5 Ways to Make a DIY Crop Top From a T-Shirt: Easy No-Sew Tutorial

4 Materials
$5
10 Minutes
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In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a crop top from a t-shirt in five different ways. These five methods of making a DIY crop top from a t-shirt are all no-sew and super-easy to do. Let's get started!

Tools and materials:

  • T-shirts
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Fabric chalk or marker
T-shirt before the cropping

1. Knotted crop top

Wearing the t-shirt and marking the crop

Put your shirt on inside out and mark where you want to crop the shirt on both sides.

Connecting the marks with a ruler

Lay your shirt flat and connect your crop marks in a straight line.

Cutting the t-shirt to make a crop top

Draw a line from the center of the shirt down to the hem. Then, cut along the line through the front layer of the shirt, stopping at the crop line. 

Tying the ends to make a crop top

Put your shirt back on and tie the two sides together. 


Here’s the finished look. 

DIY crop tops from t-shirts


2. Straight crop top

Marking the new length of the t-shirt

Put your shirt on inside out and mark where you want to crop the shirt on both sides.

Connecting the marks

Lay your shirt flat and connect your crop marks in a straight line. Then, cut alongside the line through both layers of fabric. 


Here’s the finished look.

How to make a crop top from a t-shirt


3. Tie-up crop top

Marking the t-shirt

Put your shirt on inside out and mark where you want to crop the shirt on both sides.

Connecting the crop marks

Lay your shirt flat and connect your crop marks in a straight line. 

Drawing diagonal lines

Starting a couple inches in from the side of the shirt, at the crop mark, draw a diagonal line down to the bottom center of the shirt. Repeat on the other side to form a triangle.

Drawing a line down the center

Draw a line from the center of the triangle to the bottom of the shirt.

DIY t-shirt cutting into a crop top

Start cutting in from one side, down the diagonal line, up the other, and out the other side.

DIY cut t-shirt into a crop top

Then, cut up the center line and stop at the crop line.

Marking the crop line on the back side

Flip your shirt over, then mark the crop line on the back side. 

Cutting the back layer of the t-shirt

Cut straight across the back layer only.  


Put your shirt back on and then tie the two pieces together. Here’s the finished look. 

How to cut a t-shirt into a crop top


4. Wrap crop top

Marking the sides of the t-shirt

Put your shirt on inside out and mark where you want to crop the shirt on both sides.

Connecting the crop marks in a straight line

Lay your shirt flat and use a ruler to connect your crop marks in a straight line. 

Tracing around the t-shirt collar

Trace a line around the collar.

Drawing a line down the t-shirt

From the center, draw a line starting from halfway down the shirt to the crop line.

Connecting the center to the collar

Draw a curved line from each side of the collar to the center line.

DIY crop top from t-shirt: no-sew tutorial

From the bottom of the crop line, continue the straight line from the center of the shirt halfway down. 

Drawing curved lines on the t-shirt

Starting a couple inches out from the center line, draw a curved L shape down, following an inch away from the center line then curving back to the outer edge of the shirt.    

Drawing the pattern on the t-shirt

Keeping the inch distance from the center line, curve the center line out to the side of the shirt, following the curve of the first line.

Making marks on the t-shirt for the crop top

Repeat on the other side.  

Cutting straps for the DIY wrap crop top

Cut out the straps through both layers of the shirt by following the lines below the crop line. Leave them attached to the top. 

Cutting the t-shirt to make the wrap crop top

Only cutting through the top layer of the shirt, cut along the lines above the crop line.

Cutting the t-shirt collar at the back

Cut out the collar in the back. 

Cutting off the straps from the t-shirt back

Flip the shirt over, and cut off the straps from the back layer only.

Tying the DIY wrap crop top

Put your shirt back on and cross each side in the front. 

How to make a DIY wrap crop top

Either tie in the back or wrap it back around to tie it in the front. 

Here’s the finished look.

DIY wrap crop top


5. Fringe crop top

Marking the t-shirt with chalk

Put your shirt on inside out and mark where you want to crop the shirt on both sides.

Using a ruler to connect the crop marks

Lay your shirt flat and connect your crop marks in a straight line. 

Marking the t-shirt

Make a mark in the center a couple of inches down from the crop line.

Connecting the edges to the crop line

Connect that line to the edge of the shirt a couple inches above the crop line on both sides.

Drawing pointed shapes on the t-shirt

Draw another pointed line parallel to the first but six inches below it. 

Measuring inch-wide sections

Now measure out inch-wide sections along the top pointed line.

Drawing parallel vertical lines

Use the inch marks to draw parallel vertical lines down to the bottom pointed line.

How to make cut-up t-shirt fringe

Cut through both layers of fabric along the bottom pointed line. 

How to cut up t-shirt fringe

Cut all of the vertical lines, stopping at the top pointed line. Don’t forget to cut the side seams up to the pointed line as well.


Now stretch all of the pieces to create a fringe.


Here’s the final look. 

DIY cropped t-shirt with fringe


DIY crop tops from t-shirts tutorial

DIY crop tops from t-shirts tutorial

I really hope you enjoyed this DIY t-shirt cutting crop top tutorial. Let me know which one you’ll be trying in the comments below. Thanks for joining!

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  • Ruler
  • Scissors
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