The Hoodie Pattern and Tutorial

Step Three:  Attaching the ribbing

Fitting Tip: try the hoodie on and decide how long you want it.  Two inches of ribbing is the norm but 3″ (7.5cm) is fine as well if you want the hoodie to cover your bum a bit more.

The ribbing is not provided as a pattern and this is done to save you paper.  Simply measure the hem of the hoodie minus 2 ” or 4 ” (5cm x 10cm) depending on how much volume you want around your waist and the elasticity content of your fabric.  Mine has very little recovery, so I will be taking out 2″ (5cm).  In my case, I am making a rectangle that is 37 ” x  4 ” (94 cm x 12 cm).

Fold the ribbing in half and place a pin to mark the middle.  Pin the middle of the ribbing to the middle back of the hoodie.  Then stretch the ribbing while you sew.  Sew at 3/8″ using your serger or overlocker.  Topstitch the seam allowance by folding upwards or simply iron.

Tracing the ribbing for the sleeves

Measure the sleeves minus 2″ x 6 3/4″. Right Sides together, sew the 6 3/4″ side at 3/8″.  Turn right side out and fold.Insert the cuff on the sleeve aligning the seam of the cuff ribbing to that of the sleeve.  Pin in place then sew at 3/8″.  Use your serger if you have one or simply zigzag the seam, then press.

Step Four: Attaching the hood, facing and zipper all at once

Yes, you read right, I will show you how the people in the sewing factories do it.  It's very simple really and saves tons of times.  All you need is courage and patience and a bunch of pins, however, people in the factories do not use pins.

This is, of course, optional and below are the steps to follow if you want to sew each item one at a time:

  1. Pin the hood to the collar area and sew
  2. Pin the zipper and sew
  3. Pin the facing (trace the facing from the pattern hoodie) and sew

Here are the steps if you're brave and want to sew it all at once:

1.Pin the hood

We will start by pinning the hood to the jacket.  Mark the 3/8″ as shown in the picture below.  Do this on both sides. The hood can not go beyond this point because that is where the zipper will go. 

Find the middle seam of the hood and align it with the middle of the back piece.  Pin from the center of the hood to the middle of the back then work your way to the 3/8″ mark you made previously.

Notice the 3/8″ hanging at the end.  We need this to attach the zipper. 

2. Pin the zipper

Lay the jacket right side out.

Separate the zipper, pin the left side of the zipper up side down to the right side of the hoodie. You will know you are doing it right when the teeth of the zipper are on the left side from the edge.Pin the right side of the zipper on the left of the hoodie.  The pull of the zipper will be upside down. Make sure the zipper is at least 1/8″ from the hem. 

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196 Responses to The Hoodie Pattern and Tutorial

  1. Ashleigh AJ says:

    Just wondering if this pattern would work with Cotton Lycra?

  2. Debbie McGee says:

    I am having a problem with the pockets, the lining is so much smaller, what to do? Please help, I am sooo close to finished.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Debbie, why would the lining be much smaller when it is the same piece of the pattern for both outlayer and lining?

  3. p van dixhoorn says:

    I can’t download the pattern. Via the link, pattern download or direct via bluprint.

  4. hana says:

    thanks I cant wait to try

  5. Krystyne King says:

    I love your patterns and instructions.Thank you so much. I would love to source the fabric you used. It is so classy with the red. Would you happen to remember the name or where you got it? Thank you.

  6. geestaga says:

    Great project,,,, cant find where to download the pattern

  7. Cheryl Masters says:

    Well, I thought I was confused. Now I KNOW I’m confused. What is the simplest way to download one of your patterns?

  8. Evie says:

    Thank you for the pattern. I’ve downloaded it and hope to get to it soon. Who doesn’t need another hoodie? I’ll be the last one to say I have too many hoodies.

  9. Kate Green says:

    Can I skip the grommet and just use my sewing machine to make a button hole where the grommet would go? My machine has a button hole attachment that will make uniform sized button holes (using a button as a guide for sizing), so I’m thinking a shirt button would work in this instance (or a button large enough to accomodate the drawstring one chooses to use)..

    Same concept (a bound hole for the drawstring ties) but it would save me a bit of discomfort in my wrists (I’ve got carpal tunnel issues) using the Kam tool.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Yes, you can use a buttonhole just make sure you make it on one side only so you can pass the cord. Great idea by the way šŸ™‚

  10. Rhonda Allen says:

    Every time I go to next page, select printfriendly, it goes right back to page 1. I click on next page number and it wants to delete it.

  11. nathalie says:

    Can you tell me if, like for the pattern, it exists a pdf file with all instructions we can find here ? thanks for your reply

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Natalie, I need to find another place where to do that, since I used to used the now defunct Craftsy. As soon as I find a way to share the PDF file I will let you know. For now the instructions are still free on the site.

      • Susan says:

        How about Google Docs or Drop Box

      • BubbeCraft says:

        Craftsy is not defunct — it has just been rebranded as I had no problem downloading your pattern PDF as I was redirected to You might want to consider just putting the directions in with the pattern pieces.

        On the other hand, I found it’s just as easy (most times) to convert your HTML pages to PDF using a browser extension for that purpose. My preference is for using “Print Friendly” (, but there are many out there. I have found there are several choices for the 3 browsers I use (Firefox, Chrome, Opera).

      • Selena says:

        This pattern is still available on the Bluprint site here:
        Iā€™m not sure if you have to have a Bluprint membership in order to purchase but the patterns still exist. I had to search patterns to pull up the pattern page. Hope this helps!

      • barbiq5 says:

        The instructions are free on the website, but can we download them? I have numerous patterns, but no instructions. It would be so nice to have available to download all in one place.

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