I'm Trisha, 31 years old from Germany. I love to sew cute things with a punkrock attitude. Vegan. Feminist. Socially akward. I love my pet rats. Oh, and I am also a Zombie ... Guarr Argh Guh!
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How to: Bolero-fy an old hoodie

As promised, I have a new tutorial for you. I wasn’t too sure if I should post it after all but.. alas, I promised it to you :D Why? Do you know the situtaion when you just came up with something and are so happy and excited about it and than bam, someone else JUST posted the same thing? Haha, happened to me with this tutorial xD Life!Hard ;) Anyways, here is my version (let’s put it that way ;) )

How to turn an old and boring hoodie into some kind of bolero/shrug-thingy :D

You just need an old hoodie, scissors, a zipper, measuring tape and something to draw some marks on your fabric. And of course, a sewing machine (d’uh) ;)

Find out what length your bolero should have (try it on inside out and mark it with a pen or something. Keep in mind that we’ll add the cuff later on). Draw a straight line from one side to the other. Use your measuring tape to work  more precise. Cut the whole damn thing.

Now fold your remaining hoodie in half. Use the seams and where they connect to find the exact middle. Then cut the front open.

It should now look like this :)

Now cut off the cuff. We will need it later. We won’t need the middle part :)

Serge the sides using your fancy serger/overlock or the zigzag stitch of your sewing machine.

Now get your cuff, pin and sew it to the hem of your bolero. If the cuff is a little to short just strech it a bit, it should be elastic ;)

Like this :)

Now fold over the hem about 1 or 2 cm and pin and sew a zipper to it.

And that’s it! Your hoodie has a new fashionable purpose in life. YAY! (btw, awesome me broke the zipper -.-)

Oh, and wanna see what I did with the middle part of the hoodie?

I made two little balls of fur a new hammock :)

Hope you liked the return of DIY Friday? Did you miss it? Is there anything you’d like to see here? Were you glad that it was gone? Just tell me :)

Have a fantastic weekend!

Liebe Grüße, Trisha


Comment from TheraJoyce
Time September 11, 2010 at 2:56 am

I love this Trisha! It’s super cute! You should post this tutorial on Sliced + DIYced! :)

Comment from Sal
Time September 11, 2010 at 9:53 am

DIY Friday find ich gut, also weiter so! :)
Eine Frage habe ich zum Tutorial, vielleicht kannst du einem Rookie da helfen:
Ich habe zwar eine Nähmaschine und die kann auch einen Zickzackstich. Ich habe aber immer das Gefühl, das Ganze ribbelt wieder auf. Ich habe mit dem Zickzackstick meine Kanten “versäubern” wollen, als ich die Jeans umgenäht habe, aber es lösen sich diese kleinen Fäserchen. Reicht denn dieser schnöde Stick wirklich, um eine Kante ausreichend “abzusichern”?
Ich hoffe, ich drücke mich jetzt nicht so unklar aus. Definitiv sieht es bei mir nicht so schön aus wie auf deinem Foto. ;)

Comment from amy Bishop
Time September 11, 2010 at 2:15 pm

oh wow it looks great and how fab is that hammock, so cute :) x

Comment from Alexandra Mason
Time September 11, 2010 at 8:39 pm

It looks great! I love DIY friday xx

Comment from Dana
Time September 11, 2010 at 11:24 pm

YAY! :)

Comment from Kayla
Time September 12, 2010 at 3:19 am

I love the tutorial and I love DIY Friday!

Comment from kathleen
Time September 12, 2010 at 4:59 am

i always wondered how to make one of these! im super glad you postedd this!

Comment from Han
Time September 14, 2010 at 12:04 am

I just need to decided which hoodie to chop up lol.

Comment from Trisha
Time September 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm

@sal ich mach morgen mal ein DIY zum versäubern :) hatte ich eh schon lange mal vor.
@han yay, show me the outcome!
@kathleen you’re very welcome
@alex, amy,dana and kayla :) <3 thanks
@thera I will :)

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Comment from Lima
Time March 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Hi Trisha, thanks for sharing this tutorial!
I hope you don’t mind I linked it in a serie I just began on my blog: http://rock-n-roll-stops-the-traffic.blogspot.com/2012/03/diy-from-head-to-toe-1.html#more