Pony hoodie tutorial

Based on the interest and questions on the DIY Pony Sweatshirt I wrote about a few weeks ago, I decided I should probably do a tutorial on it since it’s so easy and can be done to any already-made hooded sweatshirt.

What you’ll need:

1. 5 colors of felt to make the rainbow and the mane
2. Fleece for the sweatshirt (the grey I used was left over from this hoodie, and the red I used was left over from this hoodie, this hoodie and this hoodie)
3. A sewing machine (check out this list for my recommendations for beginners)
4. A printer and paper for the templates (or you can wing it like I did)

I made my sweatshirt from scratch using this pattern, but you could just add the ears and rainbow mane to any hoodie.

Mane and ears: 

Step 1: Cut 2 pieces of each of the 5 colors. For a size 1 hoodie, I used pieces that were 3×5″. For a size 4 hoodie I used pieces that were 3×7″. You could always cut them bigger and then make smaller if needed. To figure out the width of each piece, I measured the length of the hood and then divided by 5 since I’m using 5 colors.

Step 2: Pin two of the same color to the center of the hood in the correct ROYGBIV order. Sew down the middle. I sewed two rows of stitching about 1/8″ apart down the center.

Step 3: Cut three evenly spaced lines (to create four sections) on each side of the mane until you’re about 1/2″ from the middle.

Step 4: To make the ears, download the template I made and print. Cut 4 pieces of body fabric and sew two together at a time with right-sides together. Turn right-side-out.

Step 5: Make a little pinch in the middle and sew across the base. The finished width should be about 1 1/4″.

Step 6: Mark where you want the ears to go. I actually put mine in the same place for the size 1 and the size 4 hoodies I made since the hood sizes were so similar. That placement ended up being  2 3/4″ from the center seam, and 2″ from the edge of the hood. But honestly, just eyeball it and make sure they’re symmetrical from side to side.

Step 7: Cut a hole parallel to the edge of the hood that’s 1 1/4″ wide for your ear to go in.

Step 8: Place ear in hole and pin.

Step 9: Sew across with a zig-zag stitch.

Step 10: Trim.

Step 11: If you have a serger, overlock the seam closed. You could also just do a zig-zag stitch over the raw edges.

Step 12: Repeat on other side.

Rainbow appliqué: If you’re using the same hoodie pattern I did (McCall’s pattern M6237) and want to add a rainbow appliqué, here’s how you do it.

Step 1: Download the template I made and print.
Step 2: Cut out fleece in the right ROYGBIV color order and pin to the front of your sweatshirt. I had my front pocket placed but not sewn so I could make sure it would cover the ends of the rainbow.

Step 3: Pick out thread colors that are relatively close to the colors in your rainbow. They definitely don’t need to be a perfect match, so don’t stress. I used the same grey as the bobbin thread for all colors.

Step 4: Using a narrow zig-zag stitch, sew each color one at a time.

Step 5: Sew your pocket down to cover the bottom of the rainbow. If you don’t have a pocket, you could also extend the rainbow pattern to go to the end of the garment.


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