Revamping Hoodies: Restringing Guide

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There's nothing more frustrating than pulling your favourite hoodie out of the wash to find that the drawstring has disappeared, or worse, become tangled. Luckily, there are several quick and easy ways to restring your hoodie without having to spend hours forcing it back in by hand. All you need are a few household items and a bit of patience.

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Time taken 10-15 minutes
Tools required Straw, stapler, safety pin, coat hanger, gloves, towel, duct tape, pliers, wire, bobby pin, pen with a clip
Steps 1. Insert the string into the straw. 2. Staple the string inside the straw. 3. Thread the straw through the eyelet of the hoodie. 4. Pull the string through the eyelet. 5. Remove the staple and straw. 6. Tie a knot at each end of the string.


The stapler and straw method

Firstly, take your string and insert one end of it into the straw. Keep pushing it into the straw until it is about half an inch beyond the metal or plastic piece (called an aglet) at the end of the string. The aglet is the plastic or metal covering at the end of the string that prevents it from fraying. Make sure to use a plastic straw, as a metal or rigid reusable straw may be too narrow for the string to pass through.

Next, take your stapler and staple the portion of the string that is inside the straw. Position the stapler so that the staple runs in the same direction as the straw. Be careful not to staple the aglet, as this may cause it to fray. Instead, staple through the soft cotton thread.

Now, take the straw and thread it into the eyelet of the hoodie. Work your way around the fabric, gently pushing the straw through the fabric "tunnel" until it comes out of the other end. It may be easier to hold the back end of the straw and use your other hand to move the fabric along the straw.

Once the straw has emerged from the other end, continue to pull on the string until each eyelet has an even amount of string coming out of it. Finally, remove the staple from the drawstring and, if desired, tie a knot at each end to prevent the string from coming loose again.

And that's it! You have now successfully re-threaded your hoodie in just a few minutes.


The safety pin method

Firstly, find a safety pin that fits easily through the holes in your hoodie. Open the pin and attach it to one end of the string, just after the plastic or metal covering (also known as the aglet). Close the safety pin, securing the string.

Next, insert the safety pin and string into the eyehole of your hoodie. Hold the back end of the pin and start to bunch up the fabric until you can't bunch it up anymore. Then, firmly hold the front end of the pin and stretch the fabric again, de-bunching it so that the string moves forward a few inches.

Repeat these steps, working the string forward until you reach the other end. This process will likely take around 10-15 minutes as you work the string through the tunnel of the hoodie. Once the safety pin emerges from the other side, simply remove it and adjust the string so that both sides are even.

This method is a quick and efficient way to restring your hoodie without the need for any special tools or equipment. It is also a good alternative for those who prefer not to use plastic straws.


The coat hanger method

Step 1: Grab a Standard Metal Coat Hanger

Take a standard metal coat hanger and unravel it. This process is much easier if you have a pair of pliers. This method can be dangerous, so it is recommended that you wear gloves and eye protection.

Step 2: Attach the Drawstring to the Wire

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

Step 3: Guide the Wire Through the Hoodie

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. Be careful not to let the other end of the drawstring slip into the channel.

Step 4: Detach the String from the Wire

Once the hanger has made its way through to the other side, carefully detach the string from the wire. You can do this by untying or removing the tape.

Step 5: Pull the Drawstring Even

Pull both ends of the drawstring until they are even. And that's it! Your hoodie is now successfully rethreaded using the coat hanger method.

This method is efficient and will not cause any damage to your hoodie. It may take a bit of patience, but the result is worth the effort. Just be sure to carry out each step carefully to ensure a successful rethreading process.


The pen method

Firstly, you will need to find a pen with a pocket clip. Then, wrap the drawstring around the clip and slide the opposite end of the pen through the casing. You will need to feel for the pen through the fabric and pull it through to the other side.

If you are using a pen with a cap, you can put the string end in the cap, put the cap on the pen, and push it through.

This method can be done in seconds and is a great way to restring your hoodie without any hassle.

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The bobby pin method

Firstly, remove the string from the hoodie if it is not already out. Then, attach a bobby pin to one end of the string. If the string has a metal or plastic aglet, insert the pin just below that. If not, get the pin as close to the edge of the string as possible. Next, insert the end of the string with the bobby pin into one of the holes of the hoodie. You may need to pinch the fabric to help guide the bobby pin through.

Once the bobby pin is through the first hole, straighten out the fabric while holding the pin. Then, continue to scrunch and straighten the fabric, moving the string through the hoodie. Keep doing this until the bobby pin reaches the hole on the other side. Pull the string and bobby pin out of the hole, and then remove the bobby pin from the string. Finally, tie a knot at each end of the string to prevent it from slipping back into the hoodie.

Frequently asked questions

Here are some quick and easy ways to restring a hoodie:

The Safety Pin Method: Attach a safety pin to the end of the string and insert it into the eyelet of the hoodie. Bunch up the fabric and move the safety pin back and forth until it reaches the other end.

What materials are needed to restring a hoodie?

How do I prevent the drawstring from coming out of my hoodie?

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