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DIY Patchwork Cropped Hoodie Sweatshirt (With Free Sewing Pattern)

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Have you tried to make a cropped hoodie sweatshirt from fabric scraps? Making clothes from scratch sounds intimidating, so here is free cropped hoodie sewing pattern for you to easily follow along with. 

Print out the sewing pattern and prepare the patchwork to create this cute one-of-a-kind top you will want to wear everyday.

Whether you are new to sewing or started to enjoy making your own clothes, I’ve put together easy to follow step by step tutorials with video instruction so you can easily sew along with me using this cropped hoodie sewing pattern as a guide.

This project is perfect for beginner to be able to practice sewing knit fabrication with overlock machine to join the seams and ribbed fabric together.

DIY patchwork cropped hoodie sweatshirt front

You will love this DIY patchwork cropped hoodie sweatshirt because…

  • Free printable sewing pattern for every size.
  • Perfect for beginner to intermediate sewing level. 
  • Learn how to sew knit with overlock machine properly.
  • Use zigzag stitch to join the seam.
  • Become familiar with reading sewing patterns and know the order of each pattern piece.

For this cropped hoodie sewing tutorial, I used 100% french terry fabric scraps in all different colors that have already been cut into rectangle pieces. The french terry material is perfect for making sweatshirt or hoodies that are knit on one side and tiny loops on the back side. 

The colored patches are easily attached with overlock machine to create a nice large fabric for you to copy the sewing pattern onto. Have fun arranging the colors to create an overall colorful patched look that you are excited about.

The free cropped hoodie sewing pattern is graded for different sizes. So, follow the size chart and cut your size out to be ready to get started!

DIY patchwork cropped hoodie sweatshirt back

How do you make DIY patchwork cropped hoodie sweatshirt from scratch?

Always hand wash your fabric scraps instead of using washing machine to avoid any massive shrinkage on these knit fabrics. Measure the size beforehand and evaluate after washing if it has drastically changed the measurements. 

Start by gathering together a basic sewing kit and joining the patchwork first. Follow these step by step instructions and video tutorials to guide you though the process to accomplish this cute hoodie to add in your DIY wardrobe.

DIY Patchwork Cropped Hoodie Sweatshirt Materials: 

Materials to make a patchwork cropped hoodie sweatshirt
  • Free Printable Sewing Pattern 
  • French Terry Fabric Scraps
  • Ribbed Fabric Scraps for Cuff and Waistband
  • Overlock Machine
  • Measuring Tape
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Ballpoint Sewing Needle

To make a patchwork cropped hoodie sweatshirt, you will need 150 pieces of French terry fabric scraps cut into 3” by 5” rectangles and 2 pieces of ribbed fabric scraps cut into 1” by 2” rectangles for the cuff and waistband.

Print out the free cropped hoodie sewing pattern, and tape the sewing pattern together.

To make patchwork fabric, attach the french terry fabric pieces together.

How to make patchwork fabric

Fold the fabric in half to copy the sewing pattern.

Attach hoodie pieces right sides together and sew along the curved edge. 

Join the front and back pieces by stitching across the shoulder, then attach the sleeves to the armhole opening. 

Attach the cuffs and waistband to match the short edges, right sides together, stitch short ends together.

Lastly, join the hood seam to the center of the back neckline to finish this patchwork cropped hoodie from fabric scraps.

How to make a patchwork cropped hoodie sweatshirt

DIY Patchwork Cropped Hoodie Sweatshirt Sewing Tips

DIY patchwork cropped hoodie sweatshirt sideview

In this DIY patchwork cropped hoodie sweatshirt tutorial, you will learn how to use your sewing machine to create the patchwork and be able to transfer the sewing pattern into decorative fabric made from scratch.

In addition, I’ve put together essential sewing tips to help you sew knits more smoothly than ever. 

