Learn How to Easily Shorten Tank Top Straps

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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 a ton of money. If you want to learn how to shorten your straps in just a few very simple and easy steps, my tutorial is definitely for you! Follow my step-by-step guide and learn all the ins and outs of making your straps shorter so that you will always have the perfect fit!

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric scissors
  • Needle and thread
How to shorten tank top straps
Cut the straps

The first step is to cut the straps at the back. It’s important to use a good pair of fabric scissors and be careful not to cut the actual top or dress. 

Measure the strap

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 would be the exact same length. 

DIY shorten tank top straps
Sew on the straps

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

Hand sew the strap

Hold the shortened strap in place and hand sew it back on. Start by pushing the needle through your top or dress 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 straps shorter

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 6 hours ago

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