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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
 
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Step 1: What you'll need:

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  • 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!

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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.

ibikechicago3 months ago
Great instructable!
ERICOLTK4 months ago
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
fgerwig1 year ago
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.
In the last picture you look like you have big eyes, lol.
jessyratfink (author)  Yerboogieman5 years ago
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!
*googles* lol
sbleil2 years ago
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!
sbleil2 years ago
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!
Zane Edge3 years ago
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!
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 ^.~
auntikays5 years ago
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.
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!!
jessyratfink (author)  auntikays5 years ago
That's what my initial plan was, but I ran out of time. My original illustrations looked a lot like that, though. :D
resaxox3 years ago
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. :)
Beautiful girl indeed :)
zchampine3 years ago
I'm going to refer a girl I know to this one, she would like it!
angello19203 years ago
yes " Goodhart" speaking true.but yours scarf is pretty too.there is some dvd i seen is about how to use the pretty scarfs you can locat a lot of idea from that.
emartian3 years ago
Ratfink, you are amazing! Another great if unseasonal instructable. After my Leatherman, you top my desert island list.
desya4 years ago
 that is cute... and would be easy to line... or make reversable.... next add pockets and have a three in one special
mja334 years ago
 This is a very nice hooded scarf. I think I'm going to try to make one.
Lyseria4 years ago
Omg my bfs mom got one of these for christmas and my bf fell in love with it (It was all black, so it could pass off as manly...haha.) And now that I've found this Imust make him one! Thank you!
daffymommy4 years ago
 This was just too cute to not try. I whipped one out last night and I can't wait to wear it today! I made mine out of fleece (because that's just what i had) and it's so nice and cozy. I'm going to be making more of these and giving them as presents for Christmas! 

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your pattern!!
Gadisha4 years ago
COOL!!! Thank you for sharing this, I love it :)
that is awesome this like the most awesome hood u could cover ur face and tag walls or steel stuff so no one see ur face this is awsome
jessyratfink (author)  puppettheknife4 years ago
You'd probably need a different fabric. I have a feeling my choice would make you stand out a little too much. ;)
smalia795 years ago
This is really great I love it! Not too much need for that in Hawaii, but I'm going to try it anyway! Thanks so much for sharing!
corpusvile5 years ago
this is super fantabulous! i made mine out of an old sheet, haha. so easy, and i was even hand sewing. Thanks!
LemonLily5 years ago
I made one of these, but I need to wait for my mom to sew it. I can't wait to see what it looks like!
LemonLily5 years ago
This cool! Thank you for sharing. You are cute and pretty.
tarzioo5 years ago
Very cool! I also have a small head and envy others but with this cool scarf/hoodie I think I can be happy!
scarf looks, cute. So do you :] halfpricebooks!
eveh5 years ago
This would look cute in fake fur too. I've been afraid to wear fur on my head, since a dog tried to climb up my body once when I was wearing a fur hat. . His owner said he thought it was an animal on my head. So I am cautious now about fur on my head. No, he didn't bite me but it did scare me. He is a charming little dog. I guess he just got too excited. LOL
lotusduck5 years ago
Great for hiding the fact that you are listening to an expensive MP3 player, so as to reduce your chances of being mugged.
shyrell5 years ago
Wonderful! You are so young and so talented. I saved the PDF. Can't wait to make mine! Shyrell
Bernyk5 years ago
awsome how too, if i had seen this but 2 days earlier i would have made one for the Winter Camp im heading to this weekend, infact, i may still try to bang one out in the morning,

