Now that we’re well into autumn, it’s time to start thinking about amping up your cool-weather outfits. This year, try transforming a plain jane sweatshirt into a one-of-kind patchwork piece. Made with plaid scraps and fabric glue, this project requires zero sewing skills. It’s the best project a beginner DIYer can ask for. Let’s get started!
- Plaid Flannel Scraps
- Fabric Scissors
- Washable Fabric Glue
If you don’t already have a plain sweatshirt that you’re willing to spice up, head to the thrift store for inexpensive options. While you’re at it, you can also pick up a few plaid flannel shirts. Additionally, most fabric stores sell plaid flannel fabric for relatively cheap.
1. Cut the plaid flannel into rectangles and squares varying in size and shape. Keep it random!
2. To really pump up that grunge look, pull the threads along the edge of each piece. This will make the edges fray.
3. Determine the placement of the plaid pieces. I focused on a bottom corner of the sweatshirt. Overlap the fabric and rearrange it until you like the way it looks. Don’t forget to save a piece or two for the sleeves, too.
4. Add fabric glue to the back of each piece, one by one. Take care to not overdo it; a little goes a long way.
5. Gently pat down the fabric and smooth out any wrinkles and air bubbles. Leave to dry overnight.
Once the glue has completely dried, your new sweatshirt is ready to roll. This is a great piece to layer over a tank top or t-shirt during chilly autumn mornings and nights.
Feel free to personalize this project to your heart’s desire. You can add more or less plaid scraps and even mix in other patterns. There’s really no wrong or right way to take this on!
Street Style Photos: Nick Wolf Photography
Kirsten is an author, crafty lady, nutritionist and women’s lifestyle writer Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at Studs-and-Pearls.com. In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion – you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon & select independent bookstores. She spends most of her time writing, crafting, traveling, and dreaming up new recipe ideas. Kirsten currently lives in New York.