DIY fashion: The jersey weave sweatshirt

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After having the inspiration for this project pinned on Pinterest for an eternity, I came across $3 sweatshirts at Walmart the other day and I felt like it was just meant to be. I resisted grabbing more than two (I am so bad when it comes to good deals) and when I brought them home, I gave them both a good wash and dry. The other sweatshirt, not pictured, is white and I already have something in mind for it.

I had some gray and yellow jersey fabric on hand already. The jersey fabric is great to use because it won’t fray on the edges. If you don’t want to make a trip to the fabric store, you can also cut up an old T-shirt and use it. (If you get stuck, along the way, look at the images in the slider above.)

I folded the fabric a few times and cut 4 - 2” wide strips. They were pretty long and I went back and forth about 3-4 times with each one.

On the sweatshirt, I cut off the collar and the cuffs and then I marked my first row of holes with a fabric marker (this washes out). When you’re ready to cut, make sure to cut tiny holes and keep them about a 1/2 inch apart. Next, just started weaving the fabric strips through the holes. When you come to the end of each row, remember to reverse the up and down weaving motion going the other way so that you’re alternating the gray from the sweater and your fabric.

As you can see on my shirt, I made a pattern on the front. As you work your way down your sweatshirt, just cut less holes or make your own pattern as you please. When you’re all done turn the sweatshirt inside out, tie all the loose ends together and weave them in.

You’re done!

Web columnist and local blogger Sophie Steele is a German native living in Washington County with her husband, son and two dogs. A Cal U. design graduate, her personal style blog, The Forge, is about great food, photography, fashion and Steele’s outlook on living an inspired and creative life. Follow The Forge on Facebook and on Twitter: @theforgestyle.

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