wikiHow to Make a Braided Racerback Tank Top

Not sure what to do with that pile of t-shirts that just continues to accumulate? Transform an old t-shirt into a stylish braided racerback tank top for the summer by following these steps.

Steps

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    Choose your t-shirt. Any type of t-shirt will work, but make sure that it is big enough because it will become more form fitting after making it into a racerback.
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    Cut the sleeves off of the t-shirt. Using a scissor, cut off the sleeves about 2 inches (5.1 cm) below the seam of the t-shirt.
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    Flip the t-shirt over. To make the tank top into a racerback, cut into the back of the shirt only. Start where the hole ends at the bottom and cut into the back, extending the hole and making it wider. Repeat this for the other side.
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    Cut the top of the racerback. About 2 inches (5.1 cm) below the collar, cut a straight line across the racerback.
    • Make sure to only cut into the back of the shirt.
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    Cut the racerback into 3 horizontal strips. Cut the racerback into 3 horizontal strips to where the bottoms of the holes are. Then, tug on the strips to make them thinner.
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    Braid the 3 strips. Braid the strips all the way to the top of the shirt, keeping it tight and together.
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    Stitch the braid. Using a needle and thread, put a few stitches where the braid ends to hold it together.
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    Attach the braid to the collar of the shirt. Attach the end of the braid underneath the center of the collar so that the stitch is hidden. Use a needle and thread and begin the stitch on the inside of the collar to attach the braid to the collar.
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    Make sure that the braid is secure. Tug lightly on the braid to make sure that the stitch is intact.
    • Try on the shirt to make sure that the fit is right.

Tips

  • Use an old t-shirt for the first attempt in case you run into a few mistakes.
  • Always cut less than the desired amount. You can always go back and cut more if you like, but once you cut it there's no going back.
  • Make sure to try on the shirt several times throughout the process to make sure it fits well.

Things You'll Need

  • An old t-shirt
  • Scissors
  • A needle and thread that matches the color of your t-shirt

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