you certainly have my vote for the contest =D good luck and thanks for the tips.
jessyratfink (author)  Bernyk5 years ago
Thanks! :D
Sparrowhawk5 years ago
Completely irrelevant, but you look a bit like Amélie here, especially that first photo :)
kudos on the Half Price Books shirt...THAT'S classy, San Diego...
jessyratfink (author)  thatguyruste5 years ago
Then I'm keeping it classy 40 hours a week. Not bad!
KingJaymz5 years ago
You should be proud of that scarf. It looks way cute, and so do you :)
atomicrose5 years ago
I have been looking for a pattern for something like this for the longest time! Super! I can't knit or crochet to save my life.
lovely
phalanx4475 years ago
Another great Instructable! I'm not one for scarves, as I prefer my neck gaiter, but you can't deny that this is a good idea. :) Scoodie.
Oh that's fantastic! When I walk my dog I always wear a scarf but I take my beanie off and on multiple times. This is perfect for me, I can't wait to pick out flannel. I'll be linking to this as well, thanks for the how-to!
jessyratfink (author)  OnePrettyThing5 years ago
You're welcome! Glad you like it. :D
mg0930mg5 years ago
Cool, don't know if you saw this video but it's pretty cool. Haha.
jessyratfink (author)  mg0930mg5 years ago
I did look at that pattern, but decided that was too much work. I like my version because it's basically one piece and takes no time at all. :D I guess, though, that if someone wanted a more finished look, a pattern like that would work better. I'm not too worried about that with the flannel because it doesn't fray as much!
Yeah, I would use fleece inside, to make it extra warm. ;)
jeoncs5 years ago
Nice I need to make a manly one for up in freezing MI
super cute! is it warm enough?
jessyratfink (author)  mynameisjonas5 years ago
Very warm! The flannel was definitely a good choice. I was so excited about it I tried to wear it around the apartment but the heat around my neck got so intense I had to take it off. :P
very good! you have my vote for the stay warm contest, and five stars! good luck!
kelseymh5 years ago
Sweet! And good to know you survived the ice storms :-) Is there something special (other than the fabric pattern) which makes this different from a burka?
jessyratfink (author)  kelseymh5 years ago
Barely! A very exciting two weeks! My mother is still without power in Western KY... and probably for a couple more weeks! It's such a mess here right now. I'm sort of wondering when things will stop looking like a hurricane came through. :P It's different from a burqa because of the open face and the fabric used. A burqa is typically a full body cape sewn from much heavier fabrics. :)
Whoa...best wishes to you and to your mom! The news made it sound really awful; maybe they weren't exaggerating :-( Thanks for clarifying (and fixing my spelling)! Your hooded scarf reminded me of what my Persian friends wear, and some of the more liberal Islamic women on television. I know essentially no Arabic, so I have no idea what to call it.
jessyratfink (author)  kelseymh5 years ago
No exaggeration, I'm sure. Probably down playing the situation, actually! I think we've just now gotten rid of all the ice and it's been warm for two days. Most of Kentucky is a total wreck. They're focusing on power now, but after that it will probably take months to get all the trees cleaned up and do other repairs. We look like a very gloomy version of Miami right now. ;)

And you're welcome! The look of it is a little similar to a dupatta, which might be what you were thinking of. The world of headscarves and veils is a very confusing place, haha!
PKM kelseymh5 years ago
There's a lot separating it from a burka. If you mean a headscarf or veil (see hijab), then again yes- this is designed for warmth, not modesty- but there are some similarities.
kelseymh PKM5 years ago
Thank you very much for the Wikipedia link! Based on that, I think the garment I meant was the khimar. And, I certainly wasn't suggesting any comparison with the deeper scriptural or shari'ah symbolism, it just "looked the same" to my untutored eye.
Unlike Islamic Burkas or Burquas(es?) they are really just a scarf and hood. The Burka is normally made to cover the body, including the face. The ones like Jessy's version here, only knitted are just like her's, except not sewn. Not enough material is used to cover the face, leaving only the eyes to show ( see Burka jpeg )
I've gotta make this! So awesome!
idiom5 years ago
Cute. Very cute...
jessyratfink (author)  idiom5 years ago
Thanks! :)
gmjhowe5 years ago
Haha! nice work, that does look pretty sweet.
jessyratfink (author)  gmjhowe5 years ago
Thank you sir. :D
Your welcome, as always.
Goodhart5 years ago
VERY nice, I will have to show this to my wife, since she has bought a few knitted ones, and your version would be more convenient and easy to wash.
jessyratfink (author)  Goodhart5 years ago
Yep, definitely! And it could be easily made with wool if the wearer wanted something even warmer. :)
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