Introduction: How to Make Your Own Hoodie

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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!

Step 1: Cutting Out Your Patterns (Front and Back of T-shirt)

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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.

Step 2: Cutting Out Your Patterns (Hood)

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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.

Step 3: Cutting Out Your Patterns (Pockets)

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

Step 4: Cutting Out Your T-Shirt

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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.

Step 5: Don't Forget the Zipper

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

Step 6: Cutting Out Your Hood and Pockets

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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.

Step 7: Start Sewing!

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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!

Step 8: Sewing the Back to the Front

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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.

Step 9: Sewing the Hood to the Rest of the Shirt

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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.

Step 10: Zipper and Hem and You're Done!

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


ScorpiusBlue (author)2015-02-07

what's the notch on the hoodie pattern for?

whitedrago134 (author)2012-02-18

i have tht shirt i now wut im doing!!!!!!!!

I~taken (author)2012-01-30

If your struggling with the first can be really hard to free hand if your not used to it...get a shirt that you like the way it fits and turn it inside out, trace the seams front and back. Or if you don't mind loosing the shirt cut off the seams, just make sure you add a quarter inch all around when cutting out the new hoodie for the seams so it still fits right.
This link is a tutorial on how to make your own pattern from old cloths, it is for kids clothes but it works for adult cloths as well.

hippie_mama (author)2008-06-04

You lost me on step 1; i think i need another Instructable for that? :P

I~taken (author)hippie_mama2012-01-30

Get a t-shirt or other knit shirt that you like turn inside out, and trace around the seams. front then back as both are different.
Another way to do it is a pull on hoodie, just cut out a hoodie from knit fabric or a different t shirt and add it to the collar, out side or inside doesn't matter, depends on how you want it to look, no need to cut up the t shirt. Or as I believe another poster mentioned remove the collar from a polo and add a hoodie in its place.

lizbeth333 (author)2008-08-25

can you make one with long sleeves? and can you hand sew it, or is it better to use a machine?

I~taken (author)lizbeth3332012-01-30

Yes you can make it with long can either get a long t that fits you cut up the front and cut off the collar, add the hood and zipper...done.
Or you can turn a long sleeve shirt that fits wrong side out and trace the sleeve, add to the body of the shirt after sewing the shoulders together but before sewing the sides, when they are added sew up the sides and sleeve in one long stretch.

and yes you can hand sew but it takes a lot longer, if you machine sew it best to use a zig-zag stitch if you don't have a surger.

andrew.mac (author)2007-08-03

can you make one with long sleeves

newb (author)andrew.mac2010-11-20

No, the extra fabric could, possible, tear a hole in the space time continuum and end all life as we know it.

Hellchild (author)newb2010-11-24


newb (author)Hellchild2010-11-24

if all life ends on this planet.....i aint sharing my pizza with you in heaven

Hellchild (author)newb2010-11-24

what about your popcorn?

newb (author)Hellchild2010-11-25

since its thanksgiving sure you can have some of my popcorn

Hellchild (author)newb2010-11-28


stncilr (author)andrew.mac2009-01-28

nope... its impossible.... (wtf?)

LargePaperCup (author)stncilr2009-07-20

lol XD

david_tenor (author)2009-08-08

okay, some people in my band are wanting to get hoodies made that look similar to our band uniforms. The right arm and upper torso are black, and the right arm and lower right torso are white. is there a website or other place where i can get a hoodie like this made?

Dante-sama (author)david_tenor2009-11-01

"The right arm and upper torso are black, and the right arm and lower right torso are white,"
Question 1: How can the right arm be black and white at the same time?
Question 2: What about the lower left torso?

unmdec (author)Dante-sama2010-07-09

LOL! yea...i think he just got done with some addys n coke....dont mind him. if he OD's his band will become famous! XD

chilly9781 (author)2009-01-09

Nice. If you wanted a legit summer hoodie, a t-shoodie if you will, I'd suggest sewing a strangly patterned fabric onto a crazy t-shirt as a pocket and hoodie. Imma try it with a nice thin polo so I can not overheat with the hood on. Ha! Kudos.

MattWasser (author)2008-07-30

thats 15 more than i got, lol. Need to make one

thinker (author)2008-04-10

to go be like,
totally punk =p
i got a hoody that the arms where too short on and one of my old school blazers, took off the breast-pocket with the school emblem on it...and am now currently attaching the hood to the back of it, the seams are all under the collar at the back.
so i can bodge up my sowing loads and it matters little...
also it means that when i put up the hood, the lapels all stick up...which i think is a funky touch =p
im thinking of adding a new breast pocket to it, with maybe a band patch sown onto/into it.
should look cool when im done i reckon =]
thanks for showing me it IS possible to do this sort of thing =p
i was about to give up halfway >.<


Cool. Seems not very hard, and I have lots of extra fabric, plus I love hoodies, my hood would be bigger though. Oh and, The Misfits are awesome.

Kaitlinthegreat (author)2007-12-02


abbabibble2 (author)2007-07-20

Yeah! MISFITS! (the OLD ones. The new ones kind of suck.) i should go and do that to one of my shirts but i like my band shirts too much.

Ward_Nox (author)abbabibble22007-09-08

thrift stores/goodwill you can sometimes get lucky

rotflxcore (author)Ward_Nox2007-11-17

goodwill is rad.


firetrucks (author)2007-10-28

great tutorial! i'll be definitely using it on some of my old shirts I rarely wear. What about making a reversible one with a zipper that has the pull on each side? we can has efficient punk rock fashion. hmm, maybe an extra layer of something warm in between. you got my brainjuices flowing :) thanks for sharing!

Aestheticxtattoos (author)2007-07-19


You should check out this site.

You can purchase a FULLY customized hoodie to your taste.
everything from adding hand warmers to airbrush work.

Check them out!
tell them Juanito sent you.

ooo! handwarmers!

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