Double the Fun: How to Make 2 DIY Patchwork Tops at the Same Time

Villamor Twins
by Villamor Twins
5 Materials
45 Minutes

Trendy doesn’t need to be expensive. This DIY patchwork top is easily customized to whatever color and fabric you like.

You may think that a patchwork top is too dear or time-consuming to make, but here, we'll show you how to make a patchwork shirt, and you actually get two patchwork tank tops at the same time!

Let’s get started making a patchwork top you can wear today!

Tools and materials:

  • T-shirts for cutting: two different colors
  • Your own well-fitting tank-style t-shirt to use as a template
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Tailor’s chalk
DIY patchwork top pattern

1. Make the pattern

Lay the first t-shirt down and place your well-fitting shirt as a guide.

How to make a patchwork shirt

Trace the entire shape of the top but slightly larger than the actual size so you have room for stitching and hemming. Don’t forget to draw the neckline as well.

Pinning the t-shirts together to cut

Pin the t-shirt’s together and cut. You’ll have a front and a back piece.

Cutting the neckline on the shirt

Cut the lower neckline on the front piece.

Making DIY patchwork clothes

Repeat this pattern on the other color t-shirt.

Pinning the front and back pieces together

2. Design the patchwork

Place the two front pieces and the two back pieces together. Pin them so the fabric doesn’t move. 

Trace and cut different shapes

On the front fabrics, randomly trace and cut different shapes. There is no wrong or right way to do this. This is your time to be creative and imaginative!

Assembling the patchwork pieces

3. Assembly the patchwork tank tops

Assemble the pieces like a puzzle. For the back, match up with the contrasting color. 

Making a DIY patchwork top

For the front, combine the colors and arrange as desired. Pin everything together so you don’t lose track of the pieces.

Sewing a patchwork tank top

4. Sew the DIY patchwork top

Prepare your sewing machine for a zigzag stitch. In this tutorial, we used a zigzag stitch with the tension set to 9 for a tighter finish. 

Sew all the pieces together. Sew the armholes, hemline, and neckline.

Trimming the excess fabric

Trim any excess seam allowance on the back piece.

Placing the front and back pieces together

Place the front and back pieces right sides together.

Pinning and sewing the DIY patchwork top

Pin in place and them sew them together by the shoulder straps and the side seams using a wider zigzag stitch.

DIY patchwork top

There you have it! A super trendy and fashionable DIY patchwork top you can wear today!

Two DIY patchwork tops

DIY patchwork top tutorial

Please let us know in the comments how much fun this was to make and even better, share photos of you wearing this cute patchwork top!

Suggested materials:
  • T-shirts for cutting: two different colors
  • Your own well-fitting tank-style t-shirt to use as a template
  • Scissors
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