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Hats made from Old Sweaters (nothing is safe from my scissors…ha!)

Remember how I put up a post last Friday about our little Denver meet-up?  And then I said to check back later, because I had a post ready to go up?  Yeah, sorry about that.  Plans changed.  My littlest one hasn’t been feeling well lately.  And the second half of Friday turned into a fussy-bucket day.  You see, it’s teething season.  And with teething season comes achy little gums and low fevers and cranky nights and tugging at ears.  I took my little teether to the doctor a week ago, sure she had an ear infection or an eye infection or a something infection, to explain the ear tugging/eye rubbing in addition to the achy gums.  But nope, nothing.  So, I knew I just had to bare this teething season a little longer.  Well, each day, the fussiness got a little worse.  And her eyes started gooping up.  She was just getting more and more fussy and stuffy and cranky and achy.  So the rest of Friday I did a lot of holding.  And not much else.  (But secretly I kind of like it when that happens.  Because then busy babies slow down and let their mommas rock them.)  Then, over the weekend, this little one of mine woke up with gooped-shut eyes.  She was miserable.  So I took her into Urgent Care, once again sure that there was some sort of infection bugging her.  And yep, this time I was right.  She had developed an ugly ear infection.  Which caused the goopy little sad eyes.


So that, my friends, is why Friday turned into a busy day.  And that the tutorial that I was excited about, had to wait another couple days.


But here’s what I made.  Cutie-pie little baby hats……made from old sweaters.  If you’ve never tried it, the bottom rim of sweaters makes a perfect hat brim.  (Wanna see a really old tutorial of mine?  Go here.  I turned an old sweater of mine into a hat back when my 2 older kiddos were so itty bitty.  Wow, things have changed!)



And guess what?  Today I have girl versions AND boy versions. Yay.


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Turns out, the striped hat kept my little baby’s ears nice and snuggly on our way to Urgent Care over the weekend.

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Funny how little ones can perk up and flash you a smile, all while feeling cranky and achy.  But awww, those sick little eyes.  Glad she’s on the mend.

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Good thing I made her 2 hats, so she can have a backup.

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When we arrived to the Urgent Care………it still didn’t open for 15 more minutes.  So I plopped her up in the front seat with me, while we waited in the parking lot.

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She loved it.  And her hat kept her little ears nice and snuggly warm.  Whew.

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What a fun way to make your own little personalized hats though, right?  Cheap too.

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I can’t look at old sweaters the same way any more.  And yeah, they kinda don’t stand a chance next to me and my scissors.  Ha.

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I love them all.

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The boy hats are baby size……so my 3 year old boy can’t wear them.  But I just had to sew up a few in baby boy styles too.  Just for fun. 


So, if there’s anyone out there who wants a little re-purposed sweater hat for their little boy, let me know.  You can totally have them.  (they are about a 9-12 month size)  There are still several chilly months left, right? 


I’d hate to see these just sit on my sewing table, so if you’d like one of the hats, let me know in a comment below this post, and then I’ll just pick 2 different people at the end of today.  Sound good?

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Well, as long as you don’t care about my little tag on the back.  (You can always pick it off and pretend you made it.  Ha….I won’t tell!)

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Anyway, I’m keeping the two girl hats.  But the boy ones are up for grabs.  Any takers?

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Back to the hats.


If you’d like to turn your own sweaters into little hats (even for you!), here’s how:



First of all, you need sweaters.  I have found that the best sweaters to use are the ones with ribbing along the bottom.  That will give you a nice snug brim for the hat.  Look in your closets, check out the hand-me-down pile, or look at your local thrift store.  There’s always an old sweater that needs a new life.

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Then, line up the bottom edges of the sweater (the front and back) and then cut out a nice rounded hat shape.  Be sure that it’s tall enough to cover the head and then come down to cover the ears.  (Click here and here for other hat examples.)

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To make the argyle hat, cut two diamond shapes and iron some fusible adhesive onto the back (more help with that here).  Iron the diamonds down onto the front hat piece and then stitch around each diamond, attaching it to the sweater.  Then stitch a “V” shape and then an upside down “V” shape in another color……creating that argyle look.  I sewed the “V’s” two times each, to make them a bit bolder.

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Next, place the 2 hat pieces together, with right sides together.  Stitch all along the curve of the hat.  Then either sew another straight stitch next to the first one……or sew a zig-zag stitch.  Sometimes sewing a zig-zag on woven sweater material can stretch it out, so increase your stitch length so that it jumps over more fabric.  Otherwise, just stick to another straight stitch.  Then trim the excess edges.

