How To Turn Any T-Shirt Into a Tank Top for Women Who Live in the Midwest

by |July 14, 2015
Categories: Crafts, Resource

How To Turn Any T-Shirt into a Tank Top for Women Who Live in the Midwest


For the twelve states that are located smack-dab in the middle of our country, one motto rings true: Midwest is Best. We mean, of course it is! The Heartland may be well-known for picturesque, snowy winters, but the summers are just as spectacular. When June hits, Midwesterner's days are filled with boating and suntanning, fishing and grilling, pontoons and bonfires. And when the weather gets hot, the fashion changes, too. Tank tops are the way to go, but you don't HAVE to go out and buy new styles. Summertime is also great because you have the free time to craft! Here are some ways to DIY any t-shirt into a tank top.



7 DIY T-Shirt Upcycling Tutorials


1. DIY Workout Tank

DIY Workout Shirt



A warm weather perk for people who live in the Midwest states is the chance to work-out outside! (Yes, we know there are die-hard people who go out running in negative a million degree weather in February, but we're not TALKING TO YOU.) This racerbank tank DIY turns an oversized tee into a comfy and cool exercise top.


2. DIY Tie-Front Halter Top

DIY Tie Front Halter Top



This tutorial can help you turn your shirt into a retro-inspired tie-front halter top. Could be perfectly paired with some cut-off shorts for a trip to the Dairy Queen. One Oreo Blizzard, please!


3. DIY Spaghetti Strap Tank Top

DIY Spaghetti Strap Tank Top



This style looks a little more advanced, but trust us, it's not! Throw this loose-fitting tank on and head out for a run around the lake. Neon colored bandeau is also a must!


4. DIY No-Sew Bow Back Tank Top

DIY Bow Back Tank Top



A true Midwesterner would so wear a back-baring shirt while at the ice rink. "What, like it's cold?" Just because it's summer OUTSIDE, doesn't mean we want to give up our favorite winter activities. Can't let those skates get rusty! Plus, that bow on the back of the tank is 1000% adorable.


5. DIY 50s Halter Neck Top

DIY 50s Halter Neck Tank Top



Girls in the Midwest love rockabilly and 50s fashion. It's a fact. This vintage looking halter is perrrrfect for hot summer nights - maybe a classic car roll-in or an evening out dancing?


6. DIY Peplum Tank Top

DIY Peplum Tank Top



While this DIY tank top takes a little bit of sewing, the results are definitely worth the extra crafting time. (And, seriously, who needs a reason to spend more time crafting?) The little peplum ruffle will make your custom shirt stand out.


7. DIY No-Sew T-Shirt Halter

DIY No Sew T-Shirt Halter



Dare we say that this tank is ... elegant?! Imagine such a word to describe an upcycled t-shirt! We love how this one turned out, and to be quite honest, it's next on the list of crafts we want to do this next weekend. 



How to DIY A Midwest-Themed Custom T-Shirt


Alright, so you've successfully turned your old t-shirts into cute, new tank tops. But ... do they proclaim your love of the Midwest?! Maybe. Maybe you crafted your tanks out of old sports tees. But, maybe you need a little extra help into transforming your shirt into one that says you're proud of where you're from. Here are a few ways you can make your own custom t-shirt. 


DIY Stencils with Spray Paint

DIY Shirt Stencil with Spray Paint



This DIY teaches you how to make your own stencils and how to apply them to your shirt with spray paint. Maybe yours could say "Midwest is Best" or feature simply an outline of your state of choice.


DIY T-Shirt Stencils with Fabric Paint

DIY Stencils with Fabric Paint


This is a tutorial that we created! You can see it here. We used adhesive sticker paper to print out pre-made stencils and then used fabric paint to put it on the shirt.


Custom T-Shirt Designer

Custom T-Shirt Designer


Lastly, if you aren't feeling particularly creative with stencils, you can use our custom shirt designer. Upload your own image and we'll print it onto a t-shirt for you. Next step? Refer to the DIYs above to chop that sucker up into a sleeveless wonder.



Tank Tops for Women


Alright, alright. We fully admit that not everyone loves to do crafts. It's weird. We know. But, true! Luckily, for those who don't want to upcycle their t-shirts, we have some pre-made tank tops for sale. Phewww.


Women's Tank Tops

MTV Floral Logo Juniors Tank – Shop       Mean Girls Wednesdays We Wear Pink Tank – Shop

Mickey Oversized Expressions Shirt – Shop       Frozen Vertical Castle Scenes Juniors Tank – Shop

Peter Pan Photoreal Sunset Juniors Tank Top – Shop


All Tank Tops for Women – Shop


We hope you enjoyed our round-up of tank top DIYs! Which project are you going to work on first? Is there a tutorial that's your go-to that we missed? PLEASE let us know so we can try it for ourselves. Enjoy your summer!

MaDonna Sheehy
MaDonna Sheehy

MaDonna is the Lead Brand Specialist at and simply cannot pick her favorite style of t-shirt. Perhaps a concert tee with Morrissey’s lovely face on it. Or maybe a top that features her favorite Pokemon, Slowpoke! Who knows! Today she’s wearing a tank top that features all of the Zodiac symbols. Tomorrow? It’s a mystery.