Retreading Hoodies: A Quick Guide

how to rethread your hoodie

Losing the drawstring on your hoodie can be frustrating, but there are several quick and easy ways to rethread it. The most popular methods involve using a safety pin, a straw and a stapler, or a coat hanger. All of these methods can help you fix your favourite hoodie in a matter of minutes, without having to spend hours forcing the string back in manually.

Characteristics Values
Time taken 1 minute, 60 seconds, a few minutes
Tools required Straw, stapler, safety pin, coat hanger
Steps Remove the string, thread through a straw, staple, thread through the hoodie, remove the staple, remove the straw

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The stapler and straw method

Firstly, gather your supplies: a stapler, a straw, and your hoodie with the drawstring that needs to be rethreaded. It is recommended that you completely remove the string from your hoodie before starting the rethreading process.

Now, take one end of your drawstring and insert it into the straw. Make sure you insert about half an inch or one inch of the string into the straw, going beyond the aglet (the plastic or metal covering at the end of the drawstring). This extra length ensures that the string doesn't slip out while you're working.

Once you have inserted the drawstring into the straw, use the stapler to staple through the soft cotton thread, not the aglet. This step might seem counterintuitive, as you are making a new hole in the drawstring, but stapling provides a more secure hold than a knot and will make the rethreading process easier.

With your drawstring securely stapled to the straw, it's now time to start threading it back into the hoodie. Feed the straw through the eyelet of the hoodie and gently push it through the fabric tunnel. Gather and smooth the fabric as you go along to make it easier for the straw to glide through. Continue pushing the straw through until it reaches and comes out of the opposite eyelet.

Finally, once the straw has emerged from the other end, carefully remove the staple from the drawstring. Now, all you need to do is remove the straw, and your hoodie drawstring should be successfully rethreaded!

And there you have it—a quick, easy, and innovative way to rethread your hoodie drawstring using the stapler and straw method.

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The safety pin method

Firstly, make sure your hoodie is not being worn. This will make it easier to move the safety pin through the hoodie. It is also recommended that you wash your hoodie and drawstring before beginning, to ensure no dirt gets stuck in the hole of the hoodie.

Now, find a safety pin that will fit through the eyelets of your hoodie. Open the safety pin and attach it to one end of your drawstring, just after the plastic or metal covering at the end. Close the safety pin securely.

Insert the safety pin and drawstring into the eyelet of your hoodie. You may need to pinch and straighten the fabric to help guide the safety pin through. Continue to do this until the safety pin emerges out of the other eyelet.

Once the safety pin has been pushed all the way through, remove it from the drawstring. Be careful when handling the safety pin, as it can cause injury if not handled correctly.

Finally, pull on the drawstring until each eyelet has an even amount of string. Your hoodie is now rethreaded and ready to wear!

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The coat hanger method

If you don't have a plastic straw or a safety pin to rethread your hoodie, you can use a metal coat hanger. This method requires gloves or a towel to protect your hands from the sharp edges of the hanger.

Firstly, grab a standard metal coat hanger and unravel it. This process is much easier with a pair of pliers. It is also recommended to wear hand and eye protection as unravelling the coat hanger can be unpredictable. Next, attach the drawstring to the wire. You can use a small piece of duct tape, or simply wrap the string around the wire securely. Make sure not to damage the metal or plastic cap of the string, as this will cause it to unravel over time.

Now, follow the same steps as the straw method. Guide the unfolded metal coat hanger through the first eyelet of the hoodie and work your way around until you reach the other side. Once you have reached the other side, carefully detach the string from the wire and pull the ends to ensure they are even.

And that's it! Your hoodie should now be rethreaded. All three methods—the straw, safety pin, and coat hanger method—are effective ways to re-string a hoodie. The main difference between them is the amount of time each one takes.

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Removing the drawstring

Step 1: Identify the Location of the Drawstring

Before you begin, make sure you know where the drawstring is located. Typically, the drawstring of a hoodie is stitched into the middle of the hood. It is likely only stitched at the top seam of the hoodie, so you will need to focus your efforts there.

