2017 is already turning out to be the year of travel for me… which is giving me some serious DIY inspiration for you! This DIY was inspired the fact that I have about 8 hoodies, all of them plain and boring. Whilst freezing my a** off in Boston earlier this month, I realised that I have a bunch of hoodies/sweaters but they pretty much all look the same. I’ve seen a few DIYable styles to there and wanted to try them out for myself. No point in buying another sweater when I can just DIY what I already have right? So, with that in mind I braved the cold and popped over to Michaels in Cambridge, MA (Home to Harvard University) to see what I could do whilst I was there. I managed to get half the supplies before Storm Niko arrived and we were pretty much stuck in the hotel. So what was going to be the second instalment of my craftaway series is now just a normal DIY. As soon as I got home I got cracking with this project.. Really like how this one turned out. Introducing, the DIY Lace-up Hoodie.
This DIY will work for the colder months as well as the transitional months as you control the placement of eyelets. You can also layer this over other clothes. It’s a pretty easy project and no sewing involved. So let’s get cracking!
Sweater/Hoodie (mine is from here)
Ribbon, string or shoelace (about 5 m)
Pen (for marking hole placement)
Lay your hoodie out on a flat surface making sure the arms are flat. Starting from the neckline, cut down the middle fold of the sleeve (inc. shoulder seam) all the way to the edge of the wrist cuff. Do this for both arms.
Cut a 1 inch slit on each side of the cut end so that you can fold a 1 inch hem to the inside. Repeat other side
Using your hemming tape, fuse the hem to the inside of the sleeves. Do this by sandwiching the hemming tape between the two pieces of fabric and ironing together on a medium heat. This should give a good foundation for the eyelets.
Time to mark the placement of the eyelets! Start at the shoulder and make sure the markings are within the double layer of fabric. Start 1 inch from the front side going down the arm in 2 inch intervals. I ended up marking 12 points.
Then mark 1 inch away from the edge to get the placement of the eyelets. Repeat for each side of each arm.
Use a pin to push through each point to the back layer so that you can mirror the front markings. Do this for both arms. You should end up with symmetrical marking on both sides of both arms.
Cut a small hole at each marker point to prepare for the eyelets. You can also use the punch for this step.
Attach your eyelets to each marker point making sure the centre of the hole is where the markings were. To do this make a small hole and push the top part of the eyelet through, so that the front part is on the right side of sleeve. Place the front part on the block so that the wrong side is facing up. Sandwich the fabric by placing the washer over the top. Then place the anvil over that and hammer it shut. Repeat for all eyelets. (see video for more visuals)
Cut a length of ribbon three times the length of your arm. This should accommodate any pattern you might want to thread. Cut two of this measurement, one for each arm.
Thread your ribbon through your eyelets! Get creative and wear them anyway you want!!
Here’s how I wore mine.
All done! How easy was that? I decided to throw in some extra details and make it a cropped hoodie by chopping off the bottom of the hoodie. But this step is entirely optional.
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