How to Easily Make Your Own Color-Block Hoodie With Patchwork Pieces

JRenee DIY
by JRenee DIY
5 Materials
3 Hours

Follow this tutorial to make your own color-block hoodie. It's super easy to do! Then, if you love the color-block look, use the same patchwork techniques to make more color-blocked clothing, like t-shirts, pants, and sweatshirts.

Tools and materials:

  • 2 or 3 old hoodies in different colors
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Serger
Cutting the sleeves, pockets, and waistband

1. Make your color blocks

Cut the sleeves, pockets, and waistbands off your old hoodies.

Cutting the sides and bottom off the hoodi

Next, cut off the sides and bottom of the hoodie so you are left with just the hood and a few inches of fabric below and on either side of the hood.

Cutting up patchwork pieces from the hoodies

Cut the rest of that fabric, and fabric from more hoodies, into squares and rectangles that will make up your color blocks. Save the waistbands and pockets for later.

Laying out the patchwork color blocks

2. Make the body of the hoodie

Lay out your color blocks in whatever pattern you like.


Sew the blocks together with right sides facing using a regular sewing machine or a serger. Work a few blocks at a time and iron them flat as you go. 

Sewing the hood piece onto the block pieces

Next, sew the hood piece onto whichever block you want at the center front of your hoodie.

Sewing the sides of the hoodie

Sew the sides on to the hooded center piece.

Making the back of the DIY color block hoodie

Make a color-block patchwork for the back of the hoodie, again mixing and matching block colors and sizes, and matching the final size and shape to the hoodie front.

Trimming the fabric to the bodice pattern

3. Trace a bodice pattern

Make a paper pattern by tracing the front of another old sweatshirt. 

Fold the front piece of your hoodie in half and lay the paper pattern on top of it along the fold of the sweatshirt.

Trim the hoodie to the width and length of the pattern and trim the armholes of the hoodie according to the pattern as well.

Trimming the back of the hoodie

Make a similar pattern for the back of your hoodie and trim to shape it as well.

Making sleeves for the patchwork hoodie

4. Attach the sleeves

Choose the color sleeves you want from your disassembled old hoodies. If you have sleeves from two different hoodies and they are not exactly the same size and shape, trim the larger one as needed so both sleeves match. 

Pinning the sleeve seam

You will then need to re-sew the sleeve seam with your serger.

Inserting the sleeve into the hoodie armhole

Turn the hoodie inside out and sew the two side seams from the underarm to the bottom. Then insert the sleeves with right sides facing and sew them into place. 

Pinning the front pocket onto the hoodie

5. Add a front pocket

Choose a pocket from one of your disassembled hoodies and trim off the seams from the pocket. Lay the pocket on your hoodie matching the bottom of the pocket with the bottom of the hoodie.

Fold under the top and side edges of the pocket and pin the pocket to your hoodie. Topstitch the top and both sides of the pocket to your hoodie. 

Attaching the waistband for the hoodie

6. Attach a waistband

Choose a waistband from one of your old hoodies and trim off the seam. Lay it below your hoodie and trim off any extra waistband from one side so that it will cinch in the hoodie a bit.

Sew back a new side seam on the waistband to make it one round piece again.

Pinning the bottom ribbing to the hoodie

Pin the new waistband to the bottom of the hoodie, matching the side seams and raw edges. You will need to stretch the bottom of the hoodie a bit to fit the slightly smaller waistband. 

Serged seams on the DIY color block hoodie

Sew the waistband in place using both regular stitches and your serger to make sure that seam is extra tight.

Make your own color block hoodie

Make your own color block hoodie

You’re done and what a great color-block hoodie this is! And a great way to use those old hoodies that are taking up space in your dresser.

I’d love to hear how your DIY patchwork color-block hoodie turned out, so please leave a comment for me.

Suggested materials:
  • 2 or 3 old hoodies in different colors
  • Scissors
  • Thread
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