Monday, April 1, 2013

UPDATE: APRIL FOOLS!!! How To Super-Shrink Clothing

THIS IS AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE.  I COULDN'T RESIST!  If you keep reading I'll tell you how I really 'shrunk' my sweatshirt.

I always hate it when I find a piece of clothing, put it on, and realize it no longer fits.  Now, instead of giving it to Goodwill, I can super-shrink it!

My old hoodie:
Mix this together:
2 Tb. Hand Sanitizer
1 Tb. Astringent
1 t. Hydrogen Peroxide
3 cups water

Mix it thoroughly in a bowl, so it will shrink evenly.  Then, poor the mixture over your garment and soak it completely.

Find a cord from an appliance that runs on AC, and that gets warm but not hot.  Wrap your wet garment up in saran wrap and coil it with the cord.  I used my vacuum cord.
(Do not actually try this.  It will not produce the desired results.)

(Do not actually try this.  It will not produce the desired results.)
Plug the device into the wall.  While it is on, it will make a magnetic field.  My husband is a physicist, he said something about the AC current and the magnetic field, I didn't get it.  The point is, it helps to shrink it.  Leave it there for 10 minutes, then remove from the plastic and the cord and place it in the wash.

Wash and dry it on the hottest setting.  After you put it in the dryer, the shrinking process will be complete.  If your garment is not small enough, you can do it again until it produces desired results.

So cute, right?  Now I just need to find a doll or small child in need of a tiny sweatshirt.  I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial.  Let me know if you give it a whirl!

Update: I 'shrunk' my sweatshirt by making it into an infant sized shirt.  I removed the zipper with a seam ripper and salvaged the ribbing and fabric.  I even used the edges of the pocket and just sized them down.  
It was not until after it was finished that my husband suggested I should turn it into an April Fool's Joke.  Good thing I had already taken a 'before' picture of my sweatshirt!  Someday soon, I will share with you the pattern I created and a tutorial on how I made this mini sweatshirt.

This is one of my favorite sweatshirts, and it had gotten too small for me, so I'm glad I could turn it into something useful. 


  1. April Fools Day aside, you might want to be careful about telling people to plug in a cord wrapped around a wet garment. If someone is crazy enough to do it, they could get electrocuted. Just saying.

  2. Hahaa--I was actually fooled. :) I was really impressed that the zipper shrung, too. I was about to pin this! Only when I noticed the pattern didn't shrink proportionally, did I realized it was April Fools. Love it!


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