Insert A Zipper Into A Hooded Sweater

featuredI often work and spend time outdoors. I usually wear a hoodie but sometimes they are just too warm and a t shirt is not warm enough. So, I decided to sew a zipper into my favourite hoodie. Below are the instructions to put a zipper into your own hoodie.


  • A hoodie
  • A zipper that is the same length as your hoodie, mine was 22″
  • Thread to match
  • Chalk
  • Ruler
  • Scissors


This is the hoodie I started with.


Step 1:

  • Draw a straight line down the centre of your hoodie using the ruler and chalk.


Step 2:

  • Cut along the chalk line.


Step 3:

  • I used a serger to finish the raw edge. I do not think the fabric will unravel, I just wanted it to look nice.


Step 4:

  • First of all, sorry for the blurry picture. Separate the zipper then pin it to the edges of the hoodie with good sides together.


Step 5:

  • Sew the zipper to the hoodie using a zipper foot. Make sure you sew in the same direction for each side of the zipper. I sewed from the bottom to the top both times.


Step 6:

  • Fold the zipper in so the edges are inside the hoodie. Then sew the back of the zipper to the front of the hoodie, like top stitching. I lined up the edge of the zipper with the edge of my presser foot as a guide.


Finished zippered hoodie.

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