Saturday, September 24, 2022

DIY T-shirt into a Tank Shirt

If you have old t-shirts that need to be restyled, you will like this tutorial. Also, if you are trying to save money on t-shirts, then this tutorial is for you. You can change the look of an old t-shirt by making it into a tank shirt. You can use a sewing machine or sew this by hand. After you are done with this sewing project, you will love your new tank shirt. 

All you will need is a t-shirt, matching thread, scissors, and a needle. This t-shirt was sewn by hand. It will take at least two hours to complete this project if you are sewing by hand. However, a sewing machine will make this project time shorter. Here are the instructions for making this t-shirt into a tank shirt. 


One graphic or word  t-shirt


Paper for a paper triangle 



Fabric or washable marker

Sewing pins (optional)


Begin with a piece of paper and a ruler to make a paper triangle. Then use a marker to make the upside-down triangle shape on the collar. Cut the collar by following the lines of the marker. Then sew the leftover fabric of the collar. Fold the t-shirt backward to sew it by hand. 

After the collar is sewn, cut the center part of the sleeves. Then carefully remove the rest of the sleeves. Make sure you leave a little bit of fabric and the seams intact while cutting the sleeves. Turn the t-shirt upside down before sewing the area of the sleeves. Sew the remaining leftover fabric of the sleeves.  

Once you are done with this project, you will have a beautiful tank shirt. I kept the original bottom length of the t-shirt. If the opening of the t-shirt sleeve area is too big when you lift your arms, you can use a bralette or a sports bra. You can use sewing pins to help you sew by hand, especially in the area where the sleeves were located. Have a Happy Sewing Month. 

* Collage made in  Photo Collage Editor Maker


  1. What a great suggestion, thank you for the step by step tutorial.

  2. I wasn't to sure what a tank shirt was, but by the looks of it it's a tank top (vest). It's always good to upcycled, resale, donate, or recycle clothes whenever you can. Thanks for the step by step to do this

  3. What a great idea! I love the thought of getting more use out of a clothing item and upcycling items. This is a fun way to do that :)


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