How to Make Your Own Hoodie

Hey Guys,
For anyone interested in DIY fashion, we have a great new project to sink your sewing needles into. Although it may be the middle of summer, hoodies are always in style and this is the perfect way to make your own! We at Threadbanger are always looking for new DIY fashion ideas so be sure to send in your projects! And don't forget to subscribe to our podcast on iTunes!

Here's what you'll need:

1. A T-shirt
2. Some Newspaper (for cutting patterns)
3. Fabric (for the hood and the pockets)
4. A zipper
5. A sewing machine

...that's it!

First, cut two (front and back) T-shirt pattern pieces out of two sheets of paper.
The neckline on the front should be a little lower than the back. 

How to Make Your Own Hoodie


For the hood pattern piece, you want to trace the neck with the two shirt pattern pieces and draw a notch in the middle.  Outline the rest of the hood with a simple hood shape for the back of your head.  



Pockets are pretty much the same thing, basically a square with a half circle cut out.


Now, take the T-shirt and cut it in half along the side.


Next, you lay the back pattern piece over the logo, pin it on, and cut out the pattern. Just like tracing. Do the same for the front pattern piece. 


For the front pattern piece, cut down the middle of the T-shirt for the zipper.



For the hood and the pockets, you will need some extra fabric. But the process is the same. Pin them down and cut them out...and make sure to double your fabric. 


With everything cut out, its time to start sewing! For sewing the hood together, you only need to sew around the curved part of the hood. Make sure when sewing the pockets that you leave room for your hands!


After the pockets are sewn on, the side seams are next, this connects the front and back of the shirt. Then, sew the straight seams at the top for the shoulders. 


Sewing the hood onto the rest of the shirt can be a little tough while connecting to the neckline. Make sure to pin it enough.


Now all you have to do is sew on the zipper, fold up the hem, and you have great little homemade hoodie!

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M.casper on Dec 21, 2014:

been looking for this, thanks a bunch!

margit on Mar 23, 2012:

you helped me a lot with this tutorial! ^^
it made my day! 

Bjorkfansoph on Jul 23, 2007:

Awesome!!  I just discovered this book called "Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt" and they didn't have your jacket in it, so thanks for the additional jacket style.  Great job.  http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&EAN=9780761137856&itm=1

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