Ladies No-Sew DIY Tank Top

No Sew DIY Tank Top

With winter settling in nicely in most areas of Canada, it doesn’t take long for many of us to begin counting down the days until the warm weather returns. Are you escaping to somewhere warm this winter? Even if you aren’t, today’s DIY project will help get you ready for summer’s return.

I cannot sew. At all. So when I saw this no-sew tank top DIY on Pinterest, I was very excited to give it a try.

All you need is a t-shirt, a piece of chalk, and a pair of sharp scissors.

Shirt Supplies

I used a men’s t shirt, which I found at Value Village for $5.99. This is a men’s large.

The very first thing I did for this project was outline (with chalk) where I wanted to cut.

Chalk Outline

Make sure you only cut one layer of the shirt. So here, only cut away the neck and the sleeves of the front of the shirt, not both the front and back.

Cuts in Shirt

And then here, only cut the back of the shirt. In this step, you are cutting out the neck and then straight down from the neck to the sleeve line and over and across to where the sleeve is.

More DIY Shirt Cuts

This is what the front of the shirt will look like at that point:

DIY Shirt Cutting

Flip it over to the back, and on the flap of material remaining, chalk a straight line down a bit farther than where the cuts are.

Chalk Lines

Cut along that line so that the flap of material is split in two.

DIY Project

Perhaps this is the time to note that I used regular kitchen scissors so the cuts are not that straight or precise. If you have good sewing scissors, use those. I do not, because like I mentioned earlier, I do not sew.

Flip the shirt back over to the front. Take the two long straps and tie them once, tightly. Leave the two back straps you just cut alone.

Shirt Process

Now you can put your shirt on. Tie the front two straps to the back two however you like, making it as loose or as tight at you want.

DIY Shirt Project

Here is what the back looks like. If the straps hang down too much just trim them up to whatever length you like.

Back of Shirt

How cool is this? Super easy and very cute! Buy longer t shirts if you like your tank tops to hang past your waist line. Experiment with solid colours and patterns – there are so many possibilities!

You want to run to your husband’s closet right now, don’t you? Surely there are some t-shirts in there he wouldn’t miss.

By the time the warm weather arrives, you could have a custom made line of tank tops just for you, at the a fraction of the cost of buying new.

Posted by: Melissa Wormington

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  1. Kris says:

    I just looked up the original on Pinterest…using a good pair of scissors seems to make a big difference…

  2. ashley says:

    I have to agree with Julia & Leanne. If you’re trying to cut costs you can buy tank tops and halters from walmart for around $5 for a brand new one.

  3. Shannon McGee says:

    Disappointed your site isn’t what it used to be and this is a perfect example of that. You can buy a brand new one from many stores including bluenotes and old navy for 5 or less

  4. Sheila says:

    A) It’s customized to fit your body type.
    B) My husband has a tonne of free shirts I could use.
    C) I have yet to find a Walmart tank that covers my girls and doesn’t shrink beyond recognition the first time I dry it.

    Great re-use of a shirt!

  5. Jen says:

    I can tell by looking at the pictures that the person who cut up the shirt used inappropriate scissors for the job!

    I have made my own clothes since I was kid (started out with doll clothes) and it can be a very useful skill, but you MUST have good quality fabric scissors to make sure your cuts are not jagged or harsh! Now, if the person really did use fabric scissors, then I’m awfully confused at the harsh jagged lines!

    $5.99 for a used shirt plus your gas to get there, and your time to make the shirt, kind of makes it more expensive to DIY! As others have said, you can buy a new halter for $5.00 at Wal-Mart, and they can often fit better if you buy your appropriate size. You’re already $0.99 in the hole compared to buying new.

    You have to be careful when making your own clothes because it can often cost more than just buying new or used! Fabric, thread, your time, zippers, hooks, improper tailoring (it takes practice, start small!), etc. it all adds up!

    I am all for DIY clothes, and it can also be a lucrative side job (do you know how much people pay for corsets made from old band t-shirts or cartoon sheets? Yowza! If my arthritis were better I’d be doing that more often!), but be careful because it can cost you a lot!

    And again, get the proper scissors! They will cost you – for a REALLY good pair – around $25! But they are a great investment for your future!

  6. Laura says:

    Good lord people, if you want to go and buy yourself a new shirt then go ahead. She states a couple times that she doesn’t sew and doesn’t have good scissors. I think that buying a second hand shirt for $6 is better environmentally since you are reusing something and besides the fact that your shirt won’t be the same as everyone else’s. Sometimes it is just fun to try something new!

  7. Sara says:

    Sometimes a cut-up t-shirt just looks like a cut-up t-shirt…

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