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Never get your head stuck again!
I love my boyfriend's hoodies because they're so warm in winter, but in spring and summer they're a bit bulky. But could I heck as find a nice zip up feminine hoody? Instead, I found a lovely non-zip hoody, and decided to get customising. (Apologies for it being black - not great for photos, but please just message me if you need anything clarifying.)

Posted by HotPinkCrayola from Holmfirth, England, United Kingdom • Published See HotPinkCrayola's 95 projects »
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  • How to make a hoodie. Turn A Non Zip Hoody Into A Zipped Hoody - Step 1
    Step 1

    Firstly, make sure your zip runs from where the hoody joins to the bottom waist band. If you're an inch or so out that's fine, but if you want it to zip right up then you need the correct length. Mine is a UK size 8 hoody and a 22" zip worked fine.

  • How to make a hoodie. Turn A Non Zip Hoody Into A Zipped Hoody - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut your hoody right up the middle. Be careful not to cut the back too (I did because I didn't check, but it sewed back together easily enough and doesn't look out of place luckily, but it does adjust the fit slightly).

  • How to make a hoodie. Turn A Non Zip Hoody Into A Zipped Hoody - Step 3
    Step 3

    Take your zip and place it face down on the RIGHT hand flap of the hoody which is right side up. Line up the LEFT edge of the zip and pin in place (See photo - it'll make sense why we're doing this, I promise!). You can tack/ baste it too if you like but I never bother.

  • How to make a hoodie. Turn A Non Zip Hoody Into A Zipped Hoody - Step 4
    Step 4

    Pop your zipper foot on your machine and sew close to the edge using a zigzag stitch for strength.

  • How to make a hoodie. Turn A Non Zip Hoody Into A Zipped Hoody - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now, flip your zip over so you can see the right side (see why we put it in flipped now?). Roll your hoody material as close to the zip as you can without covering it and pin in place.

  • How to make a hoodie. Turn A Non Zip Hoody Into A Zipped Hoody - Step 6
    Step 6

    Sew using a straight stitch close to the zip.
    That's one side done!

  • How to make a hoodie. Turn A Non Zip Hoody Into A Zipped Hoody - Step 7
    Step 7

    Completely zip off the side of the zip you haven't sewn in place yet (this makes life MUCH easier than trying to do it closed!). Put it face down on the left side flap of your hoody, and pin in place, then sew down the edge using a zigzag stitch for strength (so the teeth are on the left and we're sewing on the right). As you did before, flip the zip so you can see the front, roll the material into place close to the teeth and sew down using a straight stitch. (Sorry, no photos - I got too excited when I was almost done! It's the same process as before though, just remember to shift the zipper foot over).

  • How to make a hoodie. Turn A Non Zip Hoody Into A Zipped Hoody - Step 8
    Step 8

    With that, you're done! One zippy hoody :)
    Remember that if you're doing this on a hoody with a design then it may slightly distort it by removing about a cm from the middle.

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Brandy L.
Brandy L.
Very clever! I might have to do this to a few of my hubby's hoodies. He likes them, but never wears them because he hates pulling them on over his head. Thanks for the idea!
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