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DIY Style: T- Shirt to Tank

Jun 08, 2013

Turning old t-shirts into tank tops for summer is a total breeze! We love DIY projects and this one is great for customizing your own tank tops, turning vintage t-shirts into cool racerback tanks and just generally getting creative with your clothing. A bonus is that no one else will have the same top as you at the beach! All you have to do is raid your closet for a baggy t-shirt you'd like to transform or go to a thrift store and look for cool vintage t-shirts. It's best to work with something made of cotton so it's easier to work with and cool to wear for the hot days of summer. This tutorial is courtesy of www.instructables.com will only take about 20 minutes - that's how we like our DIY fashion projects - quick and easy!

What you'll need:

  • An old t-shirt
  • Good pair of fabric/sewing scissors

Time: 20 minutes

Instructions:

Step 1: Choose an old cotton t-shirt or get a cool vintage-look one from the thrift store. Old band t-shirts look cool or any kind of graphic on the front. Remember, the looser the t-shirt the better as it's easier to work with and adjust.

Choose an old t-shirt
Choose an old t-shirt
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Step 2: Cut the sleeves

Lay the t-shirt flat and cut away the sleeves. Start at the shoulder (decide how think you want strap to be) and cut straight into the chest area. Don't curve the whole way or it will look funny on - see picture to see what we mean. You can always snip and adjust it later. Cut two inches from armpit to the top of the shirt.

Cut off the sleeves
Cut off the sleeves
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This is what it should look like
This is what it should look like
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Step 3: Cut the neckline

Match the shoulder seams together and lay the t-shirt flat on the floor. Cut about 6-8 inches in a curve in front of t-shirt (see picture).

Line up the shoulder seams
Line up the shoulder seams
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Cut the neckline
Cut the neckline
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Step 4: Cut the back

Cut in a curve about 10 inches out of the back - still keeping the t-shirt flat in the same position as when you're cutting the neckline. Again, see the picture below and remember, it doesn't have to be exact or perfect. You can always adjust it later.

Cut the back of the tank top like this
Cut the back of the tank top like this
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It should look something like this
It should look something like this
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Step 5: Make ties for the back

Take the scrap sleeves and cut them open into strips (see picture). Cut at least three strips. Lay the tank top face down and pull the shoulder straps together. Wrap the strips around the straps and knot each one.

Cut at least three strips
Cut at least three strips
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Step 6: Finished! Now you have a unique one-of-a-kind tank top!

This is what it looks like flat
This is what it looks like flat
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New tank top!
New tank top!
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Tutorial courtesy of www.instructables.com

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Jianni418

Jianni418 wrote:

looks cool
commented: Sat Jan 18, 2014

alwaysdancing

alwaysdancing wrote:

i really like this but i would always cut to deep or something
commented: Sat Dec 28, 2013

Anazram

Anazram wrote:

It's a cool idea!
commented: Sun Oct 06, 2013

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