This post shares how to give a boring, generic sweatshirt a total lift with personality!
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Sweatshirts are expensive
Sweatshirts can get crazy expensive today! Some are worth the cost BUT so many of them are just ordinary, boring and generic making the excessive cost sickening. That said, they’re totally awesome too!
So here’s the question: How can a cheap old sweatshirt transformed to something that is fun to wear?
Answer, in multiple parts: (1) Cricut; (2) EasyPress; and (3) Serger.
Hey, if this gets too much for you OR you don’t have the equipment needed, just let us know. We can help infuse a sweatshirt with your super unique personality!
The following project is a great behind the scenes look at one example of our custom designs from start to finish. Even if you’re not intending to refashion your own sweatshirt, go ahead and take a look to see what goes into it!
This project does take a bit of technical skill but nothing crazy! YOU really can refashion your own sweatshirt if you follow these steps. First, you’ll need a bit of larger equipment. They’re admittedly an investment BUT sooo, sooo worth it!
- Cricut Maker
- Cricut Easy Press
- Brother 1034DX Serger
- Wool Pressing Mat
- Light box
- Fiskars Circle Fabric Cutter
- Using Cricut Design Space or another design software (we use Adobe Illustrator), create a graphic that you like and represents your personality. Not sure what to say? Check out Pinterest! In order to use Cricut Maker from a graphics program, you need to outline all your text, create compound shapes of the text, and then save your file as an svg. It will then be ready to import into your Cricut Design Space project!
- Using everyday heat transfer vinyl (aka, iron on) in a color of your choice (or multiple colors), create your graphic using Cricut Maker. It's super important to remember to MIRROR your image!!
- Once your cuts are made on the Cricut Maker, use the weeding tool to remove all of the negative HTV material. IF weeding gets tough to see, put it on a lightpad. This is what it looks like when the weeding is complete. Don't have a light pad? You can hold it up to a window too!
- Next it's time to set up the Cricut Easy Press and Pressing mat. Look up the proper settings for the materials you've chosen and set accordingly.
- Follow the Easy Press instructions to adhere your graphic! That means you first press the garment for 5 seconds and then place your graphic with plastic side up. You then hold in place the Easy Press until for the appropriate time. Once finished, flip the sweatshirt over and press on the back for an additional 15 seconds. Then remove the plastic protective sheet from your graphic. You may have added a back graphic too but that's totally optional.
- Now it's time to add your own style. In this case, we cut off the waist band. Using the serger, a rolled hem is added. Here's a close up!
- Since this is intended to be more of a warm weather sweatshirt for over bathing suits and sports bras, we decided to scoop the neck. Lining that up can be tricky unless you use a template. Note: if you don't want it scooped on the back then put a self-healing cutting mat inside the shirt when you cut the scoop.
- You can finish the neckline however it fits your style. Another rolled hem will work or simply leave the raw edge. In this project, we added the waistband back onto the neck with pins. Then using the serger, it was attached with a 3-string overlock stitch. Here's a close-up of the finished neck.
- That's it for this project! It was a great shirt to wear while visiting Chicago on a beautiful day. The weather couldn't have been better for this project debut! Be sure to wait at least 24 hours to wash your fancy, pansy new sweatshirt. Turn it inside out when washing. Enjoy!!