DIY: Plain T-Shirt into Weaved Tank Top
Shopping at thrift stores isn’t just a means to find interesting and unique clothing but also a chance to transform ordinary pieces into truly one-of-a-kind garments. So, we here at Treasure Hunt, have decided to show you just one of the possible ways you can do just that by converting a plain t-shirt in an awesome weaved tank top that you can rock this summer.
T-Shirt, scissors, pen or chalk (for marking), ruler, tape ruler, and pins
Step 1: Cut the sleeves and collar
Using your ruler simply measure your desired distance (we did 2 inches) from the collar, mark it with your pen or chalk, and then cut into a circular motion.
HINT: Make sure to mark both ends of the collar with your desired distance to make it easy to cut.
The finished out come should look a little like this:
Step 2: Pin together the back down the middle fold
Before doing this step, you can iron the shirt to get the most symmetrical shape possible. Now, you want to pin together shoulder seams together as shown below. Make sure the armholes are not overlapping but on top of one another.
Next up, pin the side seams together and the hem as close together possible. For this step, you can use as many as pins as you want as long it doesn’t bulk up the t-shirt.
Step 3: Marking your strips
Using your tape rule measure from the bottom of the armhole all the way down to the hem. The strips will be 2 cm wide so you’re going to mark every 2 cm until you’ve reached 12 strips.
Step 4: Cutting your strips
Now you’re going to take your tape ruler and place it next to the pinned shoulder seams. You’re going to angle your tape ruler to your last marking creating a diagonal line as so:
This is an easy way to make sure the strips are gradually getting smaller and smaller.
HINT: You can use tape as we’ve done to make sure the tape ruler doesn’t move as you begin to cut the strips.
Now, you’re ready to cut the strips starting from your markings–try best as possible to get a straight line.
Step 5: Weaving the strips together
Now, comes the tricky part weaving the strips together.
First, grab the second strip and pull it over and under the first strip as so:
Using the loop created by this you’re going to now grab the third strip and pull it through creating a woven boxed shape.
You’re going to repeat this process all the way down taking the following strip and pulling it through the loop you just created. Once, you get to the last loop you can either quickly stitch it together to make sure its secure or you can simply tie a knot with the last two loops as we have.
And now you are done! You’re finished woven tank top should look like so:
All it took was five quick steps to transform a plain t-shirt into a fun tank top. Now, just imagine what else you can create just as quickly. Head down to your local thrift store and get to hunting!