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Monday DIY: Applique Cut-Out Tee

November 3, 2014

It’s Monday, and you know what that means… time to get crafty! For this week’s DIY, I did a little bit of t-shirt surgery. The finished product is a tie-dye cut-out crop top, made from a previously existing top that I picked up at a Salvation Army store in Brooklyn. Wear this over a knit turtle neck in the fall or pack it away for your next vacay. Instructions below.

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Step 1. Put the top on to measure where you want the cropped hem. I like the front a little bit higher than the back hem, to create a draped effect. Cut while laid flat.

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 Step 2. Cut semi-circle shapes from the shoulders. Start small and try on the top a few times to determine how much to cut (remember, it’s easy to cut more, but you can’t add fabric back).

Tip: If your fabric is fray-resistant, a rough edge will be fine. If not, you may have to turn in the edge and do a straight stitch to keep things in place.

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Step 3. Cut a triangle (or whatever motif you’re into) from some contracting fabric. I chose a pre-interfaced gold faux-reptile skin material that had a bit of stiffness and was easy to work with. Position it on your top, and pin it down.

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Step 4. Whip stitch the applique in place. A thick, contrasting thread can create an interesting visual accent. Need some help? Learn to whip stitch here (it’s super easy).

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That’s it! The key to making this one super cute is selecting a cool print, and a colorful fabric to create the applique.

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I gifted this top to one of my amazing gal pals. It’s an easy and unique gift idea if you have an occasion coming up too.

Happy slicing!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. isabella permalink
    November 3, 2014 9:41 AM

    This is such a cute top! I have a pair of paints that would look really good with it, though I think jeans could look great too!
    I will make this for a Christmas gift for my BFF!
    Love,
    Isabella

    • November 3, 2014 7:04 PM

      Thanks Isabella! You’re right, it’s a really good gift idea. I might make a few more in different colors for Christmas gifts this year. ;}

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