DIY Oversized Hoodie

Last week I’ve been super busy making hoodies. I made three, one for myself and two to sell at craft fairs. The only problem is I’ve made the pattern myself and I have no idea how to upload it. When I figure it out I’ll post it for free. I looked everywhere for a free pattern that I liked and couldn’t find one, that’s why I ended up making my own. Anyway, I’ll post the instructions now, and the pattern as soon as I figure out how.

Edit: After some playing around with OpenOffice Draw I think I have figured out how to make a pattern. I’m very excited. When you have printed all of the pages you can tape them together so they look like the page below. There are sizes small, medium and large. The one I made for myself is medium. It’s the purple hoodie at the bottom.

Hoodie Pattern

This is the PDF pattern. I really hope it works for everybody. I would love feedback from anyone who tries it out!

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Step one:

Cut out all of the pattern pieces as indicated on the pattern from a sweater fabric.

Step two:

Fold the top side edges of the pocket under 1/4 inch and sew close to the edge with a double needle.

Step three:

Line up the centre bottom of the pocket with the centre bottom of the front piece. Fold over the top and bottom sides of the pocket 1/4″ to the wrong side and pin to front.

Step four:

Sew close to the edge with a double needle.

Step five:

With right sides together, sew front to back at the shoulder seams with 1/4″ seam allowance.

Step six:

Pin arm to front and back. Match center arm with shoulder seam.

Step seven:

Sew arm to front and back with a 1/4″ seam allowance and then repeat steps six and seven with the other arm.

Step eight:

Fold sweater in half with right sides together. Match seams under arm and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Step nine:

Place right sides together and sew the curved side of the hood with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Step ten:

If you want to add a string make a small button hole or place an eyelet where the marking is.

Fold front of hood under 1/2″ and pin. Then sew with a double needle.

Step eleven:

Pin hood to sweater with good sides together and matching hood seam with centre back. Front of hood should overlap a little.

Step twelve:

Sew with 1/4″ seam allowance. 

Step thirteen:

If you do not want thumb holes:

Fold wrist band in half width wise with right sides together. Sew side opposite fold together with 1/4″ seam allowance.

If you do want thumb holes:

Fold wrist band in half width wise with right sides together. Sew side opposite fold together at the top 1/4″, the middle 1/4″ and the bottom 1/4″.

Step fourteen: (There is a better way to do this. I have to take some more pictures and update.)

If you do not want thumb holes, skip this step.

Fold wrist band in half with wrong side together. Make sure the two holes line up. Sew around the hole, make sure the seam allowance is tucked inside the wrist band.

Step fifteen:

Pin wrist band to bottom of arm with right sides together. The hole of the wrist band should be 1.5″ to the front of the arm seam. You will need to stretch the wrist band to make it fit the arm as you sew. Use a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Step sixteen:

The waistband is similar to the wrist band. Fold in half widthwise with right sides together and sew the short side with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Fold in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. You can baste the bottom edges together if you like.

Pin bottom of sweater to waistband with right sides together. Line up the waistband seam with a side seam. Sew with 1/4″ seam allowance. The waistband doesn’t have to be stretched.

All finished!

Again, here’s the pattern: Hoodie Pattern

I would love to see your hoodies in the comments!

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  1. You make it look so easy! I’m sure if I dusted off my sewing machine and tried this there would be a heap of fabric, sewing machine parts, thread and tears on the floor in a matter of minutes!! The hoodies look great and I love the colors! 😀


  2. Hi! I know this is an old post but I wondering if you could remember how many yards of fabric you used for a single hoodie. Thanks very very much!


  3. I tried to get the pattern but I was only able to get it to show on one page. Could you give any tips on how to download it or print it? Thank you. I really like what you made.


    1. Hi you may have figured this out by now….if not… click on your printer icon and select Poster size. It will change the format to print over multiple pages. Hope this helps


  4. I found a trend on alibaba for over oversized Hoodie and searched a pattern you created the trend! ❤️ maybe extra size for 21 but nice to see! I’m adding to my gift list to sew some fleece! Thank you💕💕


  5. i have tried to print this pattern everyway that is suggested, it will not download, i would really like to have this pattern.


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