How to Make a Sweatshirt

8 materials
$15
4 Hours
Easy

A sweatshirt is a staple, especially in the winter! Learn how to sew a sweatshirt from scratch with this simple DIY project. From creating a pattern to adding the finishing touches, you will be sporting the perfect homemade sweatshirt in no time.

Tools and materials:

  • Sweater
  • Pattern paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Fabric
  • Measuring tape 
  • Sewing machine
how to make a sweatshirt, How to sew a sweatshirt
How to sew a sweatshirt

Draft a pattern

 To kick off this DIY, Trace a sweatshirt you already have to create a pattern. Make sure to trace both a front and back neckline for your pattern piece. 

how to make a sweatshirt, Trace the sleeve
Trace the sleeve

Once you have the bodice pattern piece, you can trace the sleeves. 

how to make a sweatshirt, Pin on the pattern piece
Pin on the pattern piece

Cut out the fabric 

Next, take the pattern piece and pin it onto a piece of fabric. 

how to make a sweatshirt, Add seam allowance
Add seam allowance

 Take a piece of chalk and add seam allowance around the pattern piece. 

how to make a sweatshirt, Cut the neckline
Cut the neckline

 Once you have your back piece cut out, trim the neckline on the pattern piece and repeat the same for the front bodice piece. 

how to make a sweatshirt, Sew a sweatshirt
Sew a sweatshirt

Next, fold your fabric and cut the sleeve on the fold. 

how to make a sweatshirt, Sew the shoulder seams
Sew the shoulder seams

Attach the bodice pieces 

Time to assemble the sweatshirt Place your front and back pieces, right sides together, and sew along the shoulder seams. 

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Make a sweatshirt

Trim the shoulder seam and then zig-zag stitch over the seam. 

how to make a sweatshirt, Measure the neckline
Measure the neckline

Add a neckband 

Grab a measuring tape and measure around your neckline. Multiply that measurement by 0.8. 

how to make a sweatshirt, Cut a strip of fabric
Cut a strip of fabric

 Next, cut a strip of fabric according to your neckline measurement multiplied by 0.8 and sew the ends together. 

how to make a sweatshirt, Make a notch in the band
Make a notch in the band

Make a small notch in the center front of the neckband. Match the center notch with the seam at the back and then notch each side of the band. 

how to make a sweatshirt, Notch the neckline
Notch the neckline

Then, notch the center front and center back of the neckline. 

how to make a sweatshirt, Sew on the neckband
Sew on the neckband

 Fold the neckband in half and match up the notches on the band with the notches on the neckline. Sew the neckband in place. While you are sewing, stretch the neckband to fit. 

how to make a sweatshirt, DIY sweatshirt
DIY sweatshirt

Once your neckband is sewed on, grab a pair of scissors and trim around the edges. Then sew a zig-zag stitch around the neckline. 

how to make a sweatshirt, Press the neckline
Press the neckline

To get a neat and clean neckline, press it using your iron. 

how to make a sweatshirt, Match the pieces
Match the pieces

Attach the sleeves 

Next, it’s time to attach the sleeves. Match the center of the sleeve with the shoulder seam and sew all along the armhole. Then go ahead and sew the sides of the sweatshirt together and the sleeves closed. 

how to make a sweatshirt, Add cuffs
Add cuffs

 Cut two strips of fabric to be used as cuffs for your sleeves. Make sure that when folded they match up perfectly with your sleeve. Once you have the right size, sew the two ends of the cuff together. 

how to make a sweatshirt, Match up the two seams
Match up the two seams

 Fold the cuff in half and place it over the sleeve, matching the seams. Then sew the cuff all the way around, attaching it to the sleeve. Just as you did for the neckline, trim the edges and then sew a zig-zag stitch. 

how to make a sweatshirt, Fold the bottom
Fold the bottom

Hem the sweatshirt 

To hem the bottom of the sweatshirt, fold the bottom inward and pin the fold in place. 

how to make a sweatshirt, Sew the fold
Sew the fold

 Then sew the hem in place. 

how to make a sweatshirt, Easy sweatshirt
Easy sweatshirt

This sewing tutorial is so easy and leaves you with the perfect sweatshirt! Let me know what you think about this DIY sweatshirt in the comments! 

Suggested materials:

  • Sweater
  • Pattern paper
  • Pencil
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