Multi-Purpose Fashion Accessory

By Noreen Doll.

Here’s a multi-purpose fashion accessory that you can use in lots of ways.

Multi-Purpose Fashion Accessory - Crafty Journal

It’s inexpensive to buy the fabric, and easy to stitch. It only requires one seam.

It’s actually a simple tube top, and look what you can do with it!

1. Fill In a Too Low Neckline.

This multi-purpose fashion accessory can be used under a top where the neckline is too low. It fills the space nicely and covers up what you don’t want to show.

Multi-Purpose Fashion Accessory - Crafty Journal

2. Stylish Neckline Accent.

Or just use it as a stylish neckline accent.

Multi-Purpose Fashion Accessory - Crafty Journal

3. Add Length to a Shirt.

It’s also perfect if your shirt is too short. You can wear it around your hips to add interest and length.

Multi-Purpose Fashion Accessory - Crafty Journal

4. Add a Sash.

Wrap this fashion accessory around your waist over a tee shirt or knit dress to add a sash.

Multi-Purpose Fashion Accessory - Crafty Journal

5. Infinity Scarf.

Or use it as a scarf, like the infinity scarves that are so popular.

Multi-Purpose Fashion Accessory - Crafty Journal

6. Extra Warmth.

It can be worn as an extra layer in winter to add a little more warmth.


Stretchy Fabric – 12 inches wide.

Choose stretchy fabrics in colors of your choice. And don’t forget to look in the remnant bin at the fabric store, because you don’t need a very large piece.

You may even have a large enough piece in your own remnant stash.

Sewing Machine


How to Make a Multi-Purpose Fashion Accessory.

Multi-Purpose Fashion Accessory - Crafty Journal

1. Wrap the fabric horizontally around your upper torso over the fullest part of your bust.

Overlap one end of the fabric, making sure it fits fairly snugly.

Check to be sure the fabric is large enough at the bottom, middle and top to slightly overlap.

Allow a half inch overlap to make a 1/4 inch seam.

2. Cut off the extra fabric, cutting in a straight line across.

Your cut piece of fabric should be a rectangle.

Width: 12 inches wide.

Length: circumference of your bust  plus 1/2 inch.

(For example, if your bust is 33 inches, you need a 33 1/2 inch length.)

Multi-Purpose Fashion Accessory - Crafty Journal

3. Fold the fabric in half with the right side on the inside and the two 12 inch sides together.

Pin these edges together and sew a 1/4 inch wide seam across this end.

Multi-Purpose Fashion Accessory - Crafty Journal

Turn right side out.

You now have a tube that you can slip on over your head.

Look at the colors we’re going to use for our next tube tops! These all have spandex in them.

Multi-Purpose Fashion Accessory - Crafty Journal

Easy to make and fun to wear!


The long edges don’t need to be hemmed and can just be tucked under when you wear the tube.

The tube doesn’t have to be 12 inches wide.  You can make it wider or narrower according to how you like it.

Try making one first to see how you may want to adjust the fit of future tubes.

If you don’t want to or can’t sew, just pick up some tube tops when they’re on sale.

Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. Now this is such a clever and creative idea. I love it. So many uses. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

  2. Brilliant idea! You always are thinking over there I bet! I love this idea and seems pretty easy to sew! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Clever and inventive. Thanks for sharing. Plus, it is always nice when you can make it yourself, instead of investing in so many “undershirts” which can be pricey!!

  4. Great idea with so much fun to wear it. Thanks for the tutorial.

    Dear greetings, Margaret

  5. What a good idea ! Dunno how many tops or dresses that are too low to suit me. Now here is a great solution !

  6. I’m going to make one to wear with a wonderful dress that I recently bought and that have a too low neckline (at least to wear at work!)
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Super cute!!! Genial idea! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  8. What a great idea! I love infinity scarves and using this to fill in gaps on too-low necklines is brilliant! PINNING.

  9. It looks great, and I love that it can be used so many different ways.

  10. What a clever idea! I love simple sewing;)

  11. This is a fabulous idea and I love simple sewing!

  12. This is a great idea! I’ve bought several strappy camisoles that ended up dipping lower than the top I was trying to get help with. Finally an idea that will work and I won’t have to return! :) Thanks for sharing.

  13. What a cute and clever idea. I am always finding tops too low cut for my taste, so I have to wear a tank top under them, and even then, it is hard to find a tank top that is not low cut. Whatever happen to modesty? Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea!

  14. That is perfect! So easy, affordable, and usable! Hopping here from What To Do Weekends and following. Blessings to you and yours!


  15. Ridiculously easy, but what a fabulous idea!

  16. Love this idea! What a great way to change up an outfit and so easy! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Great idea! I like how it works both for coverage on top and around the hips. Thank you for sharing!

  18. Love this! I can’t count the number of times I’ve said no to a shirt because it was cut too low or it wasn’t long enough for what I like. Now I’m thinking I might have to try making some of these for that same purpose.
    Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Social.
    Looking forward to seeing you again next week

  19. What a great idea, I hate finding nice tops only to find the neckline isn’t right. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

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