How to Make a Scuba Hood or Diving Snood

Updated on April 30, 2020
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I often had an issue keeping hair strands out of my diving mask causing leaks and visibility issues. My dive snoody solves those problems.

Scuba Hood or Diving Snood
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.

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.

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Purchased activewear fabric. The fish scales change from teal to pink with the light.
Purchased activewear fabric. The fish scales change from teal to pink with the light.
Purchased activewear fabric. The fish scales change from teal to pink with the light.

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.

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Rough measurements.Spooky foam headsA clear headHow your first pattern will look
Rough measurements.
Rough measurements.
Spooky foam heads
Spooky foam heads
A clear head
A clear head
How your first pattern will look
How your first pattern will look

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.

Do not leave the house like this.
Do not leave the house like this.
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Draw around your mask and mouthCut it out and try on again
Draw around your mask and mouth
Draw around your mask and mouth
Cut it out and try on again
Cut it out and try on again

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.

  1. Sew all around with right sides together.
  2. 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.
  3. After seaming and cutting, seal the face cutout and seam ends with a seam sealant such as Fray Check.

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Sew all around then cut out the face.There it is!! Aren't the fish scales great?
Sew all around then cut out the face.
Sew all around then cut out the face.
There it is!! Aren't the fish scales great?
There it is!! Aren't the fish scales great?

Good Job!

You now have a cute, cheap, and fun way to improve your water sports. Make one for a friend.

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Scuba hood in actionMake one for a dive buddy
Scuba hood in action
Scuba hood in action
Make one for a dive buddy
Make one for a dive buddy

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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