How to Cut a Hooded Sweatshirt

If it feels like your hoodie is choking you, it's time to give it a little homemade alteration.

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All you need is a needle, thread, some fabric, and these step by step instructions to start sewing.

 
 

You Will Need

  • A hooded sweatshirt
  • A flat surface
  • Scissors

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Use an old sweatshirt

    Use an old hooded sweatshirt, which will look more natural with a little wear and tear. If it's new, wash and dry it a few times for a broken-in feel.

  2. Step 2

    Lay it out

    Lay it out on a flat surface like a table or a floor.

  3. Step 3

    Find center

    Find the center where the two sides of the neck meet and overlap slightly. Separate the two sides so you can cut directly in the middle.

  4. Step 4

    Cut a slit

    Cut a small slit, about a half inch long, straight down from the center. Try it on to see if it's still too tight or if the hood doesn't lay flat.

  5. Start with a small cut. You can always cut more but you can't uncut.

  6. Step 5

    Make a tear

    Make a small tear to extend the cut for a more deconstructed or vintage look with slightly frayed edges.

  7. Athletic wear producer Russell Corporation produced the first sweatshirt in 1926 for use in football practice, replacing itchy wool sweaters.

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