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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

DIY Woolen Hat // Anthro Inspired

Today's tutorial comes in two parts. First I'll show you how to make a simple felted wool cap to match last week's mittens, then I'll show you how to kick it up a notch and recreate an Anthro look for a fraction of the price. 

(My hat pattern is adapted from Handmade Home by Amanda Blake Soule.)

Step One: Create your pattern. 
I took a similar style cap that fit me well and used it as a guide to make my pattern. For those of you guestimating along at home, here are the dimensions for my head and pattern. 
Head: 23.5"
Pattern: 10" (base) x 8.5" (middle height)
Note: I used a wool sweater with ribbing - this kind of pattern has more stretch to it (even after felting) than a typical knit. If you're using a less stretchy woolen fabric, adjust accordingly. If in doubt, make a practice hat! 

Pin your pattern to the front of your sweater. 
(Line up your pattern along the bottom edge if the sweater's bottom edge suits your taste - otherwise pin where you want. Felted wool won't fray!)

Cut out your pattern.

Repeat on the back side of the sweater.

Fold each piece in half (right sides together) and pin about 1/3 of the length from the top. 

From about one inch from the fold (at top), mark a second line that forms an angle to your first pin. 
Do this on both pieces.

Stitch along that line on both pieces.

With right sides together, line up the seams and pin. 

Tip: fold the little flaps in oppositie directions before you stitch. 

Continue pinning and sew around the rounded edge. 

And this is where I should have taken a finished picture of the first step. If you just want to create a simple beanie style cap, stop here. You've made a cute, warm hat, ready to be thrown on and worn.

Buuuuut if you want to go crazy and bedazzle your hat, then break out the sequins and start stitching!
I was inspired by this hat from Anthropologie. Beautiful, right? 

But not for $138. Sequins are cheap. I mean, they're bits of plastic. Now their hat uses cool flat, matte sequins that I was unable to find at my craft store, but I don't think the effect was ruined. (Let me know if you find a store that sells them though!) I used three colors: silver, green, and turquoise.
 I may start calling this my peacock hat. 

No fancy stitching required, no crazy thread colors. I used a contrasting thread (black, because I ran out of navy!) for the whole thing. I started by making the large patches of sequins, and then filled in with smaller groupings and solitary ones. 

I'll be honest - hand stitching that many sequins is s-l-o-w. It took me about five hours to do the one side. But if you enjoy hand-stitching and creating random patterns, this is the project for you. I found it rather therapeutic.

lovely self portrait after hubby gave up trying to please me

I only sequined the front half and I'm debating whether or not to finish going around. Thoughts? 


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  1. kaitlin i love this! see, i'm scared to start sewing projects because i'm always afraid of patterns and instructions and such, but this looks simple enough to not be intimidating. :)
    and i like the sequins on the front for sure!

  2. Oh my, how cute AND easy! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful idea :)


  3. That is so cute! I love your color choices too!

  4. THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!
    Your five hours of hard work were worth it! I'm so excited to get pick up some sequins and make my own!!!!

  5. Cute hat! I'd love for you to share this at my link party Submarine Sunday. It's open until Friday @ 11:59pm. I hope you'll stop by!


  6. Wow that looks amazing - I don't think we have Anthropology over here (England) BUT I'm beginning to think its a good thing as I get to see all these amazing Anthropology inspired DIYs while having no option but to make them myself rather than being tempted to buy :-)

  7. Cute hat. You did a great job. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party and would love to have you share this with everyone. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  8. I love all of those sequins! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

    1. I'm just stopping by again this morning to let you know I featured this at Practically Functional today! You can check it out and grab a button here:

  9. Oooohhh Super Cute! This is such a great idea. Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches :)

  10. Great tutorial and it looks amazing!

  11. Super cute! Those sequins are so groovy!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open

  12. That is REALLY cute! It looks like something you would have bought for a lot more money!

  13. You made it look so simple! Thanks, I may try it!

  14. Love this - I'm sure the sequins were a lot of work, but totally worth it!

  15. So lovely!!! Love the sequins work! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! I'd love for you to visit my blog.
    Happy week !

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  16. Loveeee this hat!! $138... for a hat with sequins... OMG! I featured you from Pin It Thursday

  17. I love this hat, and you made it looks like it is doable! Thank you for linking to my link party. :)

  18. Just popped over from the Refashion site... your hat turned out cute! And, I would do the back side of the hat with sequins too... that way you can wear it either way. Now.... I need to go to work on one for me! Cute! I have just the recycled sweater that would be great!

  19. Absolutely adore this hat DIY! Well done! I do hope you will consider uploading a photo of it into! I love it so much!

    Well done

    1. I'd never heard of SewSet before - that's so cool! Thanks for mentioning it.

  20. That's sooo pretty- I love it! I can't wait to make one of these for a girlfriend. I would also love to link to your tutorial if you didn't mind!



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