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Pinspiration: DIY Game Day Tank

When showing off your school spirit or NFL pride on game day, you don’t have to resort to a frumpy old T-shirt and jeans. In fact, you don’t even need to go shopping to look extra cute for the big game. To mix up your game day attire, try making an adorable and super simple tank top from an old T-shirt you probably have hiding in a dresser drawer.

We were inspired by this DIY T-shirt tank top from the trendy racer backs we’ve seen on Pinterest, like this one from Blogilates. Since we all have oversized T-shirts we have no real use for, the perfect way to be game day ready (and look really cute) is to cut them up and make a more fitted high-low racerback tank.

This is perfect for those warmer tailgating days, and the high-low hemline goes great with a pair of leggings or skinny jeans. You can even wear it to the gym for a more stylish piece of workout gear. All you need is a pair of scissors and an old tee!

  • T-shirt, 1-2 sizes bigger than your normal size
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape (optional)
  • Hot glue gun (optional)


Step 1: Lay T-shirt down on flat surface. Start by cutting out the neckline, sleeves and bottom of the shirt right above the seam. It's helpful to make these smaller cuts at first, then try it on, and see where you want the straps and cutouts to be. 

Step 2: Decide how thick you want the straps to be (1-2 inches is good), and cut along the sleeve line going down, then curving inward towards the chest, then back out, creating a wide semi-circle. The larger these cutous are, the bigger the armholes are going to be. Use a measuring tape to make sure the straps are even, and the armholes are even on both sides. 

Step 3: Trim the neckline. Again, the larger you make this cut, the more low-cut your tank will be. I started at the straps, and then cut down and round, trying not to make too much of an off-the-shoulder look. I make several small cuts at first, and tried the shirt on periodically to see how big I wanted the armholes and neckline to be. 



Step 4: Cut the back into a narrow racerback shape. Cut a deep V-shape into the top of the back. The photo above was my initial cut -- I made more adjustments to the racerback, neckline, arm holes and strap width after I tried the shirt on. 



Step 5: Take the bottom strip of fabric that you cut off from the shirt (it should be one long strip of fabric cut that includes the bottom seam), and stretch it out as much as possible. 

Step 6: Starting about 2 inches from the top of the V on the back of the shirt, tie a double knot with one end of the extra stretched strip of fabric.



Step 7: Wind the fabric around the racerback of the tank, about a few inches down (depending on your cuts). Tie the other end in a double knot. You can secure with hot glue if you want (I didn't). Cut off extra fabric at the ends.

Step 8: For the high-low hemline, cut the front-facing hemline of the shirt in an upward semi-circle shape. Cut as much as you want for the front -- it may be helpful to try on first and see where you want the front hemline to end. Make sure you cut straight at first, then up, and back down to meet up with the hemline for a more natural high-low look. 



Step 9: Stretch out the ends to make your tank longer, and give it a DIY curly hemline look. Trim up any sides or edges if necessary. It's ok if it doesn't look completely even -- it gives the look of a unique DIY piece. Enjoy your cute new tank! 


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