How to Cut a Shirt Into a Crop Top With a Cute Off-Shoulder Design

7 Materials
$5
1 Hour
Easy

In this DIY, I will show you how to cut a shirt into a crop top! This DIY shirt to crop top is pretty unique as it’s also an off-shoulder design. So, if you’re into upcycling like me and don’t want to throw out any clothes that you can easily transform into something chic and stylish, then page down!

Tools and materials:

  • Oversized shirt
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Elastic
Removing the collar

1. Remove the collar 

Start by removing the collar by cutting along the seams, as shown. I then cut the middle part of the shirt and made a mistake; I wanted a different style, but there’s always plan B, right? 

Cropping the shirt

2. Crop the shirt

So, for my plan B, I simply measured from my chest how long I want the crop top to be. Then, cut the bottom half of the shirt accordingly. 


3. Create the channel

Fold the top edge inward. Pin and sew all around. This will be the channel for your elastic. Make the channel slightly bigger than the elastic’s width so it fits snugly. 

Inserting elastic

4. Feed the elastic

Once you have your channel, feed through the elastic through the openings using a safety pin. 

Closing the opening

5. Close the opening

Overlap both sides’ openings, so the button plackets align and stitch to secure. Ensure that you stitch the ends of the elastic, too. 

Cutting the sleeves

6. Cut the sleeves

I did not go with any particular measurements for this step. I just eyeballed how long I wanted the sleeve to be and cut out the cuff part and curved armhole area. 


Now, repeat the same for the second sleeve and use the first as a guide. Like this, both sleeves will be symmetrical. 

Hemming the short ends

7. Hem the short ends

The elastic will be placed on the widest part of the sleeves, so go ahead and hem the short ends with a neat, double fold. 

Creating channels for the elastic

8. Create channels

Now, create a channel on the wide part. Again, the channel should be big enough to fit the elastic through. Be sure to leave an opening. 

Placing elastic

9. Place elastic

Just like we did for the top part of the DIY shirt to crop top piece, do the same for both sleeves. Feed in an elastic through the opening of the channel. 

Attaching the sleeves to the top

10. Assemble the crop top

Now, close the openings and attach the sleeves to the top. 

How to make a crop top out of a shirt

Place the elastic part on top and align the sleeves’ seam to the bodice’s side seam. Then, sew about an inch down on either side. 

How to cut a shirt into a crop top

How to cut a shirt into a crop top

This is how you cut a shirt into a crop top! It’s so easy to do this; even beginners can take on this project. I hope you enjoyed this DIY shirt-to-crop-top tutorial and that you seriously consider this as your next DIY. Good luck!

Suggested materials:
  • Oversized shirt
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine
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