Sunday, July 8, 2012

DIY braided tank

DIY braided tank with fringe


So after going crazy with the tie dye kit I am left with a bunch of bright colored tshirts....what to do with them?

Well I decided to try making a braided tank! Perfect for summer :)
Let me know if you have any questions about the process or what you think...just leave a comment!

cut two slits down the middle about 3inches
fold the shirt down the middle of the back and draw a line as your base and cut (only the back)

cut the three strips all the way down until it starts to curve out 
after cutting three strips it should look like this
stretch each strip
once done stretching braid down the center of the back
braid down the middle
cut three 3inch strips on each side of the braid and leave about 1 inch between

cut off the 1 inch strips and cut the three inch strips into 3 sections
once finished braiding you sew each braid to the middle braid 

cut off only the sleeves and collar around the seams but keep front and back attached (lower left corner)
cut what is left into three strips and braid both sides and attach to middle braid in the back!


with the leftover sleeve material I cut it into strips for fringe on the front of the tank
ta-daaaa!!



Please leave a comment if you have any questions, requests, or just let me know what you think!! 
I hope you like :)

19 comments:

  1. I LOVE this, great idea! I am working on mine now, I got to the sewing part and I got two braids sewn to the middle braid and quit lol, I am going to finish but I HATE to sew!! Thank you for the great idea though!

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    1. Finish it just in time for summer!! Thankyou for your comment!!

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  2. this is insanely adorable!!

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  3. what the hell type of bra are you supposed to wear with this?

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    1. I personally wear my tank with my bathing suit to the beach :) you can easily visit any Victoria's Secret or for half the price a Walmart for that matter and get a sticky bra or a backless bra. I hope this helped your understanding of what type of bra to wear with a backless shirt. Your Welcome! :) Thank you for your comment!

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  4. You look so adorable in that. Unfortunately for me IDK if people appreciate seeing a sz 10 in jeans mom wearing that! )= Too bad no one showed me this when I had your figure! LOL Did you come up with the pattern by yourself or did this come with your tye-dye kit?

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    1. Thank you for your comment and also your compliments! I was just having some fun cutting up the shirts and I love the fringe! Im sure you could pull it off and if you dont like the whole open back concept you can still tye dye a shirt that you feel comfortable in and put some fringe across the front! Im glad you liked the shirt and Thank you again!

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  5. I absolutely love the front but not sure how I feel about the back. I'm trying to find a transformation tank my daughter and I can do together after we tie dye them. If you have any others you could share we'd love to try them out. Good job!!!

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    1. Thank you for your comment!!! I actually made a tank for my god daughter who is 5 and just adjusted the back for her so it wasn't so revealing. Instead of cutting the back as shown you can just cut it up higher instead of the three braids one is sufficient as if it were a regular tank top. I will definitely make sure to add a younger version of this tank and hopefully you will check back and see it as well as the other DIY creations I come up with for little girls!

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  6. I absolutely love this!! How did you make the front work out though?

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    1. Thank you for your comment! With the front I actually used the left over sleeves that I cut off. I just cut straight down the middle to make and used both sleeves for two layers of fringe. I cut the sleeves about the same width as the braids all around (1/2inch) and then pull them to stretch them out and I used the already hemmed edges of the sleeves to sew onto the front! I hope this helps! If not please ask more questions and I will be happy to answer! Thank you!!

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  7. Did you use a size bigger T than you actually are? Or your normal Tshirt size?

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    1. Thank you for your comment! I used a regular t-shirt instead of a body style shirt so I had extra room in my normal size but it definitely wouldnt hurt to go one size up! Hope this helps!

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  8. I absolutely love this adorable tank top! I never know what to do with the material from the sleeve so this is a perfect use for them! Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic idea!

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  9. How do you attach the fringe? I've got the basic concept but it ends with use the extra for the fringe but nothing how it goes on :)

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    1. Hey there Jess! What I did was use the extra shirt sleeves that I cut off. You can cut strips on the sleeves about 1/2 inch up until the already hemmed edge of the sleeve (the part closer to your elbow) and pull on them to make the fringe. Then you can just sew on the same end to the inside of the neck line so you can't see the hemmed end. My next post will be on how to do the fringe! That should do it! If you have any other questions let me know! Hope you like your shirt!

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  10. Cute!! But how did you cut the fringe for the front?????

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    1. I'm guessing from the sleeves

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