DIY Twist-Back Top

DIY Twist Back Top (click through for instructions)Hey, friends, it's Katie here to share a fun way to cut up your T-shirts today. Clothing modification is one of my very favorite types of DIY. It's fun to take a simple, plain top and give it a little flair. True, sometimes nothing beats a good, plain tee, but other times you buy multiples of the same top (guilty and guilty), and it's fun to experiment! If you're looking for a twist (hee hee) on the traditional tee, give this a shot!

-T-shirt you don't mind cutting up

-extra jersey fabric
-sewing machine

Step 1- remove the back panel of a tshirtNow, before you do that thing I typically do where I get intimidated right off the bat by a project, let me just say that, yes, this DIY requires a sewing machine… BUT, we're just sewing a straight line here. Beginner level stuff! You can do it!

Step One: Remove the back panel of a T-shirt. Try to cut this as evenly as possible.

Step 2- pin the sides and hemStep Two: Fold the edges into the inside of the tee and pin into place. Now let's run this through our sewing machine. Again, make sure your fold is facing the inside of the T-shirt. It's always annoying to accidentally sew something inside out. Repeat on the other side.

Step 3- pin the twisted fabric in placeStep 3- pin the twist pieces in placeStep Three: Now that we've created the new hem, take your extra jersey fabric, and twist and pin in to place. My pieces were about 7" x 3 1/2". Use a tape measure to place the pieces evenly.

Step 4- sew the twist pieces in placeStep Four: Carefully sew the twisted strips in place, trying to follow the previous hem line. Remember, your shirt should still be inside out at this point! It's okay if you get a little off the hem line. Jersey is pretty forgiving. Do your best not to stretch the fabric as you go.

DIY Twist Back Top (click through for instructions)Twist Back Top DIY (click through for instructions)Twist Back Shirt DIYThis is such a breezy and cool top to wear in the summer months! Now throw on a cute, strappy bra, and enjoy your new shirt! xo. Katie

Credits // Author and Photography: Katie Shelton. Photos edited with Imogen from the Folk Collection and Spring from the Signature Collection.

  • love this! and I love the pattern you used, its a really great top for summer!

  • Cool! This will be my next diy project. It’s perfect for the beach. Thanks for sharing!
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  • I’m really enjoying outfits with some unexpected back detail right now, so this is so timely!! And of course, cute and easy never hurts, either!! 😉

  • This actually looks like something I could do and is so fun! Would be great for a concert outside!

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  • I ‘inherited’ (stole from a friend who was throwing it away) a really cute tshirt from a friend which I didnt realise had huge gaps down the sides under the sleeves. This is so pretty I might might have to try it on each side to save the top. Thank you for the inspiration Forever Rebecca

  • What a great idea of re-newed an old T-shirt! I´ll show it to my colleage, she must like it.

  • I just put it in my sewing classes list! Loved it!

  • I see a new trend coming! Love this idea, Katie 🙂 I have a little girl that loves fashion and I know she’d want to make this herself.


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  • thanks for the diy! i love the grey with the blue stripes

  • So cute x>

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  • Definitely doing this on all my old t-shirts that need some beautification!

  • This is great and really simple! I may actually give it a go at some point, thanks for sharing this idea.

  • Awesome idea! Love how it turned out 🙂

  • I recently made a DIY like this, so I was so excited to see you do the same with a little “twist” 😉

  • This is such a great tutorial- I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while! Love it!

  • OMG so cute, Katie! I love this idea! I can’t wait to try this and I’m pretty sure I can sew a straight line. Although I do seriously have a knack for being able to make sewing machines make unpleasant noises. 🙂

  • very cool idea, because you can still wear a braw. In my case its a Must do 🙂

  • this looks amazing! especially on you; i love how it shows off your beautiful tattoo that would otherwise be covered up 🙂 <3

  • Love this idea, definitely will try it out – I’m a sewing machine virgin but I’m sure it can’t be THAT hard… right? *grimaces*
    Beautiful post as usual!

  • Lovely Idea! I want to also give it a try. If you have a moment could you check out my blog:

  • Oh I Love this DIY ! Thank you from Paris <3

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  • I really like the trend of summery tops with interesting cutouts on the back, but sometimes it’s annoying that the back of my bra will show. This DIY is perfect because you can strategically place the strip so it’ll cover it up, hehe 🙂

  • this DIY. Have to be my first DIY using a sewing machine..:) Tee look is so cool and great for summer!


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