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Bringing Home... DIY: Upcycled Hat and Scarf


Bringing Home... DIY: Upcycled Hat and Scarf

I wrote this about a year ago for the Sewing Rabbit and thought it would be nice to share it again. Just in time for the colder months ahead or for a last minute gift. All you need is an old sweater, an old tee-shirt and some yarn....

I am a little emotional as I write this post, since it's my last tutorial as part of the Sewing Rabbit team. I just want to say how much I've enjoyed coming here every month and sharing some fun idea and DIY's with you all. I can't thank Jess enough for giving me such a great and amazing opportunity- thank you from the bottom of my heart! 

All right, so let's get on with this tutorial shall we? Today I will show you how to recycle a sweater into a hat and matching scarf for anyone in your family. You might even be able to make 2 from one large sweater. 

You will also have the option of adding one or even 2 pompoms for some extra cuteness factor. All in all, here is the base and it is up to you to have fun with it! 

Gather all your supplies and let's get started…


Grab your sweater- the larger and the softer the better. Lay it flat, making sure your front and back hems are well aligned. Now grab a hat you love and turn it inside out. Lay it right on the edge of your sweater at the hem. 


You want to cut around your hat. HOWEVER, you want to make it 0.5 inches wider on each side at the top of  your original ( see dotted lines for reference in step 1). 

You can also cut out your scarf. I made mine 3.5 inches wide and as long as the sweater allowed. I only cut the sweater at one end of the scarf on the lower scarf ( so I don't need to sew the front and back together). 

*** If you are only making one set of hat and scarf, then you can cut out 2 extra pieces and sew them together for a longer scarf. 



Fold your hat in two- right sides facing. You will sew a dart at the centre of your hat on both front and back pieces. Sew at 0.5 inches to nothing and make your dart approximately 2.5 inches long. You can use a pin to determine the length. 


Put both front and back pieces of your hat right sides together and sew all around at 0.5 inches form the edge. Then zigzag or overlock to avoid the edges from unraveling. Turn inside out. Iron your seams. 


Cut some jersey knit the same length as the scarf pieces you cut from your sweater. 

*** if your scarf pieces are in multiple pieces, sew them together first and iron open your seams. 


Place the scarf pieces, right sides facing together and sew all around at o.5 inches from the edge. Leave a small opening approximately 2 inches. Turn inside out and sew close the opening preferably by hand. Iron down your seams. 

There you have a Hat and Scarf set for him and her.  

I added a few pompoms for some fun. 1 large one for my son made with some bulky wool and a large pompom maker. For my daughter, I made 2 pompoms with some medium weight yarn and a medium size pompom maker. I then sewed them onto the hats, making sure I catch the middle yarn of the pompom and securing it tightly. 

It is really that simple. If you find your sweater to be itchy, you can always add some polar fleece or even just some knit jersey on the inside of the hat to make it more comfortable. 


My kids had fun wearing their new hats and scarf. We went luging at the park near our house. We are lucky to have a small hill, perfect for sliding down. We also have an outdoor ice skating ring and a lot of white space to play in and build hundreds of snowman!

Making snow angels is always a favorite!

And here we go! It isn't always warm enough to go out for long, so when the weather permits it, we jump on the occasion. This year we've had a few snow storms already, looks like we will have plenty of snow for the months to come. So you can imagine that we can never have too many hats and scarves !

Thank you all for reading my tutorials and leaving such warm and encouraging comments. I will miss you! Wishing you all a very HAPPY and WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!!!



I Made: Men's Refashioned Shirt

Today's Project Run & Play sew along theme is the Men's Shirt Refashion. 

As much as I wanted to sew up something new and  I did cut out all the pieces, I just didn't get a chance to sew it up- I will try to have that done by the end of the day.

I also had another project- that has been in my fix up pile for months and it was to resize and adjust the first refashioned men's shirt I had done 8 years ago! So today I refashioned a refashioned dress... 

The proportions of the first dress I made were really off. For this dress to fit miss E properly, I had to make the top part shorter and widen it too. So I pretty much unstitched parts of the original dress and then with that fabric, I added it to the center back for more ease. I also removed an invisible zipper that was on the side of the dress and put in a new on at the back.

This dress used up all the fabric from the original men's shirt, all that was left over was the collar and the cuffs. I made uneven pleats at the front, cut my fabric in all the directions, used the sleeve for the back panel and even made a ruffle detail at the hem. I had lot's of time and was ambitious back then!!! I also added some gros- grain ribbon for the straps and at the waistline for a pop of color. 

Since it's -20 degrees here in Montreal these days, I though Miss E could still wear her new dress and paired it with a denim shirt. She loves it!