The Hoodie Pattern and Tutorial

hoodie pattern

This is the easiest hoodie pattern and tutorial I could come up with.  I have tried my best to simplify the method, but still, I believe it is for the intermediate to the advanced seamstress.  As promised, we are going to slowly work our way into comfortable workout clothing.  This is the first pattern on our “Sew Fit” storyboard.

Hoodies are super popular these days.  They are very functional and can be worn not only as work-out wear but also on any trip to the store or just around the house.

hoodie pattern

This hoodie is a zippered and slightly fitted but is not supposed to be tight, so please pay attention to the finished garment measurements.  It is meant to be worn with a tank top and sweatpants which we will be making later.

By far, the best fabric that you can use if you live in a cold place is a fleece like this one, but do not limit yourself to that option alone.  There are many other possibilities.  I have provided some additional suggestions below.

hoodie pattern

For my project, I am using jersey knit with this hoodie pattern because I live in the tropics and can't use fleece which would be way too hot.  However, if you are mixing textiles for a hip look (which I encourage you to do) make sure you use the heavier fabric on the body and lighter fabric on the sleeves.

hoodie pattern

Materials:

  • cotton fleece (anti-pill) 60″ wide (1  1/4  to 1  3/4 yards)
  • Jersey knit 60″ wide X 22″ (56cm) for pockets and hood and for contrast
  • thread to match
  • cotton tape 1/2″ (reinforced neck seam) 1/2 yard
  • shoe lace, nylon or cotton cord 1 1/2 yards
  • one (1) open ended zipper 22″, 23″ or 24″ long depending on the size you are making

Tools:

Recommended fabrics from Amazon.com

Finished measurements

Size Chest Hips 
6 36 1/2  36 1/2
8  38  38
10  39 1/2  39 1/2
12  41  41
14  42 1/2  42 1/2
16  44   44
18  45 1/2  45 1/2
20  47  47
22  49 1/2  49 1/2
24 52 52

Printing your Hoodie Pattern

Before you print your hoodie pattern, there are three things you need to do:

  1. Wash, iron, and true the fabric.  For a more extensive description of truing have a look at this article about Mistakes to Avoid When Cutting Fabric.  You need a pre-shrunk fabric because this hoodie pattern is a semi-fitted pattern.  If your fabric ravels, sew the edges with your serger before washing to prevent it from getting ruined in the washing machine and place it a large laundry bag.  If it does not ravel, but just turn to one side after washing and drying.  Your fabric is a candidate for the “raw edge look” and does not require a serger to neaten the seams.  You can use a normal sewing machine to finish the entire hoodie.
  2. The second thing you need to do is to have a look at the finished measurements and print the size you want on landscape setting.
  3. Add the seam allowance to the pattern.  If you are using a serger or overlocker use a 3/8″ seam allowance.

I will be showing you a way to sew the facing and the zipper jacket at the same time

Pattern pieces not included in the pattern

  • Facing (trace and draw two (2)) from the pattern
  • Hem Ribbing one (1)
  • Wrists ribbing two (2)

Pattern layout

Where to find the Hoodie Pattern download and further instructions

To keep page load times fast, we divide long tutorials like this one into multiple pages.  You can find the page numbers below the sharing buttons at the bottom of this and subsequent pages.  Just click the next page to progress through the tutorial.

Bookmark the permalink.
5 4 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

275 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Il-haam Soeker
Il-haam Soeker

Hi there,

Thank you soo much for this. I cannot wait to try it. Could I ask you though, what would I need to do if I wanted to change the hoodie to a collar please.
Thanks in advance.
Regards
Il-haam

Will
Will

Hi, I have a difficult time understanding your explanations… they are not clear to me… I’m lost. The images are close-ups, but to understand the process better, I need to see images zoomed out to see the entire piece. It’s challenging to do because I’m having to guess my way through. I’m still grateful for your work because I’m learning although in an ambiguous way…

Pauline Planck
Pauline Planck

Just finished making this, first open ended zip, first time hood, first time facing, absolutely love it

Kevin McPhee
Kevin McPhee

Hi, I am making one for myself and I am a guy. Should I use my chest size to determine my size? Thanks!!

quinny
quinny

Is there a picture of what the actual pieces of fabric look like when they are cut out, so that I can see where to cut on the pattern?

