I sat down the other day and wrote out everything the kids need for upcoming Fall and Winter. Plus some things I want to make for myself. There isn’t a lot, but with three kids there is no way I’m going to be able to make it all. Some things I can’t make (a waterproof snow coat), and some things (like a good pair of jeans for a 5 year old) I wouldn’t want to make unless I didn’t have a to-do list. So I’m going to slowly chisel away at the list by making the things I want to make, and then just buy the things that I can’t or won’t make. Then I’m a happy mom and my kids are clothed. Win win.

Sewing for the Boy: How to Upcycle a Sweatshirt

One of the items on the list was a sweatshirt for Henry. He’s way into wearing blue, and I had a navy blue sweatshirt I wasn’t using anymore. I didn’t make a tutorial, but here is a rundown of how I created this jacket. I cut the hood smaller, the sleeves smaller, and the front and back body smaller. I used his jacket from last year as a guide and just added a tiny bit of width and a lot of length. I reused the kangaroo pocket and just made it slightly smaller. I also unpicked the ribbing at the bottom and reused it for the band and the sleeve bands.
His light blue eyes kill me.

Sewing for the Boy: How to Upcycle a Sweatshirt

I spent more time sewing this jacket and topstitching the seams and finishing the edges because I wanted to make it look good. I feel like he’s reached the age where he cares more about what he wears, and I don’t want to give any reason for another child to tease him. He loves the half zipper and the “power” on his sleeve. I love that the fit is perfect. It’s too big but only slightly so it’ll last all winter and next spring. It’s big enough that he could wear a long sleeved shirt underneath and has enough length for growing room.

Sewing for the Boy: How to Upcycle a Sweatshirt

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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2 thoughts on “Sewing for the Boy: Upcycled Sweatshirt

  1. Super momma thinking about possible kids teasing him!
    It looks great!

    Posted on September 19, 2016 at 1:31 pm
  2. It looks awesome. And if any kids says anything about it being homemade, they deserve a punch in the nose! Well done.
    I have a list of things I would love to make…it is just finding time to get into my sewing room and do anything on that list! Here's to slowing done and sewing more. (Maybe just in my dreams. :))

    Posted on September 10, 2016 at 3:36 am