How to Sew a Hooded Scarf or Scoodie!

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Introduction: How to Sew a Hooded Scarf or Scoodie!

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Let it be known I have a small head. I envy people who can wear berets and crocheted hats. I need something to cover my small head during winter, and until now I've been wrapping wide scarves around it.

I recently saw hooded scarves popping up everywhere and I decided I needed one. I couldn't afford to spend large amounts of money, though, so I came up with this.

This hooded scarf should take you about an hour to make. It's super easy and I'm totally proud of it! :D

Step 1: What You'll Need:

  • 2 yards of flannel fabric - I chose a really obnoxiously cute pattern, I would recommend you do the same.
  • a yardstick or large measuring tool - quilters tools will come in really handy here!
  • scissors
  • water/air soluble pen for marking fabric
  • needle and thread or sewing machine
  • a hot iron
  • a hoodie for reference/pattern making

Step 2: How to Make the Pattern!

First, fold your fabric lengthwise in half, right sides together. Press it well on the highest setting (steaming would be good) so you get all the wrinkles out and develop a nice crisp line at the fold.

Take your favorite hoodie and turn it inside out and make the hood as flat as possible along the middle fold. Place the opening of the hood straight along the fold a couple of inches away from the edge.

You'll want to trace a half inch away from the hood all the way around it, until you hit shoulder area.

Now, you'll want to trace a couple inches down from the bottom hood seam, and begin taking your line horizontally back to the fold. Make sure to keep this straight!

Based on how thick you want the scarf to be, you'll draw the next vertical line. I drew my line eight inches away from the fold because I wanted a nice thick scarf. I made my scarf 36 inches long so that it had plenty of wrapping length. :D

The pictures explain this so much better.

Step 3: Cutting It Out!

First, cut out the pattern on the lines, making sure to keep both pieces of fabric together.

Then, open the fabric and lay it facing right side up. The middle fold we creased earlier will serve as your cutting line! Cut carefully down the middle. You now have two perfectly the same halves. :D

Step 4: Sew the Two Halves Together!

Place the two halves right sides together and pin around the edges.

Sew these two pieces together, keeping the edge of the fabric lined up with the right edge of the presser foot. Doing it this way will make sewing around the curves easier.

At this point you can also notch the seam allowances to keep the curve of the hood from bunching. :D

Step 5: Try It On!

Make any adjustments you need to. If it seems too long, trim the ends. If the hood feels too big, sew it again a little in from the original line. You can also change the thickness of the scarf if you don't like it.

I was pretty happy with mine at this point even though it looked goofy without any structure. :P

Step 6: Pressing and Hemming!

This is the longest part but it's over before you know it!

You'll want the scarf lying wrong side up, and you'll be folding all the edges over by a 1/2 inch and pressing them.

First of all, focus on the flat part at the bottom back. Cut a diagonal line in the corner no more than 3/4 inch in. This will help you press this part of it!

Then focus on the ends. Fold and press the sides first, and cut the very ends on a small diagonal. This will reduce the bulk in that area which will make sewing easier.

After the sides are folded and trimmed, fold up the bottoms.

When doing the front and lower back of the hood, make sure that the middle seam of the hood is pressed flat like the last picture!

Step 7: Sewing!

This is much quicker than the pressing part.

First off all, sew the very ends of the scarf. Make sure you're backstitching on both ends.

Then, with the wrong side facing up and the hood in your lap, start with the right side of the scarf and sew all the way around the outside, keeping the edge of the fabric to the edge of the presser foot, backstitching at both ends.

Now you'll do the inside. You'll grab the left side to do this. You'll need to to lift the presser foot and turn the fabric to properly sew the inside.

Do this by sewing down the the turn, and sewing until your needle is directly diagonal from both hems. Making sure the needle is in the fabric, raise the presser foot, and turn the fabric to the right. You'll then lower the presser foot, and keep sewing until you have to turn again. :D

Easy peasy!

Step 8: And You're Done!

Go brave the cold!

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    very nice, might have a go at this. Thanks.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have a severe sun allergy and I've just made a scoodie out of poly/cotton (old sheet, truth be told), lined with the same fabric and it works like a charm! It is SO much better than using a scarf under a hat.

    Absolutely brilliant! I've been looking for something I can use on the increasingly cooler early morning dog walks since my coat doesn't have a hood and the neck isn't very high. I look silly in hats so this is perfect, I'm going to check out my material stash this weekend and see what I can use - thanks!

    HI, I LIKE THE INSTRUCTIONS. THOUGH DOING IT THE WAY YOU DID, COMPARED TO OTHERS. I DID HAVE TO GO OVER IT A COUPLE OF TIMES TO GET IT...LOL BUT I GOT IT. I DO HAVE A SUGGESTION...IF YOU WANT TO SAVE ALOT OF TIME, WHICH IS WHAT I WILL DO...USE FLEECE, YOU CAN SAVE TIME ON PRESSING AND HEMMING THE SCARF SINCE FLEECE DOES NOT FRAY. TKS

    I have a condition (nerve damage) called Trigeminal Neuralgia Type 2, and wind is brutal on the nerves on the right side of my face. Been wearing hoodie scarves all winter. Been thinking about sewing a lighter weight one for the spring and cool summer evenings. Great instructable.

    Keep trying to attach a picture for you, but it won't post =(

    Made this with my girls in faux fur. Love this Instructable. Thanks.

    I do. I have to remember to close them a bit in photos or I look like a bush baby! :P

    I would take that big eye comment as a big compliment! Don't close them a bit! lol...too funny :) and I remember seeing this instructable AGES ago and LOVED it - printed it out and made it! So thank you!

    My son's turned out too cute! Fleece was easier so that I didn't have to finish all edges and I cut the ends into frays....too adorable thanks for posting pics really helpful!

    This is soooo Neat what a great idea...I got Dinosaur Train fleece to use to make one for my son but I am now thinking with how easy this will be to make one for my self! Thanks for the great post.....too cute!

    Any Ideas on what I would have to do to make a 3 panel hood instead of a two panel one? (So it won't get the "point" at the back on the peak of your head?) Making one of these for my girly for christmas, post pics when its done!

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    Whenever you get to the "pointy part" flip the hood inside out and mark the curve you want with a washable utensil and sew along the line you marked and cut away the excess fabric if you have your hood lined already get a seam cutter and open enough seams to invert the hood and do as above to both sides ^.~

    I've made these - but for the crummy cold of the Midwest where I live, I like to make two (in the same fabric, or contrasting fabric). Put them together, wrong sides together and sew around the edges. You'd now have an extra-warm, lined scoodie. If you want to make them *REALLY* warm, you can put batting in the hood part, between the outer hood and the lining and make it more of a winter hat w/scarf attached.

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    to do this style, did you do a french seam or serger for the raw edges??
    thanks!! i totally wanna make reversible one, but not sure how to finish it!!

    That's what my initial plan was, but I ran out of time. My original illustrations looked a lot like that, though. :D

    I love this- but, I think I will stick to a solid pattern.
    I may make another in an obnoxiously cute pattern for my cousin. :)