DIY Oversized Cropped Tank or Vest from a T-shirt

DIY Crop Tank from a T-shirt

What you’ll need. . .




* NOTE: as you wear it the edges will curl a little …which actually makes it look better
for a cropped look, pull it back more or cut the center shorter

* NOTE #2: instead of ribbon you can cut strips out of the left over t-shirt, shoe laces, lace, anything!



cropped tank diy gray and neon watermelon pink cropped tank diy gray and neon watermelon

cropped tank diy black and stars cropped tank diy black and stars back

See how I wore it by clicking the links below…

DIY Crop Vest with Jeans | DIY Cop Top with Tropical Skirt

Have Fun!

* Find all my DIYs here

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Leigh

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    This is too good, I am going to definitely get this going with all of my tees I do not wear…

    I will say it again, you are amazing 🙂


  • Hesionka

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    excellent tut!
    *sneaks to hubby’s closet*

  • Jenny

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    oh wow, this looks great!

  • Nina

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    Love it! Definitely doing this!

  • Marylynn

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    very cute idea
    love ittt

  • janettaylor

    July 24, 2009 | Reply



  • TuTu's Bliss

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    I gave you a touch of linky lovin’ at the bottom of my post today!

    I love this look. Thanks for sharing! Jen

  • Lee Beth

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    Hello. Just came across your blog.I think its really different and unique. I like it a lot. Feel free to come check out mine if you like.

  • Glamour Bbey

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    Wauw! So great, and it looks lovely!

  • Carlotta

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    love it!!!! ok I need to make it now :)))

  • Sholpana

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    Awesome!!! U know I’ve made a chain necklace! N want to make this one^) THANX a lot for inspiration!
    From Kazakhstan with LOVE!

  • Iva

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    wow! that’s great! I love the ribbon to tie it back with. This looks totally doable.{stolen from husband} LOL love it! Have a great weekend!

  • Justine-R

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    I want a “tee-shirt” like this one since a long time so now I now how to do that…

    I’m going to still my boyfriend 😉



  • Hit 40

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    This reminds me of the material girl in the ’80s. She also cut up tshirts to layer over other shirts with lots of bling. It’s a fun look.

  • Beauté Éclatante

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    Wow, i love it!

  • captivate me.

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    so fabulous!! I love the tank styled with all the necklaces…very cool.

  • Jen Ell's Revenge

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    Once again an awesome Diy!

  • anhesty

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    everything looks good on you! good diy!

  • bananas.

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    see this DIY i can do! just need to steal a few tees from the boy 🙂
    happy friday doll! xoxo.

  • BellaCene

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    Well isn’t that nifty! 🙂 I just can’t get over how freakin’ creative you are… lol

  • Savvy Mode SG

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    rock and roll chic. you are great. i love your DIY ideas.

  • adin_22

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks for this…I love ur tutorials..

  • Bella

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    Ridiculously cool! I’m in the love with the black tank! xx

  • Chessa!

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    fabulous!!!! I love this idea and definitely have about a dozen tees that this can be done with. ADORE IT!

  • FJ

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    Seriously. You are so crafty. Why don’t you start your own little etsy store??

  • Faith ♥ Love ♥ Lipgloss

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    love it! this is actually one of your diy that I think I can actually do!!!
    Thanks for the fabulous idea!

  • Suzanne

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    lovely! think i’m gonna DImyself, it looks so easy!

  • Summer

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    Finally, a DIY I can actually do! (besides the necklace with the feathers….)

  • Kelly

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    I am totally going to do this… I just cleaned a bunch of tees out yesterday. As always, love it!

  • apaglino

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    I love this and will try it! Seems like you could cut it right up the middle to make it more of an opened vest. I think I will try that and upload a RT twitpic for you! Thanks for the always affordable and fashionable DIY’s.

  • Ausrine

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    that is so simple and hot! you are a genius!


  • Hanako66

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    I wish I could spend an afternoon in your brain!!!

    another brilliant diy!

  • Violet

    July 24, 2009 | Reply

    omg thank you so much… he my bf doesnt know whats coming..hes gonna be missin a lot of shirts lol

    Vi from Cali

  • Lil Miss

    July 25, 2009 | Reply

    Just stumbled across your blog, and I think you are amazing! You have a great style and give awesome advice! I definetly am going to try this out!

  • Moomby

    July 25, 2009 | Reply

    thanks for sharing your ideas! i’m so allover this one!

  • Kat George

    July 25, 2009 | Reply

    So cute! xx

  • Tiffany

    July 25, 2009 | Reply

    I LOVE your DIYs! Amazing!


    July 26, 2009 | Reply

    amazing! I should do it!

  • ...

    July 27, 2009 | Reply

    Amazing! You have very goods idees. I’ll try to make one. I had take a photo to my blog, if you don’t want, please, tell me.

  • Tina

    July 28, 2009 | Reply

    Very easy DIY! It looks great!

    Kiss from Kill the Heel

  • Lee

    July 28, 2009 | Reply

    It was a pure accident that I hopped over here, and I am so glad I did! I have to stalk you…er…follow you, and I love what you did with that old tee shirt!

  • AlainaLynn

    July 27, 2010 | Reply

    The second time I made this I cut right down the middle of the front to make an open vest as well! Love this!!!

  • Daily Craft

    July 11, 2011 | Reply

    Great project! I just wanted to let you know that we featured this project on our Facebook page with over 14,000 fans. We’d love it if you’d use our Featured Blogger button, available at: Our audience loved the project and we look forward to sharing more from you. Please let us know if you have any questions or projects you’d love us to feature! Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    January 20, 2012 | Reply

    Using this to cut a white T-shirt for a blacklight party!! Thanks Maegan!!!

  • le hatchery

    March 18, 2012 | Reply

    great idea.. thanks for sharing.. hope you don’t mind I popped the project up on my facebook page…

    happy sunday!

  • MuahhWhosThatChic

    May 30, 2012 | Reply

    Love it great idea

  • Apartment Life

    May 30, 2012 | Reply

    I’m making this today! 🙂

  • Megan

    July 19, 2012 | Reply

    I came across this website thanks to Pinterest, and I’m glad I found it because I was wanting to make a cute and fun Chicago Cubs shirt for the game in September and now I know I’m just going to cut up a men’s soft blue shirt to make this, add a little cubs iron-on in the front and tie it with red polka-dot ribbon in the back! Viola! Thanks for the awesome instructions on how to make the top!

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    August 23, 2012 | Reply

    oh wow, this looks great!

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    November 17, 2012 | Reply

    This is amazing, I think I’ll try later.Hope I’ll not mess it.

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    December 18, 2012 | Reply

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  • kate lewis

    July 12, 2013 | Reply

    Just love this work and this tank top is so charming and I had found this also on and it was really good.

  • Anonymous

    September 6, 2013 | Reply

    Just made this, I love it but I think my tee I used was two big lol

  • Sharkbait33

    August 10, 2014 | Reply

    This is great! I just used a tank top that came to big and so the company rebounded my money, I kept the shirt in my closet for almost a year then used this method! I will be wearing it now for a long time!
    Thank you!

  • plundo

    July 7, 2015 | Reply

    <3 it! I'm going to do it with the sleeves tho.

  • Brittney

    January 11, 2017 | Reply

    Why isnt there step by step instructions on how to do this i want tooooo sooo badd!!!!!!

    • Maegan Tintari

      January 14, 2017 | Reply

      I don’t get it… there is a step by step tutorial, lol 🙂 Can you not see the photos?

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