A hood is an accessory worn on the head. It differs from a hat in that it has no specific shape. Attach a hood to a jacket or coat to keep your head warm on chilly days or add a hood to a cape or robe to dress up a costume. You can sew a hood to a shirt to make it more trendy. Whatever you need it for, a hood is uncomplicated to sew since it only has one seam and one hem.

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Pattern

Draw a 16-inch long line on the left edge of the sheet of wrapping paper with the pencil using the ruler. This is the front of the hood.

Draw a 12-inch long perpendicular line to the right at the top end of the “front” line. This is the top of the hood.

Draw a 16-inch long line at the end of the “top” line, parallel to the “front” line. This is the back of the hood.

Mark a point with the pencil on the “top” line that is 3 1/2 inches from the “back” line. Mark a point on the “back” line that is 3 1/2 inches from the “top” line. Draw a curved line connecting the points. This creates the back curve of the hood.

Fold the garment to which you are attaching the hood in half with the front facing out. Place the center of the garment’s neckline on the bottom of the “front” line. Trace the neckline of the garment. Draw a 1/2-inch line across the end of the traced line.

Fold the garment in half with the back facing out. Turn the garment upside down and place the center of its neckline on the bottom of the “back” line. Trace the neckline of the garment ending at the 1/2-inch cross line.

Cut out the pattern along the lines with the scissors.

Sewing

Fold the fabric for the hood in half with right sides facing each other.

Pin the pattern to the fabric and trace around it with the pencil. Mark the fabric on the neckline where you made the 1/2-inch cross line. Unpin and remove the pattern.

Cut along the lines, cutting through both layers of fabric. Cut a 1/4-inch slit in the fabric where you marked the cross line. This is where the hood will meet the shoulder seams of the garment.

Place the right side of one-half of the hood on the right side of the other. Sew the two halves together with the thread on the sewing machine, starting at the front of the hood, 1/2 inch from the edges.

Fold over the front edge of the hood by 1/4 inch, with wrong sides facing each other, then fold over another 1/4 inch. Sew the fold in place.

Pin the right side of the hood to the right side of the garment, lining up the back seam of the hood to the center back of the garment and the two 1/4-inch notches with the side seams of the garment.

Sew the hood to the garment 1/2 inch from the edges.

Tips

  • You can make a hood out of most fabrics.