Transform an Old Sweater Into a Hanging Crop Top and Shorts
Oversized sweaters are so comfortable! I doubled that comfort by upcycling an old sweater into a super-cute hanging crop top and shorts set. I am absolutely obsessed with this transformation! If you want to learn how to refashion your sweater into an awesome top and shorts duo, this tutorial is definitely for you! Follow my easy, step-by-step guide and learn all the ins and outs for creating this cozy two-piece. I am so in love with my new hanging crop top and shorts! This is one upcycle you definitely won’t regret!
Tools and materials:
- Sewing machine
To get started on this gorgeous set, I tried on my oversized sweater and pinned where my crop top would end.
I then cut a straight line across my marked point.
To get the fabric that I needed to make my new cute shorts, I removed the bottom piece of the sweater.
To create the perfect pieces for my new shorts, I used an old pair as a pattern. I folded my fabric over and traced a back piece.
I also made sure to trace a front piece using the same pair of shorts. I then cut out my two pieces and cut them at the fold as well so that I was left with four pieces. I was so ready to get started on these super-cute shorts.
Once I had my 4 pieces cut and ready, I laid them all down and put the top pieces over the bottom pieces. I pinned the side edges of the pieces and sewed them together.
Then I moved on to pin the inside of the shorts. I worked my way up pinning the back and front. I then hopped on over to my sewing machine and sewed the front and back seams where I had pinned.
Next, I had to perfectly align the crotch pieces and sew them in place. I couldn’t believe how quickly these shorts were coming together!
In this next step, I used the bottom of the sweater to create a waistband for my new shorts. I first measured and cut the waistband to size.
I then pinned the waistband, right sides together, to the top of the shorts and sewed all the way around leaving a small gap for the elastic.
In this next step, I fed an elastic through the waistband, using a safety clip. Once the elastic was all the way through, I sewed the two ends together and sewed closed the gap I had left earlier.
To give these shorts the perfect finish, I folded the bottoms to create an outward-facing hem. I couldn’t wait to try them on!
This shorts and crop top set is everything! Where would you wear this amazing look? Let me know in the comments below!
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- Sewing machine
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