How to Make a Pretty Multiway Top Without Sewing a Single Stitch

by The SILEM
4 Materials
15 Minutes

When you want to look great for an evening out and have 15 minutes to whip up a new outfit, here’s how to make a top without sewing and without a pattern! This top is more dramatic than others with a long back and shorter front. I’ve got 5 multiway top ideas for you to try right now!

Please use only self-finished fabric for any no-sew tutorial. This means the fabric won’t fray, split, or have hanging threads when cut. Solid fabric is where the color and pattern are the same on both sides. This tutorial uses only self-finished fabric and you can use a solid or non-solid fabric as you wish!

Tools and materials:

  • Self-finished fabric: 1 yard
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Marking chalk
Folding the fabric

1. Fold the fabric

Fold the fabric widthwise, about ¾ of the way - not completely in half. 

How to make a top without a sewing machine

Then fold the fabric lengthwise. Make the fabric perfectly smooth and neat.

How to sew a top without a pattern

2. Measure the fabric

Open the measuring tape to 25 inches. Fold the end of the measuring tape to the 25-inch mark. Fold it again. Effectively, we divided 25 inches by 4. 

Measuring the fabric

Lay the folded measuring tape at the folded corner so that the folded measuring tape fits the fabric. 

Multiway top ideas

Then from the top point and all around, measure 3 inches, creating a curve. Mark this area.

Cutting the fabric

3. Cut the fabric

Cut the fabric on the marked area at the top. 

How to make a multiway top

From the cut area, measure 13 inches all around. Make sure the measurements are all equal. 

Making a multiway top without sewing

Cut the first layer of the fabric on the 13-inch marked curve. 

How to make a no-sew multiway top

Cut the bottom layer on a freehand curve.

How to cut fabric to make a no-sew top

Opening the fabric

Open the fabric all the way. 

Trimming the edges

Fold it lengthwise. Trim all the edges so they match exactly. The shorter part of the top is the front. Mirror the curves exactly. The longer part of the top is the back. Mirror those curves and trim any excess.

DIY high-low multiway top

How to style the DIY multiway top

Multiway top style 1

Put the top over the head. You can rock this top with high-waisted jeans or a skirt. 

DIY asymmetric top

Multiway top style 2

Pull down one shoulder for a fashion-forward asymmetrical look.

DIY multiway top from the back

DIY off-shoulder top

Multiway top style 3

Pull both shoulders down. This fabric is super stretchy so it goes down easily for this beautiful look.

DIY off-shoulder top from the back

DIY one-shoulder top

Multiway top style 4

One arm out. This look is my personal favorite as it is so flattering.

DIY strapless top

Multiway top style 5

Pull both arms out to wear it as a softly draped strapless tube top style top.

How to make a top without sewing

How to make a top without sewing tutorial

Although I love all these looks for my no-sew multiway top, let me know which one is your favorite! If you make it, I’d love to see your recreations so tell me in the comments and show me which fabric you used.

Suggested materials:
  • Self-finished fabric: 1 yard
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
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  • Jancroz57 Jancroz57 on Sep 30, 2021

    Cute idea! The first few stylings are open at the sides so you can’t raise your arms without seeing right in the sides !