How to Make a Scuba Hood or Diving Snood
Easily Create a Useful and Pretty Scuba Hood
If you are a diver, swimmer, or enjoy other water sports, a scuba hood or diving snood may be useful to you. Some people need to keep hair secure, thus preventing water leaks from trickling inside their diving mask. Others want to keep long hair from being tangled, and still others may want to keep salt or chlorine off their hair.
Step 1: Choose Your Fabric
First, you must decide your main purpose. If you are primarily after warmth, you will want a neoprene fabric. Otherwise, choose a fabric with some stretch. This stretch should be from spandex or elastane, not from a cotton t-shirt knit or polyester knit. There is a wide variety of "active fabric" for leggings, dance contests, and gymnastic uniforms. I chose "activewear" from the dance selection.
After you make your choice, either find some scrap fabric to use for a pattern, or purchase enough for a couple of mistakes. Be sure your scrap fabric is of a similar stretch and weight as your new fabric. I used an old dive shirt / rash guard as my pattern fabric.
Step 2: Make the First Pattern
You need a rough drawing of a head on paper. If you have a clear head (as I do) you can trace around it. If you have a lot of hard hats on display, you can draw around one of those foam heads. You can also measure your head and make a rough drawing on paper. Your pattern will include the entire profile. Do not cut out the face yet.
Step 3: Try the First Fit
Cut out your pattern from either your scrap fabric or from your extra purchased fabric. Sew with a stretch stitch or serge all the way around. Try it on. Do not leave the house like this.
Step 4: Cut the Face
Put your mask on and either look in a mirror to draw around it, or ask a friend to draw around it. Cut out the face and try your pattern on again. It may take a couple of tries to get the fit you want. Do not despair. It's just fabric. Soon you will have the right profile and the correct face opening. (See second thumbnail above).
Step 5: Cut the Real Deal
It's time to cut your hood. Using your best pattern, cut your fabric with a little extra around the edge to give room for a seam. If your end result is too large, you can seam it down again. If it's too small, you have to ditch it and start again. If you have extra thick or long hair, make room for that by cutting larger in the back.
- Sew all around with right sides together.
- Cut out the face a little smaller than your pattern. This fabric may stretch slightly different than your scrap and you can always cut the face larger if needed.
- After seaming and cutting, seal the face cutout and seam ends with a seam sealant such as Fray Check.
You now have a cute, cheap, and fun way to improve your water sports. Make one for a friend.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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