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.
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.
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.
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.
This is what the front of the shirt will look like at that point:
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.
Cut along that line so that the flap of material is split in two.
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.
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.
Here is what the back looks like. If the straps hang down too much just trim them up to whatever length you like.
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