**HINT: Pulling and a bit of rippling is normal while sewing old sweaters.  Press flat with an iron and steam and that rippling will flatten out and sort of suck back into place.

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Turn the hat right side out and then press again.  Don’t pull or stretch the sweater but press the iron straight down.

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To make the pink hat with a bow, cut the hat pieces out the same way.  Then, cut another strip of the sweater that is just a bit wider than the hat pieces and then twice as tall as you’d like your bow to be.  Then fold the top and bottom edge of the strip towards the back.

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Then turn that strip over and lay across the bottom edge of the front hat piece.  Sew along both ends, attaching the strip to the hat.

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Then, cut another little strip of sweater, wrap it around the center of the strip that you just attached to the hat.  Then hand sew the two ends of that small strip closed, making sure that the strip is nice and snug, pulling the bow into a nice shape.  Rotate the hand-sewn edges to the back side of the bow.  Then sew the front and back hat pieces together to create your hat, just like shown above.

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The navy blue hat just has 2 buttons sewn right to the hat, after the hat was all sewn together.

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For the pom-pom hat, sew your hat together like the hats above…….but then cut some strips of kit fabric (that won’t fray).

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Cut those strips into shorter pieces.

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Then group your little pieces together and then tie thread around the middle, nice and tight.  Knot it closed.

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Then bend all the little pieces upward and then wrap thread around the bottom, forcing the little pom-pom pieces to sit upwards.

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Then hand-stitch the pom-pom right to the top of the hat.

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And that’s it. 


A few new hats made from old sweaters.

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I promise, they’ll make you happy to make. 


Nothing beats the whole “trash to treasure” thing. :)






  1. Kaitlin says:

    I love these! I have a holy cashmere sweater that was going to be thrown out — hooray for re-purposing! I would love one of the boys hats — I just found out I’m pregnant!!

  2. Rachel says:

    Yea! I have a little boy due to arrive in less than a month! I love those big wooden buttons, and I think I will try those argyle diamonds on a little onesie.

  3. Lauren says:

    Aww! Love these! I’m due to have our first little boy April 5th ;) definitely need to get busy!

  4. Amy M. says:

    Absolutely adorable hats! Hope your little girl gets better soon, it’s not fun when they don’t feel good.

  5. Ivana Brata says:

    What a great DIY repurposing project to make! Would love the boy hat for my baby! Perfect size for him!

  6. Sabrina says:

    I, I mean my son, would love one of those adorable hats and I would totally leave the tag on! It would be like a signature from my favorite blog lady. :) I remember reading the first tutorial, your sweet family HAS grown up SO much! Hope your little lady starts feeling better. My son is about to get his bottom two teeth so we are right there with you.

  7. Kaitlynn says:

    Glad your little one is on the mend! It’s so hard when they are sick! I would love one of your cute hats for my little one I’m always trying to find cute ways to keep him warm!

  8. Jen says:

    These are adorable! YES I would love one of the boy ones!! I especially love the argyle

  9. Rachel says:

    I’d love the little lad hats! :) They’d make great props for my photography babies! I’m going to go out and find some old sweaters and try this myself! PS. Love your little tag, and hope baby is feeling better!

  10. bobbi b. says:

    I would love one of the boy hats. They are all adorable! Thanks for posting the instructions for making these cute hats!

  11. Winter says:

    Our 9 month old grandson would be even cuter in one of these hats! We would be thrilled to receive one for him.

  12. Jenaca says:

    Also, where did you get your little girls little pink boots? I need some of those for my little one!

    1. Jessica says:

      I have the same ones from target for my little one! They have them in pink, tan, and brown!

  13. Jenaca says:

    I love these and I would love one of the boy hats… it would deff come in handy!! Thanks for this great tutorial!

  14. Jamie Younker says:

    These are absolutely adorable! I have three little girls, and just found out I am expecting identical twin BOYS this summer! I don’t have any random little boy sweaters laying around to make these… but maybe I can start checking local thrift stores. I would LOVE to have one of these hats for one of my new babies!

  15. Anne says:

    I love these! We just moved to Seattle from Arizona and I don’t have any winter clothing for my little guy! I would love to have a cute little hat for him!

