DIY Sporty Crop Top with Elastic Slogans! | Make Thrift Buy #53

*Burps* Mmmm! [Make Thrift Buy intro music] Hey! Welcome to Make Thrift Buy, the show
where YOU send in items of clothing that you’ve seen on the internet, and then I try my best
to recreate them. Lately, I’ve had a number of you asking
me to try and make these “fashion” sports bras. And I’ve also been needing some exercise
gear lately, but I didn’t want to have to buy exercise gear from the shops, so this
is also a great excuse to learn how to make some for myself! Now I’ve actually come up with two methods
of doing this. The first one is super easy and the second one is not-as-easy, but it
does give you a more customisable and potentially more supportive fit. Anyway in this video here, episode 53, I’m
going to be showing you the SUPER easy way, which is good for people who are new to the
DIY-game – and then I’ll also do an episode 53-and-a-half, which will show you the harder-but-much-more-customisable-way
to do this. Before we start, this video is sponsored by
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for a 7-day free trial and get started with Graphic Stock today! Alright, so let’s get started with the first,
EASY way to make one of these fashion sports bras! So, I thrifted myself some singlet tops in
my size. It’s really easy to find singlet tops at the thrift store – there were about
50 of them to choose from at the one I went to! Next, I got myself the elastic that’s going
to serve as the thick, exposed elastic band that goes around my waist – I’m going
to use this rainbow elastic for the grey top, and a light purple color for the purple top! Then I put each singlet top on, and I figured
out approximately where I wanted to crop it to. You don’t need to add any extra length
to this measurement. I drew on a faint line at this point using some chalk, and then I
cut it straight across along the line. I’m using a rotary cutter here, but you can also
draw a line and then cut it out with some scissors as well – just make sure to pin
the back and front together before you do this, so the fabric doesn’t shift out of
place. Now I’m actually going to use this bottom
section that I’m removing here to practice on, before I apply the elastic to my crop
top! It’s a really good idea to use this scrap to practice your elastic application,
using just a small piece of elastic… before trying the technique to your crop top for
the first time ever and then potentially ruining everything. The next thing I did was measure out my elastic
waistband – I did this by wrapping it around my waist at the height I wanted it to sit,
making sure it wasn’t too tight – I pulled it just slightly – and then I added an extra
half-an-inch and I cut it, like this! Then I folded the elastic into a loop like
this, and sewed a straight stitch across here. Then I clipped the excess elastic close to
the stitches, folded the flaps open like this, and I sewed a zig-zag stitch over both these
little “flaps” to keep them flat – using a thread in a matching colour to the elastic. To apply the elastic band to my cropped singlet,
first I needed to place 4 pins, evenly-spaced around the bottom of the top –
so one at each of the side seams, one in the centre front, and one in the centre back,
pointing downwards like this. I did the same thing to the elastic, quartering
it with pins, so that the 4 pins are evenly spaced out. The next step is sewing the elastic to the
singlet top! The elastic is going to be applied like THIS: So I placed the elastic, sitting on top of
the singlet top’s raw bottom edge, underneath my sewing foot. Then, I stretched the elastic
so that the next set of pins met up. Then, holding this in place, I started sewing the
elastic to the fabric using a normal zig-zag stitch. And I sewed I tried to get as close
to the edge as possible, without the stitches going off the actual edge of the elastic. And I continued sewing the elastic band all
the way around the singlet top, until I got back to my first stitches! So, this creates a nice sporty crop top, but
it’s kinda plain-looking and I wanted to add some extra details! So, we’re going to add graphics to both
the shirt AND to the elastic band as well! Now seeing as Graphic Stock is sponsoring
this video, I’m going to use graphics from their website so I can show you a little bit
of the behind-the-scenes of my design process. I downloaded this photoshop image, and I turned
it into a slogan – this slogan was actually suggested in a previous Make Thrift Buy by
“Mallow A”, so thank you for the suggestion! – I made it black, then I downloaded this
scissor image, also from graphic stock and I added it onto the slogan, and BAM – Craft
or Die! I like this graphic a lot! And I’m going to put this on the front of one of the
crop tops! And yes, I did consider “Craft or D-Y-E”,
because when in doubt, make a pun… but I decided that was just a little bit too confusing. Now, for the elastic, I’m going to make
a short, snappy slogan – this time I used the same editable text file, and I used it
to write out “DIY life”… like this. I put both of them into a word file, flipped
them horizontally so that they will print out BACKWARDS – and then I copied and pasted
the DIY life part out a bunch more times so that it can go all the way around an elastic
band. First, I printed this out onto plain paper
so I could make sure it was the right size for both the crop top and the elastic pieces,
