How to Add a Warm Hood to Any Shirt

How to add a Cuddle Hood

Do your kids love the feel of soft, warm blankets? Then they will love this Cuddle™ hoodie! RaeAnna of the Sewing Rabbit Team is here with a fun tutorial for adding a warm hood to any shirt pattern, making it instantly comfortable and soft against your child’s face. Keeping them warm through these cooler months as we wait for Spring to come! I love the leather tab she adds to make it truly unique…

 How to Add a Warm Hood to any Shirt

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I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to the day that wearing Cuddle™ will be too warm!  We had a glimpse of warm weather and it’s back to being chilly again! I feel bad for my friends in the “Polar Vortex” and all the cold and snowy weather up north! If it’s still chilly where you are this is the perfect project!  I love working with Cuddle™ – it makes the perfect blanket but it’s also really fun to use in clothing for kids!

When I saw this superhero Cuddle I knew that it needed to be turned into a hoodie for my son!  Seasonal transition pieces in a kid’s wardrobe are a must! On sunny days like this day it’s great to wear a long sleeve shirt instead of a jacket, but the wind is still a bit chilly – to keep Christian’s head warm I came up with this fun t-shirt hood tutorial!

And to make it stand out with a unique flair, I added this faux button tab at the collar!

How to add a warm hood to any shirt

And it looks just as stylish with the hood down.

How to add a warm hood to any shirt

Materials

Directions 

Step 1 – use an existing hood from your child’s wardrobe and trace around the shape making sure you add a seam allowance. Or, if you’re working with a size 5, download my hood pattern draft for free here! You will also want to extend out the bottom so that you can overlap in the front.

How to add a warm hood to any shirt

Step 2 – Cut mirror images of the hood and sew right sides together along the dotted line (1/2″ seam allowance.)

How to add a warm hood to any shirt

Step 3 – Finish the raw edges of the hood with a serger or zigzag stitch.

How to add a warm hood to any shirt

Step 4 – Fold the edge 3/4″ to the wrong side and sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

How to add a warm hood to any shirt

Step 5 – Cut out a faux button tab out of leather. I used an old boot! The other boot was used as the armor in my son’s Knight Hoodie!

How to add a warm hood to any shirt

Step 6 – Cut out your t-shirt pattern and sew the left and right shoulder seams together.

How to add a warm hood to any shirt

Step 7 – Start with the center back and pin the hood right sides together with the t-shirt.

How to add a warm hood to any shirt

Step 8 – Before pinning the front of the hood, place your button tab along the raw edge of the neck and then pin the front of the hood with right sides together.

How to add a warm hood to any shirt

Step 9 – Continue pinning in place and overlap the front sections of the hood.

How to add a warm hood to any shirt

Step 10 – Sew all along the neck with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

How to add a warm hood to any shirt

Step 11 – Continue sewing the t-shirt as instructed by your pattern.  Hand sew a button to the tab.

How to add a warm hood to any shirt

There you have it!   A perfectly unique hooded t-shirt for superhero fun at the park!

How to add a warm hood to any shirt

Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!

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*The fabric for this post was supplied by Shannon Fabrics, but all opinions are 100% my own.

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Author of the blog Sewing Mama RaeAnna, this awesome Mama has a passion for sewing for her children. RaeAnna also teaches piano to children, and resides in Nashville with her husband and 2 children.
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