Cut the bottom hem off the t-shirt, but do not throw it away.
I just outgrow several of my shirts because I lost a bunch of weight therefore this might be just what I needed to get some new shirts! Love to go thrift shopping. Just last week saw a tee shirt that was really soft and way too big. This would make it into a nice shirt. Need to go see if its still there. If you decide to try a t-shirt craft and you've never done one before, you might want to start with a totally unwanted T.
The fabric is very different from other materials and it can take some getting used to, even if you're a crafty person or sewer. There are so many neat repurposing t-shirt ideas out there these days. I'm going to have to try one sometime. Thank you, teaches, getbhim, and Marylol, for taking the time to read and comment. I think it's really neat to look at where these comments are from - the US, India, and Ireland. It amazes me that we can share ideas across the world so quickly and easily.
This is such a nice idea. I can image my nieces having a go at making these tank tops: This is a cute idea. I can see this really going big with teens who want to look casual but put together. Now that would be a trick! My daughter would love these! Now you need to figure out how to make a tank top out of her shirts she has outgrown! Thank you so much, virtualtreasures! Yes, it took me about three tries to get it right. Sadly, I ruined a shirt I really wanted to wear as a tank top because I didn't pay enough attention.
Practicing on something else first is a great idea. I hope your girls have fun! This is great and my girls are going to love this! I'm going to have to buy them some old t-shirts so they can try it. I'm not going to let them cut up and practice on all of their new stuff! What a simple, unique idea and a fabulous way to recycle. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages and Hubbers authors may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
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To make the tank top: Place your t-shirt on your cutting surface. This can be a table, a cutting board, a counter top, or even the floor, if you have no other large, flat space.
Try to smooth it out and make it as flat and even as possible. Cut away the t-shirt's collar and throw it out. Most t-shirts are cut lower in the front than in the back, but you may want to make the neck's front even deeper.
However, if this is your first time creating a t-shirt tank top, I recommend only cutting off the stitched collar at this time. You can always go back after completing the tank top and make modifications, such as deepening the neck. Cut the bottom hem off the t-shirt, but do not throw it away.
Cut it so it forms a long strip, instead of a loop, pull on it to stretch it as much as possible. Retain the strip for use in step 5. Alternatively, you can toss this strip and use a piece of t-shirt yarn in a different color for some added fun.
If you don't know how to make t-shirt yarn, learn here. Cut the sleeves off, but do not simply follow the stitching line. Instead, decide how wide you want the finished tank top straps to be and make a cut straight down the side of the shirt, as shown. After cutting until you are just above the bottom edge of the sleeve, then make a wide curve over to the t-shirts edge.
If this sounds confusing, just look at the picture. If you start the curve immediately instead of going straight, your tank top will look really goofy! It is very easy to make the arm holes too big and create a tank top that is somewhat revealing. I recommend starting by cutting small, trying the shirt on, and cutting down , if necessary. Flip the shirt over and find where you want the bottom edge of the racer back to begin.
Tie your t-shirt yarn or stretched hem strip to this spot, pulling in the slack to make a tight knot around the bunched up shirt.
Once again, just see the picture to see how it's done. I recommend tying a square knot, but any type of knot will do.
If you love sewing, you can can attach this piece with a few quick stitches, but it is not necessary. Wrap the t-shirt yarn up the shirt, as shown, until you reach where you want the back neck hole to start.
You can always try the shirt on to see where you would like the racer back to end. Once you have found your ending point, simply tie the yarn to the shirt, again, and cut away any excess. The last step is customizing your shirt. Try it on and see how you like the length and front neck and trim away until you reach your desired shirt silhouette. Even if your shirts are already nice and smooth, it might be a good idea to do this.
Ironing will smooth the fabric and make it easier to work with. Place the tank top on top of the t-shirt, and align the shoulders. Lay the t-shirt flat on a table, then lay the tank top over it. Make sure that the shoulders of the tank top are aligned with the shoulders of the t-shirt. Also, make sure that the front of both shirts is facing upwards. Pin the tank top to the t-shirt to keep it from moving. Place straight pins all along the edges of the tank top.
Take care to pin all the way through all layers of both shirts. This will keep the shirts from moving, and make your cutting more even. Cut the t-shirt, using the tank top's armholes and neckline as a guide.
A finished hem is not a requirement for t-shirt tank tops, as the fabric does not fray. A finished hem will look nicer, however. If you don't have a tank top to use as a guide, cut the sleeves and collar off of your t-shirt. Consider folding the shirt in half before cutting it, so that both sides will be even.
Unpin the tank top from the t-shirt and put it away. Take the pins out and put the tank top away. Make sure that the t-shirt is still inside out at this point. You won't be turning it right side out until the very end.
Cut the front neckline and armholes wider, if desired. Some tank tops will have a lower neckline in the front than in the back. The same goes for the armholes. Fold the cut edges down, pin them in place, and press them flat with an iron.
Secure the folds with straight pins, and press them flat with an iron. When folding, make sure that you are folding towards the outside, not the inside. If you'd like the edges to be raw and un-hemmed, you can skip this step. T-shirts are made from jersey material, which does not fray. You can sew by hand or use a sewing machine for more professional, durable stitches. If you are using a sewing machine, try to use a stitch intended for knit fabrics.
It looks like a straight stitch, except that it is broken up by a V every few stitches. When you are done sewing, remember to tie the ends of the threads off into tight knots, and to snip the excess tail ends off.
Remove the pins, turn the tank right side out, and try it on. The tank top will be a little loose, unless you used a fitted t-shirt or trimmed the sides down. Start with a t-shirt you won't mind cutting up. Make sure that the shirt is washed. If this is a brand-new shirt, throw it into the washer and wash it; be sure to dry it afterward. Brand new shirts may shrink a little bit after you wash them the first time.
You want the t-shirt to fit you properly before you begin cutting it and turning it into a racerback. A racerback tank top has wider armholes in the back, leaving a skinny band of fabric between the shoulder blades.
Cut the sleeves off. Start from just under the armpits, then cut straight up towards the shoulders. So, you can stop after cutting if you want. I prefer the look of the hemmed neckline, and my shirt was also a little baggy - so I opted to sew it up.
I took in the sides a bit, outlining in silver sharpie as before. I used a stretch stitch, which is zig-zagged, and sewed up both sides. After that, I hemmed the neckline of the shirt with white thread. To do this, simply fold the edge over about a centimeter. You can use an iron or a straightener to flatten the fabric into place. Then, with the shirt inside out, sew around the neck hole. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.
You don't need a sewing machine, you can just cut up your shirt and leave it as is. But if you want to take in the sides a bit, and hem, a sewing machine is a must. Cut Sleeves and Neckline This is the easiest part! Sew Sides and Neckline Optional. Cut off the excess thread or string and you're done! I didn't want to sew the arm holes, so I just stretched those out a bit and called it a day. Modeling the Finished Tank Top.
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Just cut off the arms of the t-shirt, cut the sides, snip some small holes, and lace-up the sides with some braided string. This method of cutting a t-shirt into a tank top is very different from my other tutorial and results in a shirt that’s a bit more fitted. I hope you enjoy this DIY T-shirt tank top tutorial! This DIY t-shirttank top is a fantastic way to cut down shirts that are too long or too wide, and even shows you how to . Plus size Laser Cut Tank Top Dark Gray Photo 2. Find this Pin and more on Creative Ideas by Amy Magee. Summer is a great time to wear shorts, skirts and tanks but we can still look gorgeous with these great and best summer tank top ideas to try this year.