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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.


  • 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.
  • Step 2: Lay it out Lay it out on a flat surface like a table or a floor.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Start with a small cut. You can always cut more but you can't uncut.
  • Step 5: Make a tear Make a small tear to extend the cut for a more deconstructed or vintage look with slightly frayed edges.
  • FACT: Athletic wear producer Russell Corporation produced the first sweatshirt in 1926 for use in football practice, replacing itchy wool sweaters.

You Will Need

  • A hooded sweatshirt
  • A flat surface
  • Scissors

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