Introduction: How to Make Your Own Hoodie
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
Step 1: Cutting Out Your Patterns (Front and Back of T-shirt)
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)
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)
Pockets are pretty much the same thing, basically a square with a half circle cut out.
Step 4: Cutting Out Your T-Shirt
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
For the front pattern piece, cut down the middle of the T-shirt for the zipper.
Step 6: Cutting Out Your Hood and Pockets
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!
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
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
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!
Now all you have to do is sew on the zipper, fold up the hem, and you have great little homemade hoodie!