Are you ready to make your cutie a Teddy Hoodie Jacket?
You will need a t-shirt (for the hood lining) and a throw blanket. I used a 100% polyester throw. The kind you just want to curl up by a fire place and drink hot cocoa kind! I did NOT line this entire jacket like Boden did with theirs. There are a couple reasons why. One reason is that I loved the soft texture of this throw and thought it would be nice right up against his skin. The other reason is that we live in South Carolina. Winters here are rather mild, so this jacket, without a lining is plenty warm being that it is 100% polyester! Feel free to line your jacket if you like!
In my sneak peak of the Teddy Hoodie Jacket, I gave you the background story about why I decided to create this adorable, super cuddly, toddler jacket! You can make it any size, because first you have to create your own pattern. To get started you need two things: 1)a hoodie of your child's size
2. You should have something like picture 2.
3. Lay out the arm of the hoodie and trace around it
4. like shown here in picture 4.
5.You can tuck in the arms inside the hoodie if that is easier. Trace around the entire body part of the hood (this is the back piece of the hoodie).
6. The hood is slightly more complicated. We are making a 3 piece hood, so first lie down the side of the hoodie and draw around it. I found success with adding several inches to the length of the hoodie and then cutting off later what isn't needed, so go ahead and have some leeway here. This is the actual hood piece I drew out after my first attempt. See how long I made it? Also, when doing the hood make the bottom part narrower where it meets the neckline.
10. I came up with
Cut all your paper pieces out and lay them out on your material to get the best fit. I folded my throw blanket in half. Since all the edges are already hemmed with a blanket it takes some of the sewing work out of it for us, so use that to your advantage.
Next draw out your ears by making an ear shape on the paper, cut.
Are you ready for your home to be covered in blue snow? Well, start cutting! Have some fun in it, then get out the vacuum! Cut out pieces like shown.
I am going to warn you that this fluffy fabric is really hard to see my stitching with in photos, so bear with me and just email me if you need some clarification. The fluffy fabric is also VERY forgiving, so honestly, don't worry about messing up! You won't see your not so perfect stitches!
First we are going to create the body of the hoodie. You should have 3 total pieces here....your back piece and your 2 front pieces. Lie them on top of the back piece and pin the sides and shoulders. Sew a straight stitch down the side (making sure to leave the arm holes open), then go back over the sides with a zig zag stitch. I zig zagged stitched all non-hemmed sides. I adjusted my stitch width on my machine to 7.0 mm (width) to make it easier to get the fluff. If you don't zig zag stitch, your final hoodie will always shed. Do the exact same for the shoulders. Sew a straight stitch, then zig zag, so that you have a vest.
Next sew your seams of your sleeves shut and insert them into your jacket and pin. Make sure that you have turned them out the right way, before attaching.
Now you should have a sleeve on your jacket....what a cute little baby sleeve!
Next, we have to sew the lining of the hood. I'm going to show you the pictures of the first hood I made, because you can see things a little better.
To start, pin your hood pieces to the middle section making sure that the right sides of the fabric are on the underneath part of the hood. Remember this is the lining and it will show the underneath part, so that's the part that matters.
You need to make your ears. This is the fun part! Lay two of your ear pieces right on top of each other. Sew around the curve. No need to zig zag. Then turn them out like shown here.
I was going to completely avoid putting buttonholes on this coat, because for starters I had NEVER done it before! Secondly, I didn't think this fabric would work very well since it is so plush. I was talking to my manager from our Hancocks store when she suggested using Tear Away Stabilizer underneath OR....NOTEBOOK PAPER! Notebook paper, you say? Are you positively sure about that?
I had to try it. Are you ready to sew a buttonhole onto a really plush fabric using NOTEBOOK paper?
Grab you a sheet of notebook paper and a scrap piece to practice first.
1. Read your manual 2. Get your buttonhole foot and put your button in the little button guide plate...that will measure how big your button will be. I keep mine in there while sewing. 3. Select your stitch on your machine 4. Position your notebook paper and fabric underneath your foot and hold onto your upper thread with your finger while it starts sewing. 5. See the back of the notebook paper just tears away 6. Slide a pin at the top of the button hole 7. Take your seam ripper and seam rip up toward the pin 8. You have a buttonhole! 9. Sew on your button and WAAALAAA! You did it! Pat yourself on the back!
I sewed 4 buttonholes and then hand sewed my 4 buttons onto the coat. Here's the final Teddy Hoodie Button-through Designs By Sessa style!
DBS flickr group! So, please upload a photo there when you are all done! Thanks!