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15 Fantastic Ways to Alter T-Shirts and Tank Tops to Get Ready for Summer

The warmer the days get, the more excited we get each year to start wearing all of our summer clothes! We find, however, that we actually usually have more luck making things ourselves than shopping in stores because, that way, we can create things in any style we please. Maybe it’s just the DIY enthusiast in us, but there’s just something in that pile of old clothes that we set out every year during spring cleaning that screams “potential” at us and one of our very favourite spring activities is rummaging through our own clothes and finding old t-shirts and tank tops that we can alter and turn into “brand new” things!

Just in case you’re as interested in making your own DIY t-shirts and tank tops for summer but you feel like you could use a little bit of guidance, here are 15 awesome designs, tutorials, and style inspirations to get your creative juices flowing before you make your first cut.

1. Regular tank top to crossing crop

Regular tank top to crossing crop

Have you ever had a plain, basic tank top that you really liked the colour of but you’ve had it for many years and you just don’t find the fit of the shirt flattering anymore? Perhaps you got a new one that’s very similar but in slightly better shape. Well, it sounds to use like you’ve got just about everything you need to make a stylish crop top like this one outlined on A Pair and A Spare instead! We love how flattering the criss-cross style of this shirt is (and we also love how surprisingly easy it is to make).

2. T-shirt to cinched neck tank top

T shirt to cinched neck tank top

Do you have an overwhelming number of old, slightly oversized t-shirts that you never find yourself wearing but you feel bad getting rid of so many decent pieces of clothing? Then upcycling is definitely the best plan for you! We recently turned an old t-shirt into this adorable cinched neck and thin strapped tank top featured on Green PB&J’s  and we liked how it fit so much that we actually made ourselves a second one that very same day.

3. Easy tying open-back tee

Easy tying open back tee

We’ve always been huge fans of cut-outs in fashion, no matter how dressy or casual the look is, so we’re sure you can imagine just how pleased we were to come across this tutorial from Wobi Sobi that outlines that very style! This shirt, however, does more than just give you a cut-out. It’s also a tying top, meaning you can adjust how loose or tight it fits around your middle and get a cut-out in one place! We love the idea of wearing a brightly coloured bandeau underneath so it peeks through.

4. T-shirt to tying crop top

T shirt to tying crop top

Did we really catch your attention with the idea of a tying DIY shirt from an old t-shirt but you aren’t sure how you feel about the back-tying style and you feel like you’d be comfortable making a shirt that ties in the front instead? In that case, we’d suggest taking a look at how Tomboy Vintage made this adorable shirt instead! They show you precisely where and how to cut to get a classic crop top from any basic t-shirt you please.