March 10, 2011

T-Shirt to Zipped Pullover

Okay, today I'm going to finish up the post from Tuesday and show you how to made the pullover.  It was a bit easier than the jacket, so if the jacket seems a bit intimidating then this one would be a good one for you to try first.

Alright, let's hit it.  I used an old t-shirt, another exposed zipper, and some scraps.  I cut the ribbing off a really old sweatshirt so I didn't have to buy any. 

You'll add the ribbing to the bottom of the shirt and the sleeves just as I did with the jacket.  Cut out the collar and add it at the neckline as well.  Once again, you want to make it a bit smaller than the circle that's cut out for the head so that it will hug the neck.  (It doesn't look smaller in the picture, but the hole is a lot longer because of the way it scoops.)

You'll sew on the neckline and then the zipper.  This zipper is even easier because it doesn't have to be an exact length like the jacket did.  Sew on the zipper the same way I explained with the jacket, using four lines.  Open it, cut the fabric down the middle and trim it back so it doesn't get stuck in the zipper.

Next you'll cut two pieces for the pocket.  To get the right shape you can cut a rectangle and then use a CD or something round to cut out the top corners.

Sew the pieces together, leaving an opening to invert it.  Trim your corners.  Invert and press.

It can be hard to find cute knits.  When I don't have any I just use fabric paint and stamps on my fabric, just like I did with the Upcycled Tee Dress.  I use a paint brush to dab the paint evenly onto my foam stamp.  (This stamp was in a pack of 6 from Hobby Lobby and I think it was $1-2 for the pack.)  Each time I stamped it I repainted the stamp.  (You'll want to heat set the paint when it's completely dry.  You just iron over it for a few seconds.)

This is the paint I used.  I love any of the Tulip products.  They rock.

If you like pins, you can pin the pocket in place and sew it on.  (I rarely use pins because they drive me crazy.)  Before you sew it on you can sew the curved area that will remain open.  That way you'll see your stitches around the entire pocket when it's sewn on.

And you're done.  Wa-hoo!

I think mixing and matching the options could be fun.  I'd like to see one like the jacket, but with this pocket instead of the stripes.  If you make one, feel free to upload it to the flickr group or you can even e-mail it to me.  I love to see your work!

Thank you for stopping by!


  1. Your so creative and I love you have such great BOY ideas! thanks for sharing! xoxo

  2. How do you "heat set" the fabric? Do you iron the paint side or the underneath? Thanks!

  3. Ashley - With this paint you can actually iron right on it. However, if that makes you nervous just set a cloth over it and iron it. That'll do it.


  4. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I think I have all the things I need for this project. I love it when I don't have to buy anything. :)

  5. Wow, this is A.W.E.S.O.M.E! I can't wait to try it! Thank you for the cool tutorial!

    (ps, I totally spouted off about your photography skills on my blog this morning! thanks for the tutorials on photography, I can't wait to try it out more!)

  6. I love this idea, what a great way to keep a long sleeved shirt that has gotten a little too short in the arms or in length, which is what has happened to most of my sons shirts these days!

  7. I thought the pullover was really cute. Then I read that you made that printed fabric. Now I'm super impressed. Love, love, love it!

  8. Is there anything you're not good at?

    I find it totally amazing what you get up to - fantastic!

    I love reading your blog and am wondering where I go wrong as I don't seem to have enough hours in the day to do half the stuff I'd like to do.


  9. Amazing!! Your boys are ADORABLE models, too! I'm doing this on the weekend! Thanks for your incredible ideas!!

  10. How cute! I love your blog. :D It looks like you used a straight stitch on the pocket, but most sewing machines have a stretchy stitch to use with knits. It prevents the seams from tearing when the fabric is stretched. You probably know this but maybe some of the readers don't. ;)

  11. Just when I think your boy crafts just can't get any better, you come up with this! I love it! Keep the good ideas coming. I'm saving this idea for fall. We are already enjoying shorts and flip flop weather here in AZ. :)

  12. Again Cheri, thank you so much for sharing your creativity with the rest of us. I can't wait to try the paint/stamp idea! My daughter would love one of these, she has very edgy taste in fashion. :)

  13. OMG! I love love love that you stamped the bike print!! What a great way to find cute prints for boys. I can't wait to try this out!

  14. such a cute idea! But even cuter is that little man of yours....he is so freakin' adorable! If we lived in a society of arranged marriages, I'd totally suggest that we set up your son and my daughter...seriously adorable. =D

  15. Love love love love!!!

  16. Great idea - and your boys are so cute!
    Your little one remembers me my second girl ;D .

  17. I love it! I love the exposed zipper, the kangaroo pocket, the stamped fabric, everything!

    I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  18. Made one! I added a photo to your Flickr group and also blogged it here

  19. That is super cute! Love the pocket! Thanks so much for the how-to, I'll be linking.

  20. thanks. I was looking for something to make for my boys:) this is so cute.


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