Upcycling your old sweatshirt

We will be turning an old sweatshirt into shorts and tube top combo. For this

you will need a sewing machine, scissors, paper and some pins. Before we start you will need to either have a pattern block for a pair of shorts you would like to make or you can draw/trace around a pair of shorts you like the shape of to copy. Let's get straight to it.....



First start by cutting your sweatshirt into pieces, cut the sleeves off as close to the seam as you can, cut the the bottom hem off and the neck line so you're just left with the body pieces, back and front.






Next pin your shorts piece to the fabric and cut out 4 blocks. You may have different pieces for the front and back so make sure you remember which pieces are what. Make sure you remember to add a seam allowance of 1.5 cm.



Then pin 2 blocks together right sides facing and sew down the inside leg.

Use a zig-zag on the edge to finish it off.

It should then look like the image below.






You need to do the same to the other two blocks you've cut out. Once you've done that you can then sew both sides together (right sides together).










Once you've sewn the shorts together the next step is sewing in the elastic waist band.


Start by stretching the elastic round your waist to measure how much you will need. Pull it as tight as you want it to feel when wearing the shorts.


Next you will need to join the ends of elastic together by sewing it. Then you need to mark the halfway point of the elastic by folding it in half then marking the quarter point and marking that. Take the elastic and pin the half way mark to the centre top part of your shorts.



Then pin the quarter part on the side seams and pin the same as you've done for the front on the back.


Once you've done this you will need to use a zig zag stitch to sew the elastic to the waistline. Make sure when you're sewing it you pull the elastic as tight as you can so that it matches with the fabric you're sewing it too.





Hopefully your waistline should then look like this....


Next you will need to fold the elastic in on itself to hide it then sew it down with a straight stitch. Again, stretching the fabric as much as you can whilst sewing so that it matches with the fabric.












Once you've done that you should have something that looks like this.....



If you're feeling even more creative you can make a tube top out of the sleeves you cut off from your sweatshirt. Please refer back to the first blog post where it shows you how to make a tube top.






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