Friday, February 18, 2011

This just in: Boring hoodie transformed into cute makeup bag!

In spite of my compulsive Goodwill donations, I keep a box of old clothes to cut up for projects.  For some things, it's just wonderful to sew with fabric that is already perfectly broken in.  And sometimes an item is stained or un-donatable in some way, but a good source for scraps.

I loved this gray hoodie; I've probably had it for 10 years.  Haven't worn it in a long time, though; it just seems too short now.  (weight gain?  low rise jeans?  who knows.)  It needed a new life.

The beauty of refashioning zippered clothes is not having to sew in a zipper!  Wanna try it?  This is an easy project and won't take you long.

1.  With the zipper closed, cut the front out of the sweatshirt.  I only cut as far as the kangaroo pocket, but that's just me.  You can cut this to whatever size you like, as long as both sides are the same.  Using a pair of very small, sharp scissors, carefully cut between the teeth of the zipper.

2.  Use a safety pin at the bottom of the zipper to guard against accidentally opening it all the way.  You can hot glue the end of the zipper to make a new stop, or sew it shut.  I opted for glue.

3.  Cut two pieces of fusible fleece and two pieces of lining fabric the same size as your outer panels.  Fuse the fleece to the wrong sides of the outer panels.

4.  On your lining panel pieces, fold over the edge you will be attaching to the zipper and press.  I used a 3/8" seam allowance.

5.  Put the zipper foot on your machine.  Making sure your outer panels are out of the way, sew the folded edge of the lining panel to the underside of the zipper tape only.  Do this for both sides.

6.  Open the zipper 3/4 of the way (very important!)  With outer panels right sides together, sew around the edges.  Get as close as you can to the zipper without actually sewing over it.  Do the same with the lining panels, only use a 1/8" greater seam allowance, and leave several inches open on one side for turning. 

7.  Remove the safety pin.  Clip corners 45 degrees and trim seam allowances; turn right side out and press.  Stitch opening closed.

8.  Ta-da!  Your basic zip pouch.'s kinda boring.


9.  Aaahhh, that's better!  I added a fabric flower with button embellishment, and used a piece of the hoodie tie as a zipper pull.

 Now I can enjoy my comfy old hoodie in its new life as a makeup bag!

Materials list:
old zip hoodie
fusible fleece
cotton lining fabric
zipper foot
fabric scraps for flower
cording from hoodie tie
thread and stuff

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  1. ummm hello? this is amazing. brilliant. im going home to cut up all my zip up hoodies. right now. :) Have a great weekend!

  2. Very cute! i love that you repurposed a hoodie. So cool!!

  3. i love that you made this with an old hoodie! i love upcycling. :) great job!

  4. this is so smart! i am really regretting the boxes i just dropped off at goodwill this morning!!

  5. What a great idea. I'm your newest follower from frugal Friday's link party. I'm throwing my very first link party tomorrow (Monday). I would love it if you stopped by an added your project.

  6. thanks, all, for the lovely comments! Jamie, I'm linking up to your blog now. Everybody, stop by Jamie's to say hi!

  7. That is adorable! Stopping by from the hop! Have a good day! I am following now, your blog is adorable!

  8. Thank you so much for joining the More The Merrier Monday Linky Party. Be sure to come back next week. I look forward to seeing more of your projects.

  9. Saw this on the shabby nest, it's wonderful!! What a great idea. I will have to get brave and try it..

  10. Hi! Thanks for hooking up to my Link Party last weekend! I have picked your projet to feature on This Weekends Party. :) Thanks for the inspiration. Click on the link below to check it out and get your featured button! Have a great day.
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  11. Love this up-cycling goodness! So cute.

  12. Ha! I have the same problem with lots of shirts and jackets. Great idea! Love it.


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