Favorite wool sweater shrunk? Don’t throw it away! This project uses felted wool sweaters and is just in time for the cool Michigan weather. You could also substitute fleece if you don’t have any wool available.
Don’t have any wool sweaters? No problem… Head to your local thrift shop and look for sweaters with at least 80% wool.
To prep the wool for use, wash in HOT with a tiny amount of detergent and tumble dry on regular cycle. https://www.wikihow.com/Felt-Old-Sweaters (here is a link with additional instructions if needed)
1-4 Felted wool sweaters (depends on size, color variations desired)
1/2 yard of polartec fleece for lining (basic fleece could also be used but may add bulk)
Basic sewing machine and notions ( ie scissors, pins, ect.)
Assemble your pattern pieces
- 7″ Circle – Cut 1 of outer wool & Cut 1 of lining fleece
- 5 1/2″ x 22″ (l x w) rectangle – Cut 1 of lining fleece (max stretch going across the width)
- 2 1/4″ by 11 1/4 (l x w) – Cut 6 of various colors wool (max stretch going across width)
- Scraps for flower embellishment
Sew with 1/4″ seam allowance unless noted.
Fold lining fabric rectangle in half, right sides together and sew with straight stitch along edge.
Mark quarter points on lining circle and along top edge of hat body lining fabric. Match up and pin at quarter points right sides together. Sew around perimeter of circle gently easing body lining fabric around the circle.
Arrange wool strips in desired pattern. With right sides together sew along both short ends. Repeat 2 more times until you have three rows of wool for body of hat.
With WRONG sides together sew your three body strips of wool together. Staggering the seams.
Sew wool body of hat to top wool circle pinning at quarter points right sides together.
Place lining fleece inside wool hat body wrong sides together and stitch around opening, leaving the bottom edge raw.
Create flower or other embellishment to pin or stitch on hat!