How to Get the Drawstring Back Into Your Hoodie or Jacket

If the strings is stuck inside your hood, it's one problem that's easily fixed.
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  • Safety pin

1 Replacing a Drawstring in Clothing

Don't give up on your favorite jacket, favorite hoodie or cozy sweatpants just because the drawstring has come out in the wash or you've pulled it all the way out. You can easily get the drawstring back where it belongs right now using some DIY tutorial tips. If your drawstring breaks, you can replace it with a new drawstring or shoelace using the same life hack method.

Many of these drawstring unstrings can occur in sweats or hoodies in the drawstring waistband or the hoodie drawstring of the hood. Luckily, we have a few quick fixes to help you with your drawstring restringing.

2 Getting the Drawstring Back Into Your Clothing:

  1. Find a large safety pin big enough to go through the garment's channel or waistband with a little resistance. If the safety pin is too small, it will get lost and be difficult to pull through the channel of the clothing. If it's too big, you won't be able to work it through, and you might rip the fabric.
  2. Attach the safety pin to one end of the drawstring or ribbon tie. a. Be careful with the sharp end of the safety pin so you do not accidentally poke yourself.
  3. Push the safety pin and the attached drawstring or ribbon into the channel to restring the drawstring. By pushing and pulling, work the drawstring through to the other side.
  4. Pull out the safety pin and drawstring from the other end of the clothing channel, using pliers if needed. Then pull the drawstring through so it's even on both ends, and tie both ends and eyelets into knots at the end of the string so they don't come loose again.
  • Some sources suggest using a ballpoint or fountain pen instead of a safety pin. This is not a good idea: If you forget and leave it in the garment, it can leak in the washer or dryer, leaving you with an inky mess worse than the problem you were trying to fix.
  • If you can't find a safety pin, try a large paper clip or a plastic drinking straw.

Bonny Brown Jones has been a writer, columnist, copy editor and senior copy editor for newspapers that have included the "Orlando Sentinel," "Miami Herald" and "Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch." Jones has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Ohio State University.