Fuzz and faux fur can turn basic clothes into the most fun pieces in your closet (Romy and Michele know what that’s about). With this DIY, you can easily angel-ify a tube top by trimming it in marabou!
What you’ll need:
- A tank top that fits snugly around your chest and waist (You’ll use it to make the tube top pattern.)
- Paper to draw your pattern (I used paper from a large drawing pad.)
- A pen or pencil
- Stretch fabric
- Thread that matches the stretch fabric
- A sewing machine or needle
- Craft marabou
- A hot glue gun and glue sticks
How to do it:
Fold your tank top in half, shoulder to shoulder, and line it up on the edge of the paper, like so. Make a mark on the paper that corresponds with the longest point of the tank top’s chest measurement. Then mark the paper at the outer end (opposite the fold) of the tube top’s bottom seam.
Draw straight lines from the marks you just made to the edge of the paper, then make a line that connects the marks to each other. Label your pattern, ’cause it’s fun, and so you’ll know which end is up if you save it to use again.
Cut your beautiful pattern out.
Fold the fabric in half, then place the pattern on the folded edge. Cut around the pattern and through the fabric on all sides but the folded edge. Move the pattern down the fold, and cut around the pattern in the same way once more. Unfold both pieces of fabric, and you’ll have two symmetrical sides of a tube top:
Place the fabric pieces on top of each other so that they line up perfectly, pin the short sides together, and then use a sewing machine or needle and thread to sew a straight line through each short side. The un-sewn top and bottom edges might look a little rough, but don’t worry—stretch fabric doesn’t fray, and you’ll be covering the top side with faux fur (and fuzz is our focus!). Turn the tube top inside out, so that the stitched edges of the side seams are hidden in the shirt.
Warm up the glue gun, then squeeze lines of glue in short (three- to four-inch) lines along the top edge of the tube top. Press the marabou into the glue as you go. Firmly hold it in place until the glue is almost dry, before moving further along the tube top. When you’ve made your way all the way around the top, cut the excess marabou.
Aw, isn’t that downright angelic? ♦