3 DIY Cute Summer Tops Came Out of This Old Gingham Shirt!

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30 Minutes

I decided to do something a little crazy today, and upcycle an upcycle! I upcycled an old (and previously upcycled) red gingham shirt into not one, not two, but three DIY cute summer tops! Now I can wear this top three ways, I know I'll definitely be keeping it in my closet.

Follow along as I show you how to turn any button-down shirt into DIY cute summer tops.

Tools and materials:

  • Button-down shirt
  • Scissors
  • Snap closure
  • Hook and eye closure
  • Needle and thread
  • Sewing machine
Cutting open the upcycled shirt

1. Cut the shirt open

To begin, I cut off the sleeves, removed the pocket with a seam ripper, then cut across the shirt at about armpit level. 

Next, I cut out the button panel. Mine only went partway down the shirt, but if your shirt buttons all the way down, just cut off both the button and buttonhole panels. 

Sewing the summer top

2. Sew the raw edges down

After removing the button panel, I folded in the raw edges at the top and front of the shirt and sewed them down. 

Hand-stitching the hook and eye closure

3. Hand-stitch the hook and eye closure

I hand-stitched the hook of the hook and eye closure onto the top outer corner of the shirt, and the other side of the snap closure onto the top inner corner.

I tried on the top, marked where the hook landed on the top edge, then sewed the eye in that spot. Finally, I marked where the snap landed, and sewed the corresponding side of the snap in that place. 

DIY cute summer top 1

Once the closures were in place, my cut summer top was finished!

DIY cute summer top 2

The best thing about this top is that it can be worn in three different ways: knotted in the front, knotted in the back, or open in the back. Which of these easy DIY summer tops would you wear most?

DIY cute summer top 3

I really love my upcycled upcycle! I will definitely be wearing all three of these cute summer tops during the hot weather. If you make a knot top of your own using my tutorial, I would love to see your results!

Suggested materials:
  • Button-down shirt
  • Scissors
  • Snap closure
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  • Lalee Lalee on Aug 07, 2021

    From boyish to feminine…👍🏻

  • Beth Booth Beth Booth on May 31, 2022

    I would like to point out that there is a difference between one top that can be worn three ways and three tops.