I recently took an old sweater, cut it up, and repurposed it into a super cute skirt in my Upcycle Sweater to Skirt Tutorial. Today, we’re going to cut up some more of that sweater and make a fun little slouchy beanie hat perfect for the upcoming cold weather. Read on for my Upcycle Sweater into Beanie Hat Tutorial!
This was my first time making a beanie. There are really not a lot of beanie hat tutorials out there so I sort of felt my way through this one. I knew I wanted a lot of “slouch” so I made it a few (okay, maybe a lot of) inches longer than my other beanie hats. Think of a bohemian beanie style, like something Johnny Depp would have worn in the 90s. The pattern I ended up making is sort of long and skinny. After making my beanie, I see that it would have served me better if I had made my hat a bit wider. I think next time, I will make my beanie pattern more akin to a heart with a flattened bottom. In other words, I will start off with the bottom of the hat being the length around my forehead, and then I will widen it out a little bit before bringing the pattern back in to make the two points.
I mentioned this before, but I’m really enjoying these upcycling projects, such as my Romper to Tunic Top Tutorial, Old Jeans into Ankle Length Summer Jeans Tutorial, and Earring to Necklace Tutorial. They’re quick, fun, relatively easy, and I’m salvaging pieces that I would no longer wear. A win on all fronts. ♥
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Now onto my Upcycle Sweater into Beanie Hat Tutorial
1.Turn the sweater inside out and cut both sleeves off.
2. Cut the side seams off so that you can open up the sleeves.
3. Place the sleeves on top of each other right side to right side, and pin them together.
4. Using pattern paper, cut out a rectangle. Make the width of the rectangle the same measurement of the bottom of the sleeves, and make the length of the rectangle as long as you want your hat to be. I’m going to make my hat pretty long because I want it to be extra slouchy.
5. Fold your rectangle in half lengthwise. Fold it once more in half lengthwise. Your rectangle should now be folded lengthwise into quarters.
Draw a rounded line from about 4″ down on one side, arcing up to the top corner on the other side. Cut this out
If you unfold your paper, it should look like this.
6. Trace this onto your sleeves lining the bottom of the beanie hat pattern with the bottom of the sleeves. Cut this out.
7. Pin and sew up one side to the top point using a wide straight stitch.
Carefully sew up the rest of the top parts and the remaining side together.
8. Zigzag stitch around all the raw edges so your hat doesn’t unravel.
And now the beanie hat tutorial is done. One new beanie hat!