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To make a sweatshirt jacket, you will need:

Make sure the sweatshirt is large enough that it will still fit when the zipper is added. Jackets are meant to be a bit larger than shirts so that theyll fit easily over several layers of regular clothes such as a t-shirt and another shirt.

Decide if you want a sweatshirt jacket with a hood.

Having a hood isnt mandatory but a sweatshirt jacket with a hood will offer more warmth and protection from rain and snow.

Mark the center of the front of the sweatshirt.

Draw a vertical line lightly down the front of the sweatshirt from the collar to the ribbing at the bottom of the sweatshirt. This is where you will cut the sweatshirt to insert the zipper.

Be sure to use an open-ended zipper that opens completely on both the top and bottom with it is unzipped. Unzip the zipper so there are two pieces. Pin one side of the zipper in place. Start pinning at the bottom of one side of the sweatshirt. Fold the edge of the sweatshirt under so the raw edge will not be visible from the inside of the sweatshirt, put the zipper in place lining up the bottom of the zipper with the bottom of the sweatshirt. Pin one side of the zipper in place all the way to the top.

If the zipper is longer than the sweatshirt, carefully line up the top of the sweatshirt with the zipper and trim it.

Be sure to leave an extra half-inch on that end of the zipper. Make sure there is overlap of about 1/8 inch so when the sweatshirt zipper is closed, the zipper will not be visible. Pin the second side of the zipper to the other side of the sweatshirt. Carefully zip them together to ensure they are aligned.

Sew from the front of the sweatshirt using top-stitch stitching. Sew one side of the zipper in place with the zipper foot close to the folded fabric sewing from bottom to top. Make sure there is enough turned under fabric that the sewing thread will catch to ensure there are no gaps. When you get to the top, then backstitch to seal the threads.

Sew in the second side of the zipper.

Sew the other side of the zipper to the other side of the other side of the front of the sweatshirt.

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this jacket can be made from old sweatshirts that need a new life

Use two sweatshirts of the same size

turn the jacket to the right side and topstitch edgesyou can sew the neck closed at this time

You can embellish anyway you choose.I chose to use chalk to create a quilt patternIt may be easier to ad patches etc before  you sew the sweatshirts together

I followed the chalk lines using white thread on the navy side and and in the bobbin I used navy.The pattern is easy and the jacket is very warm when you turn down the heat in the house a degree or two to save energy

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Please be positive and constructive.

itd be cool to do a peacoat version. ya know a double-breasted sweater. two rows of buttons.

Im thinking buttons down the front instead of a zipper.

thought I would keep it really simple

NO! Velcro is sooo 80s use magnets instead!Youll have to un-sew(new word?)the front opening edges and sew them inbetween the two layers. Simple and clean!

wow! very cool, in a warm way, huh? a zipper would also be a nice feature.

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Making a Sweatshirt Jacket

First you need to buy a sweatshirt at least one size larger than usual. This will allow for seaming and take-up in quilting. Choose one in a color that you will be using in your jacket or a neutral color. A 100% cotton sweatshirt will work best for the machine but you may use any kind.

You will need a variety of cotton quilting fabric, prints or batiks. Fat quarters or 1/8 yards will be plenty or use scraps from your stash. You will also need sewing thread, buttons, and chosen embellishments.

Machine wash and dry the sweatshirt to pre-shrink. Sweatshirts shrink a lot and after all the fabric is stitched on you wont want your jacket to be too small.

Two methods to cut the sweatshirt apart – Cutting the seam allowance off is faster and easier than taking out the seam stitches. You may pick out the stitches if you wish, but cutting is faster and you are only losing the seam allowance. Since you purchased your sweatshirt in a larger size you will have enough fabric for seams later.

Method 1 – Cut the bottom and sleeve cuff ribbing off. Save for later. Cut both side seams from the bottom hem up to the underarm and to the bottom of the sleeves. The entire sweatshirt will lay flat. If there is no side seam, cut it at the side anyway. Your entire sweatshirt is still in one piece and you can work on it as a whole. You may cut the center now or later. When having the sweatshirt in one piece you might be able to make better design choices for the front and back especially where they join at the shoulders.

Method 2 – Cut the bottom and sleeve cuff ribbing off. Save for later. Mark each piece before cutting. First mark a center line on the front and cut open. As you cut your sweatshirt apart, you will have a back, front left, front right, left sleeve, and right sleeve. If your sweatshirt has no side seams you dont have to cut at the underarm and you may keep the front and back all in one flat piece. Cut the underarm of the sleeves so they are flat.

There are different styles of sweatshirts so the actual cutting will depend on the style you have. Your sweatshirt should be cut so you will always be working on a flat piece to be stitched together again later. When you cut the sweatshirt into separate pieces and add fabric and embellishments you will be working on smaller pieces and they might be easier to handle.

You will always be adding your fabric and embellishments to the right side of the sweatshirt fabric. The right side is smooth and the wrong side is a rough texture.

