Hello everyone! I’m Cheri from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar. I was already really excited to be guest posting here on UCreate and then I actually got to meet Kari last week which made me even more excited to be here. Most of you out there have probably only seen her profile picture and maybe heard little bits from her sister. Well, let me tell you that Kari is a party! She is hilarious, extremely kind, and she has some great stories to tell.
Anyhow, I’ll try not to get too sidetracked. Over at my blog I love to decorate, photograph, sew, refashion, paint. I am the mother of two boys, so I definitely favor boy crafts whenever possible. If you have boys then you’ll have to stop by for sure. My two little guys are my inspiration. Here they are to introduce today’s tutorial to you…
Can’t you feel the brotherly love? Poor little guy. Anyhow, I’m going to show you how to make these cute brimmed beanie hats from old sweaters. I want you to think of it like making a sunday. First I’ll show you the basics of making the actual hat (like scooping up the icecream) and then I’ll give you a buffet of topping choices…carmel, sprinkles, whipped cream, or whatever you like. (Yes, I just might be hungry right now.) I just love to embellish boy stuff.
Alright, let’s get started now. To make the actual hat you need to measure your child’s noggin. Once you’ve got the measurement you can get out your old sweater. Cut two rectangles out, utilizing the bottom finished edge of the sweater. If your sweater stretches a LOT, then make the length of the rectangle an inch or two less then your child’s measurement. If it stretches normally then use the actual measurement (the circumference of his or her head). As for the height of the rectangle here are some estimates. My one year old’s I cut to be 6.5 inches tall and my three year old’s was about 7.5 inches tall. (Sidenote: They both have very large noggins for their age. Yeah, they’re advanced 🙂
After the brim is on you can sew along the bottom of the hat to join the lining and the outer hat. Here I recommend using a zigzag stitch so the fabric will still stretch well. Now that’s all the major hat construction, but let me show you some things I did differently on the second hat.
The brim was smaller, which I liked better. You can use my brim if you’d like. Click HERE to download a free PDF file of it. Because these types of hats usually have smaller brims I think this brim would work from age 1-10. The sweater I used for this hat was a lot more stretchy and loosely woven. When I made the brim I cut the pieces to be much larger than needed so that I could sew the edge and zigzag it so nothing would unweave.
I did not make a lining for this hat, since it was a heavier sweater and because it was for my youngest son who is constantly sweaty. When sewing on the brim, I obviously didn’t have two layers to sandwich it in between, so I flipped up the brim and sewed it on the outside of the hat as shown. I let it climb up the hat a bit, which worked out really well. That way the brim sits a little higher and doesn’t cover his eyes too much. I followed up with a zigzag stitch and trimmed off the extra.
Now here comes the fun part. And, if you don’t sew you can buy a hat and add some fun stuff to it. Here are your toppings:
1) Freezer paper stenciling. I love doing this. If you’ve never tried it you can go HERE to watch my in depth video tutorial. While I usually create a stencil and then paint it, this time I filled it in with fabric markers instead. (I thought it would be funny to put established followed by his birth year.)
2) Premade stencils. I used this Tulip Graffiti stencil up the side of the hat for a fun, tough look. (It comes in a pack with other great stencils.)
Thank you so much for having me, Kari. You are all welcome to stop by my place anytime. Have a fabulous day! -Cheri
These are awesome! Thank you for sharing your techniques!
Erin @ Crafts and Sutch says
As always, another too cute craft for boys! Love it!
Awesome! Maybe use heavyweight fusible interfacing?
That is awesome! I don’t have any sweaters though 🙁 Guess it gives me an excuse to go to the thrift store!!! Thanks for sharing!
Really really cute. I love these on little boys. Maybe I’ll pull out my machine again and give it a try for my little guy:)
Emily at Emmie Designs says
very great idea, I was actually thinking about this the other day and wondering if I could make my own somehow when my 6 and 3 year old were fighting over a hat, thanks 🙂
So cute!! i wonder if plastic canvas would give enough to use instead of cardboard?
just a quick idea… the plastic brim should form by taking a rubber band to hold the brim in a rounded shape. leave it overnight and you should be good to go. the cardboard will weaken a lot sooner than the plastic.
Ah, yes! Something for the boys! I will be trying this out for my little man. Thanks for sharing!!!
Tam @ Sew Dang Cute says
Very cute! What a great way to use old sweaters as well!! Thanks Cheri!!
Lori Thompson says
so creative! Love it!
Finally a project for boys! Very cute 🙂
Hello…I followed a different tutorial for this a while back online and they had a good tip…again they said plastic made a brim that wouldn’t keep it’s shape, so they used cardboard and covered it in duct tape to make it weather proof. Worked great.
Ooh! I don’t know how I missed this – I will have to give this a try in a girly version for my daughter. I made the upcycled hats a while ago and love them, too.
ahhh what an awesome tutorial! I can’t wait to make my own!
I love this hat so much and am going to go scrounging at Good Will for old sweaters. I am so excited to see tutorials for boys!