Four Different DIY Cinched Tops

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I have been seeing a lot of cinched clothing pieces and I decided to try a few cinching styles myself. I took four tops that I had sitting in my closet and transformed them using different cinching techniques. All the tops turned out perfectly! I Love these cinched looks!

Tools and materials:

  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Safety pin
  • Sewing machine
DIY cinched top

Make a front cinched top 

For this first style, I turned the top inside out. I cut a small piece of elastic and pinned it vertically along the middle of the top. I pinned one end to the bottom of the top and the other just under the neckline, stretching it in order to pin it on. 

Sew on the elastic

To sew on the elastic, I used a zig-zag stitch. The trick is to stretch the elastic from both ends as you sew. 


I love this center cinched look! This piece is now the perfect causal top I have been needing!

Cinched tank top

Make a side cinched top 

For the second top, I actually used a spare T-shirt to help me out. I cut two strips from the spare T-shirt to add to the side seams of the top. 

Sew on the strip

I went ahead and sewed the strip over the side seam. 

Cut a tie

Using the scrap fabric from the spare T-shirt, I cut a long strip and stretched it out to make a tie. 

Use a safety pin

I made a small loop in the tie and attached a safety pin to the loop. 

Thread the tie

I used the safety pin to help me thread the tie through the channel I had created along the side seam of the top, 

How to make a cinched top

Once the tie was in, I separated the two sides and put one stitch down the center. After checking that this awesome cinch technique works, I went ahead and did the same on the other side.  

Cinched crop top

This is an amazing cinched crop top that is so easy to make! 

Cut the circle

Make a circle cinched top 

For the third top, I decided to create a circle cinch. First, I had to figure out which way I wanted to cinch it. I then cut out the circle shape from the shirt and made an opening for the tie. 

Turn over the edges

I then turned the cut edges over and stitched a tube. 

Stretch the tie

I cut off the excess of the top to make a tie. I stretched out the strip until it was as long as I needed for the tie. 

Thread the tie through

Next, I attached a safety pin to the end of the tie and thread it through the tube I had made on the top. 

Hem the bottom

I then went ahead and hemmed the bottom of the top to give it a nice clean finish. 

Remove the pocket

I also decided to remove the pocket of the T-shirt. 

White cinched top

This is definitely one of my favorite pieces now! Adore this circle cinched top! 

Cut a V

Make a tied center cinched top 

For the next cinched top, I took a tight white turtleneck I had and cut it to make a V-neck. 

Sew a lettuce hem

I then went ahead and sewed a lettuce hem on the cuffs of the sleeves and on the neckline. I love a good lettuce hem and even though it was a risk, I decided to go for it. To learn how to do a lettuce hem, check out this video.

Attach the tie

To create the cinch for this top, I used the exact same method I had used before to make the side cinches. I sewed a tube on the inside of the shirt, down the center using fabric from the turtleneck. I then sewed a seam down the center between the two sides of the tie that I put through the tube. I took in some fabric from the sides of the top and sewed a lettuce hem at the bottom. 

Easy cinched top

I am obsessed with these cinched tops! Which style do you like best? Let me know in the comments! 

Suggested materials:
  • Scissors
  • Safety pin
  • Pins
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  • Itsmemic Itsmemic on Dec 15, 2020

    these are awesome ! LOVE the last one !! You are quite the seamstress !!!

  • Cindy Cindy on Jan 23, 2021

    I love that idea! As a teen, I made skirts out of old blue jeans. This is great!