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Making a hood

Posted by Rosie M. from London, United Kingdom • Published See Rosie M.'s 4 projects »
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  • How to make a hoodie. Diy Couture Hood - Step 1
    Step 1

    Get a hoody (or coat that has a hood), undo it and fold it in half down the centre, so the hood is folded in half vertically. You need to use this as a template for drawing a similar shape onto your fabric.

  • How to make a hoodie. Diy Couture Hood - Step 2
    Step 2

    Lay your hoody out on your fabric and draw around the hood with tailors chalk, adding about 1cm extra all the way round. You will make your hood in two halves. This shape forms half of your hood, and should be about half of the length of the curved neck edge of your garment. The full base of the hood you make needs to be slightly shorter than the full curved edge around the neck of your garment.

  • How to make a hoodie. Diy Couture Hood - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut out your first piece then flip it over and use it as a template to cut a mirror image of it from your main fabric.

  • How to make a hoodie. Diy Couture Hood - Step 4
    Step 4

    Then use your first piece as a template to cut two pieces from your lining fabric. Make sure you cut two pieces that mirror each other, rather than two identical pieces.

  • How to make a hoodie. Diy Couture Hood - Step 5
    Step 5

    You need to join your hood pieces together in pairs. Join your two outer hood pieces together first. Lay one piece out flat with the right side of the fabric facing upwards towards you, then lay the other piece face down on top of it. Pin all the way along the long curved edge that will form the ‘backbone’ of your hood. Sew along this line with straight stitch. Turn the hood the ‘right’ way round so that you are looking at the neat edge of your seam and, continuing to look at this neat edge, sew a line of straight stitch all the way along this line, very close to the seam (about 1 or 2mm.) Your stitches should catch the flap of fabric on the inside of your hood (the side you can’t see.) This row of stitches flattens the seam and neatens your hood.

  • Step 6

    Repeat step five with your pieces of lining fabric.

  • How to make a hoodie. Diy Couture Hood - Step 7
    Step 7

    Now you need to join the lining and outer pieces of your hood by creating a large hood-shaped pocket then inverting it. Turn your lining so that you are looking at the wrong side of the fabric. Take your outer piece and insert it inside your lining piece so that the right sides of both pieces are touching each other on the inside of the sandwich. On both sides, you should be looking at the wrong side of your fabrics.

  • How to make a hoodie. Diy Couture Hood - Step 8
    Step 8

    You are going to attach the two together by sewing them together along the raw edges. Pin the two together first. You need to leave a small hole so that you can put your hand in and pull the right side of the fabric out into the open air. Leave about 10 cm. Leave the hole along the straightest edge you have. The hole is marked on the diagram with a blue arrow. With the two sewn together, put your hand into the hole and drag the right side of the fabric out so that you can see it.

  • How to make a hoodie. Diy Couture Hood - Step 9
    Step 9

    Now you need to sew a line of straight stitch all the way around the seam you have just made, very close to the edge – about 2 or 3mm away. This will flatten and neaten the edge. As you do this, you can sew over the hole you left for your hand. Iron this area before you set off sewing to help you get a nice straight edge. It is best to do this sewing with the lining fabric facing upwards towards you so that you can make sure you are sewing it just slightly inside the outer fabric. This means that your bobbin thread will show on the outside of your hood, so make sure it matches your outer fabric.

  • How to make a hoodie. Diy Couture Hood - Step 10
    Step 10

    Now you have a hood, which you need to attach to your garment. This is pretty simple. Just find the centre point of your hood and the centre point of your neck line and pin the hood to the garment at this point. You can attach the hood to the inside or the outside of your neck line, it’s up to you. Pin the hood to your garment all the way along the neckline and try it on to check you are happy with the way it sits. Take it off and sew the hood into place with straight stitch. You have finished!

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Rifath H.
Rifath H.
What kind of fabric did you use in order for the hood to keep it's shape.
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JuggaletteSweetness17
JuggaletteSweetness17 · Bundaberg, Queensland, AU · 21 projects
this is exactly what i was looking for thank you
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Shelby L.
Shelby L. · Aliso Viejo, California, US · 1 project
I just saw a hood like this yesterday, but it had long pieces attached to the bottom so you could wear just the hood and tie it like a scarf. I'm definitely going to make one now!
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Ask Netfah from J&O Fabrics
Ask Netfah from J&O Fabrics · Pennsauken Township, New Jersey, US
Always been intimidated by hoods, but guide offers reassurance that makes project seem more simple than minds imaginings. Thanks for the sharing!
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
Thank you a lot for the great how to, awesome idea, like it a lot;-D
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KraftyKonves
KraftyKonves · 2 projects
excuse my language but this is badass i luv it ^.^
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