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Topic: Hats from sweaters! (now with tutorial!)  (Read 28278 times)
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« on: January 08, 2006 07:56:51 AM »

I made these in about twenty minutes (each), and I hand-sewed them.  I got the idea from the book Super Crafty, which is a wonderful book!  I had several old sweaters that I loved but that were either too small or pilling in certain areas...so now I get to wear them as hats!  The little appliques are so fun to make, too.  It's a great project to do in front of the TV Smiley

Here's a written and hopefully understandable tutorial (I don't have pictures of me making the hats!):

1.  Lay the sweater on a flat surface, smoothed out

2.  At the bottom of the sweater (the nice, hemmed part), measure a half-circle that's 11 inches long and 7 inches high.

3.  After you mark the measurements, it helps to draw the semi-circle with tailor's chalk or something before you cut it out.

4.  You can either cut through both layers of the sweater, or just cut through one layer, turn the sweater over, and remeasure and cut.

5.  Put both pieces right-sides-together, and sew.  I hand-sewed using a blanket stitch, but if you plan to throw it in the wash, you should probably machine-sew it.  And because you're using the bottom of the sweater, you don't have to hem the bottom of your hat!

6.  You can decorate by adding bias tape (like I did on the zebra hat), felt appliques, buttons, ribbon, rick-rack...anything you want!

I hope that's clear.  Let me know if you have questions.
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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2006 09:23:08 AM »

vary nice, excellent idea

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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2006 09:42:57 AM »

i think you should give me that zebra one (;

wink wink wink

i really love that one

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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2006 12:45:13 PM »

oo those are really cute! i love the second one
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2006 01:25:00 PM »

Very cute!

« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2006 02:36:36 PM »

Could you make a mini-tut, pretty please? I so want to make some of these! Nice job.  Wink

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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2006 02:38:13 PM »

ohhh very cuute!<3

mini tut, pleeasee?


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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2006 06:31:43 PM »

YES!!!!!!!!!!  I can't knit worth a frik, and I've always wanted to make a knit hat!  Now all I need is an ol knit sweater and my trusty sewing machine!  THANKS!!!!!

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« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2006 06:32:22 PM »

Those are adorable!  I love the applique on the gray one- is that (the applique) from a sweater, too?  I third the request for a mini-tute... I've got a 3-sizes-too-small sweater just waiting to make a great hat.   Roll Eyes
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2006 07:34:56 PM »

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