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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sweater Hat Tutorial--Kind Of

I had several requests for instructions on how I made my hat out of a sweater. To be honest, I wasn't sure it would turn out, so I didn't even take any pictures along the way.  Forgive me?

How to make a hat from a sweater

I will give you a few tips on how I did it--

First, read this tutorial by At Second Street

Then, here's what I did:

Washed the sweater in hot water and dried on high heat to get it to shrink as much as possible. It's much easier to sew and work with if the fibers are tight.
Cut up a sweater to make a hat

Cut a circle out of the back measuring 6.5 inch diameter

Cut a strip off the bottom of the sweater 22 inches long by 4 inches wide.  

Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, I sewed the strip ends together to make a band and pinned and sewed that around the circle.  Mine did pucker a little as the sweater stretched a bit as it went through the sewing machine, but you can't tell too much when it's on my head.
Make a hat from a sweater

Cut a brim out of the collar of the sweater.  I used the bill template from the other tutorial as a shape guide.  (mine came out to about 8 inches wide, and 3 inches at the part where it sticks out the farthest. I stitched around the bottom edge so it wouldn't unravel.  I didn't use any cardboard or interfacing (though if your sweater is on the thinner side, it's probably a good idea...plus then the edges won't get stretched out in the sewing machine)  Then I pinned and sewed that where it looked good on the hat.  

I took the buttons off the sweater and sewed them by hand to the sides of the hat.

In case you missed the post last week, here's what it looks like finished.  

How to make a hat from a sweater

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And there you have it.  If you've got a sweater that's doomed anyway, it can't hurt to try!  Plus, it will be even cuter because it will be on *your* cute head!

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  1. This is such a great hat, and a wonderful tutorial!

    I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award - you can check out the details here:

  2. You, Steph, are kind of amazing. I love it!!

  3. that is awesome! you are so talented!

  4. Wow, the hut is sooo cute! Gotta try it with my (accidentally) shrunk sweater :)

  5. That's way cool! And I realize I've been here before! Maybe I didn't leave a comment. Love your site! Thanks for stopping by P3 today and leaving a comment. It is cool that we are so close. We'll have to stay in touch. Maybe we can meet up for coffee...someday...

  6. Great tutorial! Brilliant! Thanks for sharing this. I had an idea that instead I stitching the buttons to the side of the hat, maybe you could use a length if the button strip across the front of the hat like on a newsboy hat. (I tried posting a pic but can't figure it out. Like the one at this link: http://diy-basicstitches.com/newsboy-cap-crochet-patterns/