How to Make a Bottom-Tie Tank Top

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Tank tops are staples during the summer season, but they can be pretty mundane. For an unconventional twist on the standard tank, create ties along the bottom. This simple reconstruction technique is easy enough for beginner crafters. The finished product can be worn with denim shorts or layered over a bathing suit.

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Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bin
  • Plastic tablecloth or tarp
  • Liquid fabric dye 
  • White tank top
  • Fabric scissors
  • Rubber bands 
  • Water 
  • Washing machine
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Tip

  • For easy application, store the liquid dye in a plastic squeeze bottle.

Step 1

Protect your work area with the plastic tablecloth or tarp. Crumple the tank top.

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Step 2

Randomly tie rubber bands around the crumpled tank top.

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Step 3

Randomly apply liquid fabric dye to the tank top.

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Step 4

Turn the shirt over and add more fabric dye.

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Tip

  • Leave scattered areas of white fabric untouched and exposed. This allows the dye to disperse and create a watercolor look.

Step 5

Rinse the tank top under running water until the water runs clear. Then, place the shirt in the washing machine for one cycle to remove any lingering dye.

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Step 6

Let the tank top air dry completely.

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Step 7

Fold the tank top width-wise, from left to right to join the left corner of the tank top with the right

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Step 8

At an angle, cut across the width of the folded tank top. For best results, use fabric scissors.

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Tip

  • The measurement between the bottom left corner and your starting point determines the length of the finished tank top. The higher you cut, the shorter your tank top will be. The lower you cut, the longer your tank top will be.

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Step 9

Unfold the tank top. Cut a slit along the tank tank by cutting straight up the side, stopping when you are parallel to the highest point of the center cut-out.

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Step 10

Separate the two layers of fabric and bunch them up.

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Step 11

Tie a single knot with the two bunches of fabric.

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Step 12

Cut and tie the other side by repeating steps 9-11 on the other side.

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A bottom-tie tank top is a fun alternative to the traditional tank top.

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