It’s #hoodieseason, that time of year when we swap out the tank tops for cozy fleece. If you have a favorite hoodie, now is the time for it to shine! But could it be missing something? Could it become even more stylish or personalized? Spoonflower Content Marketing Associate Arlette Hawkins says “yes,” to both of these questions by adding Satin to her favorite hoodie—and you can too! Follow her step-by-step, beginner-friendly tutorial to add a little purposeful pizazz to your favorite jacket or hoodie. 

A close-up of Arlette’s satin-lined hoodie. From the back of her head, we see the inside of her hoodie which is lined with a forest green satin design.
Add a little personality to your hoodie or jacket with a Satin lining.
Arlette smiling while holding the hood of her tan hoodie. The satin green lining is visible from where her right hand is positioned. Trees and grass are behind her.
Here’s a look from the front. The design is subtle but attention grabbing.

Arlette: My favorite thing about the colder months is throwing on a good hoodie, leggings and UGGs combination. Whether I need to protect my hair from the rain, or I just feel like having the back of my head covered—I appreciate the hood of my sweatshirt…however, sometimes my hair does not.

I have naturally thick, curly hair and it’s not cotton’s best friend. It gets a little frizzy after pulling my hood back. Cotton can also absorb the oils in my hair, which makes it dry—something I don’t need in these dropping temps! For years I’d wear my Satin bonnet under my hood to protect my hair, especially before a big event. But now it’s time to personalize my hoodies by lining them with Satin. This will not only protect my curls but also add a little personality to my favorite apparel.

Whether you’re thinking about protecting your hair or personalizing your clothes, this is a fun project to add a little more uniqueness to your favorite jacket or hoodie. 

Skill Level:

Materials to make a satin lined hoodie lay on a grey table including a sewing machine, measuring tape, scissors, fabric, iron, pencil, pin cushion and sewing pins, satin fabric, and hoodie.
Gather your materials before we get started.


  • Your favorite sweatshirt or jacket—mine is made from a stretchy cotton material.
  • 1 yard of your desired Spoonflower design in SatinI’m using As Clear As Day – Navy by scarlet_soleil 
  • Craft paper or scrap fabric to create your pattern—For this tutorial, I’m using scrap fabric because it’s at my disposal.
  • Iron
  • Ironing board or ironing cloth
  • Measuring tape and/or sewing ruler—I’m using both
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or marker to trace template
  • Sewing machine or fabric glue (if you’d rather glue than sew your satin on)  
  • Sewing thread that matches your hoodie  
  • Sewing pins and/or sewing clips—I’m using both 

What Type of Jacket Should I Line With Satin?

Your favorite one! Or one you wear regularly. Most sweatshirts and jackets are made from stretchy cotton material. That is pretty easy to sew through. Some hoods may be lined with the same fabric, while others a left unfinished, with the hood mirroring the inside of the jacket. The jacket I’m using is lined with the same material, so it looks consistent between the hood and the outside of the jacket. This makes my jacket a little thicker to sew through—but still possible to line with Satin!

How to Line Your Jacket With Satin

1. Iron Your Jacket

A tan hoodie lays folded and facing the right, on an orange piece of fabric. A small pencil is to the left of the clothing, while scissors and a pincushion are to the right. A grey table is in the background.
It’s a good rule of thumb to iron your jacket (or any fabric) you’re working with at the start.

To make sure everything comes out smooth, iron your jacket to get all the wrinkles out. Ensuring the fabric is as wrinkle-free as possible allows you to get the most accurate measurements.

2. Measure The Hood of Your Jacket To Make Your Pattern

Arlette is measuring her tan hoodie using a pink tape measure. She’s leaning on the orange fabric she’s using to make template and writing down the measurements she finds. A grey table is in the background.
In a corner I won’t cut for my template, I jot down my measurements.

I’m using a large piece of scrap fabric to make my pattern, but you can also use a large piece of paper (like a poster board or craft paper). Lay your jacket on the paper/fabric you’re using to make your template. We’re about to measure the hood of our jacket and write down those measurements to create our template. 

I’m measuring…

  • The width of the hood by wrapping the tape measure around the neckline, meeting in the middle. 
  • The length of the front/opening of the hood .
  • The length of the back of the hood up to the curve.
  • And the top of the hood, where the curve flattens to a straight line. 

While jotting these numbers down I add a “+ 1” to indicate I’m adding an extra inch for the seam allowance. I’d suggest doing a 1/2” to 1” seam allowance. Being a beginner sewist, having a bigger seam allowance feels reassuring. If you’re a more experienced sewist you can do a smaller seam allowance at 3/8″ to 1/2″.

