Cutting a sweatshirt is a fun way of recreating old or dull sweatshirts. Unleash the creativity in you, cut a sweatshirt into a crop top, slit neckline, cut cuff offs, off shoulder top, or whatever design you would like to achieve. There are simple, quick, and easy ways to instantly update your sweatshirt.
Any of these styles are perfect for your everyday style. Creating something from your old sweatshirts will not only save you money but the time to go out and scout for new outfits.
Repurpose sweatshirts can be paired with almost anything; from shorts, pants, or skirts. With no sewing required and in just a few minutes, you can make your old sweatshirt interesting again.
How to cut a sweatshirt as a crop top
- Select the sweatshirt that needs a new look. Lay it on a flat and hard surface like a table, floor, or anything strudy enough. Make sure the place is clean and avoid cutting your shirt on any soft surface or you will end up cutting through the surface material as well. Smooth out the sweatshirt with your hands to eliminate bumps and lumps.
- Then, get a ruler and fabric marker. Chalk will do in the absence of a fabric marker. Draw a line on the area where you want to cut. Or you can try the sweatshirt on and draw a mark on the exact part of the shirt you want to cut.
- Use a pair of fabric scissors to cut through the sweatshirt. But before cutting, make sure that the fabric is smooth. Start cutting along the line marks; slowly but surely to prevent jagged edges.
- That’s it. You now have a new crop top.
How to cut sweatshirt with lose neckline
- Lay the sweatshirt on a flat hard surface. Avoid soft surfaces like a bed or sofa. Make sure the place is clean so your sweatshirt won’t get dirty. Always smooth out the fabric with your hands to make sure there are no bumps or lumps.
- Cut a centimeter or half an inch slit on the center of the front neckline. Use a sharp fabric scissor to do this to prevent uneven edges. Remember not to cut more than 0.5 inch of slit not without trying the sweatshirt on.
- After cutting the slit, put the sweatshirt on. See if the fit of the neckline is enough for your liking. If you want a lower neckline, you can always cut a bigger slit. Remove the sweatshirt, lay it on the table again, and then cut down further following the first cut you made. To be on the safe side, always follow the 0.5 inch measurement to ensure you won’t end up cutting more than what you desire.
- To get that deconstructed look, you can pull the fabric apart downwards until the desired cut length is achieved. Do it slowly to prevent ripping a big slit on your sweatshirt.
- Simple and quick, your old sweatshirt has a new look.
How to cut sweatshirt off shoulder style
**Chalk works best for dark colored and thick fabrics while dressmaker’s pen is appropriate for sheer or light fabrics**
- Smooth the sweatshirt using your hands, but much better if you are to iron it to remove all the wrinkles. Doing so helps you make appropriate markings on the collar area.
- Make sure the sleeves and the seams along the collar are aligned. Use safety pins to secure the sleeves and seams.
- Then draw a line along the collar using chalk or a fabric marker. Fold the sweatshirt over halfway first, and then start your marking 2 inches outside the edge of the collar. End the line at the fold of the sweatshirt, an inch below the collar.
- Carefully cut through the fabric. Use the sharpest pair of scissors you have and cut one layer at a time.
- You can remove the chalk marks and put on your new off shoulder sweatshirt or you have the option to wash it first.
How to cut a sweatshirt with a new neckline
**You can do a U or V neckline**
- Place your old sweatshirt on a flat clean surface.
- Identify which spot you would like to start and end your V or U neckline.
- For a “V’ neckline, draw an upside down V from the neckline downwards using a dressmaker’s pen, chalk, or fabric marker. Or you can try on the sweatshirt first to determine how deep or shallow the “V” neckline would be.
- Cut straight following the lines using a fabric scissor. Repeat the process for the other side.
- For a scoop neck or U neckline, begin by drawing a U shape under the front neckline. The line should indicate the start and end points of the neckline. Then, cut through the fabric using a sharp fabric scissor.
- Another option is to fold the sweatshirt so the shoulder seams are aligned. You can use pins to keep the shoulder seams in place before cutting a “J” shape going through 2 layers of the fabric.
- Always use the sharpest scissor available and to do it gently to eliminate the possibility of creating uneven edges along the neckline.
Apart from cutting old sweatshirts to these designs and patterns, you also have the option to distress or fade its color. To fade a sweatshirt, you just need to do the following:
- Select bright colored sweatshirts that you like to tone down.
- Fill a medium size tub with water and add one cup of bleach per every gallon of water.
- Soak the sweatshirt in the tub of bleach and water. Stir every 5 minutes.
- Make sure every part is thoroughly submerged; leave it for about 30 minutes (or depending on how faded you want the sweatshirt to get).
- Rinse and wash separately.
Now start raiding your closet and pick up those sweatshirts that need a makeover.