Revive Your Hoodie: Restring The Drawstring

how to restring a hoodie string

It can be frustrating when the string falls out of your hoodie, but there are several quick and easy ways to fix it. One of the most common methods is to use a safety pin to guide the string through the hoodie. Other methods include using a straw and a stapler, a wire coat hanger, a pen cap, or a bodkin.

Characteristics Values
Tools Safety pin, stapler and straw, coat hanger, pen cap, paperclip, knitting needle, crochet hook, yarn hook, large wire, magnet, duct tape, bodkin, bobby pin, chopstick, metal straw, electrical snake, wire coat hanger, skewer, unravelling wire coat hanger
Safety Be careful when using a safety pin as it can cause injury. Wear gloves and eye protection when using a coat hanger.
Preparation Wash the hoodie and string before beginning.
Technique Attach the tool to the end of the string and feed it through the eyelet of the hoodie. Work the tool through the fabric until it comes out the other side. Remove the tool and adjust the string to the desired length.


Safety pin method

The safety pin method is a simple and quick way to restring a hoodie. All you need is a safety pin and the hoodie string. Here is a step-by-step guide:

Firstly, it is recommended to wash the hoodie and string before beginning. This ensures no dirt gets stuck in the hoodie's eyelet. It is also best to work on a flat surface and not wear the hoodie while repairing it, as this makes it easier to move the safety pin through.

Now, onto the steps:

  • Remove the string from the hoodie if it is still partially inside.
  • Attach the safety pin to one end of the string. Push the sharp end of the pin through the tip of the string. If your string has a plastic or metal aglet, insert the pin just below that. Close the safety pin.
  • Insert the safety pin and string into one of the eyelets of the hoodie. Pinch the fabric to help guide the safety pin through.
  • Hold the safety pin and scrunch the fabric over it. Then, pull the bunched-up fabric away with the other hand.
  • Repeat the previous step, continuing to bunch up the fabric and pull it away, moving the safety pin through the casing.
  • Once the safety pin reaches the other side, remove it from the string.
  • Pull on both ends of the string until they are of equal length.
  • Finally, secure the string by tying a large knot at the ends, or adding an aglet, so the string doesn't slip back into the hoodie.

This method is simple and should only take a few minutes, but it may vary depending on the kind of hoodie you have. It is best to use a larger safety pin as it is easier to grip and move through the fabric.


Straw and stapler method

The straw and stapler method is a quick and easy way to restring your hoodie drawstring. This method is much faster than using a safety pin and can be done in seconds. Here is a step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Prepare the Drawstring

Insert one end of the drawstring into a straw. Make sure to use a plastic straw, not a metal or rigid reusable one. Push the drawstring about half an inch beyond the aglet (the plastic or metal covering at the end of the lace). If the drawstring is frayed, tie a knot at the end before inserting it into the straw.

Step 2: Staple the Drawstring

Staple through the soft cotton thread of the drawstring, making sure not to staple the aglet. This will secure the drawstring to the straw and prevent it from slipping out while you feed it through the hoodie.

Step 3: Feed the Straw Through the Hoodie

Hold one of the eyelets of the hood and insert the straw into it. Gently push the straw through the fabric tunnel, gathering and smoothing the fabric as you go. Continue feeding the straw through until it reaches the opposite eyelet on the other side. You may need to pinch the straw to prevent the drawstring from slipping out as you go.

Step 4: Remove the Staple and Straw

Once the straw has reached the other eyelet, gently remove the staple from the drawstring. Also, remove the straw unless you're starting a new fashion trend! Your drawstring should now be fully fed through the hoodie.

Step 5: Secure the Drawstring (Optional)

To prevent the drawstring from slipping back into the hoodie, you can tie a knot at each end. This will ensure that your drawstring stays in place and doesn't get lost inside the hoodie again.

And that's it! Your hoodie drawstring is now securely restrung, and you can get back to enjoying your favourite hoodie.


Coat hanger method

The Coat Hanger Method:

This method is a great alternative if you don't have a plastic straw or a safety pin to restring your hoodie. It is also a good option if you are looking for a sturdier tool to guide the drawstring through the hoodie.

