I was in Jackson Hole last weekend and saw a baby wearing the cutest beanie. It was perfect for spring days with a cold breeze when a heavy knit cap is too much and a hood won’t stay put. I asked the mama if I could take a look at it, of course, and she said her friend made it with old T-shirts. Awesome idea, and so simple to make. Here’s how to do it:
- Old t-shirts or material like that (I used onsies for the smaller one)
- Your sewing stuff
I used two 12 month onsies for the smaller cap and they worked perfect. I would say for 12 months and younger though, it was a little snug for my 16 month old. You can use anything with a nice stretchy knit; old t-shirts, under shirts. If you want a heavier cap, sweats would work great.
Cut the material so that you have 4 pieces identical in size. I will give you some measurements but keep in mind my that this will depend on the size of your kiddos’ noggin! They should get you close though.
For a smaller cap (6 to 12 months): four 8½ inch by 7½ inch squares
For a medium cap (1 to 2 years): four 9½ inch by 8½ inch squares
For a larger cap (2 to 3 years): four 10½ inch by 9½ inch squares
*you can add an inch for older kids, and take an inch for younger ones.
From the squares you will cut out the shape as shown on a long side of the squares. It is easiest if you stack all the pieces on top of each other, then cut. This will be the part to cover the ear. I left one side lower for the back of the head.
Next take two matching pieces and sew the sides up with a straight stitch like shown. Repeat on the other two pieces.
I wanted to have a little detail on the front so I did a zigzag stitch over the seam pressed open. Then repeat on the other two pieces. You can skip this step, I did on the second hat. **Hint** You can just cut the onsies top and bottom off to be the length you want, and leave the side seam in tact. Then all you have to do is cut out the piece as above and skip this step. This will only work if the width is already where you need it.
Now put one of the pieces into the other so the the shape lines up. You will want it to look just like it will when it is done, so right side out, wrong sides together. Line the seams up as well.
Now sew a zigzag stitch along the bottom of the hat, sewing the two pieces together.
It will look like this.
Lay the hat so that the two seams are lined up and one is on top. Now sew the top together (closed) using a zigzag stitch again.
You’re done! And it is even reversible!
Isn’t it cute?! It reminds me of Where the wild things are. Very cozy too, she didn’t try to take it off once.
This is the back side. The measurements I used for this hat were the 6 to 12 months, it was a little snug for my 16 month old.
I decided she needed one size bigger, this is how I came up with the measurements. For the second hat I didn’t zigzag the seam open to leave exposed. Instead I just left the straight stitch and left it right side in. This hat was made from two size 3T t shirts, and I used the measurements for the 1 to 2 years.
If you try these, let me know how the measurements work for you!