DIY Crop Top Made From Old Clothes You Need To Try

Crop tops have been one of my favorite trends for a while now. They’re fun to wear and they’re so versatile – and, contrary to some beliefs, anyone can rock a crop top. But these tiny pieces of fabric can get pretty pricey, especially if you’re more focused on having a good summer than working your butt off to make money to go shopping.

So why not take the old clothes you don’t wear anymore and turn them into a crop top? It’s much easier than you’d think! While most of the below tutorials are no-sew, a few are a little bit more complicated (for the more experienced DIY-er).

Turn one shirt into three different crop tops


  • My free wrap crop top pattern (includes sewing allowance, print at 100%)
  • Men’s large shirt / 1 yard of fabric
  • Matching thread
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine


  1. Print and cut out templates.
  2. Cut out your fabric pieces, as well as 3 long bias strips.
  3. With right sides facing sew the shoulder seams at ½ “
  4.  Fold the front bottom edge ¼ “ and iron flat. Repeat and sew edge. Sew the back bottom edge the same way.
  5. Fold the front angled edge ½“ and iron flat.
  6. With right sides together, sew the side panels at ½“.  Leave the side seam open.
  7. Turn the side panels right side out. Fold the top seam of your side panel about an inch towards the center, creating 2 ridges. Do this for approximately 9”, tapering the fold as you go.  Iron flat.
  8. Fold one ridge of the side panel down and iron. Do this on opposing sides to create the left and right panel. The flap that is ironed down will be sewn on the inside of the top. I hope my images help to explain this step.
  9. Pin the side seams of the side panel and the back of top together. Sew.
  10. Pin the turned down edge of the side panel to the front of the top. Sew to ½” from bottom edge.  Make sure not to sew through the front of the side panel.
  11. Finish the neckline and armholes with bias tape and any raw edges with a zigzag stitch.

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