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Learn how to turn an old t shirt into a racerback tank top
In this tutorial I show you how to upcycle an old t shirt into a cute racerback tank top, perfect for the gym or summer adventures! I have to admit, I've worn this top tons of times since making it. It's one of my favorite gym shirts! And it's super easy to make with just some basic sewing skills!

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  • How to make a revamped t-shirt. Easy T Shirt To Racerback Tank Top Diy Upcycle - Step 1
    Step 1

    First, draw out a racerback shape onto your t shirt with fabric marker or chalk. You can either eyeball this or try it on and have someone help you. Here's the front.

  • How to make a revamped t-shirt. Easy T Shirt To Racerback Tank Top Diy Upcycle - Step 2
    Step 2

    And the back.

  • How to make a revamped t-shirt. Easy T Shirt To Racerback Tank Top Diy Upcycle - Step 3
    Step 3

    Next, cut about 1/2 inch beyond the lines you drew (this extra 1/2 inch is your seam allowance).

  • How to make a revamped t-shirt. Easy T Shirt To Racerback Tank Top Diy Upcycle - Step 4
    Step 4

    Then on one of the armholes, fold along your chalk line and pin it in place, hiding the raw edges inside the shirt.

  • How to make a revamped t-shirt. Easy T Shirt To Racerback Tank Top Diy Upcycle - Step 5
    Step 5

    Next, sew along the pinned edge with either a zigzag stitch or double needle. Repeat this process with the other armhole. It should look something like this.

  • How to make a revamped t-shirt. Easy T Shirt To Racerback Tank Top Diy Upcycle - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now we just need to make the little band to pull the back into a racerback shape. To make the band, cut a 4 inch by 5 inch rectangle out of the leftover material from the sleeves.

  • How to make a revamped t-shirt. Easy T Shirt To Racerback Tank Top Diy Upcycle - Step 7
    Step 7

    Then fold the rectangle in half with right sides together (fold hamburger direction, so the two shorter 4 inch sides are lined up along the top). Pin the 4 inch ends together.

  • How to make a revamped t-shirt. Easy T Shirt To Racerback Tank Top Diy Upcycle - Step 8
    Step 8

    Sew the end that you pinned to form a tube and trim you raw edges near the stitching.

  • How to make a revamped t-shirt. Easy T Shirt To Racerback Tank Top Diy Upcycle - Step 9
    Step 9

    Now turn the tube right sides out so that the raw edges are hidden inside and iron it with the seam in the center.

  • How to make a revamped t-shirt. Easy T Shirt To Racerback Tank Top Diy Upcycle - Step 10
    Step 10

    Now wrap this loop around the fabric at the back of the shirt with the seam to the OUTSIDE and pin the ends together.

  • How to make a revamped t-shirt. Easy T Shirt To Racerback Tank Top Diy Upcycle - Step 11
    Step 11

    Next, sew the ends together and trim the raw edges close to the stitching.

  • How to make a revamped t-shirt. Easy T Shirt To Racerback Tank Top Diy Upcycle - Step 12
    Step 12

    Then turn the loop right sides out so the raw edges and center seam are hidden inside. And the last step! Just twist the loop around so that seam is towards the inside of the shirt.

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