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diy reconstruction: sweater into hat

November 3, 2011

I made this hat using the sweater pieces leftover from my DIY legwarmers project. A medium weight sweater will work best (mine is acrylic) The most important part is the pattern piece. Try to makes the sides as symmetrical as possible.

[Lie your sweater flat and cut off the sleeves. Cut up the side seams and across the shoulders to create 2 separate pieces]
[Using a ruler, draw a 7 1/4 wide straight line on a piece of paper. Measure 6 1/2 inches up from the middle of your line. Draw a curved line down each side. Cut out the pattern piece]
[Using the pattern, cut out 3 sides]
[Sew the pieces together at the sides. If you don’t have a serger use the zig-zag stitch on you machine to prevent unraveling]
[This is what the top should look like]
[Cut the neck band off. If the neck band on your sweater is too small you can use the bottom ribbing instead. I made mine 1 1/2 inches smaller than the circumference of the bottom of the hat. Take the band and wrap it around your head to make sure it fits comfortably. Sew the ends together]
[Sew the band to the bottom of the hat on the wrong sides. Stretch the band gently while you sew it]
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    November 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    adorable! i didn't even realize cutting up sweaters was an option.

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    November 3, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Love it!

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    November 3, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Great inspiration and perfect for the colder weather. I also swear your hair gets longer and longer everything I see a photo of you…. What do you do? Tell me your secret. xxx


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    November 4, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Great tutorial!! I have never thought of this before!!

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    November 4, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Girl, you rock! Love your DIY project. Keep the good work!

    xoxo Ra

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    Gina Michele
    November 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm

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    November 4, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    what am interesting idea to make a hat! fantastic tutorial!

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    November 7, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Great job! I love it 🙂

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    November 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Great tutorial! I'm going to have to try this!

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    November 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    love this! I featured this on my blog, here:

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