Quick & Easy DIY Hoodie Makeover

Oct 27, 2014Dawn

When I became a stay at home mom two years ago, I had to decide what my new style would be. I was determined not to live in sweats, but I wasn’t going to dress in nice clothes all of the time either…with four kids age five and under, someone always has sticky hands or something that they are getting me dirty with :)

So I started to find a happy medium of casual wear…but just couldn’t seem to part with my collection of hoodies.

Many of them held good memories and of course the comfort is unparalleled. So…what to do with them???

I started thinking that there had to be a way to re-purpose them…

And it turns out that with just a couple of cuts and two seams you can show your school pride AND still have a waist :)

Proof that you can have school spirit AND a waistline! AWESOME idea for a DIY Hoodie Makeover


Quick & Easy DIY Hoodie Makeover

STEP 1: Mark the Waist

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First, put the sweatshirt on and mark where you would like the waistband to fall. We went with an empire waist height which seems to be the most flattering on all body types.


STEP 2: Make three Cuts

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Cut 1: First make the vertical cut from top to bottom that will create the front opening in the sweatshirt. I cut it free hand, but if you don’t trust yourself, you could always use a straight edge.

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Cut 2: Cut the waistband off of the bottom of the sweatshirt. When cutting, try and leave the original seam attached to the bottom of the sweatshirt, this way it doesn’t need to be hemmed at all.

Cut 3: Cut the waist line where you marked it in step one.


STEP 3: Sew the waistband/drawstring casing back on

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Beginning at the opening you cut in the front of the sweatshirt, use a zig zag stitch to attach the waist band first to the upper half of the sweatshirt and then a second zig zag seam to attach it to the bottom.


STEP 4: Finishing Touches

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Once you have the waistband sewed back on, zig zag stitch each side of the front opening to finish the edges. (Just don’t sew closed the openings for the drawstring!)

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Then remove the drawstring from the hood and thread it through the waistband casing, you’ll see that it creates a natural cavity for it!

As a final step, to make the sweatshirt a little more fitted, I also turned it inside out and took in the sleeves by about an inch.


DIY Hoodie Makeover: The Final Product!

AWESOME idea for a DIY Hoodie Makeover. Simple steps to makeover any hoodie sweatshirt!

So here it is…proof that you can have school spirit AND a waistline! Or, that you can still wear hoodies as a stay at home mom and not look frumpy :)

If you have any questions, please post below!



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Comments (11)

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  • Michelle L

    Oct 25, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Hi, Dawn! That is soooo cute, what a great technique! thanks for the fabulous tute!

  • veronicaholleyVeronica

    Aug 18, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    What an inspired idea! So glad I stumbled upon in on Pinterest. I’ve just completed this makeover with a sweatshirt that had a tight neck. I’ve also sewn two hooks and eyes on the waistband to keep it from sliding open. It looks superb!

    1. Dawn


      Aug 19, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      That sounds cool, I’d love to see it!

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  • Julie Kieras (@happystronghome)

    Nov 10, 2014 at 3:43 am

    I love this – but I’m a little confused on the waistband attachment – is it “open” on the inside a little bit? Do you have a picture of the inside. I really need to try this out! :) It looks so cute!

  • Diana Rambles

    Nov 7, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Congratulations! This post is featured over at Diana Rambles today and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest, Tweeted, and Recommended on G+. Please grab a featured button off my sidebar or via the link under the features. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

  • lizzy

    Nov 6, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Did you find that is was colder though with the split down the middle? Visiting from Thriving Thursdays and I’ve had a bit of a look around and I love this blog, the 5 minute resolutions, and the transitioning from co-sleeping to cot sleeping that I’ve been scared to try with our 1 year old.

  • Pinkoddy (@PinkOddy)

    Nov 3, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Oh how talented are you.

  • Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    Nov 3, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Love this! Empire cut complements any body shape too! Such a nice project =) #MagicMoments

  • sewsweetvintage

    Oct 31, 2014 at 4:51 am

    Dawn, you rocked this refashion!!! You look so pretty with the Fall pumpkins:) I <3 school spirit and a waistline!!!!!!! Pinned

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