Remember in kindergarten when you would paint your mom beautiful artwork or glue pasta on construction paper and give it to her for Valentine’s Day or Christmas? Then she would hang it up on the fridge and make you feel like you were basically #Picasso in the making. Sewing has become my adult version of these memories.
My mom is probably my biggest fan when it comes to sewing and DIY projects. She makes me feel like anything I sew or DIY for her are the best pieces she’s ever seen. Most holidays I try to sew something for my mom and sometimes she has specific requests when it comes to what I make for her, but for this birthday I already had it figured out. Cat was in town one weekend and we ended up at the mall…#typical. While shopping, we came across one of those bomb Gap sales where it’s an extra 30% off everything in the store. On the clearance rack I found a super comfy sweatshirt that was just asking to be revamped a little. They only had one left and with my mom’s birthday coming up I knew it’d be perfect for her. It’s been quite a few months since I bought the sweatshirt, so here are some links to ones like it. Here. Here. Here.
In a previous post I talk about the trimming section at JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby. This refashion incorporates trim from JoAnn’s. Whether you love leather, sequins, or lace, they have it all. Pick 2-3 different pieces of trimming that are different in size, color and fabric, but ensure that they all match. Once you’ve done this, follow my tutorial below. If you don’t sew, you can always hand sew with a needle and thread or you can use fabric glue. My only concern with fabric glue is it may not maintain a cycle in the washer. This tutorial can be used on a sweatshirt, any plain tee you have or a canvas tote. The possibilities are endless.
1. Measure the width of the front of your sweatshirt from the left seam to the right seam. Divide this number in half. With a washable marker place a vertical line at this number.
2. Continue making marks at this halfway point all the way down the front of the sweatshirt. Now connect those dashes into one long line. This should be directly down the middle of the front of the sweatshirt.
3. Take your first piece of trimming and at an angle, place directly from the left arm seam to the middle washable line you drew. Cut the trimming at the middle where the washable line is. Then place the trimming on the ride sight, at an angle, and do the same as you did for the left side.
4. Pin this piece of trimming down.
6. Now take your second piece of trimming and place below your first piece, follow Step four. Continue this until you have all four pieces of trimming cut and in place.
7. Sew around all four edges of each trimming piece. Don't forget to back stitch at the beginning and end.
8. Turn your sweatshirt inside out and cut all excess thread.
9. Rock out in your newly refashioned sweatshirt! Here's some ways to style it: