18 Jan 2017
January 18, 2017

Upcycled Warm Winter Hats

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It’s frosty outside and the best way to stay warm is to keep a comfy hat on your head. With a few upcycled sweaters and our talents of needle and thread, we can make our own Warm Winter Hats wardrobe!

Hints for Sewing With Sweater Knits & a Simple Cozy Hat

Elsie from A Beautiful Mess blog wrote a wonderful post with super hints for working with upcycled sweater knits. And, she included a Simple Cozy Hat you’ll enjoy making. It’s the perfect place to start on your Warm Winter Hats! Click here for the post on A Beautiful Mess.

Image from flamingotoes.com

Anthro Inspired Head Wrap

When you’re a maker, it happens all the time.  “I bet I could make that!” or “Could you make me one of those?” In this case, you really can and Bev’s clear directions on her Flamingo Toes blog are just what you need. Found at a popular, trendy store, this darling head wrap is fun to make, a great upcycle and a very successful knock-off! With this version of Warm Winter Hats, you’ll have quite a bit of sweater left and may be able to make more than one. It would be a great gift, too. I love the pearls and beads adornment – you could also use crystals, sequins or ribbons! Click here for Bev’s tutorial on her Flamingo Toes blog.

Image from seekatesew.com

Snowy Day Hat

Using just the body of an upcycled sweater, Kate of the See Kate Sew blog designed a Snowy Day Hat that will keep you super warm! Kate cleverly uses one of the sweater side seams as part of the hat’s structure and a stretchy knit fabric for the lining. And, she includes a link to a printable PDF pattern for you! Kate shows you how to create sassy braided straps to attach to the ear flaps. A braided top pom-pom might be fun, too! Click here for Kate’s tutotrial.

Vintage Inspired Hat

This beautiful vintage style hat was designed by Alisa Burke for her blog. Not a fan of regular patterns, Alisa came up with her own way to make elegant, yet warm and charming Warm Winter Hats.  I love her wonderful instructions and laidback, “you can do this” approach to this beautiful hat!  And, while her hat was made from fleece, it could easily be made from upcycled sweaters, too. Just be sure to use wool felt or fleece or felt the portion of the sweater you will use for the flower so you don’t have to deal with raveling.  Alisa added a lovely pieced scarf to create a very cozy combo that you can easily make, too! Click here for her tutorial.

Image from flamingotoes.com

I have a few more sweater upcycling hints for you!

  • You may have “need to upcycle” sweaters in the back of your closets or drawers – look there first. Then ask your friends and family or shop the nearest thrift store or garage sale. They’re everywhere!
  • Use the largest sweater you can so you will have plenty of “fabric” to work with and possible leftovers for an “upycle stash” bin. It’s always fun to have little bits available for embellishment and piecing.
  • Think about using sweaters for any project that calls for fleece, felt or wool. You’ll want to accommodate for the stretch of the sweater knit, but the weight should substitute well.
  • Note the washing instructions on the original sweater and follow them when caring for your  finished upcycle.

And there you go! Off to the land of upcycle, warmth and creative sewing. Enjoy!

About the Author


Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community.

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