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Old Tee Makeovers Part 1: The DIY Workout Top

Posted by Alexandra C. | Friday July 20, 201224 comments

If you're like me, you probably have a huge collection of souvenir tees from various events. That charity run you did last August (yup, you've got that tee) or that time you volunteered for the food bank (that one is somewhere in your closet too). The tees just seem to accumulate until you don't have any drawer space left. 

Well, why not re-purpose those old t-shirts and revamp them into something new and wearable? In this first DIY project, we'll be taking an old, clutter-causing tee and turning it into an easy throw-on work out tank (also great for your post work out activities too). All you need for this DIY is an old tee (preferably oversized) and a pair of scissors. 

The How- To: 

1. First, cut off the bottom hem. It should be cut so that it is one long strand (not a loop). Keep to the side, you'll be needing this for later. 

2. Next, cut off your sleeves. 

3. and 4. Cut your neckline hem. This t-shirt was already a v-neck so I just cut off the ribbed hem portion. If your tee is a crewneck, you'll need to cut the hem off first then cut a V-neck neckline. 

5. and 6. Cut the back portion into a V-neck as well, to match the front. I traced an outline first, then cut. If you have a crew neck tee, you can cut the front and the back into a V-neck together. 

7. Take the bottom hem strand that you left to the side. String it through the back. 

8. and 9. Bringing the back straps together, start to wrap the strand around. This creates a racer back tank. 

10. Tie it off! 

Here's how the tee looks. Pretty cool, eh? It only takes a few minutes too! 
The Final Look 

There you are! This project is a beginner craft so don't worry about any technical stuff. When you're finished you have some sweet new workout apparel. 

What do you think of this DIY chicks? Is this something you'd try?

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on July 18, 2013  Jennifer said:

Wish me luck I'm making my first one tonight! Thanks for the step-by-step how to! :)

on July 29, 2012  pammy1309  2,623 said:

I won a Zumba tee and I've been wanting to cut it up, so this seems like the perfect DIY project to do it! Now I can wear it to my next Zumba class!! =)

on July 26, 2012  Jenn Leigh said:

Sorry my bad I didn't see the pin it at the end of the article for pinterest!

on July 26, 2012  Jenn Leigh said:

I wish there was a pinterest option on your sIte so that I could store it for when I could use it and share it with other pinterest users! I think it's a great idea.

on July 25, 2012  KatelynRose1984  20,704 said:

This is such a cute idea! I have a bunch of old tee's around the house. I'm going to test it out! Thanks.

on July 23, 2012  curlysue10  7,176 said:

So I did this on the weekend to a massive Raptors shirt that I only ever wore for pjs and it looks GREAT. Love it! Can't wait to see what you post for part 2 Alex!

on July 22, 2012  Cassie_  2,311 said:


on July 21, 2012  annmarie  4,261 said:

That's totally awesome and looks pretty easy. Thanks for posting it!

on July 20, 2012  katieg  10,672 said:

Great idea. Changes an old T into something new and trendy.

on July 20, 2012  FranP  1,071 said:

The outcome of the DIY is really cute. Ill have to try this.

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