How to "Doilify" Your Hoodie for $5 or Less

comments (10) January 7th, 2009     

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LindaPermann Linda Permann, contributor
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Fold the doily in half, matching the edges as much as possible, and cut straight down the center. Fold the straight edges down about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch and press them under. If youre worried about the edges unraveling, you can put Fray Check on the ends after you press the doily.
Center the doily over the zipper, lining up the straight edge of the doily with the edge of the zipper seam. (You dont want to sew over the zipper, so set it just beside the lip of fabric.) Pin the doily halves in place.
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Photo: Linda Permann

I've had this "Boston" hoodie for well over six years. I bought it because I was, well, in Boston and freezing. This particular hoodie has seen better days. I wear it a lot around the apartment but rarely want to be seen in it because it's stained, it's frumpy, and darn if I'm not sick of people asking me if I'm from Boston. I'd been thinking about revamping it for quite some time because it's still quite cozy to wear, so when I saw this Victorian Take on the Hoodie, I knew my own hoodie could also be saved by doilies. And so I came up with this simple tutorial on how to "doilify" your hoodie for $5 or less.

To get started, purchase (or make) a doily that is large enough to cover up whatever you'd like to cover. Or use whatever size you like if you're starting with a blank hoodie. I found this doily at JoAnn's for about $4. You can also scour thrift stores for colorful, whimsical options.


Fold the doily in half, matching the edges as much as possible, and cut down the center. Fold the straight edges down about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch and press them under. If you're worried about unraveling, you can put Fray Check on the ends after you press the doily.


Center the doily over the zipper, lining up the pressed straight edge of the doily with the edge of the zipper seam. (You don't want to sew over the zipper, so set the doily just beside the lip of fabric.) Pin the doily halves in place. 

When you are finished pinning, carefully try on the hoodie and zip up the zipper just to make sure the doily halves are lined up before you get started. If not, reposition them as needed.

Load your machine with top thread to match the doily and a bobbin to match the hoodie.


Open the zipper and place one half of the hoodie under your machine. Fold the zipper edge out (if possible) so that you don't sew over it. Position your needle as close to the edge of the zipper lip as possible and, with a zigzag stitch, sew along the straight edge of the doily. Backstitch at the beginning and end of your line.


Next, sew around the outermost circle of stitching on your doily. Use a zigzag or straight stitch, depending on whether the crochet stitches on your doily are wide enough to hide the zigzag stitch.

Sew another concentric line along another two rounds of the doily so that essentially you've sewn three half circles and the straight edge to the hoodie. Finally, carefully sew around the detailed edge of the doily. Repeat these sewing steps for the other side of the hoodie.


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Comments (10)

melifyable writes: fabulous. use your imagination, so many possible color combo's! you could also cut away the fabric ander the applique...natural air-conditioning, it's hot in nyc right now!
Posted: 9:51 am on August 6th
ElsyF12 writes: I once took a pullover hoodie and put a zipper in it-this would be a great addition to that project!
Posted: 8:31 pm on March 16th
MizzKodak writes: such haters...i think this is a great idea, im gonna crochet myself a doily and make myself a kick a** hoodie, thanks for the idea.
Posted: 1:51 pm on January 23rd
groupscouter writes: It looks like a doily on a hoodie. That is the dumbest thing I've ever seen. Come on now a little effort and I'm sure you could come up with something that at least looks nice.
Posted: 9:20 pm on January 11th
Jen1964 writes: Looks like a new take on the lace collars! What true lace-lover could complain? It does take the masculine edge off the hoodies. Great idea!
Posted: 8:45 am on January 10th
IHaveYarnIssues writes: This does look like a great idea...my 15yo made a comment about adding a doily to the back or sleeve of a hoodie...that would be a possibility too?!
Posted: 4:38 pm on January 9th
katytron writes: I just have to say your doily hoodie rocks!
Posted: 10:45 pm on January 7th
susanstars writes: awesome, Linda!!
Posted: 6:50 pm on January 7th
sigridsoto writes: Yeah you hit the cute button with this creation
Posted: 5:25 am on January 7th
Cacauate writes: Cute! I'm going to try this!
Posted: 2:10 am on January 7th
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