So in my wardrobe where all my fabric is stored, I also have a couple of huge bags of clothes that I can’t bear to throw out because I figure I can cut them up and use the fabric for something someday.
For one of those pieces of clothing, that day was finally here. The day I cut up one of my old zipup hoodies and turn it into a new hoodie for Squishy. I’ve been thinking about doing it ever since I saw this refashion:
Toddler Sweatshirt Tutorial by Craftiness is not Optional
The idea of refashioning one of my old pieces of clothing really stuck with me but when I came to do it I didn’t actually follow Jess’ tutorial at all (not because there was anything wrong with it, I just realised mine could work a little differently), so I figured I would have a go at showing you all what I did to go from this:
Got a hoodie that needs transforming into something for your child?
First you will need a pattern. If you have a hoodie pattern, great. If not, you can use a long sleeve top pattern and then draw up the hood section like I did, or you can have a go at drawing up your own pattern using one of your child’s sweatshirts.
Side note: If you use the link above to make your own pattern, don’t worry about folding it to make a symmetrical pattern piece. Half will work fine. And make sure you use a longsleeve top.
Lay your BACK pattern piece on top of the hoodie with the fold line along the zip and the bottom of the pattern piece slightly below the bottom of the top. As you are reusing the bottom ribbing or hem and saving yourself heaps of time, you don't need to include the seam allowance. Cut around your pattern piece through both layers of fabric, making sure that the zip pull thing (what is that called?) is down and out of the way.
Flip your pattern piece and cut out the other half.
Take your front bodice piece and fold it in half. Lay your FRONT pattern piece on top, and cut the neckline to match. Cut straight through the zip.
Lay your arm pattern piece on top of the original arm. Line up the fold of the sleeve with the fold line of the pattern and hang the sleeve end over the end of the sleeve (no need for seam allowances as you are using the original ribbing or hems). Cut around the pattern.
Now for the hood. I had to make my own hood pattern so I'm going to add this in in case you need to too. Using one of your child's hoodies, lay the hood down flat on to some paper. Trace around, remembering to add in seam allowances, except for the front as you will be reusing the hem on your adult hoodie. As you can see, I added seam allowace at the front, silly. Cut out your shape.
Using your hood pattern, cut out your new mini hood. My pattern piece is off the edge because of my unneccessary seam allowance.
Time to put it together! With right sides of the bodice facing, sew shoulder seams with a straight stitch. Use a zigzag stitch to finish the edges. Press with the seam towards the back.
Next you need to pin the arm pieces to the bodice. With right sides facing, start from the centre and work your way out. You may need to stretch the pieces to match. Sew together, again starting from the centre. Press, with the seams facing in to the sleeve. Repeat for the other sleeve.
With both arms sewn on, your hoodie should be looking like this. Time for some side seams.
With right sides together, sew up your side seams. Take care to line up the underarm seam as you go and keep the seam pointing into the sleeve. You could pin this before sewing if you like, I don't, but I'm just a bit lazy. Press.
Before you sew the hood on, you will need to cut a few of the teeth off the zip so that the fabric can be folded over later. I cut three teeth out from each side.
Next up is the hood. Put right sides together and sew up the seam. I was trying to keep the string freeflowing so I did a little tricky sewing at the top, but it didn't turn out that neatly. My advice is to sew right over it, securing the string as you go. It won't matter.
Pin the hood to the bodice. For this you will need the zip down a bit more to make it easier. Start from the centre and work your way out to keep it even, stretching the fabric as you go to match if you need to. Sew up and finish the edges. Press.
With the seam facing down, topstitch the hood to keep it tidy. When you get to the zip, fold the fabric over and stitch back and forward a few times creating a nice strong end which will stop the zip pull thing from coming off the top.
And that’s it! Go find yourself a cute toddler, stick it on them and then let them check out their cute new hoodie.
It didn’t take her long to find those pockets. The girl has been obsessed ever since the green easter dress. Found here by the way:
Ooohh and what's that Mumma?
I am so happy with how this turned out and I’m sure you will be too. It’s so cute seeing a miniature version of my old top. Possibly because it’s also being worn by a miniature version of me!
Love you Squishy.