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How To Crop A T-Shirt

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The easiest way to upcycle a plain old t-shirt is by simply cutting to modify the length, neckline, or even the sleeves. Here are step-by-step instructions for how to crop a t-shirt using an easy t-shirt cutting technique.

I put together a variety of t-shirt upcycle ideas for you to choose from. Discover creative ways to cut a t-shirt because it is easy to accomplish fashionable wardrobe pieces using cool t-shirt cutting ideas with just a few basic techniques.

If you are new to clothing transformation, you’ll love these no sew t-shirt refashion projects to give new life to your old clothes. They are amazing looks that give your different styles to feel proud of wearing. 

For this no sew crop t-shirt, it was easy to recycle old t-shirt into new clothes that you can continue to wear. The cotton spandex material works best to hold the shape of bodice when cut into a cropped length. 

Adjust the length of the crop top to make it super short, or meet and greet length. Choice is yours based on your personal style and taste.

how to make a crop top from t-shirt before and after

Transforming a t-shirt into a crop top totally upgrades your wardrobe with another fashionable and trendy piece. Using the simple no sew hacks, it’s easy to refashion any tee into a cute crop top with 5 easy steps.

You can turn any oversized or printed tees into a crop t-shirt with this easy no sew t-shirt alteration. Wear it with high waisted bottoms or any look that you love most!

What length is a crop top?

Crop Top From T-Shirt (5 Easy Upcycle Projects!)

In this tutorial, I cropped 16” down from the high point of shoulder next to the neckband. For more inspiration, check out all the crop top from t-shirt upcycle projects featured in this video!

Everyone has a different length, I recommend measuring around the narrowest part of your waist and keep the tape horizontal. Take body measurements for clothes to find the perfect crop t-shirt length that looks good on you!

Instead of using dull paper scissors, make sure you use fabric scissors from you basic sewing kit to have the best results with a clean cut hemline. Are you ready to transform your old t-shirt into a crop top?

Front view of crop top
sideview of the crop top from t-shirt
Yield: 1 crop t-shirt

How To Crop A T-Shirt

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner

Easily transform a t-shirt into a crop top. Learn how to cut a shirt to make a cropped tee.


  • T-shirt


  • Fabric chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors


Materials to make a crop top from a t-shirt

  1. Fold the t-shirt in half lengthwise.
  2. Use fabric chalk to mark 16" down from the highest point on the shoulder. This length may be adjusted depending on how short or high you would like the crop top to be.
    Fold the t-shirt in half lengthwise. Mark 16" down from the shoulder seam.
  3. Draw a straight line across at the position you marked for the cropped length.
    Draw a straight line across the top at the marked position.
  4. Cut along the line to make a crop top.
    Cut along the line to make a crop top.
  5. Hem the bottom opening to finish the crop top from t-shirt transformation.
    Hem the bottom opening to finish the crop top from a t-shirt.

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