DIY Lace Peplum Top (No Sew T-Shirt Upcycle!)


Learning how to upcycle is a fantastic way to fill your wardrobe with unique and personalized styles. This lesson demonstrates how to make your own DIY lace peplum top.

DIY lace peplum top before and after

I kept the finished look of this lace peplum top very clean. The the elastic band allowed the silhouette to snug gracefully against the body and the lace added a delicate touch. For this project, a classic white t-shirt and white lace can also be substituted for the black color. 


Learn More DIY Fashion

The basic principles of upcycle clothing hold true for every project. Recycle old clothes into something new to wear. This DIY lace peplum top is a no sew t-shirt refashion that uses fabric glue instead of sewing with thread. 

T-shirt upcycle ideas are a fantastic place to learn thrifted transformations. Turn old tees into new styles by understanding how to cut a shirt and a few simple t-shirt reconstruction styles. 


What are peplum tops?

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Peplum is a short strip of gathered fabric that flares outwards and is often attached to the waist of a woman’s blouse, jacket, skirt or dress. 

This no sew lace peplum t-shirt upcycle is easily one of my favorite tops because the classic style pairs well with so many outfits. I hope you also found inspiration within this refashion project. 


How do you measure peplum?

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Start by determining the length of the peplum piece you desire for the garment. The standard length of a peplum piece is 5″-8″. 

Then, measure up from the bottom hemline to adjust for the height of the peplum piece and mark with chalk. Add 1/4″ seam allowance, draw a straight line across and then cut. 


Does peplum hide tummy?

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Peplum pieces are a great way to hide the tummy. In addition, peplum can add accent or curve to those who lack voluptuous features. 

Peplum does a fantastic job at hiding a belly, but also gives volume to those who need a little support. Therefore, if you have too much junk in the trunk, don’t be afraid of covering up with a peplum dress, skirt or top.

How To Make A Lace Peplum Top Without Sewing

How To Make A Lace Peplum Top Without Sewing

This DIY lace peplum top turned into a beautiful piece that every woman must have in her closet. Follow along with the step-by-step instructions to learn how to make a peplum top without sewing.

I recommend a boxy t-shirt style for this no sew tutorial. You will be adding elastic to the waistline in order to give a ballon shape to the silhouette. As a result, the lace peplum really accentuates the figure and gives a classy touch.

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Beginner



  • Fabric Chalk
  • Measuring Tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors


  1. First, measure the length of your t-shirt from top to bottom. Your waistline is around 17” from the neckline opening, so you will mark a dotted line across the t-shirt at this point. Cut the entire shirt along the dotted line. 
    diy lace peplum top step 1
    Measuring tip: Start measuring from the seam where neckband is.
    diy lace peplum top step 3
  2. Measure the new waistline and multiply it by 2. Mine is 18”, so my conversion factor is 36” total.
    diy lace peplum top step 4
  3. Next, you want to measure and cut your lace trim.Since I made a double lace layer in this tutorial, I cut 2 separate 36” pieces of lace. When you cut, give ¼” extra room on each because you will glue the lace pieces together to attach them to the waistline.
    diy lace peplum top step 5
  4. Now that you have 2 separate lace tape trims, you want to attach them together with fabric glue by overlapping the lace together about ⅘” to 1”. 
    No sew hack: Make sure you let them dry completely before you touch them. Not all glue is created equal, so read the glue instructions carefully.
  5. To attach the elastic waistband, I made my band length 27”. This gave a relaxed balloon silhouette shape when I wear it. 
    Measuring tip: I recommend that you measure around your own belly button and add 2"-3” to create your own elastic waistband measurement.
    diy lace peplum top step 7
  6. Before cutting, give ¼” extra length because we are overlapping the elastic in order to glue it together. 
    Pro tip: Make sure the elastic is completely dried before you attach to the t-shirt.
    diy lace peplum top step 8
  7. Let’s flip our t-shirt inside out for the next step! Slip the elastic around the t-shirt towards the bottom hemline. Next, glue around the hemline about ¼” from the bottom edge of the t-shirt. Then, wrap the elastic with the t-shirt hem. 
    diy lace peplum top step 9
    No sew hack: Make sure the fabric is glued properly around the t-shirt. This step takes a little time and patience to finish cleanly.
  8. To attach the lace, notice that the t-shirt has a smaller opening because you have now attached the elastic. So when you glue the lace, I recommend also stretching out the t-shirt to properly glue all around the edge.
    Pro tip: Be patient and work on a small part at a time to completely let it dry. I recommend gluing just above the elastic and not on the elastic itself. The lace will also hold together better on the t-shirt rather than the elastic itself.


This step-by-step tutorial shows exactly how to make a diy lace peplum top from a t-shirt. Follow the easy no sew tutorial to make this

For this lace trim peplum DIY no sew t-shirt refashion, I chose a boxy black t-shirt that is 55% cotton and 45% modal. The smooth feel and shiny appearance complimented the lace tape trim.

If you have something similar that is great, but that's perfectly fine if you don’t. A 100% cotton t-shirt will also work for this project as well.

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Soonjoo Uh

I graduated with a bachelors of fine arts degree in fashion design. I worked in the fashion industry as a lead designer for major brand name labels such as Stitch Fix, Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, and Dillards. Now, I am the founder of the website Fashion Wanderer where I share current fashion trends, style tips and how to build a capsule wardrobe collection.

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