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Hello, creative thrifters! Check out this fun and easy DIY gym tank using a thrifted t-shirt from Goodwill NCW. If you’re looking for a stylish way to hit the gym or enjoy the warm weather outdoors, turning a basic t-shirt into a chic tank top is a fantastic and eco-friendly solution. Let’s dive into the steps to transform your find into something you’ll love to show off while breaking a sweat!

DIY Gym Tank Project Steps


What You’ll Need

  • A thrifted t-shirt from Goodwill NCW
  • Chalk or a fabric marker
  • A sharp pair of scissors
  • A ruler (optional, for precision)


Choose Your T-Shirt

Start by picking a t-shirt from your local Goodwill NCW store. When choosing, think about the design and color—bright colors or fun prints can add a bit of flair to your workout ensemble. Remember, the t-shirt should ideally be a bit loose on you to facilitate easier cuts and a relaxed fit for the tank top.


Mark Your Cuts

Lay your t-shirt on a flat surface and smooth out any wrinkles. Using chalk or a fabric marker, draw a new neckline and armholes. You’ll want to mark a deeper scoop at the neck and larger openings at the arms to create that classic tank top feel. Use a ruler if you need help keeping lines straight or symmetrical.

Marking Your Cuts for Your Gym Tank


Cutting Time

Take your sharp scissors and carefully start cutting along the markings you’ve made. Remember to cut slowly and follow the lines as closely as possible for a neat finish.

Neckline: Begin by cutting around the neckline, following your chalk marks.

Armholes: Do the same for the armholes, making sure they are large enough for comfort but not so large that the shirt loses its shape.

Bottom Hem: Lastly, snip off the bottom hem of the shirt. This will give your tank top a more casual, breezy look.


Create a Tied-Back Detail

With the bottom seam you just removed, you have the perfect material to add a trendy twist to your tank. Gather the back of your tank top and secure it with the strip, tying it around to keep everything in place. This not only adds a fun detail but also makes your tank look more fitted and stylish.

Tying Your Gym Tank


Enjoy Your New Tank Top

Voila! Just like that, you’ve turned a simple t-shirt into a sporty and custom-made gym tank top. Wear it to your next workout session or when you’re out for a run, and revel in the comfort and style of your new creation.

Why DIY?

DIY projects like this not only promote sustainability by upcycling clothing but also allow you to add a personal touch to your wardrobe. Shopping at Goodwill NCW and engaging in projects like these supports our mission to improve lives by providing job training and resources to your local community. It’s all about making an impact, one t-shirt at a time!

We love seeing what you come up with! Share your DIY gym tank tops with us by tagging @GoodwillNCW on Instagram. Happy crafting and see you at the store for more thrifty finds!

Check out the other upcycled projects we’ve recently featured and get inspired to create your own unique fashions and décor.

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