How to Sew a Jacket: 40 Patterns to Keep You Warm

Learn how to make a jacket and more with these sewing projects for winter!

By: Julia Wiatr, Editor,
How to Sew a Jacket 25 Patterns to Keep You Warm

When the temperature dips, everyone starts on their plans to make cold weather accessories like gloves, hats, or scarves. What most people seem to forget, though, is that you can also make your own DIY jacket or coat to keep yourself warm this winter. If you don’t know how to sew a jacket, you can find all the guidance you need in these fantastic and warm coat patterns. There are a variety of jacket patterns for women and men that you can choose from, and you can even find tutorials on how to sew a coat for children!

All you need to complete these sewing projects is a sewing machine and a few weekends of your time. These sewing patterns are definitely more advanced, but the finished product is something that looks professional and store-bought. This season, make sure your outerwear is as stylish as it is warm. Give the gift of warmth with these 40 Patterns to Keep You Warm.

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Free Jacket Patterns for Women

Ladies, stay stylish and warm this winter with these great DIY jacket ideas and patterns. Skip the store-bought coats and opt for ones you can completely customize yourself. Whether you’re looking to make your own jacket completely from scratch or add some ruffles and frills to one you already own, you’ll find the DIY jacket pattern you’re looking for. If you’re looking for something a little less structured, there are also blazer and hoodie patterns to pick between.

  • Fall Jacket to Vest Refashion

    Breathe life into an old fall jacket by transforming it into the perfect vest for autumn with this easy tutorial. This refashion is a quick and easy upcycling project that will give you a designer-inspired wardrobe in no time.

  • DIY Vintage Jacket

    This tutorial is based on a jacket pattern from 1952. This jacket is special for its length: it's perfect for wearing with high-waisted skirts or trousers, which were popular in that era.

  • 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.

  • The Fairy Tale Cape Pattern

    For those days when you need to throw something light over your shoulders, this tutorial on how to sew a hooded cape is perfect for you. Whether you live in the charming quiet of the countryside or the exciting fast-paced city, this piece will make you feel like you're the hero of a fairy tale.

  • Jackie O. Jacket

    Make the Jackie O. Jacket and you'll be looking fashionable in a timeless piece. The striking shawl collar coupled with cuffed, three-quarter length sleeves make this an elegant piece that will turn heads every time you wear it.

  • Sunburst Cloak

    Few things are more regal than donning an accessory like this, and the beauty of this cloak is that it is easy to make and perfect for attending formal winter events. You can always rely on this wardrobe staple to keep you warm and stylish in the cold winter months.

  • One Hour Jacket Refashion

    If you have some jackets hanging in your closet that have been way out of style for a long time, you absolutely need to check out this tutorial. Whether you have an old khaki coat from the early 2000s or a faded denim jacket you want to give new life, this refashion has the solution for you.

  • Harris Tweed Wool Clare Coat

    This fashionable coat fastens with snaps. You'll love the big, warm collar that can stand up or fold down. Making your own coat that fits you well and is warm enough is great!

  • DIY Boxy Pink Coat

    With its oversized style, this easy sewing project will be a chic and glamorous addition to your wardrobe. This coat is worth the effort, as it can be worn over jeans and a T-shirt, your favorite little black dress, or even a business-casual outfit.

  • Winter Wool DIY Cape

    This classic, vintage-inspired cape is a beginner sewing projectthat only takes half an hour of your time and uses only 2 yards of fabric. This cape sewing tutorial that is inspired by trends in high fashion is sure to keep you stylish and warm as the days get colder.

  • Trendy Hoodie Refashion Sewing Pattern

    This is a super easy upcycle that takes less than 1 hour. Adding the sweatshirt sleeves and hoodie makes the jacket surprisingly warm.

Coat Patterns for Men

DIY coats can also be made for men, with a more masculine style in mind. Choose between a stylish DIY jacket or a warm and snug fleece hoodie for your winter clothing projects. Bust out your sewing machine to make the perfect coat and beat the winter chill.

  • 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.

  • Day On the Coast Sweatshirt Refashion

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

  • Club Jacket

    Make a club jacket for your husband or son with this free sewing pattern for men. This wind breaker is great for outdoor activities and it features stylish color blocking.

DIY Jackets for Girls

Dress your little girl in one of these DIY jackets and make sure she stays all snuggly this winter. Whether you’re looking to make a completely DIY jacket or a warm and snuggly hoodie, you’ll find the perfect winter outerwear for your little girl. There’s also a tutorial on how to turn a sleeper into a jacket if you’d rather refashion one yourself.