and THEN I printed it out properly onto my nice, expensive transfer paper. Now, this is very important for the elastic
printing – most transfer papers WILL NOT WORK on elastic. But I kept on hearing really
good things about this: Leslie Riley’s TAP. Apparently it can be used on not only fabric
but paper, wood, glass, metal… so I thought, hey, maybe it can work on stretchy elastic
as well! So, following the instructions on the Transfer
Paper, I cut out my slogans like this – I didn’t bother with cutting out each individual
letter because apparently the white background parts will go transparent – and then I spaced
them out evenly along a fresh elastic band. As you can see here this elastic band isn’t
yet sewn onto any crop tops – it’s easiest to apply the images to the elastic before
you sew it to the top. So, this is going to be going on a 3rd crop top. I’m also using knitted elastic for this.
It’s about 1 inch wide, and it has a flat surface to apply the transfer to. You don’t
want to use the type of elastic that’s ribbed or has big ridges on it – because that won’t
work. So working one by one, I placed the “DIY-LIFE”
image face-down onto the elastic, and I put my press cloth over the top, and then I pressed
it on with my iron, using a lot of pressure and a near-maximum heat setting.
Again, I recommend practicing this on your scrap piece of elastic before going all-out
on your measured elastic piece! After about 20-30 seconds, I removed the iron,
and the press-cloth, and I pulled off the backing paper with a pair of tweezers – it
should come right off without any resistance if it’s all transferred nicely. And… there
we go! It’s transferred onto my elastic, and, check this out – you can stretch the
elastic and it doesn’t ruin the image at all! I was so damn excited when I did this,
because it looks so freaking professional! This is AWESOME! So I then went ahead and applied that elastic
to a black singlet top that I already owned, in the exact same way as I did for the purple
one. Applying the larger image to the singlet top
is much the same as using any other t-shirt transfer – and I’ve done a more in-depth
tutorial on this in the past – but this time I’m just replacing the transfer paper
I used there with Leslie Riley’s transfer paper.
I do think this transfer paper requires a little bit of practice and I don’t recommend
doing a complicated or large graphic like this on your first attempt – like I did!
I think my heat settings were a little bit off and it didn’t transfer properly. But
I think that was my fault, not the paper’s fault, and hey – I’m just going to say
I did this on purpose and did it to give the shirt a “vintage” feel. I also added this little rainbow to the grey
and rainbow top – the image was also downloaded off graphic stock – and this one did turn
out a lot better. Practise makes perfect, guys! So anyway, now I’ve made THREE sporty crop
tops and it’s time to find out – how did I go? [Music plays] I would wear some leggings with these, but
I literally don’t own any – I think that’s the next thing that I need learn how to DIY. Also important to note: that unless you start
with a really tight singlet top, this is not going to be as supportive as an actual sports
bra, and we’ll go through some techniques to make a more supportive top in the next
video. I still had to wear a bra underneath these, but this style of crop top is really
trendy right now, just as a fashion piece, so they make really cute crop tops to just
wear out and about – particularly underneath overalls – I’ve seen some people wearing
these kinds of tops underneath overalls, it’s really really cute. And that’s it! These turned out so super
cute. I especially love the printing on the elastic band. And I’ve also thrown this test
elastic piece I did here into a couple of loads of washing. The image hasn’t faded at
all and stayed on really well. So if you’re washing this – which… I recommend that you
do, with clothing! Make sure you’re washing on a cold, gentle cycle and it’ll stay on
fine. So in conclusion, this project is a: [Scissor snipping, zipper sound effect] Thrift some singlets, or use ones that you
already have, crop them, add elastic, and then if you want: add some graphics as a finishing
touch – it’s a really easy project that can be done by sewing beginners, it’s a good
project to learn how to work with stretchy fabrics, and it can easily be completed within
a couple of hours! Thanks again to Graphicstock for sponsoring
this video. I’ve been using GraphicStock for my Instagram edits and Youtube end-cards
lately, and I’ve been finding it a SUPER useful service, with over 300,000 images that
also come in editable photoshop and illustrator files. They also just launched this new collection
of futuristic and dream-inspired images, which is included in every subscription, which are
So. Dang. Pretty. If you have any graphic design element to your work, or you run your
own business, website, youtube channel, etc, it is SUCH a useful service and from my own
experience I can highly recommend them. Thank you for supporting the companies that support
this channel! And as always, thank you for so much for watching this video – don’t forget
to check out part 2 of this video, episode 53-and-a-half, which will be the harder, more
customisable way of making one of these sports bras! And I’ll see you all next time. Bye!


