Simple sweatshirt – free PDF sewing pattern

sweatshirt free pdf sewing pattern


The weather is getting cooler in the Northern Hemisphere, and it is time you grab something to keep you warm. Today I am sharing the pattern for one of the most essential piece of clothing in everyone’s wardrobe – the sweatshirt.

Despite being a basic item, the sweatshirt is extremely versatile when it comes to creating outfits. You can wear it alone with jeans, shorts, skirts (any length will do!), leggings, jogger pants or mix it with a button down shirt inside and a jacket outside.

Now let’s see the 3D simulation for the Janice pencil skirt, maybe you can find some idea for your next project:

sweatshirt free pdf sewing pattern
sweatshirt free pdf sewing pattern
sweatshirt free pdf sewing pattern

As usual, my pattern is made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL, so you will find yourself a suitable size. You can also lengthen or shorten the hemline to get your desired length – you can even make a maxi skirt from this pattern.

The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the printing instruction in this post: PRINTING GUIDE.

You can print this using your home printer and A4/Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!

Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit.


You will need

  • Fabric of your choice
  • Some ribbed knit fabric for neckline, sleeve cuffs and hem (you can use self fabric if it is stretchy)
  • Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Printed pattern

What fabric can be used for this project? This design is made for woven fabric or any fabric with a bit of stretch – I recommend chunky knit or fleece. It is a simple, beginner-friendly project, so feel free to experiment with any fabric that you have!

How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? To be precise, you may need to check how much fabric you need before buying. It will depend on the selected pattern size, the width, and design of the fabric you plan to use. Just to be sure, print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 centimeters or 35 to 60 inches). Measure how much fabric you will need. Don’t forget to account for pieces that need to be cut multiple times and pieces that are cut on the fold.

Cutting instruction:

After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this image:

sweatshirt free pdf sewing pattern

You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern size. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.

Fabric will be cut into following pieces:

  • Front: 1 piece cut on fold
  • Back: 1 piece cut on fold
  • Sleeve: 2 pieces
  • Sleeve Cuff: 2 piece
  • Ribbed Hem: 1 piece cut on fold

Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts etc. from the pattern piece onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.

Sewing instruction:

1. Serge the fabric to prevent fraying. If you use non fraying fabric, you can skip this step.

2. Place the Front and Back right side facing. Pin and sew shoulder and side seams.

3. Pin and sew the side seam of the Sleeve.

4. Pin and sew side seam of the Sleeve Cuff. Fold it in half. Pin to the Sleeve and sew to join. When sewing, pull the Sleeve Cuff so it stretches to match the Sleeve.

5. Pin and sew the short edge of the Ribbed Hem. Fold it in half so that the seam is hidden inside. Pin and sew the Ribbed Hem to the garment. Pull the Ribbed Hem so it stretches to match the hem of the garment.

6. Attach Sleeve to the garment.

7. Attach Neckline Binding to the garment. You have finished the sweatshirt!

What do you think about it? A super fast and easy fail-proof project, right? And here is the download link:


Happy sewing! And don’t forget to share your project on my Facebook page: Tiana’s Closet Sewing Patterns


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