  • Minky Swing Jacket Pattern

    This adorable, faux fur coat looks absolutely trendy and expensive while only costing you the price tag of some simple, fuzzy fabric. This coat is warm enough to keep your little lady warm on a cool spring day.

  • Madeline's Yellow Jacket

    This jacket has a vintage Parisian feel that is so cute, you'll have the other parents knocking on your door for the pattern. This easy-to-follow clothes sewing tutorial will teach you how to make a classic quilted winter coat that's as warm as it is beautiful.

  • The Warmest Winter Toddler Jacket

    This free sewing pattern makes an adorable fleece button-up suitable for both boys and girls. The cut is nice and loose, perfect for running around during playtime.

  • The Audrey Hepburn Cape

    This tutorial shows you how to make a cape that will make your little girl feel like a movie star. This cape would be perfect for a 1950s starlet DIY Halloween costume, but it is stylish and practical for everyday wear too.

  • Sleeper to Jacket Refashion

    Turn those sleepers the kids have outgrown into light jackets. If you've been looking for free sewing patterns for kids, this idea delivers a simple refashion idea.

  • Bear Necessities Hoodie

    Your kids will never look cuter than when they're sporting a great sweatshirt like this. Get your printable patterns for the applique pieces and grab as sweatshirt you're ready to give a bear of a new look.

  • Petite Popover Jacket

    This stylish DIY kids' jacket pattern is easy to make, extra cute, and printable, too. Sewing moms and grandmas will not be disappointed with this children's clothing tutorial.

  • Bomber Jacket

    This cute kid's bomber jacket features welt pockets and is fully lined. It can be made with a variety of knits, including French terry, Liverpool, or double knit.

  • The Josie Jacket

    Save money on outerwear by indulging in free vintage sewing patterns like this one. You'll be so glad you learned how to make a coat when crisper weather shows up and your girl can enjoy the outdoors without so much as a shiver. Making a coat isn't impossible by any means. See for yourself by checking out this winning tutorial.

  • Best Baby Dress Coat

    Making your own baby winter clothes allows you to expand your little one's wardrobe and practice your sewing techniques affordably. This cute coat will serve the season's needs and can be passed on as a hand-me-down for younger generations.

  • Warm and Cozy Wool Coat

    This tutorial shows you how to make a coat from an existing pattern for a different look. This is ultra chic and adorable, and it will keep her toasty warm all winter long.

  • Awesome Autumn Children’s Cape Tutorial

    This DIY kids' cape is as functional as it is trendy. Good for layering and easy to move around in, this cape is the perfect autumn jacket for your child.

How to Sew a Coat for Boys

If you want to know how to sew a coat for boys, you’ll have plenty of patterns to work with. Choose between fun animal hoodies to keep them warm and snug, or make a slightly more upscale peacoat for formal occasions. Whatever the project, your boys are sure to avoid feeling the wintery chill this season.

  • 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.

  • The New Yorker Boys' Peacoat

    This clothes sewing tutorial will teach you how to make a peacoat for boys from a jacket that already fits and then style it to look exactly how you want it to. This tutorial includes adorable ideas for ways to embellish your jackets to give them a completely unique look.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. The felt teeth skirting the edge of the hood give the adorable effect of shark teeth.

  • Flying High Fleece for Boys

    This adorable jacket is a great project to make for your little guy. This winter, dress him in a warm and comfy fleece he'll love to wear. Simple sewing projects for kids can help you build a cute and affordable wardrobe.

  • 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. It's an easy sewing project that makes a great baby gift.

  • 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. It's an easy sewing project that will get lots of wear.

  • Little Man Upcycled Suit Jacket

    This tutorial not only shows you how to make a jacket with ease, but it also saves you time and money by using an old or thrifted suit jacket. This tutorial includes a free printable pattern and detailed instructions so you can transform an old suit into a trendy, cute jacket for your little boy.

  • Boys Retro Varsity Jacket

    Sewing a jacket can be tricky, but this tutorial makes it easy to create a sporty, adorable sweatshirt for your little boy. This lightweight DIY jacket is perfect for layering in cooler weather and would be an adorable back to school outfit.

  • Harmonica Jacket

    This tutorial creates a cute boys' coat for spring or fall. Follow these simple instructions to make this corduroy jacket with elbow pads. If you're sewing for kids, this jacket will be a hit.

  • Choose Your Own Adventure Jacket

    By following this tutorial, you will undoubtedly get a leg-up with your costume ideas for any upcoming holiday or event. If you're new to sewing, use this homemade jacket as a starter pattern that you can learn from.

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I'm obsessed with those dinosaur zip-ups!!!

I've been looking for a new jacket for fall, but now that I've seen these tutorials, I think I'll save the money and make my own. Thanks for the great ideas!


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