Myrthe
Myrthe

I’m going to make this hoodie and the ‘Sweatpants That Are Not Just For Sweating’ (and indeed, I’m going tho wear them when I’m working from home. So probably won’t be sweating in them :P)
But I feel like the measurements are a bit off? Because the inches for the chest are the same as for the hips. Size 24 is 52″ chest and hips for example.
And if I look at size 24 with the ‘sweatpants’ the hips can be 61″

Could you help finding the right size for me please? My hips are 54″ waist 41″ and chest 47″

Thanks! Also for the pattern 🙂

Mette
Mette

Great pattern! Thanks for all your hard work ????????

Ina Postma
Ina Postma

I made me one from Alpen Fleece. Very nice! Next time I’ll cut the the facing a bit wider at the front, but thanks for this lovely free pattern!! “^”

Fritzi
Fritzi
Reply to  Ina Postma

Hey Ina, was your fleece elastic? If not do I need to add width for a comfy fit?

Jennifer
Jennifer
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Where is the link for the roomer hoodie please?

Adamantane
Adamantane

Thank you for a great pattern, Mayra! I just have one question. As this is a fitted hoodie, what amount of stretch is this pattern drafted for? I am planning to make it from french terry with a slight 2 way stretch, is this okay or should I find a 4 way stretch fabric?

Adamantane
Adamantane
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Thank you for the info! I may have to change my plans. Thankfully there are plenty of jerseys out there to choose from 🙂

Karen Korby
Karen Korby

Really LOVE the fabric you chose in the hoodie you are demonstrating. Can you advise where to find something with all those great abstract design elements?

Jean DeNio
Jean DeNio

I loaded the pattern, but will habe to send it to my sister’s laptop to print it because Kindle is not compatible with our printer. (Gah! Mega-irritating!)

Anyway, are the directions attached to the.pattern when it’s printed, or do I need to.come back to this page? As a beginning sewist, I ‘d like to have the easiest access possible to the instructions!

Thanks!

Jean DeNio
Jean DeNio
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

lol Just needed to make sure! Now to get the fabric: I want to see and feel before I buy, and it’s a long way to a Walmart or Joanne’s, over 60 miles one way. (That’s what we get for living in the boonies!)

I’m looking forward to making this!

Layana Priem
Layana Priem
Reply to  Jean DeNio

Bonjour, je sais que votre commentaire et ce patron date un peu mais personnellement je paie une petite participation pour remercier Mayra de son travail qui demande temps énergie et inspiration, et pour les instructions je fait des “copier “(du site mais que le texte et les images explicatives ) “coller” dans Word et ensuite j’imprime le livret explicatif ainsi obtenu! (PS: bien sûr en premier lieu je demande a mon navigateur de me traduire tout le site car j’ai connu “so sew easy” lorsque j’habitai a Melbourne en Australie mais étant Française je ne parle pas suffisamment anglais pour comprendre des explications de couture dans cette langue) et une fois toutes les explications ainsi colées je relis afin de rectifier la traduction et la mise en page! ensuite je n’ai qu’a suivre mon livret explicatif papier au fur et a mesure que je coud le vêtement.

MAYRA souhaite tu toujours voir les réalisations faites a partir de tes patrons? (et souhaite tu aussi voir les vêtement fait a partir de tes patrons mais avec quelques modifications? si c’est le cas dit moi et je les mettrai sur insta avec le # #soseweasyofficial

ENGLISH BELOW

Hello, I know that your comment and this boss is a little dated but personally I pay a small contribution to thank Mayra for her work which requires time, energy and inspiration, and for the instructions I make “copies” (from the site but only the text and the explanatory images) “paste” in Word and then I print the explanatory booklet thus obtained! (PS: of course first of all I ask my browser to translate the whole site for me because I knew “so sew easy” when I lived in Melbourne in Australia but being French I do not speak English enough to understand explanations of sewing in this language) and once all the explanations have been glued in this way, I reread in order to correct the translation and the layout! then I just have to follow my explanatory paper booklet as I sew the garment.

MAYRA do you still want to see the achievements made from your bosses? (and do you also want to see the clothes made from your patterns but with some modifications? if so tell me and I will put them on insta with the # #soseweasyofficial

Gerrie Dur
Gerrie Dur

Thank you for making many of your patterns and tutorials available for free. You’re very generous!
I’ve had the Hoodie pattern for a long time. I’m just now finding the courage to make it. Can you provide the body measurements it was designed to fit (size 16)? I found the finished measurements. I was hoping to adjust it to fit my more unusual body measurements.
Thanks!

Kathryn Hilton
Kathryn Hilton

It seems I am unable to download the pattern now because blueprint is no longer in business. Is there another way to get the pattern?

Esmori
Esmori

I would like to try this pattern but it is not available for download. I am being directed to a Bluprint site that does not allow downloads any more.
Any help as to where I can download the pattern?

