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A little bit of t-shirt surgery
Time to get crafty! For this week’s DIY, I did a little bit of t-shirt surgery. The finished product is a tie-dye cut-out crop top, made from a previously existing top that I picked up at a Salvation Army store in Brooklyn. Wear this over a knit turtle neck in the fall or pack it away for your next vacay. Instructions below.

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  • How to make a crop top. Applique Cut Out Tee - Step 1
    Step 1

    Put the top on to measure where you want the cropped hem. I like the front a little bit higher than the back hem, to create a draped effect. Cut while laid flat.

  • How to make a crop top. Applique Cut Out Tee - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut semi-circle shapes from the shoulders. Start small and try on the top a few times to determine how much to cut (remember, it’s easy to cut more, but you can’t add fabric back).

    Tip: If your fabric is fray-resistant, a rough edge will be fine. If not, you may have to turn in the edge and do a straight stitch to keep things in place.

  • How to make a crop top. Applique Cut Out Tee - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut a triangle (or whatever motif you’re into) from some contracting fabric. I chose a pre-interfaced gold faux-reptile skin material that had a bit of stiffness and was easy to work with. Position it on your top, and pin it down.

  • How to make a crop top. Applique Cut Out Tee - Step 4
    Step 4

    Whip stitch the applique in place. A thick, contrasting thread can create an interesting visual accent. Need some help? Learn to whip stitch here (it’s super easy): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9kGyZDWZcA

  • How to make a crop top. Applique Cut Out Tee - Step 5
    Step 5

    That’s it! The key to making this one super cute is selecting a cool print, and a colorful fabric to create the applique.

  • How to make a crop top. Applique Cut Out Tee - Step 6
    Step 6

    I gifted this top to one of my amazing gal pals. It’s an easy and unique gift idea if you have an occasion coming up too.

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