How to Make An Upcycled DIY Tank Top

Easy/45 minutes/$5.
As you know, we love to make, but we also love to re-make! There are some pieces of our wardrobe that we never wear but just can’t bear saying goodbye to. But by making them into something new, we can give them a whole new life! For this project we turned an old t-shirt into a cropped tank top by adding a piece of patterned fabric to the back.

  • Old tshirt
  • about half a yard of patterned fabric (we used Dear Stella Duck Walk)
  • iron
  • sewing machine with thread
  • scissors
  • fabric pencil or just regular marker


  1. Find a tank top that you own and that you know fits you well
  2. measure your patterned fabric against this top and outline it with your pencil and cut
  3. Cut the seams along your old shirt and measure the front against the tank top that fits you well and cut
  4. pin the sides of both fabrics together with the front facing each other
  5. sew along both sides up to the armpit
  6. If you want to change the neckline of your shirt as well, cut to the neckline you prefer and sew about 1/8 of an inch
  7. Sew along the arms and shoulders about 1/8 inch so that there are no raw edges
  8. Wear!

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  1. Shannon Young
    June 24, 2014

    Saw this and 28 mins later I have a “new” tank haha

  2. Shannon Young
    June 24, 2014

    I skipped about 8 steps but oh well.

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