How To Make a Jacket from a Sweatshirt

Making a jacket out of a sweat shirt is a practical and creative move. This is to offer a second chance for your sweatshirts to be something else that would make them more wearable and useful. You don’t have to be a master in sewing to get the job done. You just need a little creativity up your sleeve and good color coordinating skills.

Here’s how you can make a jacket from a sweatshirt.

  • Prepare your materials beforehand. You will need the following: a sweatshirt, a fusible interfacing, a bias tape, pins, a pair of scissors, iron, some embellishments of your choice (optional) and a fabric tape measure.
  • Choose the right size for your sweatshirt. The sweatshirt that you plan to use for this project has to be at least two sizes bigger than your usual measurements. Jackets are meant as an outside garment. Their size would have to be able to accommodate any cloth bulk you will wear underneath it.
  • Cut the outer layer of stitches at the bottom. Remove the ribbing on the bottom part of the garment. As you move on to another part of the layer, continue to cut the outer stitch, which is easily done using a pair of scissors.
  • Check if the sweatshirt will hang evenly as a jacket. Fold the sweatshirt inside out. Fold it by matching the shoulder, neck and underarm part of the sweatshirt to their counterparts on the other side. Check if they are symmetrical and there are no uneven parts when hanged. If there are uneven parts that hang, you may need to proceed with another sweatshirt. Otherwise, you will have a problematic one that doesn’t hang properly.
  • Cut open the middle part of the sweatshirt lengthwise. But first, do some steps that would ensure the accuracy of your measurements. First, keep the garment in perfect and precise condition by ironing it out. It is easier for you to lay it out on a stable surface once it was ironed flat. Determine the medial part of the sweatshirt. Make sure that it was equal on both sides. Use pins to mark the middle part, from the top part to the bottom part of the sweatshirt.
  • Remember that the sweatshirt was turned inside out. After cutting the middle part, turn it with the right side out. Form a sharp crease by folding the edges clean, for about ¼ to ½ inch and ironing it in place.
  • Measure the hemline’s width and length. Cut strips of the fusible interfacing according to your gathered measurements. Follow the instructions that go with your fusible interfacing set. Do not distort the interfacing by ironing it back and forth. It is advisable to just hold it in a single spot for a predetermined amount of time, and then disengage the iron on the spot to move on to the next.
  • Decide whether or not you will add some embellishment to your new jacket. There is a wide variety of embellishments that you can add on your new jacket. You can choose from fabric paints to patches. Ribbons and buttons are very popular too.

This project is designed not only as an example of resourcefulness but also to guide you through rediscovering your creativity and craftsmanship.


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