How to Make & Sew a Hoodie

By Emily Martinez ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Hooded sweatshirt pattern
  • 1 yard to 2 yards of fabric
  • Heavy-duty machine sewing thread
  • Zipper (optional)
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric shears

A hoodie is a modern version of a cotton or denim hooded sweatshirt. You can make a pullover or zip-up version. It is a real treasure to learn to sew your own hoodies, and you can save money by making them yourself. You can find many different fabric varieties at fabric and craft stores, and now is the perfect time to buy discounted fabric because of the recession.

Choose your favorite hooded sweatshirt pattern, the fabric you plan to work with, and any notions you need to complete your hoodie. Typically a hooded sweatshirt should take no more than 2 yards of fabric depending on the size you want; plus sizes always require more fabric.

Cut out the sections of the pattern you will be using and pin them to your fabric. Cut the fabric out with the fabric shears and set aside. Set up your sewing machine with a heavy-duty sewing thread, one that is for heavyweight fabric such as thread for denim or corduroy.

Pin the correct fabric pieces to one another, following the pattern directions. Sew them according to the directions using a zigzag or overcast stick. If your pattern calls for a zipper, you need to determine where the zipper should go, attach the zipper foot to your sewing machine, and sew the zipper onto the fabric.

To attach the sleeves, insert the sleeves into position and pin them to the sleeve holes, making sure to properly fit the fabric correctly into each sleeve hole. Oftentimes there will be too much fabric to fit the entire hole; when this happens, you can trim access fabric off the sleeve until the sleeve properly fits into the sleeve hole. Start off by only trimming small amounts so that you’re not cutting off too much fabric. Sew the sleeves with a zigzag or overcast stitch, and then reinforce the seam by resewing it.

Attach the hood and finish sewing the hoodie, following the pattern directions. Check the finished product for any loose threads, any seams not sewn, and that the sleeves and hood are properly sewn to the fabric. Add embellishments like machine or hand embroidery and sew on jewels such as crystals if you like. Try your hoodie on, see if it fits correctly, and make any necessary adjustments.

About the Author

Emily Martinez has been writing since 2007, specializing in the fields of special education, sales/marketing and nonprofit. She holds dual bachelor's degrees in psychology and human development, as well as dual associate's degrees in education and horticulture. Martinez has expert experience in avian care, Middle Eastern dance, costume design, machine embroidery, sewing and painting.