Hippie Vest

31 Oct

I decided to be a hippie for Halloween this year but I couldn’t find a vest with fringe.  My mom and I made this one out of a fleece throw.  They were two for six dollars and there was enough fabric in one to make two vests.  Now we have an extra throw to play around with too.


Fleece fabric

Iron on transfers

Needle and thread




1. Fold fleece in half and lay on flat surface.

2. Lay a vest that fits you (or a tee-shirt with the arms tucked in) on top of the fleece with shoulders at the fold of the vest.

3. Trace around neck arms and sides of garment with a piece of chalk. We did not trace around the bottom because we wanted to leave it long for fringe.

4. Cut out neck of garment.

5. Cut out sleeves and down the sides.  Do not cut shoulders.

6. Cut a straight line down front of garment, leaving the back uncut.

7. Stitch from bottom of armhole to where you would like the fringe to begin on both sides.

7. Lay fabric on flat surface with front and back aligned.

8. Cut strips through both layers of fabric from bottom to where you would like the fringe to stop.

9. Create a V neckline in front by alligning front panels and cutting diagonally through both layers from top of neck downward.

10. If desired, apply iron-on transfers to the back.

11. Decorate front with pins!



back view


6 Responses to “Hippie Vest”

  1. Ally Ryan June 13, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    I think this idea is great! You are very creative

    • kamikinard June 13, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

      Thank you so much!!!

  2. bdenning89 September 24, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Thank you for this! I’m going to be a hippie for Halloween this year and knew there had to be a cheaper option than buying the costume vest. But, I’m confused as to why the part in step 5 where you cut the sides to later stitch back together is necessary.

    • kamikinard September 24, 2013 at 11:41 am #

      You are cutting the vest from a much larger piece of fabric (a blanket) so you have to cut the front and back. It is possible to fold the fabric and cut in the right places so that you don’t have seams in the shoulders, but you can’t get away with this on the shoulders and the sides. If you were to create this vest from a large brown t-shirt, however, it would perhaps involve no sewing at all. Might be worth trying!

  3. Jeannie August 16, 2015 at 6:15 pm #

    where did you get the fleece throw?

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