Easy, No-Sew Beaded Fringe Top DIY

6 materials
$25
2 Hours
Easy


This beautiful DIY beaded fringe top is perfect for festival season, or even just to add a little spice to your everyday summer apparel. In this tutorial, I will show you how to transform a simple cotton tank top into a fun, flirty fringe crop top with beads. Anyone can make this project with a few easy-to-get materials, and some time and patience.

Tools and materials:

  • Cotton tank top
  • 3 bags of pony beads
  • Ruler
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
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Fold the top lengthwise

Fold the top in half

To start off, I folded my top in half lengthwise, making sure the side seams were aligned with each other.

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Measure to where the fringe will start

Measure and mark

I used my measuring tape to measure out how far down on the tank top I wanted the beaded fringe to start, and I marked the spot with tailor’s chalk.

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Mark with chalk

Draw a line

Using my ruler for a straight edge, I drew a line through the spot I marked on my shirt. You can use the fold of your shirt as a guide to ensure your line is parallel to the hem and perpendicular to the lengthwise fold. 

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Continue the line across the whole shirt


I then unfolded the shirt and extended the line all the way across my tank top. Don’t forget to mark the back of the shirt as well, in the same manner.

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Cut thin strips

Cut strips

Starting from the hem of the shirt and working upwards, I cut the fabric into thin strips, ending each cut at the marked line. I continued in this manner all the way around the shirt, front and back. Don’t worry if the strips are not exactly even. 

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Use cardboard for stability when cutting


If you are finding it difficult to cut the fabric, you can use a piece of cardboard to give you a more stable surface to lean on.

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Fringe top with beads

Thread the beads onto the strips of fabric

Next, I threaded the beads onto the strips of fabric. I chose to create a pattern with the colors, but you can also use only one color, or even just choose colors at random. This part of the project can be a bit time-consuming, so for this step, I like to put on a movie, sit down with my tank top and beads, take my time, and just enjoy the process. Don’t forget to tie a knot at the end of each strip to prevent the beads from falling off.

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Beaded fringe crop top

Undo the hem

When I got to the strips of fabric containing the side seams and hem, I found it difficult to get the beads past all the folds of the material. I remedied this by ripping out the stitches of the hem. This gets rid of that bulky spot and makes it easy to slide the beads onto the fabric. 

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Easy beaded fringe top


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Beaded fringe tank top

And that’s how you create a super-cute beaded fringe festival top--with a lot of beads and a lot of patience! Let me know if you make this project. I’d love to know how it turns out!

Suggested materials:

  • Cotton tank top
  • Pony beads
  • Ruler
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