is completely dry, iron it with a hot steam setting (100°C) until you see that all wrinkles have disappeared from its surface; this step also helps make it more resistant to future shrinkage!
Lay another towel down and lay your twisted shirt down on top of it; then fold a third towel over top of it to protect it while you iron.
- To get started, place the shirt on top of a dry towel.
- Lay another towel down on top of the ironing board or table and set your iron to just below medium heat (or medium-low if you don’t have an attachment for steam).
- Fold a third towel over top of your ironing board so that both sides are touching the surface area where you will be working with your shirts (you can use some heavy duty plastic wrap as well).
Turn your iron onto its highest heat setting and turn off all steam functions, as well as auto-off if that’s something your iron has.
Now here’s where it gets tricky: you need to be careful when shrinking a shirt. If you don’t follow these steps exactly, the heat from your iron could damage both the fabric and the stitching on one side of your shirt! But if you do everything correctly and use an appropriate amount of water (we recommend using distilled), then shrinking a shirt will be simple enough for even beginners like yourself.
There are a few ways to shrink clothes for effortless
- Read the care label. If it says “hand wash,” then you can be sure that your shirt will shrink in the washer and dryer without any problems. You may also want to look at the fabric content of your shirts: Wool and linen tend to shrink less than synthetics like polyester or acetate, which means they’ll need less time in hot water before drying out enough for storage or wearing again (or both!).
- Don’t use too much heat! If you have an electric iron with variable heat settings, try using just one setting—that should help keep things from getting too hot while still making sure that everything gets nice and wrinkled up after being shrunken down by steam from pressing down on those seams over night.
After all of these steps, you should be able to shrink your shirt without any extra effort. If not, don’t worry—it just might take some trial and error until you find the best method for shrinking your clothes. However long it takes, though, remember that there’s no need to worry about ruining any of your expensive or delicate garments with this process!