Lace Up Sweatshirt DIY

Have you ever had a craft supply keep calling to you until you decided to give in? I kept passing these oversized gold eyelets at the craft store, and I finally decided it was time to take them home and put them to good use. I’ve been super into the lace-up trend lately, and so doing an oversized lace-up detail on a short sleeve sweatshirt seemed like the perfect thing to have around for those cool spring nights before the summer heat fully kicks in. It’s so easy to do I bet you’ll do this to more than one thing in your closet once you figure out how!Supplies:
-fabric scissors
extra-large eyelet kit
3/4″ wide shoelaces
marking pen for fabric
Fray Check
cutting mat, rotary cutter, and ruler (optional)
medium weight iron-on interfacing (optional)

First you’ll want to try on your sweatshirt and mark with a pin how far down you want your center cut to go. Since the bottom of the lace up can be totally closed up depending on how you tighten the strings, you can cut down a bit farther than you would if you were wearing an open v-neck type t-shirt. Use scissors or rotary cutter to cut a line straight down to your stopping point, and then widen your cut into a “V” by cutting off the same amount from each side of your straight cut. The wider you make your “V”, the more open the lace-up can look. So cut in small increments and keep trying it on if you aren’t sure how far you want to go. I cut about 1/2″ off each side on mine…

If you feel like your sweatshirt material is a bit thinner than you would like and might need some help holding up the large eyelets, you can cut two 2″ wide strips of fusible interfacing and iron them onto the back of where you’ll place your eyelets for some extra support.Once your V is cut, place your eyelets on either side of your opening to determine how many will fit comfortably without looking too crowded. Place the center of your eyelets about 1″ in from the cut middle seam.Use a fabric marking pen to trace the middle of each eyelet.Cut out the middle circles for your eyelets (a small pair of sewing scissors can be really handy for these types of cuts), and then seal your edges with some Fray Check. I only sealed the cut round edges with the Fray Check rather than the cut straight neck edge, but you can also seal the neck if you want to. Maybe test it on one of your cut scraps first though as the Fray Check can darken some colors of fabric where applied.Use a hammer and follow the instructions in the eyelet packet to insert each front and back piece through your holes, and hammer the pieces together (make sure your front eyelet piece is on the front side of your shirt). Lace up your eyelets with your shoelace, and you’re ready to wear your new creation out!  I love the oversized eyelets and lacing on this shirt, but you can totally do thinner lacing and smaller eyelets if that’s a look that you’d prefer for yours. I’ve also seen lace-up shirts with really wide openings that can also be worn almost off the shoulder (or just on one shoulder), and that can also look really pretty too. Since you’ll get two shoelaces in a pack, you can always connect two together if you need some extra long lacing. Like I said, once you see how easy this is to do, I have a feeling you’ll be doing it to more than one of your tops. So, happy lacing! xo. Laura

Credits//Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Laura Gummerman and Todd Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.
  • LOVE this idea! I’m going to give it a try. Wouldn’t also be darling in a sweatshirt dress design? Thanks for sharing the idea!

  • This is so incredibly creative! I don’t know if I can be this crafty, but I will definitely try my best. Hope you are having an amazing week!

    Much love,
    Ashley from Dear Ash

  • Such a cute sweatshirt at the end! All the work totally paid off <3

  • So cute! I doubt I could rock this, but everything looks great on you Laura!

  • Omg I love this! I love that it’s a sew project with NO SEWING required!!! (the sewing machine and I do not get along)

  • So fun! I love that the eyelets are oversized and this is a sweatshirt. Many of the lace-ups I see in store are romantic or sexy and this one is all about being casual and cool. It’s a great way to mix it up. 🙂

  • I’m in a never-ending search to make my comfy-home clothes look cute! Well, at least cute enough to be able to wear it to Trader Joes. This fits the bill! Won’t be surprised if I make one in every color..

    Juliette |

  • Such a quirky design – definitely one that stands out!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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