Crop Top DIY

Hi guys! My name is Kara Haupt and I blog at I Just Might Explode. I'm excited to share a super simple DIY for one of my favorite summer trends, crop tops! I love the over-sized, boxy shirts showing up in stores, but was wary about investing in more styles since they're pretty trendy. I picked up this shirt at Goodwill for $4 and decided to make my own!



For this DIY, you will need:
An unused and/or thrifted shirt
A crop top to trace (Mine is from H&M)
Cute trim
Funky thread (I used some metallic thread I picked up a thriftstore!)




First, slip the top you're altering onto a hanger and then slide the crop top over it. Be sure to match seams of both shirts to each other so the shirts will fall similarly.




Then next, use fabric scissors to cut along the edge of the crop top.




Once you've cut all around your top, grab some pretty, vintage trim, fold it in half and stitch around the bottom. I pinned the trim as I went to make it easier. You could definitely hem your edges with a sewing machine before you add the trim, but I want my top to eventually fray.





Pair your new top with some patterned shorts and you have yourself a cute, trendy summer look!




Outfits Details: Top: Thrifted/DIY Shorts: Thrifted(Miley Cyrus), Boots: Thrifted, Necklace: Forever21

Photos taken by Kip Stutzman.

XOXO, Kara


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  • Hi Kara first of all i would like to thank you on sharing and secondly i appreciate your efforts and you know that your these efforts give you such a beautiful look the design , hair style , shoes and one gadget scissor tiny and beautiful. You have a brilliant mind like your beauty so keep it up like this way

  • Very cute! I have those shorts! Miley Cyrus collection at Walmart 2 years ago 🙂 great buy

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  • so cute and easy!love this idea

  • Absolutely ADORABLE! The shorts are really sweet too… Where can I get a pair like them?

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  • The idea of the trim is awesome. It looks so finished. Most tutorials about cropped tops always leave that part out.

  • wow thanks for sharing this info. Im glad i found your blog. I’ll try this also thanks again for sharing.

  • I love diys like this! it is amazing
    Love, love, love! All the pretty crop tops I’ve seen are stupidly expensive.
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  • Such an great project! Looks great on you. Thanks for sharing!

  • Thanks for the tip:) something i will try:) You can also style your shorts,or make a shorts from a pair old jeans,that you cut up and stitch up 🙂

  • This is a supre cute and fun project! I’m not to the point where I was put on a shirt that bares out my tummy but this is cute and the little detail at the bottom makes it so adorable. I’m loving the rush of DIY’s since times are hard!

  • I love this DIY as I’m a new fan of crop tops. Thanks for sharing!

  • I truly appreciate this post. I¡¦ve been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You have made my day! Thanks again

  • I love Kara!! This is so cute 🙂 I’m def. gonna try this!

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  • I’ve done this with vintage tops before. It always turns out great!

    ♥ Gina Michele

  • What a great, easy idea! Hello, afternoon project! ♥ Definitely going to check out your personal blog as well!

  • Great DIY, using an existing shirt as a template is such a great idea! lovely!

  • I love diys like this!…ones that I would actually wear and attempt. Very cool!!

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  • Oh wow, this is such a cute idea! Perfect for summer, thanks for sharing!! xo.

  • Love, love, love! All the pretty crop tops I’ve seen are stupidly expensive. And how cool would this be with things painted across it, a la Johnnie B?
    Thanks for sharing. It’s amazing.

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