How to make a halter top easy

Updated February 21, 2017

In hot summer weather, wearing a halter top is both comfortable and fashionable. Although halter tops are usually not expensive to buy and can be easily found for sale in women's wear stores as well as department stores, there are advantages to making one at home. There will be a greater variety of fabric colours and patterns to choose from and it is satisfying to wear your own original creation. A halter top is so easy and fast to sew, several can be made in one afternoon.

Lay the scarf on a flat surface and smooth it down. If using fabric, cut a 36 inch square. Fold in half on the diagonal, forming a triangle. Double fold a narrow hem around all cut edges of the triangle. Place the triangle on a flat surface and smooth it down.

Fold over one of the corners of the triangle. Fold towards the wrong side of the fabric, forming a straight edge of about 6 inches wide for the neckline of the halter top. Pin in place.

Measure down 1-inch from each end of the fold and mark the places with pins. Draw a straight line with the tailor's chalk, connecting the pins. Remove all pins and cut along the chalked line. Mark the folded edge with the chalk or a pin.

Sew along the cut edge with a zigzag stitch to prevent the raw edge from fraying. Turn the fold over again along the line marked by chalk or a pin in Step 3.

Attach a safety pin to one end of the cord. Insert the pin into one of the ends of the folded edge created in Step 4. Put the halter on by aligning the neck edge of the top with your collarbone. Tie the two horizontal corners of the top in a double knot at the back of your waistline. Tie the cord at the back of your neck with a knot and then a bow.


It is even easier to make a halter top if a smaller, 18 or 20-inch scarf is used. Do not cut into a triangle. Finish the neckline in the same manner and leave a pointed edge at the bottom.

Things You'll Need

  • 36-inch square scarf or 1 yard of fabric
  • 1 1/2 yard of cord
  • Tape measure
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Scissors
  • Matching coloured thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Safety pin
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Freddie Silver started writing newsletters for the Toronto District School Board in 1997. Her areas of expertise include staff management and professional development. She holds a master's degree in psychology from the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing her PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, focusing on emotions and professional relationships.