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Turn an old t-shirt into a Springtime favorite hoodie using additional fabric
For this project I used an old t-shirt and gave it a new life with less than 2 yards of Cloud 9 Fabrics Geese print fabric from their "Waterland" collection that I picked out to test. It is quilter's weight 100% Organic Cotton and I found it much easier to work with than standard cotton fabrics - it is sturdier, wrinkles less and only needs a touch up with an iron before wearing.

http://cloud9fabrics.com/fabrics/waterland/

Posted by KMOM14 from Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States • Published See KMOM14's 367 projects »
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  • How to make a hoodie. Geese Print Hoodie From A T Shirt - Step 1
    Step 1

    Pre-wash fabric then iron. Put right sides together to prep for pinning pattern pieces.

  • How to make a hoodie. Geese Print Hoodie From A T Shirt - Step 2
    Step 2

    Gather up items needed for project.

    You will need to make patterns for three pieces and to the side is the total number of pieces. I only cut one pattern of each and reused, but if easier for you, you could make a piece for each if it will help in placing on the fabric.

    I used cellophane tape to add 1/2 seam allowances to the fabric, but if it is your first time making something like this, recommend using masking tape that is one inch wide.

    - Front pocket (total of 2 pieces)
    - Sleeves (total of 2 pieces)
    - Hood (2 pieces with right sides together)

    When sewing with pins, pins are removed right before they reach the feed dog and needle to avoid breaking the needle.

    As it is cotton, I presses the seams open after stitching because I found it makes them easier to work with, but is your personal preference if you choose to do so and will not include in the instructions.

  • How to make a hoodie. Geese Print Hoodie From A T Shirt - Step 3
    Step 3

    To make the front pouch pocket I used a large Oblong plastic food storage container with rounded edges, but you could use a similar object or trace around the pocket of an existing hoodie.

  • Step 4

    I used tape around the edges to add seam allowances.

    Not pictures - made the pocket bigger: I decided I wanted it bigger to be sure my hand comfortably fit inside and ended up cutting down the center horizontal and added an inch or so and did the same to add lengthwise as well

  • How to make a hoodie. Geese Print Hoodie From A T Shirt - Step 5
    Step 5

    Using the hood of an existing garment that fits well, draw around the hoodie.

  • How to make a hoodie. Geese Print Hoodie From A T Shirt - Step 6
    Step 6

    To add a seam allowance, use tape around the edges.

  • How to make a hoodie. Geese Print Hoodie From A T Shirt - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cut out Hood pattern.

  • How to make a hoodie. Geese Print Hoodie From A T Shirt - Step 8
    Step 8

    Cut off sleeves fo t-shirt

  • How to make a hoodie. Geese Print Hoodie From A T Shirt - Step 9
    Step 9

    Fold sleeve in half and use the sleeve make a sleeve pattern. I choose to make my sleeve angled for more fullness at the bottom and because the cotton does not has as much give a knit.

  • How to make a hoodie. Geese Print Hoodie From A T Shirt - Step 10
    Step 10

    Use tape around the top of the sleeve edges except the fold. what is pictured as being the bottom on this picture will be on a fold so no need to add there).

    After holding up to my arm and taking the seam allowance into consideration, I decided to lengthen the sleeve so I split the pattern below the cap of the sleeve and added a little over an inch.

  • How to make a hoodie. Geese Print Hoodie From A T Shirt - Step 11
    Step 11

    Lay out pattern pieces on the fabric,

    The sleeve needs to go on the fold.

    I also ended up folding the pouch pattern in half and placing on the fold for maximum use of fabric.

    The front edge of the hood piece went on the selvage edge. Pin all pieces in place then cut out.

  • How to make a hoodie. Geese Print Hoodie From A T Shirt - Step 12
    Step 12

    For the 2nd set of hood pieces those were placed on the selvage edge and the other pocket piece placed on the fold. Pin and cut out.

  • How to make a hoodie. Geese Print Hoodie From A T Shirt - Step 13
    Step 13

    The second sleeve needs placed on the fold of the fabric. Pin then cut out. Place a slight cut at the top center to match up later with the center top of the t-shirt sleeve.

  • How to make a hoodie. Geese Print Hoodie From A T Shirt - Step 14
    Step 14

    For the pocket, with right sides together, sew around the 3/8 to 1/2 inch edges except for about an inch on the top (to turn the pocket right side out.

  • How to make a hoodie. Geese Print Hoodie From A T Shirt - Step 15
    Step 15

    Turn right side out using the gap that was left open (opening to the right. Pin together then hand stitch shut.

  • How to make a hoodie. Geese Print Hoodie From A T Shirt - Step 16
    Step 16

    For the hood there will be two sets with right sides together.

    Take pattern off (is on in this pic as forgot to take a picture of this step). Pin where indicated from the "X" at the top of the hood in the picture, around the curve and down where indicated on the bottom "X".

  • How to make a hoodie. Geese Print Hoodie From A T Shirt - Step 17
    Step 17

    Once each hood piece is made, pin the right sides together and stitch front edge/sides together leaving the bottom open.

    Turn so right sides are out (seams inside now) then pin bottom together and baste stitch shut (will make it easier when inserting at the neckline).

  • How to make a hoodie. Geese Print Hoodie From A T Shirt - Step 18
    Step 18

    On each sleeve at the top, put a baste stitch around the edge 3/8 to 1/2 inch from the edge for an "ease stitch" but 1/2 inch away from the bottom edge -may need to pull the thread slightly to ease the sleeve into the armhole.

    Zigzag bottom edge then pin up 3/4inch to 1 inche then press up bottom edge so it will be inside the sleeve when finished and stitch down.

    With right sides together stitch bottom edge of sleeves together.

  • How to make a hoodie. Geese Print Hoodie From A T Shirt - Step 19
    Step 19

    With the right sides together (and matching the slight cut in the top to the shoulder seam and the bottom seam to the side seam (if no side seam on t-shirt place a pin where on the side fold). Stitch in place 3/8inch to 1/2 inch.

    Repeat with other sleeve.

  • How to make a hoodie. Geese Print Hoodie From A T Shirt - Step 20
    Step 20

    For the pouch, put your hand on the edge then an inch or so place a pin to the top and the bottom and then place corresponding pins on the other side of the pocket and that will be the area where you do not stitch once you pin down the pocket.

  • How to make a hoodie. Geese Print Hoodie From A T Shirt - Step 21
    Step 21

    Fold t-shirt in half and add a pin at bottom front edge. Fold pocket in half and place a pin in the bottom and match up near bottom edge.

    Place a magazine or piece of cardboard inside the t-shirt then pin down the pocket (except for the part on each side that will be left open for the pouch) then sew.

  • How to make a hoodie. Geese Print Hoodie From A T Shirt - Step 22
    Step 22

    Fold back of t-shirt and place a pin at center back . With right sides together, match up the back seam with the center back and pin around the edge of the collar on each side and stitch down.

    You are now done and now have a new to you hoodie to wear in about an hour.

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