It’s about this time of year I start purging our closets, taking out the old to make room for new winter pieces. But, instead of donating everything, save a sweater and repurpose it to make a cute new hat for winter! It’s a great way to make a new use out of an old piece.
My five year old LIVES in beanies during the cooler months, so I made this one for him. You could make one for anyone – yourself, your husband, your babies, or whomever! It’s so easy.
Step 1. Lay your sweater down on a flat surface. Use an existing beanie as a rough pattern or just freehand it. Make sure the bottom of the beanie is lined up with the hem of your sweater so you don’t have create a hem – saves you a step!
Step 2. With right sides together, pin all the way around the hat, and then sew all the way around it with a straight stitch. The sweater I used was a stretchy knit, so I didn’t have to finish the seams. But if you’re using a knitted sweater, serge or zigzag the seam allowances so they don’t come unraveled.
Step 3. Now it’s time to make the pom-pom. Use a large fork and wrap your yarn around it until you have a nice thick wrap.
Step 4. Cut the wrap from the spool of yarn then cut a second strand about 8 inches long and tie it around the middle of the wrap. Tie it as tight as you can!
Now pull the wrap off of the fork and cut the loops on either end. Now you have a pom-pom!
Hand sew it on to the top of your hat and you’re done! So easy, right? Now go make a bunch of new hats with all those old sweaters!