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How To Cut A T-Shirt Into Tank Top

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Are you looking to transform your old t-shirt into a workout tank top? In this tutorial, you will learn how to cut a t-shirt into a tank top with the right measurements.

Discover trendy t-shirt upcycle ideas that will inspire your imagination. Use these no sew refashion projects to inspire you with looks that include everything from cutting techniques to mix-media fabrications.

Modify old tees with no sew t-shirt refashion projects that are actually really easy to accomplish. Simply use the cool t-shirt cutting ideas to change up the neckline, sleeve, or length of the garment to give a second life to the top without sewing. 

Instead of giving away or throwing away old tees, re-wear them as no sew yoga tops paired with your favorite workout leggings. Removing sleeves and changing up the shoulder width is an easy no sew alteration that quickly fixes an outdated style into a new look.

How to cut a t-shirt into a tank top before and after

You will love this t-shirt alteration technique because it requires no sewing experience. Upcycled clothing doesn’t have to be very complicated, especially once you learn what to do with old t-shirts. Measure, draw and cut a new armhole line to fit you in an attractive way!

There are many tank top designs, not only a workout tank top. From button from to ruching, you may also like refashion projects that transform a tank top into cute and trendy styles that are wearable for multiple occasions.

How to make a workout tank top from t-shirt?

DIY T-shirt Refashion (Easy No Sew Clothes!)

In this upcycle tutorial, you will learn the right way to make a workout tank top from any t-shirt. Follow the measuring guide and step-by-step instructions to get started, continuously find enjoyment when you recycle old t-shirts into new clothes that are fashionable and trendy.

Refashion an old tee into workout friendly sleeveless tank top using no sew cutting techniques and a sharp pair of fabric scissors. Start by taking body measurements for clothes so that you know your body specs for a properly fitted tank top. 

If you are working with rayon spandex or jersey t-shirt material, you don’t need any finishing detail around the armhole. Even with multiple wears or washing, the material still won’t fray.

Prepare a basic sewing kit that’ll actually help you complete each DIY fashion project that your heart desires. 

Sideview of tank top
front view of tank top
Yield: 1 tank top

How To Cut A T-Shirt Into A Tank Top

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

Easily transform a t-shirt into a tank top. Learn how to cut a shirt to make a tank top.


  • T-shirt


  • Fabric chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors


  1. To make a tank top from a t-shirt, measure 2” along the shoulder seam away from the armhole and mark with chalk.
    Measure 2" away from the armhole seam on both sides of the shoulder
  2. Then, measure 2” down underneath the armhole along the side seam and mark with chalk.
    Measure 2" down from the armhole seam on both side seams
  3. Next, draw the new armhole connecting both points with fabric chalk.
    Draw a smooth curved line connecting the points on the shoulder and under the armhole
    Pro tip: Draw a smooth curve that resembles the armhole and follows along the sleeve line.
    Cut along the line to make a tank top from a t-shirt
  4. Then, cut along the chalk line to make the new armholes.
    No sew tank top from t-shirt

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