Arlette’s hands are holding the pink measuring tape on the tan hoodie. The orange fabric lies on the grey table.
A.) Measure the neckline of your hood by wrapping the tape measure around it.
B.) Measure the opening of your hood from the neckline to the top of the hoodie. Jot those numbers down.
Arlette is measuring the back end of the hoodie by holding a tape measure from the back neckline to where the curve of the hoodie starts.
C.) Measure the back of the hood. Please excuse my hair, she wants to be involved in everything.
Arlette Measuring the top of her hoodie using a pink measuring tape. Orange fabric is in the background. Her pin cushion is in the corner.
D.) Measure the top of the hood.

Don’t Have a Tape Measure?

You can trace the perimeter of your hood on a large piece of paper or large scrap fabric to make the pattern. Be sure to use a ruler (or something to make a straight line) to trace the neckline. After tracing, add a seam allowance mentioned above at the neckline and front of the hood. You can do this by taking your sewing ruler and making sure it’s that specified distance—either 1/2″ to 1”—from your original lines. 

3. Trace Your Pattern Onto Your Craft Paper/ Scrap Fabric

Using her sewing ruler, Arlette traces out her measurements onto her orange scrap fabric.
Trace your measurements onto your fabric/paper. I’m starting with the front of the hood.

To create my template, I use my sewing ruler to trace my measurements onto my scrap fabric. For the neckline, we’re only tracing half of the measurement we jotted down.

  • Start with any measurement of the hood. I’m starting with the front of the hood.
  • When you reach the neckline, only trace half of the measurement. Since we are sewing two Satin pieces together it will equate to our total measurement. So if my neckline was 20” (including the seam allowance), I’d measure out 10” for my template. 

Arlette tracing the curve of her hood on the orange template fabric. Her sewing ruler rests on the edge of the fabric.
To trace the curve of my hood, I traced the top and back measurements first then connected them with a curved line.

Now that the neckline and front of the hood are traced, it’s time to do the back and top lines.

  • Trace the measurements for the top of the hood.
  • Trace the measurements for the back of the hood.
  • There is going to be a space between those two lines. Connect them with a curved line.

4. Cut Out Your Template

Now that all of our measurements are done, it’s time to cut out the template. 

Once you’ve traced your template, cut it out. Lay your template on top of your hoodie to check your work. Your template will be slightly larger than your hood thanks to the seam allowance; that’s how it should be to allow enough room for you to sew it in.

5. Cut A Section of Your Yard of Satin

Arlette lays the orange template on top of her satin fabric. The fabric is dark blue with tan lines going in a wavy pattern. Darker brown lines surround circles like a sun and its rays. The fabric lays on a grey table.
Lay your template on your Satin and cut out a section of Satin before cutting around your template.

Now it’s time to get that template on your gorgeous Satin! Since I’m cutting out two Satin pieces from this template, I fold my yard of Satin in half. This way I’m preparing to cut two pieces at one time.  

Satin is super light and can move while cutting. Lay your template on your yard of Satin and cut out a section of it to work with. If the section you are cutting is at the fold, remember to cut that to make two separate pieces. Put your extra Satin to the side as we focus on cutting around our template.

6. Cut Around Your Template On Your Satin

Arlette cuts the satin in the shape of her hood template using yellow sewing clips to keep the items secure. A grey table is in the background.
Clip your template to your Satin and get to snipping.

Clip or pin your template to your Satin and start cutting your Satin in the shape of the template. If your edges are a little frayed from cutting your Satin pieces with the template, clean those up by cutting those threads.

After a fabulous job, flip one of the Satin pieces so the designs are facing. 

7. Sew The Satin Pieces Together

Arlette sewing her satin pieces together using a grey Singer sewing machine. Her finders guide the fabric along the machine.
It’s coming together (literally). I clip my pieces together so they don’t slide out of place.

Clip or pin your pieces together to keep them aligned and let’s get sewing! 

We are connecting the two pieces together so we only need to sew from the top of the hoodie opening to the back of the neckline.

Make sure your fabric stays flat and even. Mine got a little eager at times and would bunch. As I get close to my sewing clips, I remove them to continue sewing. Remember to backstitch at the beginning and end of this process. 

Arlette holds her satin hoodie piece design side in. A grey sewing machine and table are in the background.
The satin pieces are now attached into a Satin hood.
Arlette flips the satin hoodie piece to be design side out.
Flip your Satin hood to be design side out for the next steps.

Got Fabric Glue?

If you’d rather glue your Satin than sew it, you can continue following these directions. Every place Arlette is sewing, (the Satin pieces together, the satin to the jacket) is where you’d glue. Remember to give your satin time to dry in between steps that require glue.

