Up Cycle Tank Top: Adding Braided Straps

Since I’m on permanent vacation right now I decided I should really be productive. After my successful cardigan I decided to try another crafting project Ive seen around. This one involves embellishing a Wife Beater Tank Top with braided straps. I used fabric from the cardigan project to make the braids, and the tank is just something Ive had forever. This one requires a bit of sewing, but not much. I kind of suck at tutorials so Ill do the best I can, but remember if you go to try this its sort of a “wing-it” project so just pay attention when your sewing.


step one

STEP ONE: Find and old tank top that has medium thin straps (you could use Ribbon on a spaghetti strap tank) I like these basic Hanes tanks because (they are cheap) and the taper in nicely. Then you want to cut off the straps right about where the edging comes to a point (or about where the actual strap starts)

STEP TWO: Cut three strips of fabric about 3/4 of and inch to a full inch depending on how thick you want your braid (also note how thick your fabric is, try braiding it before you sew just to see)

Step Two sew

step 4

STEP THREE: I kind of pinched my tank a bit and gave it a quick sew because my braid was a little thinner than where I cut the strap off. Next (and this can be a bit tricky) you want to line up your braid fabric evenly with your tank strap and sew across. If either piece is bigger than the other it will stick out and not look like a smooth transition. Make sure you put cut end to cut end and sew across (like you do with a purse) so when you turn it right-side -to you dont see the seams.


STEP FIVE: Do the same as step 3 to the back. Pay close attention that you dont twist your strap around weird.

STEP SIX: Repeat on the other side…TaDa!

Now wear it with your new Up Cycled Cardigan too!

finished tank bare

finsihed with swet

Upcycle T-shirts into Cardigan

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This past week Ive been a SHOPAHOLIC! I mean I really needed some new clothes because everything I owned was kind of falling off my ass. Anyways I got a ton of cute shirts and tanks, but realized I was really missing some light weight cardigans. Then I ran into this post by Angry Chicken that was just what I was looking for! LOVE HER! Anyways I did a bit more browsing online and there are a number of tutorials for turning T-shirts into Cardigans. So anyways I hit up Savers (Value Village) and looked around for some long sleeve shirts to try this with. I bough two over sized cotton long sleeve shirts that I thought would work well, and one fitted thin jersey long sleeve shirt (J crew) all under $4. I don’t know why but I thought that a baggy shirt would work better, but this was not true. The jersey T worked so much better, so I actually took some pictures of myself (ugg) wearing it. But I do really like it. It will be accompanying me to Washington (IN ONE WEEK!!!!!!! YAY!)

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sweter meTo make this I basically cut about 2 inches off the sleeves (it was already 3/4 length but I wanted it more at my elbows) then I cut it straight up the middle and left the collar because I like it. I debated trimming the bottom to make it cropped by decided against it. Jersey is a great material because it just rolls and doesn’t fray. And the best part was …NO SEWING! woo hoo!