Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sweater Beanie Hat

This past weekend was 80 degrees at the west coast. Then the weather dropped to about 60 degrees. Brrrrrr. So time to make a hat.

I was browsing at "Make it and Love It" where she had this easy tutorial on how to turn an old sweater into a hat. She has made a few, and they are so cute. Find her tutorial here.  Hers are much better than mine, but here's what I did on the first try. 
I pulled out a sweater from the donate bag and cut out the shape.  I cut both sides at the same time so they were even:

Then, right sides facing each other, I used the sewing machine to sew them together, leaving the opening for the head.

I turned it right side out and hand stitched rosettes I formed from some strips of the sweater.

Sew, it wasn't too hard, and it didn't cost anything. The hardest part was making the rounded shape of the beanie just right. I did do some extra trimming and sewing to have a better fit. 
This is a great way to upcycle those stretched out, or shrunken sweaters for use on a 60 degree day.

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