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  4. Would you please try to remake these crazy expensive Urban Outfitters shoes? They're kinda cute, but look likes a kid's arts and craft project. I'm pretty sure you could find some white loafers easy at a thrift store, or remake with some white flats. Maybe even do a no sew option.


  6. Can you try to make Shirt Holders? They're like garter belts that keep your shirt tucked in. It's more of a men's thing but I'd like to know if I can make or if I should buy it.

  7. Can you please try to recreate this bikini from Somedays Lovin

  8. annika i love this bag and i though it would be right up your alley so i was wondering if you could make it

  9. I love your show! I'm desperate for help on this project tho! please help!!!!!

  10. I've made crop tops/bras from old singlets loads of times and I often use the elastic from old underwear (the ones with cool prints, colours or logos like Calvin Kline or D&G). Just remove the elastic (if needed, shorten the loop to fit your waist) and sew it onto the top. Super easy and looks super professional!
    Men's underwear often has a broader elastic which of course makes for a broader waistband so ask your boyfriend/friend/brother if they have any old underwear that you can have. I recommend throwing away the underwear itself tho 😝

  11. could you possibly do a tutorial on how to make a pastel windbreaker jacket? I can never find one at any thrift stores 🙁

  12. I LOVED all of them except the rainbow. If you didn't add the small rainbow I would have liked it even more.

  13. You're like the textiles version of Threadbanger. Well, the make thrift buy reminds me of Man/Corinne vs Pin

  14. can you please make fingerless leather gloves? please please please!!!! it would match my leather jacket and I want to see how to make it…. please

  15. I've discovered your channel this weekend and I've become completely hooked on it! I've tried sewing my own clothes before but didn't have much success…. OTL But I think I'll give it another go now! Thanks for making these videos~~~

  16. are you still planning to do ep 53.5? I am thinking about training for a marathon and I'd love to be able to have some crafty diy options!

  17. I read some reviews for this transfer paper on amazon, can you do a couple test with it on other materials and colours and tell us your view on it.

  18. The printed elastic!!! Thank you!!!! Getting custom elastic would be a nightmare – so expensive for so much you won't use – I was really sceptical about wether it would hold up in the wash so thanks for adding that part in at the end xx

  19. As much as I like her videos I had to replay this video 80 times just to figure out how she was doing what the video was meant to teach. Smh. Too fast!

  20. Thanks for this vid – Anything that can make me want to do more exercise than any ordinary Sloth, Echidna or 1/2 dead Koala (apart from ultra-slow-moving Tai Chi) is Pretty. Damned. Ah-Ma-Zing (with added amazing-ness and 'zing')!!!

  21. I can't find the Lesley Riley's Tap transfer paper for anything less than £75 in the UK – Y i k e s – anyone found a decent alternative?

  22. Oh man super cute!! I always feel super inspired when o see your videos and I finally have access to a sewing machine.

  23. Does transfer paper ,like this or of any kind, work with just a regular printer? Do you need a special one or specIal ink or anything or can you just go for it??

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