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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
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Ashley Johnston

Owner 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 my 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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  1. Jamie Leman says:

    I love your ideas….. I consider myself a clever DIY’er but you come up with things I never would have thought of …thank you thank you !

  2. Our really empty nest says:

    You are so darn clever!!! Your tutorials make me want to go to a Good Will, even thoug it is after 11pm and buy some sweaters and scarves!! Thanks again, Sue

  3. lauraofharvestlane says:

    I never thought of remaking a scarf. I love cheap ideas for reusing things.


  4. Carole and Lee says:

    I saw this a while back and went to the store and bought me a scarf to use. The only ones my store had are the double thick kind but it still worked out great. I'm new to the sewing machine world but I'm proud of my little hat. I'll have to get a picture of my DS with it on and get it posted on my blog tonight. Now if he would just keep it on!

  5. kanishk says:

    Do you have any ideas on what to do or how to repurpose a v-neck t-shirt (like the kind from Target)?
    Work From Home India

  6. Ed and Bel says:

    WOW! How do you come up with these ideas. I wish I could do somethng else besides steal…I mean use your ideas. =)

  7. Charee B Mcclellan says:

    very cute!

  8. Samantha says:

    My cousin has been looking for handmade winter hats for her new baby boy…this will be perfect! Thanks for posting!

    1. Livia says:

      Plaeinsg to find someone who can think like that

  9. katy says:

    what a fantastic idea!! I am going to make these for my kids today!

  10. Erin J. says:

    What a great idea!

  11. Liz says:

    what an awesome idea!!! love it

  12. sweetjeanette says:

    What a great idea! I love it. and what an adorable model!

    I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog – if you love Christmas, quilts and totebags, come on over and take a peek!

  13. Suzanne says:

    Great idea. Your model is absolutely precious also!

  14. BECKY says:

    Your son is so handsome. LOVE the hat!

  15. Mom's Place says:

    AWESOME!!!! I have JUST the scarf to use!

  16. Lydja says:

    So rad! My friend gave me a bunch and unfortunately they are the wispy thin kind. Not thick and warm.

  17. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says:

    it's darling – you must be a genius.

  18. MiekK's says:

    This is so cute!

  19. artsy_momma says:

    You make it look so easy ~ I love it!

  20. Melissa says:

    For serious it is that easy?! Sweet. I'll never look at second hand scarves the same again!

  21. Goings on at the Glenn's says:

    so cute! good job.

  22. MrsD says:

    absolutely brilliant!

  23. Emily S says:

    Super super cute!! I love it!!

  24. Jessica says:

    I love it!!! Way to cute!

  25. Mauri says:


  26. Cheryl says:

    Cute, easy – love it! Now if only I had a scarf…got any ideas for stray outgrown mittens/way too small snow pants? I have loads on those. LOL.

  27. Jen Gray says:

    OMG, I am NOT a sewing type of girl and I totally think I could do this! SO SIMPLE, and SO CUTE!! THANKS for showing me!!
    JEN xoxo

  28. Crissie says:

    AWESOME! I was considering trying something similar with the first sweater dress that I BOTCHED. :( Now I don't have to fiddle with it – I'll just follow your suggestions. xoxo

  29. Jared and Bryanne says:

    Wow. I am constantly impressed and amazed at what you repurpose! I can't wait to try this one. Do you have any ideas on what to do or how to repurpose a v-neck t-shirt (like the kind from Target)? Thanks!

  30. kpmattingly says:

    Too cute! Now I wish I had a scarf to use…. :)

  31. Vintage Dutch Girl says:

    Heh, so much for getting the housework done! This is a project that MUST be complete posthaste!

    Thanks for the great tute!

  32. TERRi :) says:

    Love it!

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