Undoubtedly, the comfort you get from a sweatshirt doesn’t compare to anything else in your wardrobe. However, just a plain sweatshirt can eventually start to look dull. Don’t fret, as there are many ways to customize any crewneck sweatshirt. In this article, we will take a closer look at some of the easiest and most unique ways you can customize that garment to give it your personal touch.
Draw On Your Artistic Talent
One of the easiest and fastest ways to customize the look of an otherwise plain sweatshirt is by adding some art. But we are saying something other than any art, although that would also work. So instead, grab some fabric paint or markers and start drawing. It’s always a good idea to sketch out your plans on paper to come up with a design you like but once you find the perfect piece, apply it to your sweatshirt.
Shrink An Oversized One To Fit Better
That giant sweatshirt you have been cuddling up in is perhaps too big these days. You can remedy this by shrinking it in the wash. A particularly great solution if the sweatshirt is one you still like because of the color and design but want to fit better. The bonus to shrinking an oversized sweatshirt is that it is like adding something new to your wardrobe.
Change The Color By Dying It
Nothing changes the look of a sweatshirt quite like changing the color. Of course, dying it will give it a completely new look, but it is essential to follow the instructions on the dye box very carefully. Once you soak the sweatshirt in the dye for 10 to 30 minutes, then wash it, you will end up with a sweatshirt that will give you different options when planning your daily wardrobe.
Add An Iron-On Patch
Graphics have come a long way thanks to computer technology. Because of this, you can add an exciting twist to your sweatshirt by customizing it with an iron-on patch. Craft stores, fabric stores, and select novelty stores will carry all kinds of iron-on patches covering the spectrum of sayings, photos, jokes, and so much more. They are easy to apply as all you need to do is appropriately position the sweatshirt on an ironing board, align the patch to where you want, place a thin towel over the area, and set the iron on the towel for 15 minutes.
Create Pockets Or Patches With Fabric Scraps
Cut a square from any fabric. Sew three sides to the sweatshirt leaving the top open to create a pocket. To add a patch to the elbow of a sweatshirt sleeve, sew all four sides. You can even add patches or pockets all over the sweatshirt to give it a funky new look.
Turn It Into A Jacket
A simple transformation. All you need to do is cut the sweatshirt down the middle of the front. Then, add buttons or a zipper so it can be closed when required. Suddenly you have a sweatshirt jacket, which could be one of those new trends you’ll find online at places like Bella + Canvas.
Make It Sparkle
Another quick and easy way to change the look of a sweatshirt is with gems and studs that sparkle. They are easy to apply as it takes just a loop of thread, similar to sewing on a button. There are so many gems and studs available at craft or fabric stores that you can make a completely new sweatshirt that displays your personality. Remember to use metal studs if you aim for a more rigorous look.
Get Rid Of The Collar/Sleeves
Nothing says you can’t just grab some scissors and chop off the sleeves or collar of the sweatshirt. But by doing this, you not only give it a whole new look, but you can turn that bulky sweatshirt into a loose-fitting pullover you can wear as a layer under more oversized clothes and still have a warm layer. Plus, on warmer days, a sleeveless sweatshirt looks cool.
Add Pins And Buttons
If showing off your style is what you are trying to do, then why not cover your sweatshirt with various pins and buttons? You can use buttons that make a statement, support causes or promote your favorite bands. Whatever direction you go, buttons and pins add some flare.
Give It Style With An Applique
You can give your favorite sweatshirt a complete facelift with just a few stitches. Either use a pre-made applique or create your own. There are so many different designs to use, too. Your only limit is your imagination.
Dress It Up With A Hem
Sometimes a sweatshirt needs to include something. For example, a hem or a fancy collar can give it that unique look that permits wearing it in various settings. Semi-formal to casual, by dressing up your sweatshirt, you can wear it when you dress up.
Create Your Own Design Online
Do you have an excellent idea for a sweatshirt but need assistance to customize one fully? You can visit many online sources that provide everything you need to create that unique look on a sweatshirt. You don’t even have to buy or download the software. In most cases, all you have to do is upload your sketches and tweak them online. It could not be any easier than that.
Every closet should contain at least one comfy sweatshirt. The problem is that the look gets a bit tired after a while. Fortunately, there are countless ways to transform the appearance of a plain sweatshirt into something fresh and new. The above ideas can inspire you to look outside the box for the perfect way to customize that sweatshirt you want to upcycle.