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.

DIY Bottom-Tie Tank Top

Kirsten Nunez

Things You'll Need

How to Make a Bottom-Tie Tank Top

How to Make a Bottom-Tie Tank Top


Tips

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

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

Protect your work surface with a plastic tablecloth or tarp

How to Make a Bottom-Tie Tank Top

Randomly tie rubber bands around the crumpled tank top.

Grab part of the tank top and wrap a rubber band around it

How to Make a Bottom-Tie Tank Top

Wrap the entire tank top with rubber bands

How to Make a Bottom-Tie Tank Top

Randomly apply liquid fabric dye to the tank top.

Carefully squeeze the plastic bottle to pour liquid fabric dye onto the shirt

How to Make a Bottom-Tie Tank Top

Turn the shirt over and add more fabric dye.

Add more fabric dye to the other side of the tank top

How to Make a Bottom-Tie Tank Top


Tips

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

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.

Wash the tank top in a machine to remove the fabric dye

How to Make a Bottom-Tie Tank Top

Let the tank top air dry completely.

Air dry the tank top

How to Make a Bottom-Tie Tank Top

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

Fold the tank top in half to prepare for cutting

How to Make a Bottom-Tie Tank Top

Join the left corner of the tank top with the right

How to Make a Bottom-Tie Tank Top

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

Cut the tank top

How to Make a Bottom-Tie Tank Top


Tips

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.

Cut from one side to the other

How to Make a Bottom-Tie Tank Top

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.

Cut a slit along the side of the tank top

How to Make a Bottom-Tie Tank Top

Separate the two layers of fabric and bunch them up.

Separate the top and bottom layer of the tank top

How to Make a Bottom-Tie Tank Top

Tie a single knot with the two bunches of fabric.

Tie a tight single knot

How to Make a Bottom-Tie Tank Top

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

Cut and tie the other side

How to Make a Bottom-Tie Tank Top

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

How to Make a Bottom-Tie Tank Top

How to Make a Bottom-Tie Tank Top