Step 1: Grab a standard metal coat hanger and unravel it. This process is much easier if you have a pair of pliers. It is recommended to wear gloves and eye protection as coat hangers tend to have sharp ends.

Step 2: Attach the drawstring to the wire. You can use a small amount of duct tape or wrap the string securely around the wire. Be careful not to damage the metal or plastic cap of the string, as it may start to unravel.

Step 3: Following the same steps as the straw method, guide the unfolded metal coat hanger through the first eyelet of the hoodie and work your way to the other end. Once on the other side, detach the string from the wire and pull the ends until they are even.


  • Wear gloves and eye protection when working with coat hangers to prevent injury.
  • Use duct tape or wrap the string securely around the wire to ensure it doesn't come loose while threading.
  • Be gentle when pushing the coat hanger through the fabric to avoid accidentally ripping the material.
  • If the drawstring keeps twisting inside the tunnel, straighten it out before threading further.


Paperclip method

If your hoodie drawstring has slipped out, don't despair—you can use the paperclip method to get it back in place in no time! Here's a detailed guide on how to do it:

The Paperclip Method:

Step 1: Prepare the Drawstring and Paperclip

First, if your drawstring is still partially stuck inside the hoodie, go ahead and pull it out completely. It's easier to re-insert the drawstring than to try to feed it back through the casing. Now, take a paperclip and thread the end of the drawstring through it, so that it's snug and secure.

Step 2: Insert the Paperclip into the Eyelet

Locate the eyelets—these are the circular openings where your drawstring normally comes out. Push the paperclip, with the drawstring attached, into one of these eyelets. You might need to wiggle and manoeuvre it a little to get it through.

Step 3: Guide the Drawstring Through

With one hand, hold the paperclip in place inside the hoodie. With your other hand, start scrunching the fabric casing towards the paperclip, so that it bunches up. Keep doing this, holding the paperclip in place and then pulling the bunched-up fabric away, until the paperclip moves through the casing. Repeat this process until the paperclip comes out of the other end of the fabric casing.

Step 4: Final Adjustments

Pull on the drawstring until both ends are an equal length. Then, remove the paperclip. To prevent the drawstring from slipping back into the hoodie, tie a large knot at each end, making sure the knots are larger than the eyelets. And there you have it—your hoodie is as good as new!


Pen cap method

If you're looking for a quick and easy way to re-string your hoodie, the pen cap method is a great option. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

First, make sure you have the necessary tools: your hoodie, the drawstring, and a pen with a pocket clip. You want to use a pen with a pocket clip to avoid accidentally pushing the exposed tip through the fabric.

Now, let's get started:

  • Wrap the drawstring around the pocket clip of the pen. Make sure it's securely attached so it doesn't slip off.
  • Slide the opposite end of the pen (the end without the pocket clip) into the casing of the hoodie. You'll want to locate the eyelets, which are the circular openings where the drawstring comes out.
  • Push the pen through the fabric, feeling for it as you go. You can hold the pen in one hand and use your other hand to gently pull the fabric away and guide the pen through.
  • Continue pushing the pen through the casing until it comes out the other end, along with the drawstring.
  • Once the pen and drawstring are through, carefully remove the drawstring from the pen.
  • Pull on both ends of the drawstring to ensure they are of equal length.
  • Finally, tie a knot at each end of the drawstring to secure it and prevent it from slipping back into the casing. You can also add an aglet (the small plastic or metal sheath found on the end of shoelaces) to the ends of the drawstring for a more finished look.

And that's it! Your hoodie is now successfully re-strung using the pen cap method. This method is simple, effective, and doesn't require any additional tools beyond what you likely already have at home.

Frequently asked questions

The quickest way to restring a hoodie is by using the stapler and straw method. This method involves inserting one end of the hoodie string into a straw and stapling it in place. The straw is then threaded through the hoodie's eyelet and pushed through the fabric until it reaches the other end. Once the straw is pulled through, the staple is removed, and the hoodie is re-threaded.

There are several materials that can be used to restring a hoodie, including a safety pin, a straw, a stapler, a coat hanger, a pen cap, a paper clip, or a wire.

To prevent the hoodie string from coming out again, tie a large knot at each end of the string so that it doesn't slip back into the casing. Alternatively, you can stitch the middle of the drawstring in place while it's inside the casing.

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