Welcome to our article on how to make a hoodie bigger. Or perhaps your wanting to know how to make your sweatshirt bigger?
Being a tall guy (I hit doorways at 6’7), I constantly need to make hoodies longer and bigger (or buy more tall men hoodies.) Due to all of this practice, I have gotten pretty good at it!
Follow these simple instructions below, and be sure to hang or fold your hoodie once you are satisfied with the new fit.
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Supplies & Tools:
- Large sink (or tub)
- Drying rack
How To Make A Hoodie Bigger
Total Time: 1 hr 30 min
Follow these steps below to make your hoodie bigger so it fits better, or if you simply want an oversized hoodie to style with your latest pair of sweatpants, joggers or jeans.
1. Find a large basin
Find a large basin (or beer cooler) that you can fill with water. Using your sink or bathtub will also work.
2. Fill with warm water
Fill up your bucket or tub with warm water. Pour in 2 tablespoons of hair conditioner or baby shampoo. This will help the fibres in the fabric relax.
3. Push sweatshirt under
Push your sweatshirt under the water, carefully pushing out any air bubbles with your hands. Swish it around a little to make sure it stays submerged.
4. Soak hoodie for 30 min
Soak the hoodie for 30 minutes. Put a timer on and step away from the hoodie and let the water fully saturate the fabric.
5. Rinse hoodie
Rinse out the conditioner using cool running water, or fill the tub with cool water and swish the sweatshirt to rinse it.
6. Press out excess water
Take the hoodie out of the water and press out as much water as possible without wringing it out, which could damage it.
7. Roll in bath towel
Roll the hoodie up inside a clean bath towel to soak up even more of the excess water.
8. Spread out hoodie
Spread out the sweatshirt, lying flat on another clean towel.
9. Find part to make bigger
Find the parts of the hoodie that you want to make bigger. If you’re going to make it longer, hold the top of a shoulder and the hem and gently stretch in both directions. Hold both side seams to make the chest area wider and pull gently in both directions.
10. Stretch hoodie
Stretch until the hoodie reaches the size you want. Grab with both of your hands and gently pull on the area, gauging how much force is needed depending on how much the fabric is giving.
11. Air dry
Leave your hoodie out to air dry. Putting the hoodie in the dryer will shrink the fabric to the size you had, perhaps even smaller.
How to make a hoodie bigger with water: quick tip
- Once stretched by hand, hang your hoodie to dry if you want the length of it to be longer.
How To Make A Hoodie Bigger With Steam
Total Time: 30 min
- Buy Steamer for $39.99
1. Allow steamer to heat up before making hoodie bigger
Plug your steamer in, turn the steamer on, turn the steamer up. Do whatever is need to get your steamer steaming, depending on the brand you have.
2. Hang hoodie up in an area with 360 degree access
Hang your hoodie onto a door frame or another solid object that will give you 360-degree access to all of the fabric.
3. Steam your hoodie in a slow sweeping motion
Using a slow sweeping motion, run the steam back and forth so that moisture can penetrate every part of the hoodie. Do this to the front and back.
4. Stretch the hoodie with both hands as it is damp and warm
While the hoodie still feels damp and warm, use a gentle stretching motion to pull key areas in opposite directions. Tug on the shoulders and hem to make the sweatshirt longer, or hold two sides of the neck hole and tug gently to increase the neck hole size.
5. Put steamer back on hoodie if parts get cool
If the hoodie cools down before you finish stretching, turn on the steamer again and give it a going-over before resuming stretching.