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Upcycle an oversized hoodie with a cropped drawstring waist
Learn how to upcycle that oversized hoodie by adding a cute drawstring waist. Hoodies are definitely a staple in my closet, they're just so comfortable! But sometimes you just want the comfort of a hoodie without the bagginess. That's what inspired this DIY, where I show you how I transformed an oversized hoodie into a cropped sweater that cinches in at the waist.

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  • How to make a hoodie. Diy Cropped Hoodie With Drawstring Waist - Step 1
    Step 1

    The first step is to seam rip the top edge of the pocket off the front of the sweatshirt. Try to be really careful not to catch any of the sweater fabric while you seam rip or you might end up with small holes or pulls.

  • How to make a hoodie. Diy Cropped Hoodie With Drawstring Waist - Step 2
    Step 2

    Next, try the hoodie on and mark about 1 inch below the length you want it cropped to. Once you’ve marked where you crop your sweatshirt, lay the sweater flat, lining up the side seams and the front and back hem. Draw a straight line across the sweatshirt, going through your mark. Next, cut along the line, going through both layers of the sweatshirt, to remove the bottom of the hoodie.

  • How to make a hoodie. Diy Cropped Hoodie With Drawstring Waist - Step 3
    Step 3

    Now we’re going to insert our eyelets in the center front. First, measure across the front of the sweatshirt to find and mark the center front. Next, mark where you will insert the eyelets on either side of the center front marking. Make your marks about 1.25 inches above the hem.

  • How to make a hoodie. Diy Cropped Hoodie With Drawstring Waist - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now insert the eyelets into the two spots you marked. To insert an eyelet, you first need to make a very small hole in the center of one of the marks. Next, grab a front eyelet piece and insert it into the hole from the outside of the sweatshirt, stretching the fabric to fit the eyelet. Then put the back piece over the front piece on the inside of the sweater and hold it in place. Next, grab your eyelet pliers and place the eyelet between the pliers with the larger plastic side on the outside of the sweatshirt. Squeeze the pliers until you feel the eyelet snap into place.

  • How to make a hoodie. Diy Cropped Hoodie With Drawstring Waist - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now we need to make our drawstring tube. To do this, first fold up a 3/4 inch hem around the bottom of the sweater and pin in place.

  • How to make a hoodie. Diy Cropped Hoodie With Drawstring Waist - Step 6
    Step 6

    Next, use a double needle or a zigzag stitch to sew the hem in place, making sure you’re catching the hem inside the sweatshirt all the way around. Once it’s sewn, I would iron the hem for a nice professional looking finish, but this is optional.

  • How to make a hoodie. Diy Cropped Hoodie With Drawstring Waist - Step 7
    Step 7

    Our last step is to insert the drawstring! The drawstring pack I bought from Amazon came with a drawstring inserting tool. So I used it to insert the drawstring through one eyelet and out the other. And you're done!

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