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Tank Top Style Transformation

By: Jenny for Consumer Crafts

Learn how to turn blah shirts into cute embellished tops with this Tank Top Style Transformation tutorial from Consumer Crafts. In about two hours you can make tank tops that really pop with color and design simply by adding a few accent pieces. There's no easier way to give your wardrobe a makeover than by doing this simple tank top refashion craft! 

Tank Top Style Transformation


  • Clover Yo-Yo makers in small, medium, and large
  • Sewing supplies: Needle, thread, scissors
  • Fabri Tac fabric adhesive
  • tank top or tee shirt from your closet
  • 1/4 yard of coordinating fabric (I had a batik print on hand)
  • coordinating 1/4 inch ribbon
  • Viva Decor Pearl Pen in Cream


  1. Make yo yos in all three sizes. You can use as many as you like to suit your design. Lay out your design on top of the tank and play with it until you find an arrangment that you like.
  2. Glue the yo-yo’s to the tank by adding a dab of Fabri-Tac to the back of the yo-yo’s, adding in bits of ribbon to make a free-flowing look.

    Tank Top Style Transformation-1
  3. To kick it up a notch, you can use a Viva Decor Pearl Pen to add the stamen to the center of the yo-yo flowers, and then add some “pearls” around the fabric embellishments.

    Tank Top Style Transformation-2
  4. Let this dry for 24 hours for the paint & glue to dry.
  5. You can machine wash your tank (no dry cleaning) after the paint and glue is fully dry!
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This is a great quick way to transform a shirt. I am so going to buy some t-shirts and make these for my granddaughter. I love to sew but the shirts take a lot of time. They look like they come from a botique. I think I may even make some with jewels instead of flowers and may make my own flowers to match the skirt or pants it will be worn with. Thanks for the idea.

I really love this idea. A few simple touches can transform a simple top into something you'll have people asking you where you bought it. When you tell them you made it yourself, they'll probably ask you to make them one or make one as a gift for someone else...before you know it, you'll have a small business started!


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