The Easiest DIY Top Ever? No-Sew, Multi-Way Top Takes 5mins to Make

by The SILEM
4 Materials
5 Minutes

Could this be the easiest and most versatile top ever made? If you want to make your own clothes, but don't know where to start, this no-sew DIY multi-way top is for you. It takes just a few minutes to make and there are so many ways you can wear it.

Follow me on this simple step-by-step tutorial on how to make a multi-way top, then I'll show you 10 different ways to style it too. Let's get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Solid and self-finished fabric
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Scissors
  • Chalk

Important: This DIY top requires a solid and self-finished fabric; the color should be the same on both sides and it shouldn’t fray when cut. This type of fabric may be slippery, so have something to hold it down (like a phone) when you measure and cut.

Cutting the fabric for the multi-way top

1. Cut the fabric

The fabric should be at least a yard long and 24 inches wide (90cm x 60cm. Fold the fabric in half. Mark the fabric to 27 inches (68cm) for the length of the top. You can always increase or decrease this length to match your body. Trim the fabric to the preferred length.

Making the sleeves for the no-sew top

2. Make the sleeve

Fold the trimmed fabric in half. The top fold is the front. Measure down the top fold for the sleeve about 20 inches or 50cm. Mark the fabric and cut it to the desired sleeve length.

Creating a snip at the top of the fabric

3. Make the neckline

Unfold the fabric and refold it the other way, making sure it's even. At the top of the fold, snip a tiny hole with the scissors. Unfold the fabric. 

Measuring the neckline for the multi-way top

Place the measuring tape or ruler at the hole. A standard opening is 9 inches (22cm). Place the start of the ruler or measuring tape at the hole. Mark at 4½ inches (11cm) going to the right. Flip the measuring tape around and measure the same distance to the left.

Cutting the neckline for the DIY top

Cut the hole from the center outward in each direction the 4½ inches (11cm) for the neck opening.

DIY poncho top

10 Ways to wear the DIY multi-way no-sew top

Now I'll show you how to wear the top in 10 different ways!

1. Poncho top

Pull the shirt over the head. Easy and breezy: the top is like a poncho.

DIY v-neck top

2. V-neck top

Turn the top so the neckline is moved forward, creating a V shape in the front and back. This also lengthens the sleeves.

DIY one-shoulder top

3. One-shoulder top

Carefully ease out one arm through the neckline for a sexy one-shoulder look.

DIY slouch shoulder top

4. Slouch shoulder top

Pull the shirt down slightly to reveal one shoulder. Flashdance vibes!

DIY tied sides top

5. Tied sides top

Grab the front and back end on the right and tie them together. Do the same for the left for this easy blouson look.

DIY tie-front top

6. Tie-front top

Pull the left and right back ends forward and tie them at the front over the fabric.

DIY tie-back top

7. Tie-back top

Do the same tie, but this time at the back.

DIY tie-back top from the front

This is what it looks like from the front.

DIY cape back top

8. Cape back top

You can also tie the back under the fabric to create a cape back, like this.

DIY one-shoulder cape back top

9. One-shoulder cape back top

Now, ease out one arm through the neckline to make the cape back top one-shouldered.

DIY double-tie top

10. Double-tie top

With the back ends tie still in place under the fabric, bring the two cape ends through and tie at the front.

DIY multi-way no-sew top tutorial

Isn't this just the easiest top to make and style? You could wear this DIY top on a night out, hanging with friends, at the pool as a cover-up, or even just lounging at home.

Let me know in the comments what you think of this DIY multi-way top tutorial and which way you would wear it!

Suggested materials:
  • Solid and self-finished fabric
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Scissors
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