How to Sew a Hoodie Out of a Fluffy Sherpa Blanket From Walmart

7 Materials
$20
3 Hours
Medium

Today, I’m going to show you how to sew a hoodie out of a fluffy blanket that you can purchase at Walmart or any other retail store.


This DIY hoodie is actually pretty easy to make. You don’t even need a hoodie sewing pattern, just your favorite hoodie as a template.


Ready to see this cozy blanket transformation? Let’s get sewing!

Tools and materials:

  • Sherpa blanket
  • Hoodie as a guide
  • Chalk
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Pins
Tracing around a hoodie for the pattern

1. Cut the hoodie sewing pattern

Grab your favorite hoodie and place it on your folded Sherpa blanket. Cut around, so you end up with two bodice pieces. Be sure to fold in the sleeves to trace the armholes. 


Tip: Normally, I use a bit of seam allowance, but this hoodie was already big on me, so I had no need to. 

Folding and cutting the blanket

Fold the fabric over and cut. This way, all your pieces will match. 

Cutting the neckline


Cutting the neckline for the front piece

Cut the neckline for the front and back. Then, fold over the front piece and cut the neckline a little deeper than the back. 

Tracing the hoodie sleeves

Trace the hoodie sleeves. Ensure that you cut the bottom of the sleeve and that the top edge is on the fold. 

Folding the bodice piece to cut out the shoulder

Fold the body piece over to cut out a nice shoulder. 

Using the first sleeve to cut the second

Use the first sleeve as a template to cut out the second. 

Tracing and cutting out the hood

Trace and cut out the hood part. Fold the blanket twice so you end up with four hood pieces. 

Pinning the shoulder seams, ready to sew

2. Sew the front and sleeves

Place the two bodice pieces together, right sides facing. Then, sew the shoulder seams. 

Pinning the sleeve to the armhole area of the bodice

Pin the sleeve to the open armhole area of the bodice. Make sure to align both pieces at the center. 


Tip: To find the center of the sleeve, simply fold it in half. 

Sewing the sleeves

Now, sew all the way around the arm. 

How to sew Sherpa fabric

Hold the fabric down before it goes under the presser foot. Sherpa fabric is bulky and needs some readjusting when sewing. 

How to make a hoodie

Repeat the same process on the other side. 

Sewing the down the sleeve and side seams

Attach the sides by sewing down the body and the bottom of the sleeve. 


Tip: When you get to the armpit, make sure to sew that area really well. 

Sewing the hood pieces together

3. Sew the hood

Place the hood pieces right sides facing, and sew the curved area, from the top down. 

Pinning the hoods together

Once you have two hood pieces, place them together, starting at the top center.

How to make a hood

The right sides should be facing when pinning both pieces all the way around. 

How to sew a hood

Sew around the pin edges to secure. 

DIY hood for the DIY hoodie

This is what your DIY hood should look like when flipped to the right side. 

Attaching the hood to the body

4. Attach the hood to the body

Flip the hood, so it’s facing down. Then, find the midpoint of the hood and align it to the midpoint of the back neckline.

Placing the hood inside the hoodie

Place the hood inside the DIY hoodie sweater and pin the back layers. Everything should be right sides facing. 

Sewing the hood

Now, sew all around. 

Hemming the front neckline

Hem the front neckline by folding the fabric over once. 

Cutting out a pocket

5. Cut and attach the pocket

Your DIY hoodie is almost ready; we just need to attach the pocket. I used this triangular tool as a guide to form nice angles on my pocket. 

Hemming the top edge of the pocket

Once your pocket is cut, hem the top edge. 

Hemming the sides of the pocket

Then, hem the sides. I didn’t have to do anything for the bottom, as I cut it on the edge of the fabric. 

Attaching the pocket to the hoodie

Now, sew the pocket onto the DIY hoodie. Make sure you sew the top and bottom only. 

How to sew a hoodie

How to sew a hoodie

We’re done! How cute is this DIY hoodie? No one would ever guess that this was once a Walmart Sherpa blanket!


Thanks for joining me on this tutorial on how to sew a hoodie. I hope you make this for your next project; it’s really fun!

Suggested materials:
  • Sherpa blanket
  • Hoodie as a guide
  • Chalk
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