Cute DIY Crop Top Tutorial

6 Materials
1 Hour
Easy


Give your old clothes a second chance. Don’t throw away that old shirt yet. Instead, follow this DIY crop top tutorial to learn how to reuse the fabric of your old clothes to create an adorable new top with a ruched front and ruffled straps. This is a great project for beginners, so if you want to know how to make a DIY crop top out of an old shirt, keep reading.

Tools and materials:

  • Old shirt
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Safety pin
  • Long stick
  • Sewing machine
Sew a DIY crop top


How to sew a DIY crop top

Cut

If the hem of the shirt is not straight, cut across the bottom hem. 

Make a DIY crop top

Decide how long you want your crop top to be. Measure that amount from the bottom hem, and cut a straight line across the shirt.

How to make a DIY crop top

Fold the rectangle of fabric in half, and cut just one layer of fabric along the fold. 

Basic DIY crop top

Pin and sew

Fold the short edges over once about ½ an inch, and pin and sew them down. 

Easy DIY crop top

Fold the raw edges along the top and bottom, and pin and sew them down, as well, stopping the stitching before reaching the hems on the short edges. 

DIY crop top tutorial

Cut 

From the offcuts of the shirt, cut two strips, each about 1 inch wide. 

DIY crop top thrift flip

Pin and sew

Fold the strips in half lengthwise, and pin and sew down the long edges and one short edge on each strip. 

Turn right side out and sew

Use a long stick to push the fabric from the closed end of the strip through to the open end of the strip, and then pull the fabric through the opening to turn the strip right side out. Once both strips are right side out, sew them together.

Insert the strip

Attach a safety pin to one end of the long strip, and insert it into the opening along the bottom of one of the short edges of the top. Guide the safety pin through the fabric until you can pull it out through the opening at the top. Then repeat the process on the second short edge, this time inserting the safety pin at the top, and pulling it out the bottom opening.

Once the strip has been pulled through both sides of the front of the top, tie a bow.

Cut, pin, and sew

Cut two more strips to be used as shoulder straps. Fold each one in half lengthwise, and pin and sew them down.

Attach the shoulder straps

Pin the shoulder straps in place and sew them down. 

Cut

From the offcuts of the shirt, cut two leaf-shaped pieces of fabric, equal in length to your shoulder straps. These will be the ruffles on the shoulder straps. Fold each one in half lengthwise, and pin and sew them down, leaving a ½-inch gap on one end.  

Turn right side out and attach

Turn the ruffles right side out with a long stick, and attach one to the outside edge of each shoulder strap.

Your basic DIY crop top is complete!

I love this thrift flip. It can be made with old t-shirts, skirts, or pants as well. I love how easy it was to make, and I’m glad I could share this tutorial for how to sew a DIY crop top out of old clothes with you. Let me know what you think of this thrift flip idea. If you use this tutorial, I’d love to see your creations!

Suggested materials:
  • Old shirt
  • Scissors
  • Pins
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