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DIY Sweatshirt Ideas: 36 Tutorials for How to Make a Hoodie and More

Learn how to make a sweatshirt for fall with these tutorials for DIY hoodies and more!

Updated November 15, 2018
DIY Sweatshirt Ideas 36 Tutorials for How to Make a Hoodie and More

There is nothing more comforting and comfortable than throwing a hoodie on when you are chilly. Whether you are looking for DIY sweatshirt ideas to pile under winter coats or want to know how to make a hoodie that you can wear as a coat during an unseasonably cool summer day, these how to make a hoodie tutorials are going to show you how to sew a hoodie or how to make a sweatshirt for everyone in your family.

These DIY sweatshirt ideas are the ideal homemade clothing ideas to add to any wardrobe. From gorgeous and chic ideas like the Lace Free Hoodie Pattern to adorable ideas like the Baby Bear Hoodie, you are sure to find a tutorial to make your own sweatshirt that you will love.

Check out DIY Sweatshirt Ideas: 36 Tutorials for How to Make a Hoodie and More and you will be bundling up your whole family in no time!

How to Make a Hoodie

The best thing about a hooded sweatshirt is that it lets you wear a sweatshirt with a hip vibe. Learn how to make a hoodie that is stylish and warm with these DIY sweatshirt patterns to sew. Make your own clothes and stay comfy.

  • DIY Basketweave Hoodie Tutorial

    It's easy to give an old hoodie a brand new look. If you're ready to give an old jacket a fresh face, check out this DIY sewing project to see how it's done.

  • Men's Fleece Hoodie

    Making a men's fleece hoodie is actually easier than it sounds, especially when you're armed with this free sewing pattern for men. Make one for your man in his favorite color and he'll love you forever (or at least he'll love the hoodie forever).

  • Lace Free Hoodie Pattern

    Literally any free sewing pattern or wearable can be made to look feminine and delicate when you add lace. This stupidly clever and surprisingly elegant how to make a hoodie pattern shows you how to sew with lace to make a hoodie you will want to wear everywhere.

  • Hoodie Vest

    Try your hand at sewing for men and boys with this free, easy sewing pattern. This sewing for men pattern is great because it is especially designed with the active man in mind!

  • Trendy Hoodie Refashion Sewing Pattern

    This is a super easy upcycle that takes less than an hour. Adding the sweatshirt sleeves and hoodie makes the jacket surprisingly warm.

  • Floral Embroidered Velvet Hoodie Pattern

    Many might say that velvet is a scary fabric to work with, but we assure you this is a myth! The secret is a walking foot and a ton of patience.

How to Sew a Hoodie for Kids

Hooded sweatshirts are the perfect wearable to sew for kids. These all too common sweatshirts come equipped with an attached hat. That means you can keep little heads and little ears warm at a moment’s notice. Learn how to sew a hoodie for the little one in your life with these ideas.

  • Cozy Color Block Sweater

    This DIY color block tutorial is a great way to add some color to your kid's wardrobe without losing the function. Plus, if you make their fall sweater cute enough, it won't be a battle every time you ask them to wear it on the playground.

  • Bear Necessities Hoodie

    Your kids will never look cuter than when they're sporting a great sweatshirt like this. This is a fabulous clothing refashion project that let's you put an adorable touch on your child's wardrobe.

  • Little Dinosaur Hoodie Tutorial

    This fun sewing tutorial teaches you how to turn a boring hoodie into some extraordinary dinosaur gear that kids won't want to stop wearing. Boys and girls will both love wearing this easy sewing project, and it only takes 1/2 a yard of fleece to transform your little ones into their favorite dinosaur.

  • Adorable Argyle DIY Hoodie

    Learn how to make a hoodie for your little guy or girl that is much trendier, cuter, and more affordable than store-bought clothing. Argyle is a classic pattern that never goes out of style, but this tutorial offers a fun, fresh twist on the traditional look.

  • Boy Shark Hoodie

    Use these refashioning instructions to make a project that is not only fun to create, but fun to watch while your little one sports it. It's incredible what a tiny amount of material can do to a seemingly complete project!

  • Mean Monsters Kids' Hoodie

    Any little boy or girl would absolutely love to sport these funky hoodies. These creative and comfy hoodies would make fantastic Halloween costumes, especially if you live in a colder climate.

  • Yo Peace Hoodie

    Kids will love wearing this hoodie, and you'll love making it! With a fun phrase sewn on the back of a simple hoodie, you'll have a garment that's great for kids.

  • Minecraft Free Hoodie Pattern

    The bright colors, robot design, and hip fit look just like something you might buy at a novelty shop. Not into Minecraft? You can skip the applique and just make the hoodie or make your own applique design.

  • Baby Bear Hoodie

    All you need is a t-shirt and a throw blanket to make this adorable pattern. Keep your little guy warm with this sweatshirt with cute bear ears on the hood.

  • Toddler Hoodie Tutorial

    Transform an old hooded sweatshirt into a cozy top for your little one with this tutorial. Elastic button loops look cute and make this DIY hoodie easy to get on and off.

  • Child's Hipster Hoodie

    Give your kiddo the gift of style when you create this sewn childrens' clothing pattern for them. This clever, cute, and extra trendy hooded sweatshirt tutorial shows you exactly how to make a sleeveless hoodie that is perfect for summer days or when your child is wearing layers.

