DIY: Applique Cut-Out Crop Top - Hey Mishka Creative Living Blog - Michelle Christina Larsen

Time to get crafty! Today we’re making a DIY crop top using materials I have laying around the house and a little bit of t-shirt surgery.

The finished product is a tie-dye cut-out crop top, made from a previously existing top I picked up at a thrift store here in Brooklyn.

Wear this over a knit turtle neck in the fall or pack it away for your next vacay. Instructions below.

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1. Crop your top! Find a top to work with at your local Sally Army or favorite second-hand store. Pick out a cheap one for your first project, in case you chop a little too much! You can make one from scratch too, but why not recycle and give an old top new life? *wink*

Put the top on to measure where you want the cropped hem. I like the front a little bit higher than the back hem, to create a draped effect. Cut while laid flat.

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2. Cut-out the shoulders. Cut semi-circle shapes from the shoulders. Start small and try on the top a few times to determine how much to cut. Remember, it’s easy to cut more, but you can’t add fabric back!

You can also mark this while you’re wearing it… but I like to live on the edge!

Tip: If your fabric is fray-resistant, like a sweatshirt knit, a rough edge will be fine. If not, you may have to turn in the edge and do a zig zag stitch or hand-tack to keep things in place.

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3. Make your applique.  Cut a triangle—or whatever motif you’re into—from some contracting fabric.

I chose a pre-interfaced gold faux-reptile skin material that had a bit of stiffness and was easy to work with. Position it on your top, and pin it down.

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4. Attach your applique. I do this by hand, but you can do it by machine! If you’re doing it by hand, I recommend the whip stitch to keep the applique in place.

A thick, contrasting thread can create an interesting visual accent, while a more subtle thread in a tonal color can disappear on the front of the design. It’s up to you!

Need some help? Learn to whip stitch here (it’s super easy).

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That’s it! The key to making this one super cute is selecting a cool print, and a colorful fabric to create the applique.

Have fun, and show me what you made when you’re done!

hey mishka hand drawn xoxo michelle christina larsen

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