T-shirt into Twist Shoulder Tank Top (Easy No Sew!)


Today’s DIY fashion features a slight variation to a basic wardrobe essential. Continue reading to learn how to turn a t-shirt into a twist shoulder tank top.

t-shirt into twist shoulder tank top before and after

Explore different t-shirt upcycle projects to learn fun ways to cut a shirt. Explore a variety of basic t-shirt cutting techniques in order to revamp your favorite pieces.

From classic white t-shirt to vintage graphic tees, there are fun refashion projects to fit everyone’s personalized taste and style. Before we dive into the project instructions, let’s discuss how to twist tank top straps.

No sew twist shoulder tank top photo 1


How to twist tank top straps

No sew twist shoulder tank top photo 2
The step-by-step instructions show how to make a t-shirt into a tank top. In addition, this guide demonstrates how to twist tank top straps using no sew hacks.

Start by cutting along the seam of both shoulder straps. Twist both front straps away from the neckline.

No sew twist shoulder tank top photo 3

Visually inspect the twist to make sure they look even. Then, reattach the shoulder seam by sewing 1/4″ topstitch or using fabric glue.

With this simple technique, you can upcycle any tank top with twist shoulder straps. Have fun adding variation to your cute tanks.


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This t-shirt into twist shoulder tank top is a simple DIY fashion to execute. For more fun inspirations, these easy no sew t-shirt refashion will shine more light on the subject and give you more creative ideas to explore.

A t-shirt is one of the most versatile pieces to transform. From beginners sewing projects to no sew reconstruction, we have t-shirt upcycle ideas to satisfy all your needs.

Find tremendous rewards when you upcycle clothing and give old items new life. Bringing new life to old clothes is extremely rewarding. In addition, there is nothing like say, “Yes, I made that!”

T-shirt into Twist Shoulder Tank Top

T-shirt into Twist Shoulder Tank Top

Enjoy making this shoulder twist tank top from a t-shirt. First learn how to make a t-shirt into a tank top. In addition, enhance the appearance by learning a no sew hack to twist the shoulder straps.

This t-shirt upcycle project is an easy way to get comfortable cutting clothes. Pair it with black leggings or high waisted boyfriend jeans for a workout or casual going out look.

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Beginner


  • Cropped T-shirt
  • Fabric Glue


  • Fabric Chalk
  • Measuring Tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors


  1. To make a V-neckline, start measuring from highest point of shoulder, which is right next to the neckband.
    t-shirt into twist shoulder tank top step 2
    Use a measuring tape and chalk mark 7” away from the center of the neckline. Use the marking to draw a V-neckline.
    t-shirt into twist shoulder tank top step 3
  2. Cut along the new neckline and remove the original neckband.
    Pro tip: Be careful to cut one piece at a time for this tutorial because the neckline is different in the front and back. 
    t-shirt into twist shoulder tank top step 5
  3. To make a tank top, measure 2” away from the new neckline along the shoulder. Mark with chalk on both sides. Draw a smooth curve to create a new armhole. Lay the top flat and cut open both shoulder openings.
    t-shirt into twist shoulder tank top step 6
  4. To make a twist shoulder strap, cut the shoulder straps along the shoulder seam. Grab the front piece and twist away from the neckline one time. Then, rejoin the seam by glueing ¼” and attaching the back shoulder strap at the original shoulder seam. Do the same on the other side.
    t-shirt into twist shoulder tank top step 7
    Pro tip: Make sure that both twists are done in the same direction so it looks right when worn. 
    t-shirt into twist shoulder tank top step 8


The step by step photos display how to upcycle a twist shoulder tank top from a t-shirt

The t-shirt I used is 100% cotton. I highly recommend using cotton material t-shirt because the twist detail will stay rigid. I’m afraid that using a flowy material like rayon or jersey material will look too flimsy on your shoulders.

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This striped twist shoulder tank top is THE BEST Recycle DIY no sew refashion projects ever. It's perfect recycle and refashion your old tees. Chic and edgy style workout wardrobe to try for this season!

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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