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Felted Wool Hat from Upcycled Sweaters

Brrr! Winter is officially here and that means it’s time to get cozy. I’m so excited to bring you another Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION project with my goal to inspire. I’ve always said that wool is one of my favorite textiles to work with. Here are two thrifted sweaters that I’m going to turn into a felted wool hat.

Felted Wool Sweaters Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

These beautiful pieces are already felted, so I they are ready to go. Don’t know how to felt them? Well, first you want to find a sweater that is at least 70% wool (the more the better). Wash them in a hot water wash 3 times and dry them on high heat 3 times as well. You can see how I’ve used felted sweaters for other uses in the video below.

DIY TIME

Do you want to give this a try? Sure you do! Here’s what you’ll need:

Larissa of Prodigal Pieces Wearing DIY Felted Wool Hat from Upcycled Sweaters | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #fashion #handmade #refashion #diy

  • at least 70% wool sweaters already felted
  • sewing scissors
  • sewing pins
  • needle/thread or sewing machine or serger
  • fabric tape measure
  • wool yarn, optional
  • a pattern (see below)

First, we need to create our pattern. You can measure you head circumference following where your hat brim would lie. Then, measure to the top of your head. For instance, my diameter was approximately 19″ and my brim to top is about 7 ½”. However, you could also use a current hat you own to copy as well.

Felted Wool Hat Pattern | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

We are looking to make a domed pattern piece. For example, my pattern measurements yielded a 5″ wide x 8 ½” high rectangle. Remember, I measured my brim diameter which was 19″. Add 1″ to your diameter for seam allowance, and divide by 5. That means we need 5 wool pieces 5″ wide each. Last, fold the pattern in half and cut a slight curve to the top edge.

NEXT STEPS

Next, use your pattern to cut the 5 pieces. I like to make the most of the sweater featuring decorative parts or patterns. You can also make sure to use the bottom of the sweater so it already has a finished edge for your brim.

Cutting Felted Wool Hat with Pattern by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Then, we want to join our pieces. Beginning with two pieces, place them right sides facing, pin, and join. You can use needle and thread, a zig-zag stitch on a sewing machine, or serger.

Serging Felted Wool Hat by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Or, you could even use a blanket stitch to embroider the edges for a reverse seam effect. Continue joining until all 5 panels are attached. At this point, you can leave the brim if it’s already finished. However, you can turn the edge under and stitch it down for a brim that way. Likewise, you can even add a complimentary or contrasting fabric and make a brim to fold up.

Plus, feel free to add some fun. I wanted one of my hats to have a pom-pom. First, I want to keep with the natural fibers, so I use a wool yarn and my pom-pom maker.

Wool Yarn & Pom-Pom Maker | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Then, wrap around the pom-pom maker and you’ve got a fun accessory.

Next, I like to make it look like a more solid ball, so I use my seam ripper to fluff the yarn.

Fluffing Wool Pom-Pom | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Attach with a yarn needle and knot off.

Attaching Wool Pom-Pom to Felted Wool Hat by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

HATS OFF TO FUN

I had two sweaters to share with you and I’m excited that both are super cozy and easy to make.

DIY Felted Wool Hat from Upcycled Sweaters by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #sewing #fashion #hat #wool

Handmade Embroidered Felted Wool Hat by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #hat #fashion #handmade #wool #upcycled

And, here’s my other felted sweater hat from the second sweater.

Blue Felted Wool Hat for Winter by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #sewing #fashion #diy

Larissa of Prodigal Pieces in Felted Wool Hat Upcycled from Sweaters | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #fashion #style #wool #upcycled

Which one is your favorite? I love both for different reasons. That’s the beauty of making your own fashion. You can style it to your liking and it won’t be like anyone else’s. woot!

Handmade Felted Wool Sweater Hat made by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #sewing #fashion #handmade

Also, do pin and share so that others will be inspired to try their hand at a felted wool hat. No need to toss those damaged wool sweaters.

DIY Felted Wool Sweater Hat created from Upcycled Sweaters by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #fashion #repurposed #upcycled

Up next, this sad little table is going to get a new lease on life. Stay tuned!

Tiered Side Table Before by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Comments

  1. Janette says

    Beautiful hats and do love a good pom pom, what a good idea as usual from you Larissa.xx

  2. Sherri says

    You are so talented and creative Larissa! As always, your tutorials are great!

  3. Maria J. Howard says

    Love them both!

  4. Susan says

    So cozy! Stay safe and warm!!! Happy New Year

  5. Shelley S says

    Both hats are really nice Larissa, and as usual very easy to follow directions.

    But I must say, that 4th pic down of you, facing full-on and smiling, is just GORGEOUS. so pretty, and that dimple on your right cheek? Fabulous!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you for saying so, Shelley. You are so sweet. 🙂

  6. Alisa Bradshaw says

    These are wonderful! What a great up upcycle! You are so creative and skilled at so many things. I wish I had half of your talent! 💜

    • Larissa says

      You’re such a sweetie, Alisa. Thanks so much. You can do it!

  7. Becky says

    Cute hats! I never thought of frizzing a pom-pom to get rid of that “yarny” look- great tip! Aren’t you loving this snow!?! 😊

    • Larissa says

      Woot! Thanks! Yes, it works with the wool yarns, but is tricky with acrylic. Yes, loving the snow too!

  8. Lauri says

    These are wonderful. Thanks for the share! And the pics of you are utterly adorable too!!

    • Larissa says

      How wonderful of you to say, Lauri. Thank you. I had fun!

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