How to Cut a Sweatshirt Into a Jacket

Written by kathryn hatter
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If you love embellishing clothing to create one-of-a-kind pieces, look at your existing wardrobe with an eye for new projects. Use a sweatshirt you already own, or purchase a new sweatshirt, and cut it to make an attractive jacket. A sweatshirt that is one size larger than you ordinarily wear works best for creating a jacket that can be worn over other clothing.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • New or gently used sweatshirt
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Fabric pen
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Embellishments such as lace, ruffles, buttons, toggle closures

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  1. 1

    Turn the sweatshirt inside out, and fold the front of the shirt perfectly in half from the neckline to the bottom edge of the sweatshirt.

  2. 2

    Iron this fold to create a crease line. Cut the front of the shirt along the crease line from the neck edge to the bottom edge of the sweatshirt. This will create the jacket opening in the front.

  3. 3

    Remove the ribbing edges from the bottom of the sweatshirt and the bottom of the sweatshirt sleeves by carefully cutting along the seams. Discard the ribbing, or save it for another purpose.

  4. 4

    Create the neckline of the jacket. Lay the inside out sweatshirt onto a flat work surface, with the front of the sweatshirt facing up. Draw a curved neck edge with a fabric pen, starting on the right half of the sweatshirt at the raw centre cut. Extend the line around to the halfway point at the back of the sweatshirt, and stop drawing there. If you are satisfied with how the line looks, cut 1/4 inch to the left of the line you drew, which is closer to the raw edge. This will create the necessary seam allowance.

  5. 5

    Fold the sweatshirt in half so the right half of the sweatshirt is over the left half of the sweatshirt. Line up the sweatshirt halves perfectly. Trace along the neckline you cut on the right half onto the left half of the sweatshirt to create a symmetrical neckline on the left half of the sweatshirt. Cut along the line you drew to finish the symmetrical neckline. Fold over the neckline of the sweatshirt along the lines you drew, and pin the fabric to secure it.

  6. 6

    Lay the inside-out sweatshirt flat on the work surface with the front facing up. Measure and fold the raw centre cut edges over 1/2 inch. Press these folds well with the iron and pin them.

  7. 7

    Fold up 1/2 inch of the bottom edge of the sweatshirt and the bottom edges of the sleeves. Pin the folds in place to hold them.

  8. 8

    Stitch the folded edges in place along the neck edge, the front edges, the bottom edge and the sleeve edges, stitching 3/8-inch from the folds. Remove the pins.

  9. 9

    Turn the jacket right side out. Plan the placement of your embellishments. You may add lace or ruffle edging along the bottom edge, flat lace along the front centre edges, embellishments along the neckline or toggle-clasp closures along the front centre edges. Stitch these embellishments onto the jacket by hand or with the sewing machine.

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