    1. Robin says:

      Oh yeah, if you moved to Seattle area he’ll need winter stuff til the end of July. From one Arizona girl who has been living here in Seattle for four years to another. We normally get two weeks of summer here. Last year we only got 5 hours of summer (summer = temp of 80 degrees and above).

  16. Valerie says:

    I love your creations! You inspire me to hang onto old clothes. I haven’t repurposed anything yet, but someday I will! My little boy would look darling in one of these hats! I hope you pick my name!!

  17. Kristen S says:

    Ohh I would love the little boy hats for my nephew!! If I don’t win, I might just have to see if I’ve got anything to make some with :)

  18. Denise Pipkin says:

    MEEEEeEEE! I’ve got a 6 month old that would love to sport these!

    Love love love everything!

  19. debbie higgins says:

    Hats are too cute. Love to have a hat.

  20. anna says:

    I’ve been following your website for a while now, and every time you post I’m amazed by your creativity! :) Those little hats are adorable, I will definitely have to make some…I think I can find some old sweaters lying around!


  21. Lynette says:

    What a fun idea! I love these. I would love one of the boy ones. It would be perfect for next year, as my little guy that’s due in April will be just about that size! I will have to try this for sure. Thanks for doing boy ones too so I can have ideas!

  22. Patty says:

    I would absolutely love one of those boy hats! Thanks for all of your great tutorials, I try things from your blog all the time and will surely have to try this myself either way!

  23. Ashley says:

    These are darling! I would love one of the little boy hats!

  24. stacey says:

    these are awesome!!! must look for sweaters now…okay, maybe after the dishes are done…

    i would love one of those baby boy hats for a nephew :)

  25. Amanda Thomas says:

    What adorable hats; you’re so creative! My little man LOVES hats and I’m sure he’d love one of those!

  26. Angela says:

    I’d LOVE the little boy hats!!!! <3

  27. Rachel says:

    Genius!!! Gonna make some for my grandbabies :)

  28. Amber says:

    What a great idea.

  29. Alyssa says:

    You never cease to come up with super cute things! My little guy (5 mo) is so big that all the 0-6 mo hats are too small, the boy ones would be so cute on him! I may have to go raid my closet for old sweaters….

  30. Melanie says:

    Love the hats! You always come up with such cute ideas and make them so easy for us to make also. I do have a little man that would look adorable in either of those hats!

  31. Stacey Tippetts says:

    I’m due in 2 weeks with a little boy so I’d love your extra hats. They are so adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  32. Sara says:

    I would love to have one of the boy hats! These sound like so much fun, I have friends having little girls, so I can’t wait to get started making one for them!

  33. Jen says:

    I have a 7 month old cutie Who could use a hat! He’s a chub, so they’d fit him just fine. And I wouldn’t pick off your adorable tag!

  34. Courtney c says:

    Adorable, I have a pile of old sweaters to try this on! I have a baby boy on the way and would love one of the boy hats!

  35. Donna Fick says:

    Yes I would love a boy one. I have 3 boys. :). These are beautiful.

  36. Natalie says:

    Adorable! I’m living in the tropics but headed to Utah to have a baby next month. I’d love one of those hats for my little guy!

  37. Natalie Brimhall says:

    Cuuuute! I know I have some old sweaters around here somewhere…gotta dig them out now!

  38. Jessica says:

    Completely ADORABLE!!! :) I am also very interested in either of the boy hats, I have a little guy who would love one! :)

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  40. Amy says:

    Wow, those are adorable. I’m definitely going to make a few! I’d love to have one of the boy hats!

  41. Lisa says:

    oh. my. goodness. SO CUTE!! love this. i need to dig out my old sweaters!! :-)

  42. Beth says:

    I just found out my #3 due in June is a boy- so a 9mo hat will be perfect for next winter in Chicago! They are so cute…and definitely making me rethink my Goodwill pile.

  43. Melissa says:

    Love them! I would love either of those boy hats. So cute! I’m due to have my 4th in the next couple of months and my kids tend to have big heads so these would probably be perfect for next winter :) I may need to do this the next time I purge my closet :)

  44. Carrie H says:

    So cute! I need to go thrifting!!! I would love either of those boy hats, they would be so cute on my little man and he is probably just the right size right now!

  45. Tanya says:

    I have a 9m old baby boy! I’d love the boy ones (-:

  46. Cindi says:

    Those are SO cute!!! And I have a little guy who would love those hats!

  47. Anonymous says:

    For the extra hats, check this out:

  48. Aimee Bryan says:

    soooo adorable! how clever

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