Recycled Sweater Craft: Trendy Boy and Girl Hat

Are you surviving winter?  Our weather here is so fickle so we usually layer in the morning with jacket, hat and scarf but by noon that has all been put away and then 3 o’clock hits and we are frantically looking for that jacket.

We had an old sweater lying around that we couldn’t donate because it had a hole. I hate to give clothes away that is damaged so I kept it just in case I figured out how to repurpose it.  Plus, I had a hard time parting with it because I loved how handsome my man looked in it and now my little man will get to wear it as a hat!

Trendy Fair Isle mens sweater refashioned into an adorable cap. My husband is a big man but lean, so I probably could have made ten of these caps from his sweater.

To make a girl hat it’s the similar process explained below but without the visor. Carla Ackermann our contributing photographer shared her recycled sweater girl hat with us. I love the colors she chose. She will be sharing with us in the next following weeks more recycled sweater projects: home decor, fashion and toy. If you can’t wait stop by the Celebrating Fall issue they were all featured there.

How I did it:

  • Trace and cut pattern from an existing beanie hat.
  • Place it at the bottom around the waistline of the sweater.
  • I traced it adding an inch for the hem and sewed the beanie together.
  • For the visor I used a zig-zag stitch all around the edge to gather the frayed edges.
  • Place the visor about half way over the waistline gathered part and sew it flat on top of the beanie.

It was really easy and I was done in under 20 minutes!

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30 Responses to “Recycled Sweater Craft: Trendy Boy and Girl Hat”

  1. January 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    I never thought to use an old sweater for a hat! I love it. Please come share this at my link party

  2. January 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    I know I wouldn’t have thought of it either but I was thinking really hard on how to repurpose it.

  3. January 15, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    So clever!! It turned out amazingly cute! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great week,
    Beth =-)

  4. January 15, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    What a creative idea. It looks so cute!

  5. January 15, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    Like this a lot! Hmmm… now, do I have any sweaters I could cut up?

    • January 17, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

      I know right, but hey I am sure you can find a cheap one at Goodwill or something.

  6. January 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    This is great! I’m going to have to make some of these for my son!

    I’m hosting a Winter Wonderland linky party and would love it if you linked this up!

  7. January 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    I love this idea! My daughter just made leg warmers out of the sleeves of a sweater this cap would be a great way to keep repurposing it! Thanks for sharing!

  8. January 17, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    Brilliant! Much quicker than knitting a hat!

  9. January 17, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    this is too cute!!!

  10. January 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    So adorable!

  11. January 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    I never knew sweaters could transform in to so many beautiful items. What a creative idea, and it turned out so good. Love the color on him, he was meant for red. Your ham and veggie soup sounds so good that I will be trying soon – at love that it’s a crockpot one. Thanks for sharing your inspiration at Sunday’s Best!

  12. January 19, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    Amazing idea! I’d love for you to link up to my new Thematic Thursday meme. The theme this week is Winter and this would be a perfect addition.

  13. January 19, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    Love it. Great idea.

  14. January 20, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    I found you on Tip Junkie! I would like to invite you to share this post with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays.

  15. January 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Cute! It looks adorable!

  16. January 24, 2012 at 12:41 am #

    Very Cute!

  17. January 25, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    So adorable! Thanks for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

  18. October 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Very cute!

  19. October 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    What a clever idea! I am a fan of trying to be frugal and not wasting…what a fun, cute, and affordable way to be creative and diy!!

  20. October 25, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    Adorable! I love it. I actually just finished a series of projects using a sweater.

    Now I need to find a new old sweater and make hats for my boys! Thanks for the inspiration!


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