Hoodie Hood Tutorial

A better finished product view:
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*Your pattern pieces may look slightly different than the hood in these pictures. I recommend using some scrap fabric to test this pattern with first.* If you make any adjustments, I’d love to know!

Note: This pattern is for personal use! If you sell hoods made from this pattern, you MUST link this blog and disclose that it was made from a free pattern. Thank you!ย Hoodie hoodย printable pattern!!

Here is how the pattern should look. I will work on getting a file uploaded so you can download and print it to cut out!

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Cut 1 liner and 1 outer piece.

Liner

Outer

*I put my pattern piece on the fold of the fabric at the back of the neck.*

You could also cut 2 pieces and sew together to make the outer and liner

Lay pieces so that the right sides are together (If necessary)

My inner was a solid, so it didn’t matter which way I folded. My outer, I put right sides together.

Sew around the top curve on both pieces.

On the WRONG side of your fabric, place the pattern piece over and mark where your elastic openings should go.

It’s hard to see but I used a blue fabric crayon to mark so I can see when sewing together.

One above my pointer and one above my middle finger.

Iron the top seams flat on both pieces.

Place right sides together. It will be easier if you push one piece inside the other. Start by lining the ironed seams up and pinning.

Pin all the way around

Now we will sew around, leaving 3 holes. 2 holes will be about an inch wide where we marked for our elastics. The other hole will be along the bottom, about 3 inches wide so we can turn our work.

The orange thread was used so you can see where I left the openings

Turn work.

Push the liner inside of the outer (like a hood should look) and iron flat. Work the fabric out of the seams to get a good shape.

In the picture above, I’m showing the openings (where we left holes before turning) for the elastics.

Cut 2 pieces of elastic about 14 inches long.

Fold elastics in half and push down through the hole it will be going in.

Use the opening along the bottom to get elastics in the right place and stitch back and forth along the elastics to secure in place.

Repeat for the other side.

Now sew beside the elastics to create a casing. Also stitch all the way around the top. (You can do this all at once)

To keep elastic from being pulled into the casing, Sew a small seam in between the two pieces.

Sew along the bottom, making sure to get close enough to close the hole from turning.

To create a better fit with the snap pieces, we will make some pleats. ย Use your pattern piece to mark where your pleats should go.

To make mine, I just pinched up about a half an inch of fabric,

Laid it down flat

Then pinned and top stitched in place

Repeat for the other side.

Size comparison to original hood

Made with the help of Adriane from https://www.etsy.com/shop/AdrianeWithLove

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76 thoughts on “Hoodie Hood Tutorial

  1. andrea

    I do have a business license, but where do I find the link to the snaps? i tried searching ykk snaps but nothing comes up. Are they a specific size?

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    1. Jessica Post author

      Give them a call and they will help get you the right sizes and pieces. I acquired some from someone else and don’t know the part numbers, sorry!

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      1. Mehnaz

        Are all the spikes the same size? Also, they seem to go all the way down the hood. Did you sew the two pieces together instead of having a fold on it? (I’m a pretty novice sewer, hence all the questions).

      2. Jessica Post author

        All of the spikes in my picture are the same size. The top layer of the hood is from 2 pieces that I sew the spikes onto, so yes, no fold and I add a little bit of seam allowance.

    1. Jessica Post author

      If you’re not worried about placement, I suggest printing and cutting out the pattern and seeing how it fits on the fabric you’re wanting. With the wraps, I know it used about 40 inches if I did both sides from wrap because they aren’t wide enough for both inner and outter.

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    1. Jessica Post author

      You can put a seam down the middle of the two elastic pieces. Your seam allowance will keep the ends inside. You could use some fabric glue if you wanted to super secure them.

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    1. Jessica Post author

      It’s a hood that attaches. You will need to chop the existing and use the base with the snaps or purchase snaps that fit the tula. Anorak 12 mm work for most, but some find them loose, just depends. Ykk is the brand and they only sell to those with business licenses.

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    1. Tana

      i keep trying to download the patter and print it but the top part of the pattern is not there where the hood would go over their head where i see pictures of it on your page in the instructions it does not show up with the download! any help?

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    1. Jessica Post author

      You’ll want atleast an 18 by 14 inches piece of fabric. If you look at the picture where it’s on the cutting board you will see the measurements.

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  2. Rachel Baker

    Hi I am trying to make a hoodie for my granddaughter’s Tula These are all new to me, Can you explain to me better how to put ears on a hoodie and not the spikes? I know you said to put them on before putting the pieces together, but I just can’t picture what you mean. Thank you for the help.

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    1. Jessica Post author

      You might look for a pattern than includes spikes. Unfortunately I’m not that great at explaining and usually leave it to the pictures lol!

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    1. Jessica Post author

      If you want to clip it, I’d make them longer. I didn’t like how it looked with them longer so I used the elastic clips that would scrunch the hood to fit the head better. It also seemed like more of a hazard to have the elastic longer and hanging out.

