Wednesday, October 5, 2011

DIY Woven Sweatshirt

Thanks to Pinterest and the internet, crafters will never be without projects.  I saw this shirt and wanted to do one of my own.

Le Inspiration

Then, I saw A is for Ampersand make one of her own out of two sweatshirts.  She made it look super easy so it motivated me to try.  And, I just happened to find some sweatshirts at thrift, so that was a bonus.
Easy = Awesome.

What you need: two sweatshirts, pins, a ruler or good eyeball, sewing machine, not sidewalk chalk...maybe regular chalk though.

I cut two inch strips vertically stopping before the ribbing at the bottom and the seams at the top.  Next, turn you sweatshirt inside out if you haven't already.
After cutting two inch wide strips out of your second sweatshirt weave them in and pin at the sides. Stitch the sides and cut off any excess strips.  And you're done!

It would probably look much cuter, styled...but sometimes a girl simply doesn't have the energy.  I'm keepin it real.

I also made one for my angel.  Instead of cutting straight up and down, I went across and used scalloped edges.  

 see the scalloped edges.  I didn't measure this one...I just eyeballed it.  
 Then I tore strips of this scrap cotton (it was an old sheet), and sewed the strips across the bottom.  Don't forget to turn it inside out to work in the strips of fabric!  
 Weave them through
 Then sew the strips at the top.
If I do another one for her I am going to reduce the width of the strips to about 1 inch...maybe even smaller for this size of sweatshirt.  But she still loves it.

my model is unruly.  On this one I will probably go back and top stitch all of them.  She was already sticking her paws through the openings.

Click on the I like to party tab and come link up your wonderful projects.  Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway!  I will keep it open until next Wednesday.   


  1. That's so cool, I really like the finished effect!

    xx Grace

  2. that's really cute! Well done.


  3. I like your new blog header too

  4. That sweater turned out great! I don't think I would have the patience to weave it lol.

    Also wanted to let you know I've given you a blog award :)

    xo Amber P.

  5. You so rock, and i want one too! LOVE the new blog look - it's gawgeous :D

  6. Wow, I really love it! You are just great! :)

  7. That's a really cute idea. I pinned it to try sometime.:)

  8. I have that same pin on my board...thanks for the tutorial...I'm out to cut up some shirts.
    Would love it if you would link this up to our Rockin' link party going on now at RoCa and Company. Here is the link: . Come and show off what you got. Hope to see you there...

    Remember...YOU ROCK!!

    Carmen @ RoCa and Company

  9. I love it! It is so fabulous on your little model too. Mine is never, ever cooperative. LOL!
    Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower. ;D

  10. WOW!!! i absolutely love this. i totally want to try it!
    i would love for you to link this post up to flashback fridays, a link party i have going on where bloggers can link up any post that reminds them of the word flashback! here is the link:
    i would love to see you there!
    {love} lauryn @

  11. WOW that is fantastic! You did a great job. Love them both!

  12. I think these look great!! I'm really keen on the texture it creates!

    Jem xXx

  13. This is such a cute idea! And I think you did a great job! Thank you for being part of Thrifty Things Friday and have a wonderful day!

  14. Always love a good pinterest attempt! Your shirts turned out great! I'd call this a success! Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays!!!

  15. Hi Amy, what a great idea. You really did a fabulous job and your little angel looks so cute in it. Thanks for sharing. I recently found your blog and am now following and will continue to visit often. Please pop on over and visit my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. I would really love that. Hugs, Chris