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How to make a Hoodie.

How to Make a Hoodie

Making a hoodie is really quite straight forward. We hope with this short blog explaining how to make a hoodie, it will help you to greater understand the manufacturing process and give you some better insight into making your decision when choosing to source from china. This blog post shows you how to make a hoodie at home however whether you are making just one or mass producing, the process is very similar. If you choose to make this at home aside from some basic sewing skills you will need: 

  1. An old sweatshirt (to use as a guide) 
  2. Chalk 
  3. Fabric 
  4. Scissors
  5. Pins
  6. Thread
  7.  Zipper
  8. Sewing Machine 

Step 1 - Cutting out your fabric pieces. 

Choose your material based on the kind of hoodie you want to make. Typically a fleece material or thick cotton is ideal for a warmer option. If you want something more lightweight, choose a jersey or t shirt material. 

To make an adult sized hoodie, you will need around two yards of material. Be sure to measure carefully your design, so we can work out where the wastage is in the material as this will come in very handy if you choose to mass produce your design. 

You do not need to use a pattern to make a hoodie, an old hoodie or sweatshirt will work just fine as a guide. 

  1. Lay out your sweatshirt on top of your fabric (which has been doubled up).
  2. Fold in the arms and hood, leaving just the body to outline. 
  3. Trace with your chalk around the outline of the sweatshirt. Leave approximately 2-3 cm allowance so you have room for the seam. 
  4. Trace the arms of your sweatshirt to get the measurements for the arm pieces. To do this properly, first unfold one of the arms then line up the top part of the sleeve with the folded edge of the fabric and the armpit area of the sleeve with the other edge of the fabric. Using chalk, trace 2-3 cm from the bottom of the sleeve and wrist area to give enough space for the seam. 
  5. Do not cut along the folded edge & repeat for the other sleeve. 

Follow the steps below to trace the outline of the hood:

  1. Fold your fabric again so you have four layers and arrange the hood so that the edges of the hood are aligned and it is lying on its side. 
  2. Place the hood on top of the folded fabric and trace the shape of the hood onto the top layer of the fabric with chalk.
  3. Cut through all four layers on the chalk line. 

To make the wristbands. 

  1. Ensure the fabric is folded in two layers. 
  2. Unfurl one sleeve piece and line up the edge with the your folded fabric. 
  3. Using chalk trace along the outer edges of the end of the sleeve. 
  4. Add extension so that the strip will be about 10 cm wide. 
  5. Finally cut along the edges to create the two wrist pieces. 

Making the bottom band of the hoodie

  1. Fold the fabric in two layers 
  2. Cut out a 10cm strip of fabric that is the same length as the total length of the bottom body pieces. 

Creating a pocket. 

  1. This can be as large or as small as you want.  
  2. Measure your pocket out and cut it. 

Sewing your Hoodie together. 

  1. Line up the edges of your body piece together so that the right sides are facing each other. As in, everything is looking inwards. 
  2. Place pins along the sides and top of the shoulders (make sure to leave armpits, necks and bottom areas open). 
  3. Sew along the pinned areas about 1-1.5 cm from the edges, removing the pins as you go. 

Sewing along the bottom edges of the sleeves.

  1. Same as before. Pin the right sides together (so they are facing each other) leaving the armpit and wrist area open. 
  2. Sew along the pinned edges about 1-1.5 cm from the edge of the fabric.
  3. Repeat for the other sleeve. 
  4. Remove the pins as you go. 

Pin and Sew the Hood Lining & outer Hood Pieces. 

  1. Take two pieces of hood fabric and pin the curved edges together. 
  2. Leave the front and bottom edges of the hood open/ 
  3. Ensure the right sides of the fabric are lined up. 
  4. Repeat the same process with the other two pieces and sew about 1-1.5cm from the edges of the fabric.

Attach the hood pieces 

  1. Turn one of the pieces right side out and slide one piece into the other piece. 
  2. Line up the outer edges of the hood pieces and pin them together.
  3. Don't worry about pinning along the bottom edges of the hood pieces. 
  4. Finally, sew about 1-1.5 cm from the edges of the fabric where you have placed the pins. 
  5. Turn the final piece inside out so that the right sides of the fabric are exposed and the seams are hidden. 

