3 Cute & Easy DIY Crop Tops Inspired by Bella Hadid

Villamor Twins
by Villamor Twins
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3 Hours

In today’s thrift flip tutorial, we are going to show you how to make three simple tops out of old clothes. One is a shirt-to-crop-top DIY inspired by Bella Hadid’s backless crop top, while the others are different styles, but also feature a similar back-tie to Bella's.

If you want to see how we made these trendy tops, then keep reading to get inspired! Let’s start thrift flipping!

Tools and materials:

  • White shirt
  • T-shirt
  • Turtleneck 
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Matching thread
  • Needle
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric marker or tailor's chalk
  • Safety pin
  • Iron
Bella Hadid crop top

DIY Bella Hadid crop top

Thrifted shirt ready for the crop top DIY

Our first thrift flip is this old white shirt that we plan on turning into Bella Hadid's famous white backless top. 

Measuring the length of the crop top

1. Measure the crop top

First, measure how long you want the front to be. It all depends on how much of your tummy you want to expose. Ours is 14” long with the hem already included. 

Marking the shirt

Make 13” marks on either side to get the curvy front form. 

Cutting out the new bottom

2. Cut the crop top

Cut the top layer along the points. 

Leaving a gap below the armhole

Be sure to leave a 2.5” gap below the armhole. 

Cutting out the back of the shirt

For the back, cut along the sleeve seams and the back seam across the whole top.

Snipping into the corners

Snip into each corner so you can easily fold the edges up when hemming.  

Hemming the crop top

3. Hem the crop top

Hem the fabric by folding the edges up twice and pinning them in place. Do this all the way around the front, back, and sleeves. Like this, you’ll hide the raw edges. Now, hem the top. 

Cutting strips for the ties

4. Make the ties

Cut four straps from the back section of the top that you cut off earlier. Our strips are about 2 inches wide. 

Sewing the ties together

Attach the straps at a 90-degree angle and sew this area diagonally. 

Cutting out the tip

Cut out the tip.

Folding and pinning the pieces, ready to sew

Now you have two long pieces. Fold the fabric right sides together and pin. Then, sew each strap with a straight stitch. 

Turning the fabric right sides out

Turn the fabric right sides out with a safety pin. 

Pressing the fabric with an iron

Iron the fabric to make it look neater. 

Sewing the ends of the ties

Fold the ends down twice and sew for a cleaner finish. We hand-sewed this section. 

Attaching the straps to the top

To attach the straps to the top, pin them halfway down the front edge of the shirt and hand-stitch them in place. 

DIY Bella Hadid backless crop top

DIY Bella Hadid shirt crop top

So, what do you think of this Bella-Hadid-inspired crop top? It’s such a straightforward thrift flip and totally stylish! 

Black turtlneck top before the DIY

DIY turtleneck crop top with ties

The next thrift flip is with this long-sleeved black turtleneck top.

Tie-waist crop top inspired

We plan to turn it into a cute and trendy top, as shown above. For this top, we’re simply going to crop it and attach the ties, which wrap around the waist. 

Measuring and marking the crop top length

1. Measure and mark

Measure how long you’d like the top to be. Ours is 12”.

How to make a crop top

Now, mark both sides, 1 inch up from the center mark. 

Connecting the marks to make a V-shape

Connect these marks to make a slight V-shape.

Cutting the crop top's front layer

2. Cut the crop top

Cut the front layer first. 

Cutting the back straight

For the back of the top, simply draw a straight line and cut. 

Taking in the crop top at the sides

3. Take in the crop top at the sides (optional)

Since our top is fairly loose, we took it in at the sides, so it’s more fitting. To do this, mark 1-inch from each side. Your top should be inside out.

Connecting the bottom armhole seam

Connect the bottom armhole seam to the mark (on each side). Sew along the lines. 

Cutting away the excess fabric

Cut away the excess fabric. 

Snipping the corners for hemming

4. Hem the crop top

Snip the center so that it’s easier to fold up the edges when hemming. 

Hemming the crop top

Hem the bottom raw edge by folding the fabric up twice and pinning them to hide the raw edges. Then, sew to secure.  

Cutting strips for the ties

5. Make the ties

To create the strings, cut two long 1-inch wide strips. 

Sewing the ends of the straps together

Sew the end of each strap together, right sides facing. Do this with a straight stitch. You now have one long strip of fabric! 

Folding the strip, ready to sew

Fold the strip right sides facing and sew along the edge. 

Turning the strip right sides out

Turn the strip right sides out with the help of a safety pin. 

Attaching the tie to the crop top

6. Attach the tie

The final step is to find the string’s middle point and attach it to the pointed corner of the top. 

Sewing the tie to the crop top

Hand-sew to secure it in place. 

DIY tie crop top

DIY tie crop top from the back

There you have it, this beautiful black wrap-around top. It’s so stylish and unique, don’t you think? 

T-shirt ready for the wrap crop top DIY

DIY wrap crop top

Wrap crop top DIY inspiration

For the last tutorial, we will be transforming a plain t-shirt into a wrap-style top with a V-shaped neckline and a tie at the back, like the crop tops above.

Measuring the marking the t-shirt

1. Measure and mark

Figure out how long you want your top to be, we measured 10” from the neckline. 

Cutting off the bottom of the t-shirt

2. Cut the new shape

Draw a straight line and cut. 

Cutting out the new shape

Now, draw a curved line in the front and cut. 

Cutting out the neckline

Cut out the neckline completely. 

Hemming the wrap crop top

3. Hem

Fold the raw edges, then pin and sew to secure. When sewing the bottom hem, make sure it’s wide enough for a drawstring to pass through. 

Cutting strips for the ties

4. Make the ties

Cut two 1-inch wide strips from the remaining fabric. 

How to make the back tie

Then, follow the same steps as we did with the ties we created in the previous tutorial. 

Inserting the drawstring into the casing

5. Insert the drawstring

Insert the drawstring all the way around with a safety pin. 

Tying the crop top in the back

DIY wrap crop top with a back tie

You’re done! What a straightforward transformation! 

DIY Bella Hadid crop tops

Thank you for joining us! We hope you enjoyed the tutorial and got the inspiration to make your own Bella Hadid crop top and wrap tops!

Let us know which your favorite is in the comments below. Good luck! 

Suggested materials:
  • White shirt
  • T-shirt
  • Turtleneck
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  • Ent27996918 Ent27996918 on Jun 10, 2022

    The t shirt crop top is really cute! Great ideas for changing up a wardrobe, using scarves, floral or other prints would make really nice ties as well!