DIY Color Block Crop Top Sweatshirt & Sweatpants (Beginners Sewing)

DIY Color Block Crop Top Sweatshirt & Sweatpants (Beginners Sewing)

You just can't beat a comfortable pair of sweats, and this project is the perfect combination of cute and comfortable. Here's how to turn basic sweatshirts and sweatpants into a dynamic color block crop top and pants set with some simple sewing! Plus, you can actually get two outfits out of this.


What you'll need:

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Step 1: Cut Sweatpants

Place the pairs of sweatpants on top of one another, making sure everything is lined up neatly. Then fold them in half vertically, trace the angled line and cut along the line through all layers (make sure your scissors are sharp!).

Step 2: Pin the Pieces

Flip everything inside out and assemble the colors the way you like. Then pin along the cut edges of the top layers, making sure not to pin the bottom layers (so you don't accidentally sew the pant legs shut).

Flip the pants over and pin the other side.

Step 3: Sew Pants Pieces

Sew along the pinned edges, removing the pins as you go. Again, make sure the layers aren't stuck together so you don't sew the pant legs shut!

Step 4: Cut Sleeves

Now that the pants are done, complete the same process with the sweatshirt. Layer the sweatshirts on top of each other and fold in half vertically. Then trace the angled line and cut along the line through all sleeve layers.

Step 5: Crop Bottom

Unfold everything and trace the line at the bottom of the sweatshirt where you'd like to cut to create the crop top. Then cut along the line. You can also just leave it full length, if you'd like.

Step 6: Pin Sleeves & Bottom

Flip everything inside out and carefully pin the sleeves together along the cut edges. Then fold the bottom edge over about an inch and pin it in place. This will be the casing for the elastic cord to cinch the waist.

Step 7: Sew Sleeves & Bottom

Sew along the pinned edges and the cropped bottom.

Step 8: Add Elastic Cord

Once everything is sewn, cut a very small hole at the bottom on the top layer. Attach a safety pin to the end of a piece of elastic cord (measured to fit around your waist). Then slip the safety pin through the hole and work it all the way around to the other side.

Step 9: Add Fastener Button

Keep the elastic in place by attaching the elastic fastener button and securing it with a knot.

All done!

That's everything! With a little cutting and mixing, you now have a stylish color block sweatshirt and sweatpants set. :)





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  • Annick Annick on Oct 08, 2021

    Loved you idea!

    • Sandra Sandra on Oct 10, 2021

      I had the same thought. Make one set with the opposite bottom attached and complete the other top as a crop and wear a tank underneath.

  • Sandra Sandra on Oct 10, 2021

    Great idea to upstyle basic sweats 👏🏽. Think I have a couple sets of sweats perfect for this. Thanks for the idea.