How to Make a Twist Top: DIY Twist-Front Bandeau in 4 Easy Steps

5 Materials
1 Hour

In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a twist top. This is twist-front crop top is a simple sewing project, and the pattern is included.

If you’ve ever made a twist headband, this twist top is made much the same way, and it takes so little fabric, you probably have some scrap pieces that you can use.

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric (preferably stretchy)
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
Taking measurements for the top

1. Cut your fabric

Take your bust measurement as well as the measurement for the height you want your crop top to be. For me, that was 36 inches around and 9 inches top to bottom.

Cutting the top to size

Now cut and hem your chosen fabric on all four sides to get the correct finished dimensions according to your measurements.

If your fabric is stretchy, cut it a couple of inches smaller than your bust measurement, so it will fit you snugly without gaping. I cut my stretchy fabric to 34 inches to fit a 36-inch bust.

If you don’t have a single strip of fabric that is long enough, cut three pieces to sew together, making the center piece the largest and the side pieces of equal size.

How to create the twist

2. Create the twist

With the right side facing in, fold the fabric in half widthwise and mark the center of the side edges of the strip on the wrong side of the fabric.

Twist-front crop top DIY

Now take the corner of the side of the strip closest to you and line it up with the center point on the other side of the strip.

How to make a twist-front crop top

Then, the opposite end of the side at the back will line up with the center point of the first side.

Wrapping the hanging edge around the front

Take the hanging edge of the back side and wrap it around to the front.

How to fold the DIY twist top

Take the remaining hanging piece and wrap it to the back. If you want to see this folding done from a different view, check the video from 4:38 to 5:28.

How to sew a twist-front top

3. Sew

Sew the folded edges together.

Turning the top right sides out

4. Turn it right-side out

Turn it right-side out and like magic, there’s your twist!

How to make a twist top

How to make a twist top

Here’s the final look! You can add straps if you like, but I left mine strapless. Because I used stretchy fabric and cut it a bit smaller than my bust size, it fits perfectly and stays in place.

Give this twist-front crop top DIY a try and let me know in the comments how you liked the tutorial.

Suggested materials:
  • Fabric (preferably stretchy)
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
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