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.
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.
- Your favorite sweatshirt or jacket—mine is made from a stretchy cotton material.
- 1 yard of your desired Spoonflower design in Satin—I’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.
- Ironing board or ironing cloth
- Measuring tape and/or sewing ruler—I’m using both
- 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?
How to Line Your Jacket With Satin
1. Iron Your Jacket
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
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.
- 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″.
Don’t Have a Tape Measure?
3. Trace Your Pattern Onto Your Craft Paper/ Scrap Fabric
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Got Fabric Glue?
8. Iron Your Seams Open
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 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
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
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.
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
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.