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Scarf Re-purpose: Winter Hat


Do you have a pile of winter accessories? Are there several scarves all tangled together, waiting for another winter to roll around? Or did you buy several at the end of last season because $0.50 for a scarf is hard to pass up……so why not buy 7? (So maybe that last one is what happened to me. And with a pile of clearanced scarves, what was I going to do with them all?) 

I have a Scarf Re-purpose series for you all to see………….re-purposing scarves into something else.

Part I?

A sweet little hat for any little guy or girl, no matter the age.
Perfect for adults too.

**Suggestion: Try to cut into a scarf (or sweater) as little as possible. For any project. It’s hard to cut the scarf and then sew it back together because of the woven pattern in each scarf. It’s hard to get a strong seam…..with all of those loose ends of the woven scarf. So with each of these projects, I try to use the original sides or ends of each scarf as much as possible. It makes your project a lot easier. Just though I’d mention that.

Start with a wide scarf that has fringe at each end. (Test it out to make sure the the width of the scarf will stretch wide enough for the front half of the head.)

Then take enough off each end of the scarf to give the hat enough length plus several more inches to be folded under. (I added a good 3-4 inches…..because as it stretches it shortens.)

Then the two pieces together along each side……leaving the bottom and top open.

Turn right side out and then gather the scarf fringe in one hand…….

And then use thick thread (quilting thread), yarn, string, or anything strong enough to wrap tightly without breaking. Wrap your string right below the fringe, winding very tightly to seal off the top.

Then turn under the bottom edge of the hat and sew into place. And if you need to sew it several times to keep the threads of the scarf from unraveling, go ahead do so. Make your stitches big so that you don’t stretch out the scarf as you’re sewing. Otherwise after you tuck it under, it won’t lay flat.

Try it on yourself, your little one, or whoever it’s for and measure the length of hat you’d like. Fold under the rest and pin in place.

Then, along the side seams, tack the inside flap in place by sewing and back-stitching over and over again.

(And if necessary, trim the ends of your fringe, so that it looks more like a pom-pom rather than a pony tail… Haha!)

That’s it.
Easy, quick, and cozy.


Ashley Johnston

Administrator at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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