  • Sewing Machine: Switch from regular sewing machine to overlock machine or Serger when you sew sweatshirt french terry knit material. The overlock stitch will secure the seams even strongly compared to regular straight stitch. Additionally, the narrow stitches in between also solve the fray issues on the raw edges. If you end up using regular sewing machine, make sure to change the upper tension and needle tension to lower medium setting. 
  • Needle: Always change needle to ballpoint stretch needle to avoid damaging the knit fabric. Depending on how stretchy your sweatshirt is, or if it is in lower stretch knits, universal knit needles work really well. However, if your stitches are skipping with either a universal or a ball point, go with a stretch needle instead. 
  • Thread: Use 100% universal cotton thread or cotton/polyester blend thread. Either thread is fine. Make sure to match the color as the fabric you choose as close as possible. 
  • Stitches: Adjust the stitch width and length beforehand. Widen the stitch to accommodate how bulky the knit fabric is and lengthen your stitch to accommodate the stretch of fabric. 
  • Scissors: When cutting the sweatshirt material, sharpen the fabric scissors instead of using paper scissors. Due to heavy weight on these french terry fabrics, keep the pointer finger out and loose instead of in one of the handles to help prevent your hand from getting too tired. Also, if you have difficult time to cut a straight line, place the tips of the scissors on the table while you cut. Distributing the weight of the scissors on the table will help you to cut small pieces without hurting your fingers and hand. 
DIY patchwork cropped hoodie sweatshirt side front
Yield: DIY Patchwork Cropped Hoodie Sweatshirt

How To Make DIY Patchwork Cropped Hoodie Sweatshirt

Prep Time: 2 hours
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10.00

Make the patchwork fabric and copy the hoodie design onto the fabrication. Sewing a sweatshirt from scratch is super easy, especially with these detailed instructions and free cropped hoodie sweatshirt sewing pattern.

Materials

Tools

  • Overlock Machine
  • Ballpoint Sewing Needle
  • Measuring Tape
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Thread
  • Pins

Instructions

  1. You will also need the free cropped hoodie sewing pattern to copy from.
    Tape the sewing pattern together by matching the squares on each page.
    Assemble the free cropped hoodie sweatshirt sewing pattern
    Cutout the front, back, hoodie, sleeve, cuff, and waistband pieces.
    Front piece of the free cropped hoodie sewing patterm
  2. To make a patchwork cropped hoodie sweatshirt, you will need 2 pieces of ribbed fabric scraps cut into 1” by 2” rectangles for the cuff and waistband;
    and 150 pieces of French terry fabric scraps cut into 3” by 5” rectangles.
    I had about 10 different colors to choose from.
    If you have irregular patches, that is fine too.
    Pieces to make a patchwork fabric
  3. To make fabric from the french terry scraps, lay the swatches so the different colors are assorted well and the same colors are not sewn next to each other.
    Sew each column first vertically, and then sew the straps of each row horizontally.
    Face the right side of each scrap and use overlock machine to sew about ½” seam allowance.
    Attach the fabric pieces with the right sides facing together to make the patchwork fabric
    Make patchwork fabric for each pattern pieces.
    Finished patchwork fabric.
  4. Fold the fabric in half to copy the front piece, back piece, 2 hoodie pieces, 2 sleeve pieces, and use rib fabric to cutout pieces for the sleeve cuff and waistband.
    Pin the sewing pattern pieces to the patchwork fabric
  5. Place the 2 hoodie pieces right sides together and sew along the curved edge. Fold the hood opening about ¾” and edge topstitch. 
    Join the hoodie pieces with the rights sides facing together.
  6. Next, put the front and back pieces right sides together and stitch across the shoulder. 
    Join the front piece and back piece with the right sides facing together.
  7. Open the shirt up flat and match the center of the sleeve to  the shoulder seam, right sides together. 
    Join the sleeve to the armhole opening with the right sides facing together.
  8. Pin the rest of the sleeve into the armhole and stitch.
  9. Fold the shirt right sides together and match the sleeve seams. Sew the underarm and side seam all in one continuous seam.
    Sew the underarm seam and side seam in a continuous motion
  10. Fold the cuffs and waistband to match the short edges, right sides together, stitch short ends together.
    Use ribbed fabric for the sleeve opening
  11. Fold each cuff wrong sides together and match the raw edges. Match quarter points on the cuff and waistband and also, sleeve opening and bottom opening.
    Use ribbed fabric for the waistband
    Match these points and stitch by stretching them as you sew. 
    Finished waistband on the patchwork cropped sweatshirt
  12. Lastly, match the hood seam to the center of the back neckline. Overlap the front edges of the hood at the center front about 1 inch and stitch in place to complete this patchwork cropped hoodie from remnant fabric scraps.
    Join the hoodie to the neckline of the sweatshirt
    Finished hoodie on the patchwork cropped sweatshirt

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