men's turtle neck sweatshirt

Men’s turtle neck sweatshirt – free PDF sewing pattern


The pattern I share today is a basic men’s garment design – the turtle neck sweatshirt. It features a loose fitting silhouette, with long sleeves and turtle neck detail. It is a must have item whenever it comes to colder days like today (it’s minus 10 degrees Celsius in Vancouver, so cold nobody wants to go outside).

As usual, my pattern is made in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL, so you will find yourself a suitable size. Remember to check the SIZE GUIDE to print your correct size.

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
  • Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
  • Sewing machine/Serger or needle and thread
  • Printed pattern

What fabric can be used for this project? This design is meant for stretch fabric like fleece or wool. It must have at least 20% stretch in order for the head to be able to pull through the turtle neck.

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.

For this pattern, you will need to use a sewing machine that has the function to sew stretch fabric (zig zag stitch for example), or use a serger which is designed to sew stretch fabric nicely.

Cutting instruction:

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

Men's turtle neck sweatshirt

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: cut 1 piece on the fold
  • Back: cut 1 piece on the fold
  • Sleeve: cut 2 pieces
  • Sleeve Cuff: cut 2 pieces on the fold
  • Turtle Neck Band: cut 1 piece on the fold
  • Hem: cut 1 piece

Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as darts, pleats etc. from the pattern pieces onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up. It is extremely important in this case as the princess seam requires a lot of attention.

Sewing instruction:

1. Serge/zig zag stitch the raw edge to prevent fabric from unraveling.

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

3. Sew the side seam of the Sleeve. Turn the Sleeve right side out, pin it to the Main Garment, matching the notches. Sew to join the Sleeve to the Main garment.

4. Sew the two short ends of the Sleeve Cuff together. Fold it in half with the seam allowance facing in. Pin it to the Sleeve and sew to join.

5. Sew the two short ends of the Turtle Neck Band together. Fold it in half with the seam allowance hidden inside. Pin the loop to the neckline and sew to join the Neck Band to the Main Garment.

6. Sew the two short ends of the Waist Trim together. Fold it in half with the seam allowance facing in. Pin it to the waist of the garment and sew to finish the garment.

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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