How to make a fringed top

Normally my style is fairy classic with a twist. But there are times I like to venture into boho territory. I made this cute fringed top for my inner hippie. I am heading to a John Butler Trio concert at the end of the month. I think it will be perfect.

how to make a fringed top

This top incorporates both the boho and the cropped trend – but in a subtle enough way that I don’t look like I’m dressing like a fourteen year old (at least I hope so!)

If you want to make your own, you will need:

 things you need
  • A singlet or t-shirt made of stretch cotton
  • Good, sharp scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Card big enough to stretch the singlet over. A collapsed grocery box is perfect.
  • Beads if you feel like adding some to the fringes

I picked up my singlet from Cotton On on sale for $10, but you might have something in your cupboard crying out for a up-cycle. Unfortunately I’d cleaned out my cupboard before this particular bit of inspiration struck.

What to do

  • Try on the shirt and mark with the pencil where you would like the fringing to start. Make the mark directly underneath the armhole, on the seam. The length you go will depend a little on the length of the shirt.
  • Take off the shirt and place over the cardboard. Using cardboard just makes the whole process a bit easier. Measure directly from under the armhole to the point you marked. Mark the same point on the other side. Join up the two points with a ruler. Do the same for the back. Make sure the line is even.
  • Mark 1cm wide strips along the bottom of your shirt. Don’t worry too much about the pencil marks – you won’t be able to see them once you are done.
  • Carefully cut the strips.
  • Turn over and do the same for the back of the shirt.
  • Tie one strip to the strip next to it, then the next, then the next. Continue until all are tied up.
  • Now do a double knot with one¬†strip to the other side. All strips should be tied twice in a macrame kind of pattern. Try to keep the knots as tight as possible.
  • Add beads or feathers or whatever takes your fancy if you are in an embellishing kind of mood.
  • Take it off the cardboard and wear with flowers in your hair.

fringed and cropped


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Do you like to channel your inner hippie now and again?

12 thoughts on “How to make a fringed top

  1. the hipsterette says:

    Yep, I am like you, my usual ‘go to’ style is classic, but I do love to channel the boho vibe now and again. I must admit my inner ‘frou frou’ sometimes feels the urge to come out too. And what better way to combine the two than to wear flowers in your hair.

    • Robyna says:

      Hahha – I love your inner frou frou! I think some personality is just perfect to inject into a chic and classic kind of style (like yours)

    • Robyna says:

      It’s nice to dress like you will be spending all day running in fields of daisies isn’t it? (Even if you will actually be running after kids and cleaning the house)

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