DIY Sweatshirt Refashion

DIY Sweatshirt refashion tutorial via


It’s so hard for me to find sweatshirts that fit exactly like I want them to……so I decided to make my own. I bought this oversized hooded sweatshirt in the men’s section at Marshall’s for $14.99 and remade it into a new fitted non-hooded sweatshirt. It was a super fast process so I’m on the lookout for more!

A bulky sweatshirt ready to upcycle via

First I took a hoodie that I love the fit of and laid it on top of the oversized sweatshirt:

Making a pattern from an old sweatshirt via

I marked one of the sides and cut it out:

DIY Sweatshirt refashion tutorial via

I folded that side over to the other side and marked it with my disappearing pen so that they would be identical:

DIY Hoodie refashion tutorial via


At the top I just left the zipper alone….cutting around it:

DIY sweatshirt zipper via


Next, I marked and cut out my first sleeve.  I cut it into a raglan shape (i.e. like a baseball shirt) instead of the sleeves starting at the edge of the shoulders:

How to sew raglan sleeves tutorial via

I used my first sleeve as a template for the second sleeve:

How to sew raglan sleeves tutorial via

I sewed the sleeves on first and then closed up the sleeves and the side seams:

Making a fitted sweatshirt from old sweatshirt via

To fix the zipper I used a seam ripper to remove the stitches all the way down to about 1″ below the neck:

Using the seam ripper on the zipper via

Then using scissors I cut the zipper so that it was only 1″ past the neck” (make sure your zipper pull is down so you don’t cut it off!)

How to sew the zipper tutorial via

I curved around the inside of the neck and stitched it into place”

How to alter or reattach with a zipper via


I used a knit picker (you can use a needle too) to thread all of the serger tails into the seams:

Using a knit picker or pull for seams via


You can use a regular sewing machine to stitch a straight stitch around the neck to keep it from stretching out and it’s done!

DIY Sweatshirt Makeover ideas via

A new sweatshirt!

DIY Sweatshirt Hoodie Makeover via


  1. says

    Super easy wha? Uhhh…no. But super cute yes yes! Can you please just pack that one up and send it to me? I love/need/want it.

  2. Julie says

    Awesome! I’ve been thinking about trying something like this for a few weeks. I got a hoodie on vacation and the bottom fits great the top is just too bluky and the arms are gigantic. It drives me crazy everytime I wear it, so gonna have to try this! Thanks.

  3. says

    Great idea and easy to follow instructions! I have several in the closet that need this treatment right now. At 5’9″ when I get the sleeves long enough hoodies are way too wide and then I rarely wear them.
    I’m not a fan of raglan sleeves, so I probably won’t do that, which might make it easier for me to keep the hood. I’ll take pictures and if it goes well I’ll post it on my blog and link back to you. Fingers crossed!