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Refahion tutorial: make a ruffle tank top from old tights

Green crafts, Repair work, Sewing  |  September 1st 2011  |  0 Comment

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Refahion tutorial: make a ruffle tank top from old tights

Check it out, it’s day 3 of repurposing my ripped tights – and I still have fabric to spare!! Yippee!!! Feeling good!

Meanwhile, yesterday I tried to take my own photos using my tripod again… and I umm suck at using a tripod. So I was really thrilled when when my hubby got home in time to take some snaps of this little top for me. Look I’m in focus! haha. Speaking of which, Chris tells me this is his current favourite top of mine. Based on that alone, I’m gonna say this project was a success! Considering it’s just an old camisole embellished with fabric from an old pair of tights – it’s a winner.

What do you think? I’m kind of loving it – I can see I’m going to enjoy it under a cardi as well as on its own.

Let’s do this:


  1. Get out an old cami or tank top
  2. Here’s what I have left of my tights.

    Cut the legs into 1″ wide tubes
  3. Cut the tubes open on one side so that you end up with 1″ wide strips. I used 7 strips in total – but you may need more or less depending on your top
  4. On your sewing machine, stitch very close to the edge using the longest stitch on your machine.
  5. Gather up the strip and pin it about an inch from the neckline – repeat this with more strips until you reach the other side. For me it took 3 strips to get from one end to the other
  6. Over at your sewing machine stitch on top of the gathered edge using a zig zag stitch, to secure all of those pieces. Then carefully cut away all of the excess threads
  7. Repeat steps 4-6 to add another layer of ruffles above the current layer
  8. You could just leave it like this, but I”m a neat freak, and having that raw edge show was making me crazy. So I took at last strip, and used it to cover the raw edges. Basically I use folded it over the edge so that in the front it covered the raw edge and in the back it was far enough down that i would sew over it.
  9. Stitch over the top of this binding, once again using a zig zag stitch, and you’re done!

Source: @blog.megannielsen.com