By the time January rolls around, we’re deep into the heart of winter, and often find ourselves in a bit of a fashion rut. Stay ahead of the game and beat the winter blues this year by introducing a new go-to piece into your winter wardrobe. This no-sew style hack transforms a yard of non-fraying fabric into a draped tie top that layers easily over a tank top and leggings for a comfortable, yet pulled together look. The perfect top to help you sail right on through into spring, and the absolute best part? No sewing needed!
- 1 linear yard of non-fraying fabric at least 60 inches wide such as lightweight flannel or knit fabric. I used ponte knit.
- Leather cording
- Rotary cutter
- Chalk for marking
Cut fabric into a rectangle roughly 30 x 60 inches.
Create the neckline by folding the fabric in half, “right” sides together, so that it forms a 30 x 30-inch square. Place the fold at the top of your work surface, and mark the midpoint of the folded edge.
Measure and mark 3.5 inches to the left and 3.5 inches to the right of that midpoint. Then measure and mark 7 inches down from the midpoint, and use your straight edge to connect all marks into a triangle, as shown above.
Unfold fabric and cut along the triangle chalk lines (through one layer of fabric only).
Add slits for the waist tie by folding fabric in half again as you did in Step 2 with the “right” sides together, and the folded edge positioned at the top of your work surface. Measure roughly 2 inches in from the left edge and 14.5 inches down from the top fold (see note below). Mark with chalk. Repeat on the other side.
Note: The location where the tie is threaded through will vary upon your height and should sit right at your natural waistline. The 14.5-inch measurement is based on a 5′ 3″ person.
Create 1/2-inch slits with a rotary cutter through both layers of fabric. This is where the cording will thread through.
Thread cording through 1 slit from the back to the front (through both layers of fabric), and pull through slightly. Thread the other end of the cording through the other slit in the same manner. Tie at the front of the garment.
And voilà — a quick, no-sew tie top from a yard of fabric!