How to Make a Cute Crop Top Sweater in 5 Simple Steps

Quiana Unique
by Quiana Unique
4 Materials
5 Minutes

Hi, everyone! In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a crop top sweater out of an oversized sweater you probably already have in your closet or you can pick up a pretty cheap one at your local thrift store.

This is the perfect piece for transitional weather and with spring incoming, it’s essential for your wardrobe. Let’s get to work!

Tools and materials:

  • Old sweater
  • Scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Measuring tape or ruler
Folding and measuring the sweater

1. Fold in half and measure 

Fold your sweater in half. Make sure it’s all laid out evenly and then, measure four inches from the neckline.

How to crop a sweater

2. Begin cutting the front side

At the four-inch mark is where we’re going to start cutting downwards at an angle towards the seam beneath the armpit. You want to make sure that you’re cutting high enough that you’re above the bust area.

You should also ensure there’s no extra fabric underneath where you’re cutting and it’s entirely smooth and evenly folded. 

A good tip is to make sure you’re following along ahead of where your scissors are cutting and not directly at your scissors. This will ensure you get a more accurate cut.

How to make a sweater crop top

3. Flip over and cut the other side

Once you have the front cut, flip the sweater over. Now, you want to start cutting underneath the sleeve across the rest of the sweater.

The back side should be slightly longer than the front side. If the two sides are the same length, the fabric will lift at your shoulders and the backside will poke out, which isn’t what we want.

Distressing the seams of the cropped sweater

4. Distress the seams

Now, we’re going to distress the sweater. To do this, with a seam ripper, start tugging and pulling at the seam edges where you cut and start pulling out those threads. 

Making a DIY cropped sweater

You can also use your scissors to snip and pull at the seams so it’s easier for the seam ripper to find thread to pull on.

DIY distressed crop top sweater

5. Distress the front

Another fun tip is to cut some slips into the front of the sweater to add to the distressed and worn look. Again, pull at those threads with your fingers or a seam ripper to give it a more intentional look. 

Here’s the finished look.

How to make a crop top sweater

How to make a crop top sweater

This DIY crop top sweater is so cute and perfect for showcasing your new favorite top while still keeping your arms warm.

I love that you can layer it with just about anything and create a whole new outfit out of your existing wardrobe.

If you like this DIY cropped sweater look, let me know in the comments below!

Suggested materials:
  • Old sweater
  • Scissors
  • Seam ripper
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