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Distress a Sweatshirt with a Zipper

It’s so easy to make a distressed sweatshirt! It is important to know that depending on the color of your original sweatshirt your ending color will vary every time. Each sweatshirt that you make will be unique and special. In this case, my grays turned pink and my blacks turned brown. Make sure the garment is made from cotton.

Supplies:

A cotton sweatshirt
Bleach
Thick rubber bands
A zipper

 

distressed sweatshirt

First, use a bleach bath to distress a sweatshirt

You’ll use a bleach bath to create the distressed look. In a beach friendly basin mix warm water and bleach (use 3/4 water to 1/4 bleach) but make sure the garment is submerged.

Get the perfect distressed look by scrunching the sweatshirt

To get the “look”, scrunch the sweatshirt in various areas and in no particular locations then bind the areas with a thick rubber band. You can twist it or tie it in knots or just gather It together, anything to make it bunched up.

Next use a bleach bath and soak the sweatshirt

Submerge the sweatshirt in the bleach bath and let it sit. The longer you let it sit the more color will fade. When you’ve achieved the color you like then remove the rubber bands and thoroughly rinse out. I recommend you wear gloves as the bleach is harsh on your hands.

Rinse the sweatshirt and let it hang dry

Let it hang dry. Rinse it again to make sure all the bleach is out. Dry again, add your zipper and you’re ready to wear!! Think of it as “wearable art!”

distressed sweatshirt

For the full “It’s Sew Easy” episode click here to see how I add zippers to this DIY distressed sweatshirt and other garments to update your wardrobe!

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