T-Shirt to Tank Tutorial

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This is SEW SIMPLE, y’all. I’m for real. The other morning I got inspired and I had no idea what I was doing and it still only took me about 20 minutes!
Take an old vintage tee, or just a cute one you’re tired of wearing the same old way and recreate it to something fabulous!
This tutorial works best with tshirts in your normal size! I usually wear a size medium, but very loosely, so if you want your tank to be better fitting, you can just take in the side seams a bit at the very end!
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First, lay your tshirt out making sure the bottom hem and the shoulders are matching on the front and the back. Measure from the bottom hem up about 20″. This is generally at the top of the text or graphic. If this length doesn’t fancy you, make it whatever length is best for you. Just be sure to leave about 1.5″ between where you cut and the neckline!
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When you decide where you’d like your top to be, cut a straight line from arm hole to arm hole.
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then, at a diagonal, cut the arms off.
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your tshirt should now look like this:
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Now, flip your shirt inside out and create about a 1/2″ fold at the top of the front and the back of the shirt. Press the fold down and pin.
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sew a seam across the bottom of the front and back folds
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now you should have a casing on the front and the back of your shirt.
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grab the remainder of your shirt and get ready to cut!
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cut two 1/4″-1/2″ (or bigger!) strips from the remainder of your t-shirt from where you cut to the neckline. Since the t-shirt is still doubled, you will actually have four strips!
Take those strips and either knot or sew them together to create one super long strip of t-shirt fabric.
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Now take your safety pin and pin it to one end of the long strip.
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feed it through the front casing and, keeping it connected, through the back casing.
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Try it on and adjust the straps to your correct length and tie the ends of your long strip into a bow!
Then wear it out and get tons of compliments!!
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Even though it’s Fall, this tank is still a GREAT idea for layering and then you can pull it back out in the spring/summer for pool days!
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Pretty easy, huh? I thought so! Let me know if you try it. I’d LOVE to see your creations:)

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15 thoughts on “T-Shirt to Tank Tutorial

  1. Hi Caroline, what a fabulous job you did with the tees. Great idea and with all the beautiful colours we have today, you will end up with a whole new wardrobe of summer clothes. Good job. I recently found your blog and am now following and will visit as often as I can. Please pop on over and visit mine and perhaps you would like to follow me also. I would really like that. Hugs, Chris

  2. This was a life-saver tutorial for me! It gets SOOOO hot here in the summer but I’m reluctant to spend my money on clothes. My brother gave me a whole bag of t-shirts, but I find they don’t fit comfortably in the hot humid southern summer. SO enter your tut! Took me less than 5 minutes to turn one of them into a breezy tank top perfect for throwing over a swim suit or a sport’s bra. Thank you!

  3. This is so great. Here it is Summertime, hot and humid, and I find myself without tank tops that fit. I took two of the husband’s older t-shirts this morning and now I have two very comfortable and cool tops. Thank you so much for this tutorial.

  4. Yes yes yes yes yes!!!! I love tank tops but the only cheap ones I can find are too low cut for me to be 100% comfortable in. Thank you for this amazing tutorial! Now I have tons of cute, modest tanks with awareness logos I can be proud of!

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