DIY: T-shirt to Lacy Tank

How to get turn a plain white tee into a super cute tank top!

Diy Lace T 1 DIY: T shirt to Lacy Tankphotos: mackenzie for we heart this

Spring is here and we all know that means pulling out those warm weather clothes that have been in hiding all winter. A white t-shirt is the perfect lead into spring – but what happens when that t-shirt has embarrassing yellow stains under the arms? We all have this problem, but this year, instead of tossing that shirt into the rag pile, let’s make a new, cuter tank out of it that will last all through the summer!

Diy Lace T 2 DIY: T shirt to Lacy Tank

a t-shirt
lace or another fabric
needle and thread or sewing machine (not shown)

Diy Lace T 3 DIY: T shirt to Lacy Tank

1. Cut off the sleeves as well as the sides of the shirt. I tried to cut all the yellow stain off so it ended up being about two inches from each side.

Diy Lace T 4 DIY: T shirt to Lacy Tank

2. Cut two pieces of lace that is longer than the side and wider at the bottom than the top.

Diy Lace T 5 DIY: T shirt to Lacy Tank

3. Pin the lace and t-shirt together making sure the top edge of the lace lines up with the bottom of the armhole. Make sure you only pin the t-shirt to the front edge and not through to the back as well.

Diy Lace T 6 DIY: T shirt to Lacy Tank

4. Sew straight down edge. Repeat on the rest of edges.

Diy Lace T 7 DIY: T shirt to Lacy Tank

5. Lay the shirt flat and cut a curve on the bottom edge.

Diy Lace T 8 DIY: T shirt to Lacy Tank

6. Cut the collar off the shirt to create a scoop.

Lace Tank 9B DIY: T shirt to Lacy Tank

7. Throw on your new and improved shirt over a colored tank and enjoy all spring and summer!

Finally, there’s no need to stick with just your white tees. Feel free to recycle any and all old tees with this simple DIY!

Readers – Do you have any projects or problems you would like to see me tackle in an upcoming DIY? Let me know in the comments!

Mackenzie is currently a textiles student at Rhode Island School of Design dreaming of one day owning a farm and possibly a small boutique. She loves DIYs, sewing, playing her guitar, drinking lots of tea and taking silly pictures of herself on PhotoBooth.

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      Tyna Werner

      The practicing with thrift store t-shirts is a great idea Amanda @mandalemm – I’m not the best at sewing and crafts so I like to have a practice run or two!

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    Tyna Werner

    First of all, can I say how much I love you owned up to the embarrassing white tee with yellow spots problem? It’s one of those issues almost everyone has, but hates to talk about it. Heh – damn yellow pits ruining nice tees.

    Love this way of recycling those shirts since you can get another season or two of wear out of it before it goes into the rag pile. Thanks for another super cute and smart DIY!
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  4. sarah

    You can use fabric glue also if you’re not into sewing. Also can do old concert tshirts. Or smaller shirts you love but want more flowy.. even adding to the bottom to make it longer. :)

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