Hello, my name is Lacey, and I have a giant head. Hats never fit me. I have one custom-made, adorable hat from Tolduso’s Etsy store. So, when I saw this Sew Kate Sew tutorial on how to make your own hat from an old sweater, I thought, “I can do that!” But, I only had the idea of it in my head when I went to work and made it my own. Now maybe you have a small head, or even a normal head and a janky sweater, and just want a cute hat. Whatever the case, this is super-easy, for real, it took me less than an hour and a half to hand sew.
What you’ll need:
· Old sweater
· Old t-shirt
· Embroidery floss
· Tape measure
What to do:
1. Measure your head around and from an ear to the middle of your head. Divide the circumfrence number in half.
2. Lay out your sweater and measure across using the half-circumference number. Add about an inch for seam allowance. Then measure up using the ear-to-middle-of-head number, you may want to leave a little more than one inch allowance at the top for fashioniness. Cut it out in the general shape of a hat.
3. Pin it together wrong-side out around the edges and try it on to make sure the hat fits your dome.
4. Cut off any extra to avoid lumpiness, learn from my mistake.
5. Use your sweater as a pattern to cut the lining out of your old t-shirt.
6. Pin both sides of the t-shirt material to one side of the sweater material. So, the layering will go sweater, sweater, t-shirt, t-shirt.
7. Sew the curve of the hat together, but don’t finish the bottom part just yet.
8. Flip the whole thing right-side out.
9. Now, take a sleeve of your sweater and cut out 6 strips of roughly the same width and length.
10. Split the strips into 2 groups of 3 and sew the strips together at the top. Braid those suckers together and knot it at the end.
11. Take each braid and insert the sewn end into the bottom of the hat on the seams. Pin it to make sure the braids are where you want them, and sew them in.
12. Using your embroidery thread, finish the bottom of the hat with a blanket stitch.
13. Wear your hat in good health, my friends!