Step 2: Gather Your Tools

To remove the drawstring, you will need some tools. You can use a seam ripper, which is a small, inexpensive tool designed specifically for this purpose. It should cost no more than a few dollars at your local craft store. If you don't want to purchase a seam ripper, you can use a needle and scissors as an alternative.

Step 3: Unpick the Stitches

Using your seam ripper or needle, carefully unpick the stitches that hold the drawstring in place. Be gentle to avoid damaging the fabric. If using a needle, try to go under the thread, lift it up, and then snip it. You may need to do this multiple times to fully release the drawstring.

Step 4: Remove the Drawstring

Once you have unpicked the stitches, you should be able to remove the drawstring. Carefully pull it out, being mindful not to tear the fabric. If the drawstring is stuck, try wiggling it gently back and forth to loosen it before pulling again.

Step 5: Finish the Seam

After removing the drawstring, you will be left with an opening at the top seam. To close this, you can hand or machine stitch the opening shut. Make sure to use a thread colour that matches your hoodie for a neat finish.

And that's it! You have successfully removed the drawstring from your hoodie. Now you can replace it with a new one or leave it as is, depending on your preference.

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Working the string back through the casing

The Straw and Stapler Method:

  • Take a straw and insert one end of the drawstring into it, pushing it through until about half an inch of the string is visible on the other side of the straw.
  • Staple the portion of the string inside the straw. Ensure the staple runs in the same direction as the straw, and be careful not to staple the plastic or metal end of the string.
  • Thread the straw through the casing of the hoodie. Start at one of the eyelets and work your way around the fabric until the straw 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.
  • Pull the straw all the way through to the other side, then pull on the string until each eyelet has an equal amount of string.
  • Remove the staple and the straw.

The Safety Pin Method:

  • Find a safety pin that will fit through the eyelets of your hoodie. Attach it to the end of the string, just after the plastic or metal covering.
  • Insert the safety pin and string into one of the eyelets of the hoodie.
  • Hold the back end of the pin and start to bunch up the fabric. Keep bunching until you can't bunch it up anymore.
  • Now, hold the front end of the pin and release the bunched-up fabric, allowing the string to move forward a few inches.
  • Repeat steps 3 and 4, working the string forward until you reach the other end. This process will likely take 10-15 minutes.
  • Once the safety pin emerges from the other side, remove it and pull on the string until both sides are even.

The Coat Hanger Method:

  • Grab a standard metal coat hanger and unravel it. This process is much easier with a pair of pliers. Be sure to wear gloves or eye protection, as coat hangers tend to have sharp ends.
  • Attach the drawstring to the wire using duct tape or by wrapping it around securely. Try not to damage the metal or plastic cap of the string, as it may start to unravel.
  • Guide the unfolded metal coat hanger through the eyelets of the hoodie, following the same path as the straw method.
  • Once you reach the other side, detach the string from the wire and pull the ends even.

Frequently asked questions

The quickest ways to rethread a hoodie are the stapler and straw method, the safety pin method, and the coat hanger method.

First, take the string and insert one end of it into the straw. Push it into the straw until it’s about half an inch beyond the metal or plastic piece at the end of the string. Next, staple the portion of the string inside the straw, ensuring the staple runs in the same direction as the straw. Then, thread the straw into the eyelet of the hoodie and work it around the fabric until it comes out of the other end. Finally, pull on the string until each eyelet has an even amount coming out, and remove the staple and straw.

First, find a safety pin that will fit through the holes in your hoodie. Attach the safety pin to the end of the string, just after the plastic or metal covering, and close the pin. Next, insert the safety pin into the eyehole of the hoodie and start to "bunch up" the fabric until it is fully bunched. Now, hold the front end of the pin and "de-bunch" the fabric so the string moves forward a few inches. Keep repeating these steps until you reach the other end, then remove the safety pin and tug on the string until both sides are even.

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