Tips to Customize a Plain Hoodie


Who doesn’t love a hoodie? They are the go-to article of clothing for casual comfort. It is so easy to just pull on a hoodie and go. There is no reason why this practical piece cannot add a little fun to a look, too. A bit of time and some creativity can help transform the common hoodie into something that expresses the individuality of the wearer. A plain hoodie is a great canvas for the imagination.

It is Never too Early to Think About Costumes


Sure, all the stores will have rows and rows of those flimsy, funny, and whatnots costumes. They can be pretty expensive, and depending on the trick-or-treat location, may get hidden under a jacket anyway. A better solution may be to make a costume with a hoodie. Not only can it be much cooler than the store-bought version, most can be done fairly last minute. Plus, a hoodie will keep both little and big goblins warm during their haunts. Here a just a few ideas:

  • Shark
  • Octopus
  • Owl or any bird of prey
  • Wolf, skunk, or any favorite mammal—just add ears!
  • Unicorn
  • Alien
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With some planning it is easy to involve a whole gang and create a themed set of costumes for a group. All that is needed is a bunch of cheap plain hoodies, felt, and some sewing or gluing supplies, and a whole family can rock Halloween as a band of dinosaurs. A terrific tutorial for this project can be found on the web at Ginger & George.

For the (Slightly Nerdy) Man That Has Everything

Finding that perfect gift for a guy can be challenging. Ideally, a gift would be both something meaningful and something he would actually use. Why not let a personalized hoodie come to the rescue? It can be the gift that keeps on giving. There are some great ideas out there for almost every kind of enthusiast. Here are a sampling of the possibilities:

  • The Vulcan Salute. This one is even animated, sort of, if a zippered hoodie is used. Zipped up, the design is a drawing of a right hand. Unzipped halfway, the wearer is sending the message to live long and prosper. Find the template at Man Made DIY.
  • The Gondor Hoodie. The hoodie may be the most Tolkien of casual clothing options. Any Ring fan would be delighted with a hoodie that sports the iconic tree design. Craft Sauce is the site that can help create the magic.

True to the Red, White, and Blue

One of the most striking, not to mention patriotic, transformations for a white hoodie is to recreate the Stars and Stripes. A healthy supply of fabric paint, some star cut outs, and a roll of tape can bring a wearable tribute to the flag to life. Check out Oh Pish Posh for the details.

There are any number of ways to make a hoodie unique. A personalized hoodie makes a great gift. Hoodies are a perfect place to start for a one-pf-a-kind costume. They are also terrific mementos for a family reunion. With a good set of instructions and the right craft materials, creating an original hoodie may be half the fun.