Plain Sweatshirt To Cute Sweatshirt In About An Hour

Plain Sweatshirt To Cute Sweatshirt In About An Hour

Plain Sweatshirt To Cute Sweatshirt In About An Hour

Do you love how a cozy sweatshirt feels on a cold day, but hate how ugly they are? Use your creativity, have a little fun, and transform a plain sweatshirt in just a few minutes.

Start with a plain sweatshirt (Hanes make a good one at a reasonable price).

To make the neckline:

  • Cut the ribbing off of the neck.
  • Turn under ¼ inch, then ¼ inch again to make a rolled hem. Hand stitch. This could also be done by machine, but the stitching will be more obvious.

Plain Sweatshirt To Cute Sweatshirt In About An Hour

To complete the sleeves:

  • Cut off the ribbing. Shorten as you wish- I made three quarter sleeves.
  • To make cuff, turn up ¾ inch and ¾ inch again. Tack at in seam and mid point of sleeve. This makes a slightly contrasting cuff of the fleece.
  • You could also just hem, if you don’t want the cuff.

Plain Sweatshirt To Cute Sweatshirt In About An Hour

To make the flower:

  • Draw a pattern for flower with petals on a small piece of paper.
  • Take the material cut off of the sleeves. Cut out multiple circles based on flower pattern. Remember to cut an odd number (I cut five).
  • Alternate the fabric between the smooth side and fleece side to have tonality.
  • Use a shank button as the center. Stich through all layers of fabric.
  • Pin it to the sweatshirt from the inside so you can adjust placement. (it can be sewn directly to the sweatshirt if you wish).

To finish bottom:

Depending on your preference and the desired length and shape of the shirt choose one of the finishes below.

  • Do nothing! Leave the bottom ribbed as you purchased it. It will gather slightly at the bottom.
  • Cut a wedge from each side seam to create modified “shirt-tail’ effect. Hem this in the same way you finished the neckline. This helps the bottom edge lay flat and stops it from “cupping”.
  • Remove the ribbing and hem in the same way you finished the neckline, creating straight “box” shape.

Variations to transform a plain sweatshirt:

  • Cut different shaped necklines.
  • Trim neck, sleeves and hem with contrasting bias tape or fabric strips cut on bias.
  • Omit flower and add a pocket or trim to front.

Be as creative as you wish! The basic shape is created by the sweatshirt…you create the whimsy!

Enjoy your new more feminine sweatshirt!

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