Mrs susan sheehan
Mrs susan sheehan

Just finished making the hoodie and it looks fantastic. Thank you for the pattern.

Lahni
Lahni

Does the seam allowance need to be added to every piece, including pockets/hood? And all sides?

Bob
Bob

Hi again, no need to respond to my previous question. I found the answer on the first page of the post ^^

Bob
Bob

Hi ! Thx for this pattern and the instructions ! I’m planning to sew this hoodie in a few days but i’m confused with the sizes. Are they US or Uk sizes ? I have to find a match with the french sizes ^^
Thx !

Wietske Meurs Van
Wietske Meurs Van
Reply to  Bob

Thank you so much for this!! I am making it first from a withite sheet. Very handy tuturiol: good shown how every step works (eventhough sometimes google translation not always means what you mean ???? I am in the Netherlands)..good job ????????????

Jenni
Jenni

Thank you for sharing! Would this be considered a unisex pattern? Would it be ok for a man?

Chloé
Chloé

Hi Mayra, nice from you to put this pattern on free! thnx!
it save me a lot of time that this pattern is already made.
I have one question about the sewing marge… is it already included in your patter, so yes how much for each part?
Or should we draw it ?

thank you!

Sam
Sam

Hi Mayra, thanks for the pattern, have done all the downloads and plan to tackle it over the next couple of weeks. Am i missing a page or do you go from step 4 (and a few sub steps) to step 6….? tx Sam

seb black
seb black

what part is the facing?

Anna-Maria
Anna-Maria

Hey, I’m in the middle of sewing the parts together and noticed that my hood appears to be slightly to small for the rest of the hoodie? I cut the size 10 and now I’ve pinned the hood to the body and there are a few centimeters left (it looks like the body is too big but it fits me) and it is more than the space needed for the zipper. Do you have any ideas how to fix this apart from sewing a whole new hood? (and even when, which size should I pick to go smoothly with my size 10 hoodie-body?)
Greetings from Austria

desshou
desshou

I don’t want to sound ungrateful or anything, but is there any other way to download the pattern besides Bluprint? Since joining that website isn’t free…
Your hoodie is lovely, love the chosen fabrics!

Ruth Marshall
Ruth Marshall

How do we know how much fabric to buy, please? I’m a UK size 14, and will be buying specifically for this project
Thanks

Terry Scanes
Terry Scanes

would love the pattern to be without a zip and pockets that join in the front

elizabeth
elizabeth
Reply to  Terry Scanes

could you sew up the centre front where the zip would go and cut out 1 big pocket instead of 2 separate ones? this should be an easy modification if you are OK at sewing.

Hanna George
Hanna George

it is good for beginners thank you

Sian
Sian

When you say to add the seam allowance to the pattern, does that mean to cut the fabric using the pattern, or adding an extra border of fabric for the seam allowance?

periwinklesue
periwinklesue
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

So as I read the instructions, we should add 3/8″ for all of the seams, but 1/4″ for the pockets? (Excited to try this. Getting all of my prep work done!)

Patt Hagge
Patt Hagge

Oh I’m so glad to see this zipper directions. I had drafted my own hoodie from my sloper. It fits fine and is essentially the same as yours except for the zipper application. I hadn’t put my zip in yet so now will cut off the facing I already have applied (via serger) and cut a new larger one and apply my zipper your way. Thanks..

Ashleigh AJ
Ashleigh AJ

Just wondering if this pattern would work with Cotton Lycra?

Debbie McGee
Debbie McGee

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.

p van dixhoorn
p van dixhoorn

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

hana
hana

thanks I cant wait to try

Krystyne King
Krystyne King

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.

geestaga
geestaga

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

Beverly
Beverly
Reply to  geestaga

Click on page 2 and it will bring you to the download pattern. You will have to sign in via Blueprint.

Cheryl Masters
Cheryl Masters

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

Evie
Evie

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.

Kate Green
Kate Green

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.

Rhonda Allen
Rhonda Allen

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.

nathalie
nathalie

hello,
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

Susan
Susan
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

How about Google Docs or Drop Box

BubbeCraft
BubbeCraft
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Craftsy is not defunct — it has just been rebranded as Bluprint.com. I had no problem downloading your pattern PDF as I was redirected to Bluprint.com. 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” (https://www.printfriendly.com/), but there are many out there. I have found there are several choices for the 3 browsers I use (Firefox, Chrome, Opera).

Selena
Selena
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

This pattern is still available on the Bluprint site here: https://shop.mybluprint.com/sewing/patterns/the-hoodie/47618
I’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
barbiq5
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

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.