DIY T-Shirt Alert- Create 3 Gorgeous Tank Tops in Minutes

by Unorthodoll
5 Materials
40 Minutes

You have to try this DIY t-shirt project! Easily transform your old t-shirts with these stunning DIY t-shirt ideas. This tutorial is really great for the pile of t-shirts you are just about to discard. You can create a masterpiece out of them and still look trendy, too. In this DIY t-shirt tutorial, I will show you how to make cute tank tops with three unique designs. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • A couple of t-shirts
  • Ruler
  • Sharp scissors
  • Pen
  • Chalk
DIY t-shirt ideas

Easy DIY t-shirt

Narrow tank top

Prep the shirt

Turn your shirt inside out and lay it down flat and face up. 

Simple DIY t-shirt

Draw lines

Using your ruler, connect the outer edge of the collar to the armpit with a straight line. Repeat on the other side, too. 

Make a DIY t-shirt

Cut the simple DIY t-shirt

Grab your scissors and cut off the sleeves using these lines.

How to make a DIY t-shirt

Fold the top half over and trim them back, if necessary. 

DIY t-shirt tutorial

That’s it! Literally, all you need is just 5 minutes to give a lifeless t-shirt some dimension! You can also tie the front, so you have a cuter vibe going on. 

Slotted tank top

Follow the first tutorial

Ok, so before moving to step 2, follow the first tutorial so that you have a sleeveless tank top. 

Turn your shirt inside out, and lay it down flat, face up. A few inches down from the collar, draw a curved line that follows the shape of the collar. 

Then, draw two lines in the center, about an inch apart. These lines should connect the collar to the curved line.

Draw a second set of lines, connecting the collar to the adjacent curved lines. Ensure these lines are located about halfway between the first set and the edge of the shirt. Next, draw one more line about an inch away from the edge of the tank top. 

Repeat this on the other side of the easy DIY t-shirt, too. 

Cut the shirt

Now, very carefully, on the top layer of fabric, start cutting out the rectangles between the sets of lines. 


Make sure not to cut off the collar.

And that’s the tutorial! Easy, right? This is a fabulous idea on how to transform and make a DIY t-shirt and tank top. Right, let’s get right into the third and final look. 

Stretched tank top

Make the markings

Put your shirt on, inside out, and mark where you want the crop to be. Do this by marking either side of the shirt, as shown. 

Lay your shirt down flat (it should still be inside out and facing up). Draw a straight line across, connecting the crop marks on either side. 

Then, cut along this line. 

Right under the collar, draw a straight line horizontally across. Use a ruler to be as accurately straight as possible. 

Next, draw two vertical lines on either side of the collar, connecting them to the bottom horizontal line. Repeat on the other side. Do you notice a square neck shape on your DIY t-shirt? That’s the goal! 

Draw another vertical line, a couple of inches away, parallel to the last. Continue the first line down the inside of the arm to the armpit and repeat this on the other side. 

Cut, cut, cut!

Ok, so first off, cut off the sleeves using the curved lines. 

Then cut off the square neckline part, too. 


For this part, make sure to cut through both layers of fabric. 

Stretch and modify your DIY t-shirt

Next, stretch the straps, neckline, and the whole DIY t-shirt. 

With chalk, make some dots a few inches below the neckline. Make sure they are evenly spaced out. Cut tiny holes on all the dots and then stretch these holes using a pen or pencil. 

If you are feeling extra creative, you can make another set of holes. I placed them below the first line and in between the former holes. I repeated the same steps to get a stretchy effect. 

That’s it! What do you think? I feel this lovely and simple DIY t-shirt is feminine and gives out some soft yet sensual vibes. I love how it looks, and I’m super chuffed at just how easy it was to create. Thank you for joining me in this DIY t-shirt tutorial! 

Suggested materials:
  • A couple of t-shirts
  • Ruler
  • Sharp scissors
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  • Unorthodoll Unorthodoll on Aug 23, 2021

    Thank-you so much! It looks great!

  • Betty Betty on Apr 06, 2023

    Thank You for this beautiful tutorial on how to make these T Shirts!

    I am going to try to make one of those T Shirts 😀😀

    Thank You