Sew a Zipper Hoodie With This Incredible Tutorial

Crafts with Ellen
by Crafts with Ellen
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1 Hour

Has this ever happened to you? You go out looking for the perfect zipper hoodie only to find that the one that fits perfectly is without a zipper. Do you buy it? If this has ever happened to you, don’t fret! I have a quick and easy tutorial for you! I will show you how to attach a zipper to a hoodie. So before you think twice about buying that favorite hoodie, read this tutorial first!

Tools and materials:

  • Heat erasable pen
  • Hoodie
  • Ruler
  • Zipper
  • Safety pin
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
Sew a zipper hoodie

Mark the center

Lay your hoodie out flat, measure the center and mark a straight line with a heat erasable pen and ruler.

Add a zipper to a hoodie

Cut the center

Once your center is marked, cut the front.

Attach a zipper to a hoodie

Use a seam ripper to carefully unstitch the top part of the hoodie. My hoodie is made from stretchy fabric, so it won’t unravel; meaning I won't have to do anything to protect the raw edges.

Zipper hoodie jacket

Attach the zipper

Start by placing the zipper, right sides together on top of one side of the hoodie.

Make sure it’s placed in a straight line. Clipt it in place.

How to sew a zipper hoodie

Use a zipper foot and sew close to the zipper’s teeth.

How to add a zipper to a hoodie

Repeat the same on the other side; place the zipper right sides together and make sure it lines up on both the top and bottom.

How to attach a zipper to a hoodie

Flip the zipper to the inside of the hoodie and sew a second line of stitching close to the fabric’s edge. By doing this, the zipper line will be flattened. Notice that the big pocket That I had in front is now two separate pockets? That’s what you aim for when doing the second stitch should your hoodie have a front pocket like mine.

Pleat the top edges

Fix the top edges

The edges on the top are too big and overlap. Easily fix the raw edges on top of the hoodie by opening up the seams a bit more and adding a pleat in the hood, on both sides. Clip them so they stay in place.

Pleated edges on zipper hoodie

As you can see, the front lines blend nicely with the new zipper hoodie.

Change the drawstring

Optional- replace the drawstring

Because my zipper is black, I decided to replace the drawstring with a black one. I wanted the whole zipper hoodie to blend in nicely. To do this, use a safety pin and tie the old drawstring on one side and the new on the other. Then, simply pull the other end of the old string so that it all goes into place in just a few seconds.

Zipper hoodie transformation

There you go! If next time you can't find what you’re looking for, you can find something close enough and make it work! This tutorial is so simple, it’s really like a magic transformation. No one would ever guess this zipper hoodie was once a full-piece hoodie.

Suggested materials:
  • Heat erasable pen
  • Hoodie
  • Ruler
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  • Elliebgood Elliebgood on Feb 05, 2022

    I did this once years ago with a sweatshirt that I had laundered a few times, after adding the zipper, when it was zipped up, it buckled the material.

    I suggest washing and drying both prior to doing this project.

    Time consuming to fix afterwards.

  • Gloria Gloria on Feb 06, 2022

    How often have you seen hoodies without zippers on sale and wished they had zippers? Thank you for an easy way to convert them.