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:

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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.

Step 3: Cutting It Out!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Go brave the cold!


suesue929 (author)2016-11-19

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

MonikaR8 (author)2016-07-06

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.

Nigglemoth (author)2015-10-01

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!

ibikechicago (author)2014-01-05

Great instructable!

ERICOLTK (author)2013-12-02


fgerwig (author)2013-03-19

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.

cdawisconsin (author)2013-01-31

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

cdawisconsin (author)2013-01-31

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

Yerboogieman (author)2009-02-09

In the last picture you look like you have big eyes, lol.

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

HollyMann (author)jessyratfink2012-01-05

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

sbleil (author)2011-09-06

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!

sbleil (author)2011-09-06

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 Edge (author)2010-12-13

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!

jnimmerrichter (author)Zane Edge2011-06-27

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 ^.~

auntikays (author)2009-02-13

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.

sdominique (author)auntikays2011-03-14

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)auntikays2009-02-13

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

resaxox (author)2010-09-26

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. :)

aliyevzaur1989 (author)2010-07-07

Beautiful girl indeed :)

zchampine (author)2010-06-29

I'm going to refer a girl I know to this one, she would like it!

angello1920 (author)2010-06-28

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.

emartian (author)2010-06-28

Ratfink, you are amazing! Another great if unseasonal instructable. After my Leatherman, you top my desert island list.

desya (author)2010-03-07

 that is cute... and would be easy to line... or make reversable.... next add pockets and have a three in one special

mja33 (author)2010-03-04

 This is a very nice hooded scarf. I think I'm going to try to make one.

Lyseria (author)2009-12-27

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!

daffymommy (author)2009-12-07

 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!!

Gadisha (author)2009-08-04

COOL!!! Thank you for sharing this, I love it :)

puppettheknife (author)2009-06-12

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

You'd probably need a different fabric. I have a feeling my choice would make you stand out a little too much. ;)

smalia79 (author)2009-04-16

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!

corpusvile (author)2009-04-08

this is super fantabulous! i made mine out of an old sheet, haha. so easy, and i was even hand sewing. Thanks!

LemonLily (author)2009-04-06

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!

LemonLily (author)2009-04-03

This cool! Thank you for sharing. You are cute and pretty.

tarzioo (author)2009-02-21

Very cool! I also have a small head and envy others but with this cool scarf/hoodie I think I can be happy!

beauwalker23 (author)2009-02-15

scarf looks, cute. So do you :] halfpricebooks!

eveh (author)2009-02-13

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

lotusduck (author)2009-02-13

Great for hiding the fact that you are listening to an expensive MP3 player, so as to reduce your chances of being mugged.

shyrell (author)2009-02-13

Wonderful! You are so young and so talented. I saved the PDF. Can't wait to make mine! Shyrell

Bernyk (author)2009-02-12

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)Bernyk2009-02-13

Thanks! :D

Sparrowhawk (author)2009-02-13

Completely irrelevant, but you look a bit like Amélie here, especially that first photo :)

thatguyruste (author)2009-02-11

kudos on the Half Price Books shirt...THAT'S classy, San Diego...

Then I'm keeping it classy 40 hours a week. Not bad!

KingJaymz (author)2009-02-12

You should be proud of that scarf. It looks way cute, and so do you :)

atomicrose (author)2009-02-12

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.

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phalanx447 (author)2009-02-10

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.

OnePrettyThing (author)2009-02-09

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!

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