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Make a sweatshirt bag

This is an easy and inexpensive project to turn a favourite hoodie into a useful bag.


  • Old sweatshirt/hoodie
  • Thread to match
  • Sewing machine
  • Rotary cutter
  • Fabric scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pins


Unless otherwise stated the zigzag stitch is used throughout.

Place sweatshirt or hoodie on a flat surface and cut off both sleeves, hood and bottom cuff as close to seams as possible. Set aside. The width of the bag will vary depending on if there is a picture or logo that you want saved. Once the width has been determined, cut off side seams. There will now be two pieces of fabric. Place fabric right sides together. For each piece of material, working across the top, fold fabric 1/2 inch down and pin. Right side will be pinned facing up. Hem across each piece individually. Using a 1/2-inch seam allowance, pin the sides and bottom and sew. Turn bag right side out and set aside. Place sleeves on a flat surface. Cut off cuffs at the seam and set cuffs aside. Cut sleeves open lengthwise. Using rotary cutter, cut 12 strips — 1 inch wide by 12 inches long. Take the ends of two strips and overlap by 1/4 inch. Pin and sew ends together. Repeat for remaining strips. This will yield six 24-inch strips. Take three strips and sew the ends together. Braid the strands and sew closed at the end. Repeat for remaining strips. Sew ends of both 24-inch strips together. Take one end of the braid and pin 1 inch of it into the top inside corner of the bag. Repeat for the other side. Sew braid to the inside of the bag.


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