Learn how to create a stylish and comfortable hoodie from scratch with this detailed DIY video tutorial. Perfect for beginners and experienced sewers alike.
Hey y’all, today I’m going to share a how to sew a hoodie, including a free pattern. If you’re like me and often cold, then you probably have hoodies on hand to keep warm! I’ve been sewing for decades, but even beginners can sew a comfy hoodie to wear. So in this post I’ll go over the exact steps to make yourself a sweatshirt, including where to get a sewing pattern, what materials to use, and even a video tutorial.
If you’re not familiar with high school football coaching in Texas, you should know a large portion of the wardrobe of every coach I know is supplied by the school in the form of game day shirts, practice shirts, spirit shirts, etc. Because of this, there is also an unspoken coaches’ code that when you switch schools, you turn in all your school related wardrobe to the school you’re leaving, so that the next guy(s) will have more than the 1 or two new shirts from that school year to wear. So when my husband the Coach switched schools, he suddenly had no hoodies and asked me to make him one. And after I made it and we took the above pictures, you know what he did? He left it sitting on a chair, where I grabbed it on my way to the gym.
I think I look cuter in it 🙂 also, it’s very cozy and finders keepers and I’m not giving it back. After all, I don’t have my old school hoodie anymore either and an oversized unisex hoodie pattern is just what I needed to replace mine. But I might sew the Coach a new hoodie anyway, because I love him.
Key Skills for this Project Before You Get Started
In this project to sew a hoodie you’ll practice the following skills:
- Using a printer to print a PDF sewing pattern
- Basic sewing machine operation to sew straight lines and curves
- Stretch stitches – as long as your sewing machine can zig zag you can sew stretch fabrics
- Working with sweatshirt fleece fabric
- Adding grommets to your hood for the drawstring (this is optional, you can skip this step if you don’t want a drawstring)
- Sewing cuffs and a hem band
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Materials to Make a Hoody
Want to make your own hoodie? You’ll need these supplies (affiliate links):
How to Get the Pattern
The free pattern is for a size 36-38 inch chest ONLY. If you need a different size, you can grade up or down as shown in this post or you can purchase the multi-sized pattern here. As a note, my bust is 34 inches, so you can see how it fits oversized.
Click your preferred option below to get the free pattern as a newsletter subscriber or buy the multi-sized pattern with printable instructions. The pattern for purchase is the Conroe Sweatshirt, and it will fit chest/bust sizes 31-60″. Note that free patterns don’t have printable instructions.
Please note that all my free patterns are licensed for personal use only (no selling items made from them unless you purchase the pattern) and by downloading you are agreeing to this license.
How to Sew a Hoodie
To sew this, watch the step by step video tutorial below. If it won’t load below for some reason, you can also watch on YouTube here.
DIY Hoody – Sewing the Hood and Front Pocket
After downloading and printing the PDF pattern (help for that here) follow the pattern instructions to cut out the pieces.
Next you’ll follow the eyelet instructions on the box to insert eyelets on the marked spots. If yours doesn’t have instructions I demonstrate in the video.
Place the two hoods right sides together and sew along the curved edge. Note – you should use stretch stitches through this project.Fold the casing to the wrong side, and stitch right next to the edge. Be careful when stitching near the eyelets – you may have to raise the presser foot and hand crank the machine to get past those parts.
Thread one of the shoelaces through the casing and then set the hood aside.
Fold the curved and side edges of the pocket 3/8″ to the wrong side and pin. Stitch the curved edges.
Place the pocket on the shirt front, aligning centers and bottom edges. Fold the top edge of the pocket 1/2″ to the wrong side of the pocket, then flip the pocket up so that it’s right sides together with the shirt.
Stitch across the top edge of the pocket to secure it, then flip it back down so that the bottom edges are aligned again.
Sew the two side edges of the pocket to the shirt front.
Place the shirt front and back right sides together and stitch across the shoulders.
Sewing the Sleeves, Cuffs and Hem of Your Sweatshirt
Open the shirt up flat. Match the center of the sleeve to the shoulder seam, right sides together.
Pin the rest of the sleeve into the armscye and stitch.
Fold the shirt right sides together and match the sleeve seams. Sew the underarm and side seam all in one continuous seam.
Fold the cuffs and waistband to match the short edges, right sides together. Stitch short ends together.
Fold each cuff wrong sides together, matching raw edges. Mark quarter points on the cuff and waistband, as well as on the sleeves and shirt bottom. Match the quarter points of the cuffs to the sleeves and the waistband to the bottom edge. Stitch, stretching cuffs/waistband so they lay flat agains the shirt as you stitch.
Match the hood seam to the center of the back neckline.
Overlap the front edges of the hood at center front approximately an inch. You want the left side of the hood to be agains the neckline and the right edge behind it. Pin the rest of the hood around the neckline, adjusting at center front as necessary so that the hood goes all around the neck. Stitch in place.
And you’re done! Enjoy the warmth of your new cozy hoodie.
DIY Hoodie FAQs
Here are some common questions and answers about this project.
- Is it hard to sew your own hoodie?
No, this is one of the easier garments to sew. The hardest parts are the cuffs and hem band, since you have to stretch and stitch at the same time and are dealing with several layers of fabric, some thick. Other than that, this is a straightforward project and sweatshirt fleece is fairly easy to sew.
- How much does it cost to make your own hoodie?
Setting aside the cost of your sewing machine and notions (pins, needles, thread, etc) fabric for a hoodie will cost $25 – $60 or more depending on what type of fabric you choose and how much it costs per yard. I have an organic cotton fleece hoodie I sewed myself that was definitely more expensive than if I had purchase a basic hoodie at the store. But it just keeps getting softer every time I wash it and the fabric is better quality than I’ve seen in stores.
- What is the best fabric for hoodies?
As mentioned above, I have an organic 100% cotton sweatshirt fleece hoodie I sewed that I love. Other good fabrics are polyester/cotton blend sweatshirt fleece, French terry and rayon or bamboo sweatshirt fleece.
Hoodie Pattern Hacks
Now you can use the hacks below to customize your next hoodie even further! You can see how to add thumbhole cuffs, and how to swap out the hood for a drawstring cowl, a button up collar, or a half-zip pullover with a collar. There are tutorials with a basic neckband to make either a twisted t-shirt or a standard sweatshirt. You can also see how to make your hoodie zip up the front instead of pullover style. Click on the images to go to the tutorials.