Friday, November 14, 2014

How to add style to your boring plain sweatshirt

Do you agree that we all have a plain sweatshirt that seems boring but you can just stop wearing it as it is  of great fabric quality and saves you from cold weather.Well, I do have one like that.I got it as a birthday present and it never fails to keep me warm but it looked kind of boring as it was just plain. You know that I am not that plain kind of person. So, to bring in some style I added some patches .Let see how to do it so that you can turn yours also from meh :( to wow :) sweatshirt.

Materials Required :
A plain sweatshirt
A contrasting fabric with pattern of your choice
Fabric glue

In this tutorial , we are going to add a patch of fabric to the pocket and the elbow of two hands.You can however get more creative and add patches as you wish to enhance it.

Step 1: Lay the printed fabric on the top of the sweatshirt pocket. Trace along the pocket outer edge leaving 1/2 inch to fold.Cut the piece.

Step 2: Fold 1/2 inch inside and apply glue to adhere. First complete the bottom and sides. Then do  the openings of the pocket by folding the fabric inside the opening for clean finish and then the top portion of the pocket.

Step 3: Now to the elbow patches. Use whatever shape you desire.It need not be a oval patch as you normally see everywhere. I made a butterfly shape template with paper and traced it on to the fabric to do a butterfly elbow patch. To do this, wear the sweatshirt and mark the areas of where the patch has to go with a masking tape or marker or whatever you get in hand at that moment ;). Now draw the shape you wish on to the fabric and cut. Apply glue to the outer edges of the shape and apply it on to the area you marked.Tada! You are now done !! You can now rock the road with this new look!

Alternatives : Instead of fabric glue you can also use heat and bond sheets or just a simple running stitch with a needle and thread will also work.
You can also add patches to the shoulder area if you feel the top of the shirt needs some style.

 I used Aleene's Fabric Fusion glue for this project  but I did not wash the shirt yet to tell you whether the glue works after wash.But it adheres well and does not leave glue stain.(Happy about that part :) ).Update: The glue did not withstand even a single wash. So I would not recommend using Aleene's Fabric Fusion glue.
I am testing it for the first time so I would recommend Aleene's Ok to wash it fabric glue as I have used it for many projects like  DIY travel kitDIY hershey's pillow, etc.

Hope you like this idea. Feel free to share your comments below. As always I will be the happiest person to hear from you. If you have any doubts ,feel free to mail me at or ask in the comments below.


  1. Great idea. I could totally see moms doing this with their kids' clothes. It would be a really cute way to cover a hole or stain, too.

  2. What a fun idea. This would make a great teen project. :)

    Life With Lorelai

  3. So cute, as usual!!! Great customization - I'll bet you could actually do that to multiple types of clothing!

    1. Thanks for linking up at the #homematters linky party! We hope to see you again this coming Friday!

  4. What a cute idea. Thanks for sharing at TheWeekendSocial. Please come back again Thursday 9:00 PM EST.

  5. I like the idea! The butterflies are so sweet!!

  6. Nice!! You did it so well.
    Great to have you partying with us at Wake Up Wednesdays.


  7. So cute! Pinned and tweeted. Lou Lou Girls

  8. This is so cute! I've added my post on yoga as it's an ongoing life project, why not?! Thanks for linking to my All About You linkup x

  9. Very cute! I love the butterflies on the elbows :) Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

  10. so great! I love how easy that is and how it turned out! you have been featured this weekend. Come check it out!

  11. Hello gorgeous! Love it! Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see on Monday at 7 pm. We love to party with you! Happy Sunday~Lou Lou Girls

  12. That is adorable!! You always see the boring plain ones on sale at the store, and I always pass them up. Now I can make them into something special for a great deal!! Thanks!! #HomeMattersParty

  13. What a great idea! #HomeMattersParty

  14. what a coool idea!! I cant sew to save my life.. but this looks like such a fun idea. happy to be hosting with you at #HomeMattersParty

  15. The arm patches are adorable! #HomeMattersParty

  16. What a fun and easy transformation. Love this idea. #HomeMattersParty