DIY Trendy Lace-Up Sweater

9 materials
3 Hours

I had an idea for an amazing upcycle! I headed to the store to buy two sweaters and a few other materials I would need. As soon as I got home, I got stuck into transforming the sweaters into a stylish, two-tone, lace-up sweater and matching pair of shorts. This is an upcycle that you have to try!

Tools and materials:

  • 2 Sweaters
  • Eyelets
  • Shoelace
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Chalk
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine
  • Hammer
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Women’s lace-up hoodie

Cut the sweaters in half 

The first thing I did was fold both sweaters in half and cut them straight down the middle. 

lace up hoodie, Sew the back
Sew the back

Sew along the back 

I then decided to sew the two halves together along the back. I pinned the two halves, right sides together, and sewed using a straight stitch with a half-inch seam allowance. 

lace up hoodie, Fold each side
Fold each side

Add the eyelets

I then moved on to the front of the sweater. I folded each edge in by about two inches. I had to make sure it would be enough space for an eyelet. I then went ahead and pinned the fold in place. 

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Make a lace-up hoodie

I took the sweater back to my sewing machine and sewed a straight stitch along the edge. 

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DIY lace-up hoodie

Once that was done, the next step was marking and placing the eyelets on the sweater. I decided to place them about 2 inches apart. I first marked with chalk and when I was happy, I used scissors to make the holes. 

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How to make a lace-up hoodie

To make sure both sides would be symmetrical, I lined up the two sides and pinned them so that when I marked the other side, the markings would be equal. 

lace up hoodie, Hammer in the back piece
Hammer in the back piece

I pushed the front of the eyelets through the whole and then followed the instructions on how to hammer in the backs. Make sure you do this part on a solid, hard surface. I ended up going outside for this step. 

lace up hoodie, Mark on the sleeve
Mark on the sleeve

Change the sleeves 

I decided that I wanted to add a little something extra to the sleeves. I had the extra fabric to work with so I first Measured 9 inches on the bottom and 14 inches on the top and used those measurements to draw a diagonal line. 

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Cut the sleeve

I then used scissors to cut across that line. 

lace up hoodie, Cut off the other sleeve
Cut off the other sleeve

I took the leftover fabric and cut off the sleeve, cutting along the seam. 

lace up hoodie, Use the sleeve as a template
Use the sleeve as a template

I used the sleeve I had originally cut as a template to mark and cut the shoulder curve off of this new sleeve. 

lace up hoodie, Cut the second sleeve
Cut the second sleeve

I used the first sleeve as a pattern so that I would know exactly where to cut on the other side. 

lace up hoodie, Sew on the new sleeves
Sew on the new sleeves

Once everything was cut out, I took it to my sewing machine and sewed on the new sleeves with a ⅜ seam allowance. The new sleeves would look baggier with some added fabric to give the sweater something extra. 

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Easy lace-up hoodie

Make shorts 

Moving on to the shorts, I decided to grab a pair of spandex shorts to use as a template. I folded the pair in half, placed it on the fabric, and traced with a half-inch seam allowance. 

lace up hoodie, Cut two more pieces
Cut two more pieces

I placed the cut out pieces on the black fabric and cut out two more pieces. I made sure the pieces were right sides facing in this step. 

lace up hoodie, Sew the shorts
Sew the shorts

Once the pieces were all cut out, I took them over to my machine and sewed them using a zig-zag stitch. I started sewing the inside first. I then placed the front and back of the shorts, right sides together, and sewed the crotch area and outside to finish up the pair of shorts. 

lace up hoodie, Easy DIY lace up hoodie
Easy DIY lace-up hoodie

I laced up my sweater with a spare shoelace and had myself the most stylish two-piece set around. Share your thoughts on this sweater upcycle in the comments below!

Suggested materials:

  • 2 sweaters
  • Eyelets
  • Shoelace
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