  • No-Sew Unicorn Hoodie

    This adorable hoodie was completed in a couple of hours using simple supplies from the craft store. As we move into fall, it's the perfect addition to your wardrobe.

  • Easy Long Sleeve T-Shirt with Hoodie Pattern

    The sleeve feature will make a great color blocking combination for your fabrics, and it will easily simulate a long sleeve top underneath the main t-shirt. Besides, this easy t-shirt has a cool hoodie that your kids will love to wear.

Make Your Own Sweatshirt

If you do not like to wear a sweatshirt with a hood attached, then it is time to make a DIY sweatshirt that fits your unique sense of style. These make your own sweatshirt ideas are all quick, comfy, and cute. You don’t have to brave a chill to look cool.

  • Lace Up Sweatshirt Refashion

    This refashion shows you how to take a budget-friendly sweatshirt and give it the designer treatment by adding laces and grommets. Similar to designs from Balmain and Michael Kors, this easy refashioning project lets you recreate the designer look for less, and is a simple way to update your wardrobe.

  • Day On the Coast Sweatshirt Refashion

    It's amazing that the old hoodie from your 20s could make such a comeback in your closet. Now hood-less, it sports two decorative buttons on the neckline that match today's trends.

  • How to Make a Sweatshirt Quilted

    Learn how to recycle a sweatshirt and turn that dud into a darling. This tutorial shows you how to add a flowery design to any sweatshirt.

  • Upcycled Sweatshirts for Women

    If you are looking for a way to upcycle an old sweatshirt or add some flair to other pieces of your wardrobe, these Upcycled Sweatshirts for Women are the perfect craft for you. Casual and cool, these comfy and hip sweatshirts are the perfect top to pair with some shorts on a summer evening or with some skinny jeans for a fall afternoon. Anyway you wear it, you are sure to receive a bevy of compliments on this funky, DIY piece.

  • One Yard Sequined Sweatshirt

    You'll be perfectly cozy in this DIY sweatshirt while still looking glamorous. This simple sewing project will sew up quickly—all you need is a yard of stretchy, sequined fabric and an hour or two of your time.

  • Pretty Python Designer Sweater

    Created by upcycling several pieces, this sweater would be amazing for fall or worn with a pair of shorts to keep warm on a summer evening. If reptiles are not your thing, it would look just as cute if it were created with another animal print.

  • Trendy Sweatshirt Refashion

    Borrowing inspiration from designer labels on the runway, this refashion project is thrifty, chic and ultra-unique. Refashioning old clothes is a great green crafting activity to help the environment and go easy on your wallet.

  • Downton DIY Sweater

    This pattern upgrades a casual sweatshirt to a Victorian-inspired piece that you'll be happy to wear around town. You won't have to worry about throwing out that old, stained sweater. This DIY clothing pattern will completely refashion it by replacing the front with lovely lace.

  • Gem No-Sew Sweater Upcycle

    If you have a plain sweatshirt that's crazy comfy and in need of a little something extra, this is the project for you. This adorable little green crafting idea turns a drab piece into something extra fab!

  • Sweatshirt Liposuction

    If you want the warm snugglyness of a big sweatshirt but the style of a fitted sweater, this tutorial is for you! This refashion tutorial will teach you how to make a too-big sweatshirt fit just right and look amazing.

  • DIY No-Sew Ruffle Sleeve Sweatshirt

    Make your own cozy, ruffled sweatshirt with this free sewing tutorial. You'll be super-comfy but statement-making at the same time!

  • Snuggly Warm DIY Sweatshirt

    It can be quite beneficial to learn how to make a sweatshirt rather than buying them at the store every time one begins to look worn. Treat yourself to free sewing patterns like this one whenever you have the urge to acquire something new.

  • Long Sleeve Sweatshirt Pattern

    This pattern shows you how to design a sweatshirt that combines cozy knits and fall fashion.This free sewing pattern is a fantastic choice for layering over a tee or tank top on warmer days, and looks absolutely stunning with a pretty fall scarf and boots.

DIY Sweatshirt Patterns for Kids

Keep kids warm and keep them looking cool with DIY sweatshirt patterns for kids. These free kid’s clothing patterns are perfect for cold days and chilly nights. If you need a spring or fall jacket for your tot, consider making one of these instead.

  • Butterfly Raglan Sweatshirt Pattern

    Great for back to school season, this super cuddly and stylish sweatshirt is lightweight enough for your daughter to play in without being overheated, but warm enough for an evening at your family cookout. This free sweatshirt pattern comes with raglan sleeves and a high-lo hem, so that your little one will the best dressed kid in her class.

  • Varsity Baby Sweater Pattern

    This simple, free sweater pattern is made out of an old sweater of mom or dad's, making it a budget-friendly sewing pattern. The pattern makes a cute button-up that is appropriate for a boy or girl.

  • Free Dress Patterns from a Sweater

    The worst thing about finding free dress patterns you love is the stark realization that you are going to need a ton of fabric to make it, or that it might not be weather appropriate. Learn how to make a dress for girls that is cheap, easy, warm, and way cuter than that old sweatshirt you'll learn how to repurpose.

  • Hannah Montana-Inspired Sweater

    Created with a combo of sweatshirt material and sparkly sequin fabric, this top looks like it came right out of Hannah Montana's closet. Moms and little girls alike will love this sweatshirt.

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I love the hoodies on this page! Especially the ones for kids. Can't wait to make one for my nephew!

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