Tied Crop Top DIY

Tied Crop Top DIY abeautifulmess.com (click through for tutorial) So, has anyone else pulled out their warm weather clothing bins and switched out their sweaters with their tank tops? No? Oh good. I feel better about myself now… I’m always a bit lazy about switching out seasonal clothes because I don’t want to put away all my sweaters and then have a freak snow storm in May (like we had last year, believe it or not). But, when I was perusing my closet, deciding what to keep out and what to store for summer, I came across a chambray button-up shirt and thought, “Hmmm, that little guy would make a cute summer crop top.” And thus this DIY project was born. This sewing project is a pretty simple one, so even if you are a beginning sewer, believe me, you’ve got this one in the bag.

Tied Crop Top DIY abeautifulmess.com (click through for tutorial) Supplies:
-button-up shirt

-fabric scissors
-sewing pins
-standard sewing machine

Tied Crop Top DIY abeautifulmess.com (click through for tutorial) Step One: Cut off your sleeves 1″ from where the sleeves attach to the main body of the shirt.

Tied Crop Top DIY abeautifulmess.com (click through for tutorial) Step Two: Fold in your fabric 1/2″ and pin it in place. Remove one pin at a time and fold in another 1/2″ and replace the pin. Continue this until the hem has been doubled-folded all the way around on each side.

Tied Crop Top DIY abeautifulmess.com (click through for tutorial) Step Three: Turn the shirt inside out and sew all the way around each armhole with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Tied Crop Top DIY abeautifulmess.com (click through for tutorial) Step Four: Once your armholes are finished, mark with a pin where you want your crop top to end on the sides of your shirt. Continue the line of pins straight across the front until you get halfway to the buttons, and then curve the line of pins downward so you’ll end up with a “tail” that’s about 5-6″ long. Cut with fabric scissors 1″ below your pin line. You can use the remnant piece you just cut off the shirt as a guide to cut the other side so they match perfectly (just flip the fabric shape over and pin on top of the uncut side to use as a cutting guide). Once your front is cut, use the scissors to cut straight across the back of the shirt.

Tied Crop Top DIY abeautifulmess.com (click through for tutorial) Step Five: On your curved edges, make little notches that are about 1/2″ deep (this will help a lot when you fold in your hem).

Tied Crop Top DIY abeautifulmess.com (click through for tutorial) Step Six: Repeat the same process you did with the armholes. Fold the first 1/2″ under and pin, then remove one pin at a time and refold it another 1/2″ until the whole bottom hem is double folded. Use your sewing machine again to sew the hem with 1/4″ seam allowance, and you’re done!

Tied Crop Top DIY abeautifulmess.com (click through for tutorial) Tied Crop Top DIY abeautifulmess.com (click through for tutorial) Tied Crop Top DIY abeautifulmess.com (click through for tutorial) So cute, right? I’m really into crop tops with high-waisted bottoms at the moment, and there’s just something about a tied, sleeveless, button-up shirt that is so summer to me. It always reminds me of Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island, just hanging out on a sun-filled tropical beach. Since this was a pretty quick upcycle, I definitely plan on making a few more of these by the time summer officially hits. Do you have any shirts that need a summer makeover? xo. Laura

Credits// Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Laura Gummermand & Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Stella from the Signature Collection.

  • I love this! I miss doing DIY projects and I definitely miss sewing.
    This is a great idea and I would love to try it.


  • I like it where did you get the top?


  • holy man, i wanna do this to all my denim button downs now. brb!

  • Thanks for posting this! I asked a few posts ago if you could post more fashion diys… And you did! Thanks so much, Laura! xx

  • Absolutely LOVE what you’ve done! & a great post to share your creativity 🙂


  • i love how this turned out!



  • I think those were from Aldo a while back 🙂


  • It should work for any fabric, it’s just that some really thin fabrics (like a chiffon) can be tough to work with, but a poly blend should be fine 🙂


  • I LOVE this!! I have a longer torso and crop tops usually end up being too short and show off too much tummy. Heading to my closet now to see what shirts I can cut up!


  • Very nice, too bad I don’t know how to sew 🙂


  • Boom Boom Pow…Love this DIY! Fabulous…


  • I need those pants! And living in Hawaii (Aloha!) this is a perfect project to make over some of the button downs I already have that are getting zero use here. Thanks for the sun-spiration!

  • Very clever!


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  • Love this idea for summer. Great DIY as usual 🙂
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  • such a great idea! thanks for sharing!


  • And, as a curvy lady, I love tying shirts at my waist over a dress – super flattering!

    My only sadness with this tutorial is that winter is well and truly on its way here in Australia! Though maybe I’ll just do the bottom on a flannelette shirt for layering 🙂

  • So cute but I was distracted by the adorable bracelet? Where can a girl get that?

  • This is so cute! I really like how you styled it, too. When I wear tops like this, they tend to look too “western”… and I feel like a cowgirl poser. Nothing wrong with that look, it just isn’t my style. 😉 I’ll have to save this for future inspiration.

  • I have one of these i bought from a vintage store and you nailed it!


  • love pairing crop tops with high waisted pants! an easier way for curvy girls to wear crops!

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  • I love this! And you look amazing in that outfit. I will definitely be trying this soon.

  • I love tied in the front crop tops and this will be perfect to cut to a specific length on my petite frame. Thanks for sharing!


  • It’s 93 degrees here in LA – ya we are all in our summer clothes. If I had a pool I’d be in it.
    Great tutorial, I like the way you cut off the sleeves and rolled in for a hem. I want the model’s pants!
    As always – well done!

  • Ha! I was just searching for a good crop top tutorial this week. You guys read my mind!


  • I would love to do this to a vintage polyester blouse/shirt I own, at least get rid of the baggy sleeves! Do you think this method would work as well for polyester/ other fabrics?

  • Super cute! I just need to learn to sew… haha

    xo Jennifer


  • That is totally true! I think it’s just an old habit for me to do the other way, but I should start to do that more, thanks!

    Laura 🙂

  • Definitely! With crop tops you just pair them with bottoms that are as high or as low as you want, so you control the skin that shows (if any). Go for it!

    Laura 🙂

  • seriously, so cute! i love it paired with those high waisted bottoms 🙂
    xo jac

  • So adorable! I love it! Also, those shoes!!! Where are they from?


  • I have one tip for you when it comes to sewing that might make things easier, put the pins in so that the machine will run right over them when you are sewing instead of you having to pull them out as you go. So, I guess the easiest way to explain it would be to put them so they are horizontal instead of vertical. I hope that makes sense and helps. I am a seamstress by trade so I just thought I’d pass on a helpful bit of knowledge. Cute top though!

  • Ohmygosh this is cute!! And so perfect for summer! Do you think a curvy girl could pull this off? (maybe with high-waisted shorts?)

    xoxo Mandy

  • Super cute!! I agree- definitely tank top weather here in texas! Woohoo!

  • Well, I live in Texas..so YES, we’ve been wearing tank tops for weeks now. 🙂

    Love what you’ve done with that top.

    About how long would you say it took you to do?


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