Everyone feels the cabin fever from having to stay at home. Instead of feeling listless from the long confinement periods, why not sweat the blues off and exercise? Don’t have a workout outfit? That’s not a problem. We’ll help you have one in this how to make a crop top bra for sporting that’s perfect for working out. Plus, DIYs will keep you busy and allow you to learn a new skill, too. Enjoy this DIY craft and feel accomplished even while staying indoors. Here’s how you do it.
Crop Top Sporting Bra from Old Tank Tops
Start searching your closet for old tank tops or camis and breathe new life into them in this upcycling project. Here’s a list of other materials that you will need to pull off this super-easy ‘how to make a crop top bra’ activity.
- Fabric transfer paper: You will use this to add personal touches to your crop tops and make it look like those you buy in stores.
- Sewing machine: You may also do hand stitch as there’s not much sewing involved in this project. If you decide to sew, choose a thread that matches the color of the fabric.
- Elastic: There are different types and widths of elastic available. For this task, the knitted elastic may work better as it’s more decent-looking and holds better against the skin. As to width, a ¾ inch elastic may do the job.
- Fabric Glue: Make sure to get a fabric glue that is non-toxic and provides a permanent bond.
4-Step Crop Top Bra
Here are the four easy steps on how to make a crop top bra from old tank tops and camis.
Put on the tank top or the camis, so you don’t mess up when cutting the length. Once it’s cut, it can’t be undone. So, it’s best to be sure. While the garment is on, mark the length of the top where the elastic will be sewn. Then take the elastic and wrap it around your torso, up to the area where it is sewn, to get the accurate measurement. Slightly stretch the elastic so that it fits snugly on you and mark the length.
Flatten the cloth on top of a plain surface and cut it. You can fold it to make an even cutline. Also, cut the elastic where it’s marked.
Glue or Stitch
Attach the elastic on the fabric. There are two ways to do this. First, using the fabric glue; second, by sewing the elastic on. If you’re not fond of sewing, just apply some fabric glue on top of the fabric’s lower part. Place the elastic on top and allow a full 24-hour drying period before you use the crop top bra, lest its part will rip off, and that would be such a disappointment.
If you want a sturdier crop top bra, machine or hand sew the elastic on the fabric. To do so, pin the elastic on the top, so it doesn’t come off as you sew along. Start stitching the elastic around the tank top and do a vertical stitch to secure the ends of the elastic.
Now it’s time to take the crop top to a whole new level and add your personal touch. Prepare your fabric transfer paper—layout your blueprint on the internet using free designing platforms. Choose the design of your liking. It can be words or icons which will be printed on the elastic around the waist.
- Print your design on the transfer paper. Make sure you follow the manufacturing advice on the use of this art stuff. Figure out if there’s a need to mirror the image before printing, so it reads correctly once it reflects on the fabric. Also, different transfer papers attach to fabric differently, and you wouldn’t want to mess up on that, too. Most transfer papers, however, needs to be ironed onto the cloth to lay down the print.
- Iron the printouts one by one using your regular iron. Ensure the prints are fully transferred before peeling off. Read on the label to know the transfer time. When it’s cooled down, peel the paper off to reveal the designs. Do the same for the rest of the printouts.
And now you’re done! Try it on and enjoy your tank top/ camis crop top bra. But if you’ve no tank tops nor camis in your closet, you may still perform the project using old t-shirts. It’s a bit challenging than just using tanks tops, but if you have a lot of time to spare for this task, go ahead. More stitching will be required as you’ll also need to sew the seams on the arm and neck. All other steps are the same as the 4-step guide on how to make a crop top bra laid out above.
DIY projects are fun and exciting, and they make great activities to improve your skills and be productive, such as this tank top made crop top bra project. Not only will you have something new to wear, but you can also gift your friends with a customized garment with our how to make a crop top bra tutorial. We hope to have provided you with something worthwhile to do while you’re avoiding the outside world. Know more about bra hacks.