8. Iron Your Seams Open

Arlette is ironing the seams of the satin hood using a blue iron. The orange fabric acts as an ironing cloth for the satin. Her other supplies lay scattered about the table.
Iron the edges that will be sewn to your jacket to make sewing a cinch.

Open your Satin hood so it is design side down and lay it on your ironing board or fabric.

First iron the top and bottom middle seams which is in the location we just sewed. Since the left, right and bottom haven’t been stitched yet, measure out a 1/2” seam allowance and clip them down to make ironing easier.

9. Cut Your Corners

The satin hood lays on an orange piece of scrap fabric on a grey table as Arlette cuts the sharp ends of the satin hood dull, at an angle.
To make the Satin hood look more finished, cut the corners at an angle so they’re not pointy.

The left and right corners of my hood are pretty pointy. I cut those at an angle so they are flat.  

Our Satin hood is almost ready to be attached to our jacket. Grab your jacket and sewing pins for the next steps.

11. Pin Your Satin Hood to Your Jacket

Place a pin at the top center of the jacket on its seam. Get your Satin as close to the seam as possible.
Arlette shows the sewing pins attaching the satin to her hoodie. Her sewing machine sits in the corner. A grey table is in the background.
Follow up with pins a few spaces apart, down the sides of the jacket’s seam.
Arlette pins the satin to her tan hoodie using sewing pins. Her pincushion sits on the grey table.
Pin the neckline making sure the Satin doesn’t feel too loose against the jacket.

Grab the jacket you’re adding Satin to. Mine already has a stitch around the opening. My goal is to stitch my Satin on (or super close) to that line.  

I flip my jacket inside out to make pinning and stitching a little easier. Using the original stitch as a guide, I pin my Satin piece to the hoodie. I pin the top and bottom centers first, the sides next and the neckline last.

12. Stitch the Satin Hood to the Jacket

Arlette sews the satin to her hoodie using her grey Singer sewing machine.
Try your best to keep the Satin hood flat with your hands so it doesn’t get bunched up or feel loose.

I start sewing at the left corner and work my way around to the right. My jacket is kind of thick but stretchy, so I mindfully pull it slightly to keep the Satin hood and the jacket flat and prevent things from bunching.  

Arlette sews the satin to the neckline of her hoodie using a grey sewing machine. Her hands are placed on both ends of the hoodie to keep the fabric flat.
To sew the neckline, I stitch the Satin down from left to right.

I start sewing the bottom from the left and work my way across. I slightly pull the jacket and the Satin hood so things stay flat since the jacket is slightly stretchy. If it feels like you have Satin hood sliding toward the middle, when you reach the center—right at the clothing tag—slightly fold the Satin over itself towards the needle and continue sewing. This will help smooth things out.  

When you finally reach the other side, remember to include a few backstitch stitches right before you get to the end of the seam.

13. Flip Your Jacket Outside In

A tan hoodie lays on a grey table with a satin inside.
Here’s a finished look at my jacket. I can’t wait to wear it!

Flip your jacket to the correct side and try it on! I plan to add Satin to more jackets soon. The Satin feels so smooth against my hair! I love this pop of color in an unsuspecting place.

Arlette facing away from the camera with her left hand supporting the back of her head. The satin hood is peaks out from her hoodie.
Arlette is smiling, holding her hood to show off the satin and looking to the left.

Frequently Asked Question

How would I add Satin to my jacket without sewing?
Wherever Arlette used a sewing machine, you would use fabric glue. This includes using fabric glue to attach the two Satin pieces together and attaching them to the jacket. Remember to iron your seams to make gluing in a straight line easier.
Why should I line my jacket or sweatshirt with Satin?
Satin is smooth, so for curly hair, it reduces friction and protects the curls. A jacket or sweatshirt is a great piece to line with satin because when you wear your one, you don’t want to risk impacting your stylish hair.
How can I make a template for a satin-lined jacket?
On either a piece of scrap fabric or paper, you can either trace the perimeter of your hood or measure it using a tape measure. Be sure to add a 1″ seam allowance to the final measurements!
Is it easy to line your jacket with Satin?
It is pretty easy to line your hoodie with satin. Arlette is new to sewing and found making this tutorial fun and easy.
What designs do you recommend for this type of project? 
We’d suggest a design you think best compliments your jacket. Consider a solid color or ditsy design. If you chose a directional design like Arlette, think about which direction you’d want the fabric to go, and potential breaks in the design when you sew the fabric pieces to make the hoodie insert.

Want More Hair-Inspired How-Tos? 

Heatless hair curlers are a comfortable alternative to plastic rollers when your hair needs a little bounce. Grab your leftover fabric from this hoodie tutorial and follow this beginner-friendly tutorial for the hair tool you’ve been missing! 
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