Sew the short ends of the wrist and bottom band pieces. 

  1. Sew together the short edges of the wrist and bottom band pieces. 
  2. Line up the short edges of each of the pieces so the right sides are facing each other.
  3. Sew these pieces about 1-1.5 cm from the edges. 
  4. After finishing, flip these the right side out so the seams are hidden. 

Hem the pocket

  1. Fold about 1-1.5 of fabric around the edges of the pocket piece. 
  2. The wrong sides should be lined up with each other and the raw edge hidden. 
  3. Use pins to hold the edges in place and sew along the edges and remove the pins as you go. 

Assembling Your Hoodie

  1. Line up the edges of the sleeves with the armholes on your body piece
  2. Remove the pins as you go. 
  3. Sewing around the arm openings can be difficult. Start at the top shoulder and gradually sew towards the bottom of the armhole. 
  4. Restart at the shoulder on the opposite side of the armhole and work down to the other side. 

Pin and sew your arm pieces to the body piece. 

  1. Line the edges of the sleeves with the armholes on your body piece so that the right sides of both pieces are facing each other. 
  2. Pin the pieces in place and then sew along the edges about 1-1/5 cm from the edges. 
  3. To ensure the hood is even, pin the edges so that the front parts of the hood are entered in the front of the body piece. 

Pin and Sew the Pocket. 

  1. Pin the pocket to the front of the body piece so that the pocket is entered. 
  2. Ensure the right side of the pocket is facing out and the body piece is turned right side out. 
  3. Pin along the flat edges of the pocket and leave the curved edges unpinned. 
  4. Attach the pocket to the front of the body piece by sewing along the pinned edges. 
  5. Only sew the pocket to the top layer of the fabric. 

Line up the raw edges of the wrist pieces with ends of the sleeves. 

  1. To attach the wrist pieces to the ends of the sleeves, fold the wrist pieces in half width wise so that the wrong sides are facing each other and the raw edges are lined up. 
  2. Then, pin along the raw edges of the wrist pieces to the raw edges of the sleeves and sew about 1-1.5 cm from the edges. 
  3. Remove the pins as you sew. 

Attach the bottom band with the bottom of the sweatshirt. 

  1. Fold the bottom band width-wise so that the wrong sides are facing each other and the raw edges are lined up. Then, pin the bottom band to the bottom of the body piece so that the raw edges are lined up. Sew about 1-1.5cm

Adding a Zipper.

This optional, but you can add one if you like. Be sure to get a zipper that is long enough to cover the entire length of your hoodie. 

  1. Cut down the center of the hoodie. 
  2. If your body piece is 76cm long, then get a zipper that is 76cm long. 
  3. Cut from the neckline to the bottom of the body piece. 
  4. Cut in a straight even line. 
  5. Pin the zipper to the right side of the fabric. 
  6. Unzip the zipper and pin the zipper in place. Make sure the fabric edges of the zipper are lined up with the raw edges of your body piece. Do this on both sides of the body piece opening. 
  7. Sew the zipper in place. Sew a straight stitch about 1-1.5 cm from the edges of the zipper and body piece. Remove pins as you go. 

Glossary of terms:

Raw Edge - an unfinished, rough, or undecorated edge. 

Hem - Is a garment finishing method, where the edge of a piece of cloth is folded narrowly and sewn to prevent unravelling of fabric. 

Conclusion

This is a very short analogy of how to create your own garments. When looking for a manufacturer its important to look for a supplier who is familiar with making hoodies, as some workmanship may be required attaching the hood to the body of fabric.  

Further you can also expect a factory that is making hoodies, to have good experience in making sweaters, T shirts and polo shirts as the process of attaching the arms, sleeves and pockets to the body is transferable. In your search for a suitable supplier of Hoodies you should be looking for a factory that has the required number of production lines and the right equipment.

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