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an old t shirt turned into a cute halter top
I have seen many " t-shirt surgery " how-to's, so I decided to recycle and old shirt myself. So I destroyed this one and turned it into this halter top, and added a few details to it to make it prettier ^^

I do apologise for the ugliness of the how to, I just hope you can at least understand it easily.

Posted by Bluebee from Francestown, New Hampshire, United States • Published See Bluebee 's 6 projects »
  • How to make a halter top. Cute Top - Step 1
    Step 1

    Here is the how to that many of you have long waited for !
    So. first take your old and ugly shirt : it mustn't be too large, but not too tight either.
    gather your ribbons, buttons or whatever you want to add to it later.

    NOTE : I hand stitched this all, because I have no sewing machine, but use yours if you have one, you'll save a lot of time.

  • How to make a halter top. Cute Top - Step 2
    Step 2

    Remove the lower hem stitch with scissors or whatever you want.

    then trace a line at about 5 cm (i don't know how to measure in inches, sorry) or more from the top, depending how large you want your straps to be. cut it all, and separate in two bands of equal length.

  • How to make a halter top. Cute Top - Step 3
    Step 3

    take one of these bands, fold it in half, pin and sew. flip it inside out. repeat step with the other strap.

  • How to make a halter top. Cute Top - Step 4
    Step 4

    take your now shorter shirt, and cut on both sides along the dotted black and red lines. sew both squares of fabric as you see on the picture.

  • How to make a halter top. Cute Top - Step 5
    Step 5

    take your two left over fabric parts. sew the side as you see on the pic. then sew these two kinda tubes together. (you can add a hem to the bottom of the lower part, I forgot to mention it on the drawing)

  • How to make a halter top. Cute Top - Step 6
    Step 6

    then sew your straps as indicated here ^^ you can cross them on the back as well.

  • How to make a halter top. Cute Top - Step 7
    Step 7

    Voilà! all you have to do now is add your ribbons, buttons, beads, everything that pleases you to decorate the shirt. have fun !

    note : my top has a particular shape because the original t-shirt had a slight v-neck. these are the different kind of shapes you may obtain, depending on the shape of the shirt you use.



mountainlove · 9 projects
very cute love this ideaHappy
sweetsundae0 · Ajax, Ontario, CA · 50 projects
The strawberry in the middle of the bow is so cute! >.<
KatieLikeMe · Indianapolis, Indiana, US · 52 projects
The only thing I would change about this shirt would be the seam right on your chest. I don't know, I just find seams on the chest to be unsightly.
But it's still a really cute shirt. Happy
Uhm rawr
Uhm rawr · 17 projects
It looks amazing! I'm going to try something like this!!
Bluebee · Francestown, New Hampshire, US · 6 projects
thank you all for your kind comments ^^
Fruity Kiwi
Fruity Kiwi · Salina, Kansas, US · 4 projects
YOU DID THIS BY HAND!!! PHENOMENAL!!!! Can't wait to do my own!
Shalena Undead
Shalena Undead · Hillsboro, Ohio, US · 6 projects
This is really awesome. Ima have to try something like this now XD
Amanda L.
Amanda L. · 1 project
LOVE YOU! Someone did this exact project, but the shirt ALREADY had the straps, and I'm like...well that does me NO good.

Sweet Sasa 13-8 N.
Sweet Sasa 13-8 N. · 3 projects
this is the gratest top that i have ever seen! Easy and nice Happy
thanks for yout tutorial.
nice job Happy
Darla O.
Darla O.
love this :=)
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