Need a Cool Layering Piece This Winter? Try This DIY Hooded Vest

7 Materials
$5
2 Hours
Medium

Vests are always popular because they help keep you warm and they help hide unwanted pounds or bulges!


While warmer fabrics are perfect for winter, you can even make a DIY hooded vest for every season!


This hooded vest tutorial will show you how to make an elegant, all-purpose vest you can wear anytime.


Here’s a hooded vest sewing pattern you can make in just about an hour! Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • 1 yard of fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Measuring tape
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Clips or pins
  • Cotton strap (webbing)
Cutting fabric for the DIY hooded vest

1. Cut the fabric

You’ll need to cut two pieces of fabric. The front is 24½ X 37 inches. The back is 23 X 24½ inches.

Making the pattern for the front

2. Make the front pattern

Fold the front piece right sides together and lengthwise.


Measure and mark from the left end in at 14¼ inches. Mark a straight line going down, making sure that the entire square is of equal measure.

Connecting the measurements together

From the fold at the bottom, measure up 7 inches and then down at 1½ inches. Connect these two measurements on a diagonal line.

Making the pattern for the DIY hooded vest

At the open end of the left side from the fold, mark at 2¾ or even 3 inches on the fold. At the bottom, mark at 3½ inches. Connect those two points with a concave line.

Cutting out the pattern

Cut out these two angles.

Zigzag stitching all of the raw edges

Open the front panel. Zigzag stitch all the edges, including the hole in the center.

Marking the back pattern

3. Make the back pattern

The length should be 24½ inches and the height should be 11½ inches when folded. At the left side on the fold, make a mark at 1¼ inches. Up on the left side, mark at 4 ¾ inches.


Connect those 2 points with a slightly bowed line.

Cutting out the fabric and serging the edges

Cut out the piece. Zigzag all the edges.

Sewing the fabric to create the hood

4. Make the hood

Fold the front piece right sides together and sew the top piece together to create the hood.

Pinching the fabric

5. Make the vest

At the hole just beneath the hood, pinch the fabric in the opposite direction. Mark the center on both sides.

Marking the center in the hole

Then, mark the center at the top and bottom of the hole.

Measuring down the fabric

Measure a straight line down from the center point of the hole to the very bottom of the fabric.

How to make a hooded vest

Cut along that line. Zigzag stitch the edges.

Hooded vest tutorial

Match the center of the back to the center mark at the base of the hood on the front. Then, twist the back around so the top corner goes to the outer corner of the cut open front panel.

Pinning the hood

Pin this in place. Lightly pleat the fabric at the hood area only so it fits. Pin in place. Do the same to the other side. Then sew together.

Making a DIY hooded vest

Lay the back face up.

Clipping the side seams together

Lay the front panels so their right sides are together. Clip the side seams together.

Making the armholes

To make the armhole, measure down 8½ inches from the top. Sew from the bottom up to that mark.

Sewing all the edges

Hem with a single fold at the bottom, sides, hood, and armhole by pinning in place. Then sew all these edges using a zigzag stitch.

Attaching webbing to the open front panels

Attach a cotton strap or webbing at the open front panels on the wrong side of the vest including the hood.

DIY hooded vest

DIY hooded vest tutorial

You’re done sewing a DIY hooded vest that’s perfect to wear over everything from dresses to jeans! Add a flirty ribbon in a contrasting color to highlight your waist.

DIY hooded vest from the back

How perfect is this hood?

DIY hooded vest with the hood up


DIY hooded vest from the front

Please let me know in the comments what you think of this hooded vest tutorial and let me know if you made it!

Suggested materials:
  • 1 yard of fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
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