Piece fabric and quilt – You can make fabric about one inch larger than the sweatshirt piece you need to cover. Make blocks or use orphan blocks. Add pieces as necessary to make the size of pieced fabric you need. You may manipulate your fabric into tucks, pleats or gathers. Anything goes. When you have pieced enough to cover your sweatshirt pieces, lay the pieced fabric right side up on the right side of the fleece piece and spray baste or pin baste. Machine quilt either in the ditch using a walking foot or even feed foot. You may also free motion quilt. Repeat for all pieces. Trim each piece the same size as the sweatshirt fabric.

Begin by pinning a strip of fabric to one edge of the right side of sweatshirt piece. Place another strip, right sides together with the first piece and stitch using a 1/4 seam allowance. Flip the new strip to the right side and press. Add more strips, working across to the other edge. You may also start the first strip in the center and stitch new strips in both directions. Trim each piece the same size as the sweatshirt fabric.

Spray basting spray or aerosol spray glue on the right side of sweatshirt pieces. Then lay various size and shape pieces of fabric on the sweatshirt fabric, overlapping slightly for coverage. Zigzag the edges of the scraps down. Then free motion quilt and embellish as desired. Trim each piece the same size as the sweatshirt fabric.

You may tear strips any width you wish and simply straight stitch them vertically, horizontally, or diagonally to the right side of the sweatshirt piece. This will leave two edges of the strips loose to give texture to your jacket. You will want to place the strips close enough that you dont see the sweatshirt fabric underneath. Be sure when stitching the next strip to the sweatshirt fabric that you dont get the previous strips caught in the stitching.

When all pieces are covered with quilting fabric, simply zigzag or serge the sweatshirt back together. Check the length of the sleeves and trim if necessary. You may put the ribbed band back on the bottom and sleeve cuffs or simply bind your sleeves and bottom with bias binding as you would a quilt.

Closures – If you wish to have buttons or other closures on the front of your sweatshirt, consider large decorative buttons with loop closures. Buttonholes might not work well with the thickness of sweatshirt and quilting fabric. You might find some large hook and eye closures at your fabric store or specialty decorative closures.

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The odor may diminish with time if the mats are left where they will receive some air. Dont store them in a closet or a closed container. Mats should be stored flat or hanging on a wall. An optional way to store a mat would be to hang it on a spring clip skirt hanger.

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How Do You Turn a Sweatshirt Into a Jacket?

To turn a sweatshirt into a jacket, first cut a straight line up the center front from hem to neckline. Add a thin lining to the bodice of the sweatshirt. Sew a zipper onto the raw edges of the sweatshirt to complete the transformation.

Slide a large piece of cardboard into your sweatshirt and lay it flat on the table. Use a ruler to mark the center of the front panel, and draw a straight vertical line from the hem to the neckline. Cut along the line, ensuring you do not catch the cardboard or the back piece of fabric.

Fold your cut sweatshirt out so that it lays flat on a large piece of paper. Trace around three edges of one front panel, pulling the fabric taut. Remove the shirt and draw in the fourth side. Lay a thin piece of tracing paper on top of the back panel and trace. Out of a flannel or fleece fabric, use your paper patterns to cut two side panels and one back panel.

Sew your lining pieces together at the sides and shoulders, making sure that the raw edges face the wrong side of the fabric. Use a serger or a hand stitch to attach your lining pieces to the existing seam allowances on the inside of the sweatshirt, keeping the right side of the fabric facing your body.

Buy a jacket zipper that matches the length of your sweatshirts center seam. Separate the sides and pin one to each edge with the zipper teeth facing away from the center. Fold the edge under so the teeth face in and check to make sure each side is even. Sew in place to complete the jacket.

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When it comes tofabric dye, the project possibilities are literally endless fromombre scarvestocanvas totes. But rather than getting overwhelmed by the options, check this out the perfect first-time dyeing DIY. Inspired bywatercolorpaints andspringtimeshades, this sweatshirt/jacket hybrid is just what you need to brighten up arainy day. Simply pick out dyes in your favorite colors, and youll be that much closer to making awearable work of art.

1. Apply dye to random spots on the sweatshirt using the foam brushes.

2. Add water to blend the colors together.

3. Throw your sweatshirt in the washer and then the dryer to set the dye.

4. Fold the dry sweatshirt in half. Then, cut straight through the middle of the front of the shirt.

And just like that, the sweatshirt turns into a jacket! Dont forget toonlycut through the top layer of the sweatshirt.

If youre not feeling the raw edge, simply create a fold about an inch thick. Sandwich a strip of fusible webbing tape into the fold, and apply heat with an iron.

Your best bet is to use a sweatshirt in a light shade, such as this soft gray. Other options include white, beige or even mint or baby blue. If you have a printed sweatshirt that youre willing to experiment on, give it a try! We bet itll look ah-mazing.

As for the fabric dyes, we used navy blue, teal and fuchsia for a cool-toned palette.

What shades would you use for your watercolor jacket? Share your finished jackets with us below!

(Styled photos by Haruka Sakaguchi ofThe Denizen Co.)

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