Easy DIY Drawstring Sweatsuit

10 Materials
$10
90 Minutes
Easy


Do you want to add a little more style and flair to that comfy sweatsuit you love? There’s no reason not to embrace the fashion-comfort combo of the sweatsuit--the unofficial uniform of 2021. Check out this DIY drawstring sweatsuit tutorial to learn how to take your sweats from drab to fab.

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Drawstring sweatsuit

Tools and materials:

  • Sweatsuit
  • Ruler
  • Fabric chalk
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Safety pin
  • Elastic
  • Drawstring
  • Seam ripper
  • Sewing machine
Mark the bottom hem

Mark where the bottom hem should fall

I put my sweatsuit on and figured out where I wanted the bottom hem of my sweatshirt to fall.  

Mark it with a pin


I marked where I wanted the shirt to end with a pin.

Add two inches below the pin

Mark where to cut

Measuring two inches of seam allowance below the pin, I drew a line across the front of the sweatshirt with the help of a ruler and some fabric chalk.

Cut the sweatshirt

Cut the bottom off the sweatshirt

Following the line I had just drawn, I cut the excess fabric off the bottom of the sweatshirt.

Pin the raw edges

Pin the raw edges

I flipped the sweatshirt inside out and folded the raw edges up two inches, and pinned the hem in place.

Sew a drawstring sweatsuit

Sew the bottom hem

I sewed across the bottom of the sweatshirt using a straight stitch. 

Measure the drawstring

Measure how much rope you’ll need

With the rope I chose for my drawstring, I circled my waist and tied a generous bow to measure how much rope I would need for my drawstring. Once I knew how much I needed, I cut it to the desired length.

Use a seam ripper to make holes

Make holes for the drawstring

Using a seam ripper, I cut two holes in the bottom front hem of the sweatshirt.

Pull the drawstring through the bottom hem

Pull the drawstring through the tunnel

I attached a safety pin to the end of the rope I had cut for the drawstring. I inserted the pin into one of the holes I had cut in the hem of the sweatshirt, and worked the pin through the tunnel created by the hem, pulling the drawstring along with it.

Knot the ends of the drawstring

Tie knots at the ends of the drawstring

Once the drawstring was pulled through the hem tunnel and out the second hole, I tied knots on the ends.

How to make a drawstring sweatsuit

Create a hem at the bottom of the pants

Next, I turned my sweatpants inside out and flipped the hems at the bottom up a few inches. I laid the elastic I was planning to use around the ankles on top of the bottom hem to measure how wide I needed the hem to be.

Create tunnels for the elastic

Pin the hem of the pants

Once I knew how wide I needed the hem to be to run the elastic through it, I pinned the hems in place.

Sew the hem of the pants

Sew the hem

Then I sewed the hem on both pant legs.

Leave a gap in the hem


I left a gap of about two inches in the hem of each pant leg, which would allow me to insert the elastic and run it through the hem.

Measure around the ankle

Take an ankle measurement

I used a measuring tape to measure around my ankle.

Cut two pieces of elastic

Measure and cut elastic

I cut two pieces of elastic the length of my ankle measurement plus one and a half inches.

Attach a safety pin to the elastic

Pull the elastic through the hem

Using a safety pin, I inserted the elastic into the hem of the pants through the gap I had left and worked the elastic through until it came all the way around the hem and back out through the gap.

Pin the ends of the elastic together

Pin and sew the elastic

I pinned the ends of the elastic together.

How to sew a drawstring sweatsuit


Then I sewed it together with a zigzag stitch.

Sew the gap closed

Close up the gap

Once my elastic was in place, I sewed up the gap in the hem of the pants.

Measure around the waist

Take a waist measurement

Next, I used a measuring tape to measure around my waist.

Cut the elastic for the waistband

Cut the elastic for the waistband

I added an inch and a half to the waist measurement and cut a piece of elastic equal to that length.

Create a gap in the top seam

Open the top seam

With the pants still inside out, I used a seam ripper to open a gap a few inches wide in the top seam of the pants.

Pull the elastic through the waistband

Pull the elastic through the waistband

Using the safety pin method again, I pulled the elastic through the waistband of the sweatpants until they came back out the gap I had ripped in the seam.

Pin the ends of the elastic together

Pin and sew the elastic

Once again, I pinned the ends of the elastic together and sewed it together with a zigzag stitch.

Sew the gap closed

Close up the gap

Once the elastic for the waistband was in place, I sewed up the gap I ripped in the top seam of the pants.

Make a drawstring sweatsuit


Back view


Slouchy sweatpants


My plain sweatsuit has now been transformed into a cute drawstring crop top and trendy slouchy sweatpants with an elastic waistband. Let me know what you think of this cute set!

Suggested materials:

  • Sweatsuit
  • Ruler
  • Fabric chalk
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2 comments
  • Tina
    Tina
    on Mar 21, 2021

    Thank u for easy to understand instructions and the video as well im only 5ft 2 and most jogger pants are way too long on me just cutting them and hemming didnt seem right somehow but the elastic idea is looking forward to altering all my long jogger pants

  • Audrey
    Audrey
    7 days ago

    Yes, I want to give it a shot!

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