Honestly, where in the world did January go? Our “snowy” winter didn’t exactly pan out this year, which is fine by me since it means we’re one step closer to spring. But I’m not ready to give up on the cozy winter gear just yet. I’m still living in long socks, fluffy sweaters, and warm mittens, and let’s be honest, I probably won’t end up putting them away until the threat of a 50 degree day or two has passed. So that means June.
But I’m not complaining because that leaves ample time for a couple cold weather DIYs. First up? Hats. Well, so far just one but I'm completely obsessed with how this one turned out so I can’t promise there won’t be more. Rather than knit one, I thought I’d try to sew one from a great wool sweater I found for $10 on U Street a few weeks ago.
Grab yourself some dye, cotton yarn and a sewing machine, and let’s do this.
An old sweater
A hat that fits your head comfortably
- Lay your hat on top of your sweater and get a feel for placement. You'll want to fold your sweater so that you can trace and cut out both the front and back pieces of your hat at the same time without a seam running through either piece.
- Using your Sharpie, trace your existing hat onto the sweater.
- Cut around the outline leaving about an inch of breathing room - this will give you enough room for a seam allowance and a little extra wiggle room to your hat.
- Pin pieces together, with the right sides facing each other.
- Sew leaving 3/8 inch seam allowance.
- Make your pom pom but wrapping the cotton yarn around your hand about 200 times (the more you wrap it, the puffier your pom pom will be).
- Pinch the yarn in the middle and slide it of your hand.
- Using another piece of yarn, secure your pom pom tightly in the center.
- Cut the loops of yarn open.
- Fluff and trim any stragglers to get a nice, uniform pom pom.
- (Not pictured) Attach the pom pom to your hat by threading a needle with yarn and passing it through the inside of your hat, wrapping it around your pom pom and then passing it back down through the top of your heat. Turn the hat inside out and tie both ends of yarn together tightly. Then using a dye meant for natural fibers such as cotton or wool, follow the instructions on the package and create a dye bath. Dip your hat in the dye pomp pom first, leaving about 4 inches at the bottom out of the dye. Every 5 minutes or so, pull your hat out of the water 1 inch at a time, until you get a gradient effect. Let dry thoroughly before wearing.