Hoodie Hackathon: Exciting DIY Tips for Repurposing Hoodies


With the growing emphasis on sustainability and the desire to give life to our fullest, clothing upcycling has become a trend in recent times. Upcycling involves transforming unused items into something distinctive. One item that’s perfect for upcycling is the hoodie. Hoodies are comfortable and versatile and lend themselves well to DIY projects. In this blog post, we’ll explore some ideas for upcycling hoodies in an eco-friendly manner.

1. Cozy Hooded Blanket

One of the most practical ways to repurpose custom hoodies is by turning them into a blanket. Begin by removing the sleeves and hood, leaving the hoodie body. Then, using either a sewing machine or needle and thread, sew along the cut edges to prevent fraying. There you have it! A comfy and fashionable blanket that’s perfect for snuggling up on the couch or taking along on escapades.

2. Fashionable Hoodie Backpack

Transform your hoodie into a functional backpack. Start by cutting off the sleeves and hood, retaining the hoodie’s body. Next, cut out a shape from either the front or back of the hoodie while keeping intact its seam.

3. Create a backpack

Stitch the sides of the rectangle together but make sure to leave an opening at the top for a drawstring.  Attach two fabric strips or shoelaces on either side of the opening as straps. Thread a drawstring through the opening and tie it securely at both ends. Voila! Now, you have a backpack that’s perfect for carrying your essentials.

4. Make a hoodie pillow

Give your hoodie purpose by turning it into a pillow. Remove the sleeves and hood, keeping only the body of the hoodie. Seam one of the openings to create a pocket. Fill that pocket with pillow stuffing or old t-shirts, then stitch up the remaining opening. For an added touch, consider sewing buttons. Patches onto the front of your hoodie pillow. This way, it will not only be comfortable but also stylish.

5. Fashionable hoodie tote bag

Bid farewell to plastic bags and say hello to a tote bag made from your hoodie! Cut off the sleeves and hood, leaving the body part intact. Sew up one end of where you removed parts to create a bag shape. Utilize extra fabric from those removed parts (sleeves and hood) to craft two sturdy straps that you’ll securely attach on each side of your bag. Not only does this tote bag have an impact on the environment, but it also brings a stylish touch to your everyday routine.

6. Hoodie Scarf

Turn your hoodie into a scarf for those sunny days. Start by removing the sleeves and hood, keeping the body of the hoodie. Cut the fabric into strips that are 1-2 inches wide. Gather these strips together. Tie a knot at one end, then tightly braid the strips together until you reach the end, where you can secure it with another knot. Now, you have an eye-catching scarf that showcases your DIY skills and keeps you warm.

7. Hoodie Headband

Stay fashionable while keeping your ears warm by transforming your hoodie into a headband. Begin by cutting off the sleeves and hood, leaving the body of the hoodie. Cut out a strip of fabric from this body portion that measures around 2-3 inches in width. Wrap this fabric snugly around your head, ensuring that it covers your ears completely. Tie a knot at the back of your head to secure the headband in place. You now have an accessory that adds a splash of color to any outfit.


To sum up, repurposing your hoodies is a way to give new life to your wardrobe while also minimizing waste. The options are limitless when it comes to repurposing your hoodie. You can turn it into a comfortable blanket, a practical backpack, or even a trendy headband. Let your imagination run wild, enjoy the process, and exhibit your DIY talents with these hoodie hackathon suggestions.