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No Sew Crop Top From T-shirt

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Today, we are going to learn how to make a no sew crop top from a t-shirt. Even though this isn’t the only way to make a crop top from t-shirt, this look offers a slight variation with a cute tie front D-ring detail.

By learning fun ways to cut a shirt, you instantly modify a tee into a new design. Cool t-shirt cutting ideas are the easiest way to begin upcycling old clothes into something new. 

Before and after comparing the t-shirt to the finished no sew crop top
Before and after photo of the no sew crop top from t-shirt.

For this project, I felt like no sew was a possibility, which then allowed more people the chance to pursue the project. Check out the other no sew t-shirt refashion inspirations. There is truly nothing like saying, “I made it myself!”

Searching around, I realized how many t-shirt upcycle ideas are available. From beginners sewing projects to no sew hacks, we have you covered with a wide range of DIY fashion tutorials.

Recycle Old T shirts Into New Clothes (No Sew!)

For this top, I selected a striped t-shirt to alter. However, t-shirt reconstructions can be done successfully with white t-shirt and also graphic t-shirt too.

This no sew project is perfect for beginners because this no sew tutorial demonstrates a simple t-shirt reconstruction without using a needle and thread. Follow along with this step by step tutorial in order to make your very own no sew crop top from t-shirt without sewing.

Closeup view of the tie front detail on the no sew crop top.

When it comes to clothing, most pieces are mass produced by large manufacturers. As a result, there is very little personality in the garment.

DIY fashion allows a great opportunity to design unique items that are just for you. Upcycled clothing changes the way we look at old clothes. Turn them into something else and give the pieces a new life.

Front view of the no sew crop top. The center features a cute tie front detail that accentuates the design.
Yield: 1 Crop Top

No Sew Crop Top From T-shirt

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Cost: $5.00

Make a crop top from a t-shirt without sewing. The no sew tutorial takes you through each step to turn your tee into a cute crop top with a tie front detail.

It's fun to wear a skin tight t-shirt that is cropped length. Perfect for a festival or outdoor concert. Wear this crop top with a high waisted skirt or denim jeans for a hipster style. 

Materials

Tools

  • Fabric Chalk
  • Measuring Tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. To make a crop top from a t-shirt, measure 17” down from the neckband and mark.
    Measure from the highest point on the shoulder to get an accurate measurement.
    Cut along the line. 
    Cut along the line to modify the tee into a crop top.
  2. Next, fold the t-shirt in half. Measure 1 ¼” up from the center front and then cut open. After, measure 1 ¼” away from the center front and chalk mark. Draw a quarter circle and cut.
    lay the top flat the cut the center hole for the tie front detail
  3. To attach the D-ring, lay the t-shirt flat. Glue about ⅛” width of the t-shirt half circle in order to cover the D-ring.
    No sew tip: Let it dry completely, and then cover the other half of the D-ring.
    Tie front opening is directly center on the crop top.
  4. To make the tie front detail, use the remaining fabric. Measure 2 ½” down and cut along the stripe.
    attach the d-ring to the center opening using fabric glue.
  5. Open the seam. Glue along the wrong side of the fabric about ¼” and fold in half to create 1” width strap.
    cut a strap from the excess fabric to make the tie front detail.
  6. Fold the fabric inside and close the ends with glue.
    The strap will be used to make the tie front detail.
    Pro tip: For a street style look, make the strap long to tie completely around the waist. For a casual look, make the same length as this no sew video tutorial.
    for the strap in half lengthwise and secure with fabric glue.
  7. Insert the strap inside the D-ring and finish the tie front detail.
    Tie a knot with the strap on the d-ring to create the tie front detail.

Notes

I used a slim fitted t-shirt that was 100% cotton . The cotton material is easy to work with when you recycle old striped t-shirts into new clothes.

Cotton is soft, flowy and responds well to the no sew techniques. I recommend using a similar material when performing this no sew refashion.

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How to make a no sew crop top from a t-shirt. The no sew tutorial is easy to follow and only takes a few minutes to modify the tee into a cute crop top.
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