How to Make a Cute DIY Denim Crop Top Out of a Pair of Old Jeans

Mset Fashion Design
by Mset Fashion Design
10 Materials
2 Hours

Wondering what to do with some old jeans that you don’t wear anymore? Try this DIY denim crop top that you can make out of those old jeans. It’s pretty simple, and the tutorial includes a very neat trick for getting the size just right!

Tools and materials:

  • Old jeans
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Ribbon
  • Pen
  • Marker
  • Ruler
  • Embroidery thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Sewing machine (optional)
Disassembling the jeans

1. Disassemble your jeans

Fold your old jeans in half and lay them flat on your work surface. Cut off the legs of the jeans at the top of the legs.

Cutting open the side seam of the jeans

Cut open the inside seam of one of the legs and then cut off the bottom hem.

Measuring the chest for the crop top

2. Make your crop top pieces

Here’s a neat trick to get a good measurement for your crop top. Tie a ribbon around a pen. Now place the ribbon over your shoulder with the pen hanging in front at the length of the crop top you want.

Mark the ribbon where the top of the crop top should be.

How to make a denim crop top

Now, place your ribbon on your denim fabric, with the mark at the edge of the ribbon, well in from the edge of the fabric.

Pull the ribbon taught and use the pen on the other end to draw a perfect half-circle onto the denim.

Drawing the DIY jean crop top pattern

On the remaining denim, draw three equal width rectangles the full length of the denim.

Cutting out the pattern pieces

Cut out the half-circle and all three rectangles.

How to make a crop top out of jeans

Fold the half-circle in half with the right side facing in and cut along the fold.

Make a crop top from jeans

3. Make the crop top bodice

On one of the quarter-circles, using a sewing machine or hand stitch two basting rows at the curved edge, about a half-inch apart.

Pulling the loose thread to gathers the bottom edge

Pull the loose end of the threads to gather the edge and then tie off the loose threads.

Making cups for the DIY crop top

Repeat for the other quarter-circle.

Pinning the crop top cups to the band

4. Make the crop top band and ties

With the wrong sides together, pin the gathered edge of both quarter-circles to a long edge of one of the rectangles, overlapping the inside edges of the two quarter-circles slightly.

This won’t take up the whole length of the rectangle, so position the left edge (as you are looking at it) of the crop-top to the edge of the rectangle.

Sewing the crop top

Sew the pinned edges by hand or with a sewing machine.

DIY denim crop top tutorial

Now pin another rectangle on top of the first one, with the right side of the rectangle facing up. This time position the right edge of the crop top to the edge of the rectangle. 

Sewing the DIY denim crop top

Sew the second rectangle in place along the top edge.

Making the halter strap for the crop top

5. Make the halter strap

Pin the ends of the third rectangle in place at the back of the top tips of the crop top for the halter strap.

Sewing the halter straps securely

Sew the halter strap in place using a “V” formation for extra strength.

Making embellishments for the straps

6. Embellish the straps

Cut two rectangles of equal width from your remaining denim. 

Trimming the fabric pieces

Trim them to an equal length.

Tying bows around the straps

Tie each rectangle into a bow by making one knot in the middle and sew the bows to the crop top over the spots where the straps are attached.

Adding a pattern to the band

7. Make it even cuter!

Follow the pattern in the video from 7:15 to 7:54 to stitch a little pattern onto the crop top band.

DIY denim crop top

DIY denim crop top

Simple and cute! What could be better! You’re going to love wearing this DIY denim crop top all summer long. Leave me a comment to let me know if you made one and how it turned out.

Suggested materials:
  • Old jeans
  • Scissors
  • Thread
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