No Sew Refashion Tutorial: Add a Lace-Up Tie to a V-Neck Sweater

I found an almost perfect v-neck sweater at the thrift store. I liked the color and fit, but I didn’t like the plunging neckline. To fill the void across the chest, I added a lace up tie. It only took me a few minutes to do with a grommet kit, and there was NO SEWING required.


In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to add a lace up tie to a v-neck sweater without any sewing. All you need is a grommet kit, a matching t-shirt to make the lace and 15 minutes.

Here’s an overview:

  • Step 1: Mark holes for grommets
  • Step 2: Apply grommets with a grommet kit
  • Step 3: Make lace with matching t-shirt
  • Step4: Lace the v-neck


Step 1: Mark holes for grommets

Mark the placement of your grommets. Cut a small hole at each mark.


Step 2: Apply grommets with a grommet kit

Apply the grommets. There are 2 parts to the grommet. One part has a longer shaft. Slip this through the hole from the front of the sweater. Place the other grommet with the shallower shaft over it from the back. Set it in place by pounding the grommet with a hammer and setting tool. Check out this grommet video from Make it Mine for a demonstration.


Step 3: Make lace with matching t-shirt

My husband kindly donated a t-shirt he didn’t need anymore. Cut a 1″ strip of fabric from the t-shirt and stretch it. It will curl into a nice lace.



Step 4: Lace the v-neck

Lace the v-neck like you would a sneaker. There’s a seam in the lace that I hid behind the grommet. Tie knots at the end of the lace.

I’ve seen lace-up sweaters like this floating around Pinterest and Instagram selling for over $50. This project only cost me a couple dollars for the grommet kit and the sweater. I’m thinking of doing a winter version of this with a chunky sweater, bigger grommets, and wider lace. How cute would that look with leggings and boots?

Did you enjoy this project? If so, please let me know in the comments below. I love hearing from you.


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