How to Shorten Tank Top Straps in Just a Few Simple Steps

3 Materials
10 Minutes

This is a tutorial on how to shorten tank top straps. I had a couple of tops and dresses that I loved but the straps were just a little too long.

Rather than take them to get altered or get rid of them, I decided to make them shorter myself. It was so easy and of course, saved me money.

If you want to learn how to shorten straps on a tank top in just a few very simple and easy steps, my tutorial is definitely for you!

Follow this step-by-step guide and learn all the ins and outs of shortening tank top straps so that you will always have the perfect fit.

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric scissors
  • Needle and thread
Cutting the tank top straps at the back

1. Cut the straps

The first step is to cut the tank top straps at the back.

It’s important to use a good pair of fabric scissors. Be careful not to cut the actual top or dress. 

Measuring how short the strap will be

2. Measure the straps

Next, decide how much of the strap you want to remove to get the perfect fit. Use the piece you cut off to measure on the other strap so that they will be the exact same length. 

How to shorten tank top straps

3. Sew on the straps

Once you have cut both straps to the same length, make sure that the straps are not twisted. Bring the ends to meet at the point where you originally cut them off. 

How to shorten straps on tank top

Hold the shortened strap in place and hand-sew it back on. Start by pushing the needle through your tank top and then through the strap.

Don’t pull the way all the way through, rather go in again with the needle, this time making a loop. Put your needle through the loop and pull.

Repeat this until your strap is securely sewed on. Make sure to do the same on the other side. 

How to make tank top straps shorter

How to shorten tank top straps

It’s so easy to shorten straps and get the perfect fit! What other quick and easy clothing alterations have you done? Let me know in the comments below!

Suggested materials:
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors

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  • MARY MARY on Jan 14, 2021

    I've been doing this trick for many years! It works out great for any type of spaghetti or thin strap garment!

  • Robin Robin on Sep 27, 2021

    Its called altering your own straps....whats so new about this....I have done it for years⁉️🤔