DIY: Draped Necklace Tank Top From A T-Shirt


With summer only a few weeks away, my tank tops are starting to make their way to the front of the closet. I have dozens of cotton tanks that I love to wear with a simple pear of jeans, but I decided they were in need of a little makeover. I was inspired by all the stylish and simple DIY projects I've been seeing made from t-shirts including this market tote bag, fringed scarf and these braided headbands

Since it was time to recycle a few t-shirts, I grabbed my scissors and started snipping. I love wearing draped necklaces and attempted to create a similar look for my tank. Get creative and use graphic tees or mix 'n match different colored shirts to create your own style. You probably have all of the necessary supplies at home, so follow the steps below and give your tank top a fresh look!

• T-shirt (the larger the t-shirt, the longer your strands will be)
• Tank Top
• Sharp Scissors
• Needle & Thread

• Lay the t-shirt on a flat surface and cut off the bottom hem.
• Grab the top layer of the shirt and cut 1/2" wide strips starting from the bottom and make your way to the neck of the shirt. I cut 8 strips for mine.
• Lay your strips next to each other and snip a little off the top of a few strands so that they are slightly different sizes.
• Take your shortest strand and give it a few tugs to stretch it out and to give it a natural curl. Twist the entire strand with your finger for a more curled look.
• Fold over one edge of the strand and sew it on one of the shoulder straps of the tank top. By folding over the edge, you will have a clean look once all the strands are attached. Repeat on the other side so that your first strand is draping over the tank top.
• Repeat the previous 2 steps until all the strands are attached.

Enjoy your "new" tank top! Follow along on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with all my new DIY projects each week. 


  1. Anonymous5/22/2012

    What a cool DIY, I really have to try this trick! Super fine blog you have! Have a wonderful day!

  2. @monsterscircus Thanks for stopping by! ~ Natalie

  3. Anonymous5/22/2012

    cute but what happens when u wash it? yep not gonna look like that

  4. I recommend gently hand-washing and it should be fine.

  5. great blog!!!
    For more inspiration my blog..http://noxcreare.blogspot.it/

  6. What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of upcycled t-shirt crafts! Check it out here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/upcycled-t-shirt-crafts/

    Have a great day!

  7. Anonymous2/20/2014

    wow i love it

  8. This looks neat, also think you could make it into a necklace style so you could wear it with any neckline, there are some out there that are a large scoop neck, me personally don't like the larger neck openings, this would fill it in nicely.


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