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  3. kateday83

    any tips on how to put ears on? As in how would you insert the ears to the top fabric? I have a tutorial for spikes but ears is on either side I just stumped on how to insert it into fabric

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  4. Emily

    Do you like the toggles on the hood or do you prefer the hood without them. I can’t decide. What is the spacing I need between the snaps that attach to the tula? I thought it was 8.5″ is that correct? Also, I ordered some size 24 snaps on eBay from Gold Star Tool- will these work do you know? Great tutorial!

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  5. carmen taylor

    Thanks so much for all your tutorials. Just wondering if this size works for toddlers too? Our existing flat hood is way too small so looking to make an alternative for my big headed 2.5yr old.

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    1. Jessica Post author

      There’s extra fabric to each side of the snaps. You’d want to double check though because Tula’s are handmade and can vary in measurements.

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  6. memercer

    I just wanted to say thank you for all your amazing tutorials! I used your posts for the suck pads, hoodie hood, and the reach strap for my Tula. Super simple and easy to follow!

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  7. Rachel

    Hi I am confused by your directions for the elastic. does the elastic only go around top part of hood? What do you mean by sewing between pieces? and also when you say to stitch back and forth along the elastics to secure in place. If you are stitching across them, you can’t pull them to tighten them to fit???? I am sorry but I have never made one of these and I am so confused. I have been trying to get one of these done for weeks and I just can’t figure out what I am to be doing. thank you for any help in explaining to a newbie stitcher. Thank you

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    1. Jessica Post author

      The elastic goes from the base of the hood to the openings. It’s a loop of elastic, so you’re going to stitch back and forth across them to secure them to the base of the hood. Sewing between the two sides of the loop will keep the elastic from being pulled down into the hood. Really take a look at the pictures and you’ll see the elastic loops and hopefully my explanation helps.

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  8. Amanda Stevens

    What did you use for the plastic piece at the end of your elastic? Is that a button? Also, I have YKK snaps, but I have no idea how to attach them. Any ideas?

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    1. Jessica Post author

      Those plastic pieces are elastic toggles that I got from amazon. If you join customized tulas on facebook, there’s a good picture tutorial for attaching the snaps!

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    1. Jessica Post author

      I actually didn’t use pliers. I rigged a hammer with some metal washers and made it work! There’s a tutorial on the customized tula facebook page. Hope that helps!

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  9. Colleen Parido

    Thank you so much for this pattern and tutorial. I really wanted an easier to use hood for my Ergo and this is perfect. I did add fringe to the top to make it like a Mohawk and I had the elastic come out of the bottom instead of the side so that they were not I my little guys face and I could tuck in the loops. Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Jessica Post author

      It depends on width of wrap and your placement that you’re wanting. Your best bet is to have pattern pieces cut out and lay them on the wrap and check your placement before cutting. I’ve been able to make 30 inches work but placement wasn’t an issue and the drool pads were one side of wrap only.

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  10. cmac82909

    When printing your pattern, do you use the “fit to page” that is standard on printing settings or do you do the 100%?

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  11. May

    I am making this without having the Tula available for me as a guide. Is this hood for a specific size Tula?
    Thanks!

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  12. Deborah Anderson

    Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. It’s very thorough and well-done! I’m having a problem sewing over the cord elastic. Any suggestions?

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  13. Katei

    Hi,
    I’m having problem downloading the pattern, every time I click on download the new window appear but left blank, am I doing something wrong here?
    Thanks.

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    1. Jessica Post author

      I don’t have any trouble doing it when I try and I haven’t taken it down. Can you try a different device maybe? Please let me know if it’s still an issue. Could be a pop up blocker?

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  14. Katei

    Thanks Jessica I have it now. My simple “no name” laptop working better than my smart phone ๐Ÿ™‚
    Just one more question please, what material would you recommend? I’ve only 100% cotton fabric at home, would that be fine?
    Thanks.

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      1. Khoreene

        Thank you so much!
        I was able to make 1 but using 1/4″ allowance. The replay came late but it’s just fine.๐Ÿ˜Š

  15. Danielle

    Hmmmm. I downloaded the and printed the pdf pattern. I’m attempting to piece them together but this pattern looks nothing like the one in the photo you posted above. The dimensions are different, and the shape is different too. The two pieces don’t even seem to line up to each other properly. Am I missing something?

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    1. Jessica Post author

      Your pattern pieces may look slightly different than the hood in these pictures. I recommend using some scrap fabric to test this pattern with first.

      As for things not lining up, it may be your printer changing something. Try printing it at 100% and make sure it’s not fitting to page or anything.

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      1. Danielle

        I figured out how to line them up. One of the pattern pieces has a mark that says “fold”. I interpreted that to mean ‘lay this part of the pattern on the fold’. However I think you meant it to be ‘pleat here’.

  16. Stefanie Shoup

    This is an awesome tutorial I noticed it said for kinderpack as well

    Does anyone happen to know how far apart the snaps from center to center of snap are from each other and what size snaps kinder packs use ?

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    1. Jessica Post author

      I made it specifically to fit a tula, I’m not sure of the kinderpack measurements, sorry! I do hope you’re able to make it work for you ๐Ÿ™‚

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