Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Sweatshirt Refashion

It's finally that time of year when people back home get to replace their coats and snow boots with sweatshirts and flip-flops (except, of course, for the days when we have random giant spring snowstorms).  It's also the time of year when I tend to pull out last year's spring wardrobe and feel a little bit uninspired by my old clothes.

So that's why I decided to do a sweatshirt redesign today that's super easy and effective.  All it took was a purple ribbon to breathe new life into an old staple.

To do this to your own sweatshirt, you'll need the following:
-  3 or 4 feet of satin ribbon
-  scissors
-  a safety pin
-  a lighter

Here I am, rocking my sweatshirt pre-ribbon...

I happen to love this sweatshirt because it's super cozy and because it was a Christmas present.  I also thought it would be the perfect canvas for this project because it's a solid color and, therefore, a blank canvas for the colorful ribbons.

That certainly doesn't mean you have to use a sweatshirt that's only one color for your version of this project, though.  The more creative you get with your color combos, the more fun you could have with this.

Here are the directions:

1.  Pull the old string out of your sweatshirt.

2.  Attach a safety pin to the end of the ribbon and insert it into the hole that you pulled the old string out of.

3.  Urge the safety pin to travel all the way through the edge of the hood until it reaches the hole on the other side.  The easiest way to do this is to scrunch up the edge of the hood (as shown above) then pinch the safety pin and un-scrunch the edge, thus moving the pin a couple of inches along the edge.  Repeat that process until it makes it all the way across the hood.

4.  Pull the ribbon out of the second hole.  You'll now officially have a ribbon where the original string used to be.

5.  Remove the safety pin from the ribbon and tie a knot where you would like each side of the ribbon to end.

6.  Cut off the excess ribbon.  Use a lighter to melt the edges of the ribbon that you just cut; it'll keep the ribbon from fraying.

Oh, and did I mention that this whole process takes less than 5 minutes and costs less than 5 dollars?  Seriously.  The only thing I had to purchase was my ribbon which cost $1 at the dollar store.  I already had the scissors and the safety pin and I borrowed the lighter from a friend. Pretty sweet, right?

Happy refashioning!


  1. I ♡ it, Laura! Not only would it look great with the solid color ribbon too, but I have some owl printed ribbon I splurged on(like $5/roll at JoAnn's) that would look pretty sweet too! Great idea!ツ

  2. Cool idea!

    Maybe you could simply pin the ribbon to the end of the old string. When you pull out the old string, the new ribbon would be threaded!


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