How to Make a Cute Corset Out of an Old Hoodie - DIY Tutorial

Shanna yeh
by Shanna yeh
14 Materials
30 Minutes

We all have hoodies sitting in the back of our closets that we don't wear. In this thrift flip, I'm going to be turning a Nike hoodie into a corset. I know this may seem a bit odd at first, but just wait until you see the end result - this corset hoodie is awesome!

Tools and materials:

  • Hoodie
  • Seam ripper
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Fabric marker
  • Ruler
  • Boning
  • Steel caps
  • Pliers
  • Metal rings
  • Zipper
  • Scissors
  • Safety pin
Seam ripping the front pocket of the hoodie

1. Remove front pocket

The first thing you need to do is remove the hoodie's front pocket using a seam ripper. You want to maximize the amount of fabric you have, so try to do this carefully and not create any holes in the fabric.

DIY corset hoodie pattern

2. Cut out the pattern

Then cut out your pattern pieces using the above pattern.

Depending on the shape of the hoodie that you're using, you can probably cut the entire front and back piece out in one piece. If you don't have a lot of fabric, you can cut it out into multiple pieces and then sew it all together. 

How to make a corset top

3. Sew

Now you want to sew the two pieces right side to right side along the edges, leaving one side open and unsewn, which will allow you to flip it inside out. To flip it inside out, just reach in through the side opening, grab the opposite corner, and pull it out.

How to make your own corset with boning

4. Mark the boning channels

Next, you're going to create channels for the boning to go through. The picture above shows where I put the boning channels and how far apart they were.

I used a fabric marker and a ruler to mark this on the material. Ensure that for whatever type of boning you are using, the channels are wide enough to hold it. 

Sewing the DIY hoodie corset

5. Sew the channels

You're now going to sew a straight stitch along the lines that you drew to make those channels for the boning. 

Inserting the boning into the DIY corset top

6. Insert the boning

For the boning, I am using spiral steel, but there are lots of options out there. With spiral steel boning, you can bend it as much as you want, but it will always stay nice and stiff and straight.

I also bought little caps that you put on the end so that they don't pierce through the fabric.

Cut the boning to the size that you want it. Then, slide the steel caps on the edges and use the pliers to pinch them tightly in place. Proceed to seam rip open each boning channel from the top, then slide the boning in.

How to sew a DIY corset hoodie

7. Sew the openings

Then sew carefully along the openings of each channel, making sure not to sew over the actual boning because that would break the needle.

Adding a zipper to the DIY corset top

8. Add the zipper

The next thing you need to do is sew down the raw hem and then sew down the zipper. First, unzip the zipper so that it is in two pieces and line it up with the already sewn seam of the corset. Then, sew it in place.

Once done, mark where the zipper needs to end and just cut it. To make a little stopper for the zipper (because this zipper didn't have one), I hand sewed between the top two zipper teeth. 

Making the straps for the hoodie corset

9. Make and add the straps

To add a bit more detail to the straps, I'm going to use some silver metal rings that I had leftover from purse making, but this is optional. I'm going to use the rings to attach the straps.

On the corset, I wrapped the little corners around the metal rings and sewed them down. To make the straps, cut two long rectangles out of the arms of the hoodie, then fold and pin them in half wrong side to wrong side.

Next, sew along the edge of the fabric and flip it right side out. To do this, attach a safety pin to one of the sides of the rectangle and push it through itself until it reaches the other side. This makes a spaghetti strap look thin, and no seams are noticeable.

To finish, I then tied the straps to the rings and also sewed them to the back of the corset.

DIY corset hoodie tutorial

DIY corset hoodie tutorial

That’s how you turn a hoodie into a corset! Corsets are so trendy, but these ones are also comfy because they’re made out of this sweatshirt material. I think that it is such a great way to repurpose an old hoodie that isn’t being used. 

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