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Project

Felt Hat How-To

Introduction

Keep little ones toasty with this winsome felt hat. The cap shown at left consists of two pieces of heathery merino-wool felt sewn together with a zigzag stitch in vivid orange thread. We attached ties made of braided worsted yarn to the earflaps. 

Before you begin, learn how to easily transform wool into felt.

Materials

  • Wool hat template
  • Heathery merino-wool felt
  • Needle and thread
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Worsted yarn

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Measure or approximate the circumference of the recipient's head and divide the number by two. Enlarge the template on a photocopier so that its length, front to back, measures 1/2 inch less than the halved circumference; cut out. Using template as a guide, cut out another hat piece from felted wool; flip the template, and cut out another hat piece that's the mirror image of the first. With a zigzag stitch and contrasting thread, stitch the dart closed on each hat piece.

  2. Step 2

    With a zigzag stitch and contrasting thread, stitch together the 2 hat pieces. Thread a tapestry needle with 3 strands of worsted yarn, and pull it through one earflap (X on template indicates placement) to yarn's midpoint.

  3. Step 3

    Divide the resulting 6 strands into 3 equal sections, and braid. Knot at ends, and trim. Repeat on other earflap.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, November 2006

Reviews (9)

  • dellebelle 16 Oct, 2012

    What exactly is the front-to-back length of the template to be measured? Also, is there a seam allowance in putting this together?

  • zhenka 9 Nov, 2011

    Is the zigzag stitch using a sewing machine? If by hand, are the pieces overlapped at the seam, then stitched through to make a visible zigzag?

  • AliCali 28 Feb, 2011

    Arlequin, what don't you understand?

  • mrsestrada 28 Dec, 2008

    I made this out of the dot chenille outside and p.j. flannel inside, and it turned out great! I sewed it inside out, so with the flannel showing while i was sewing, and then added ribbon instead of yarn. cuuuute!

  • Arlequingirlmusggo 19 Dec, 2008

    I don't understan how to do this felt hat, can someone help me=D?
    Please n.n

  • snsquirt 8 Dec, 2008

    Can I make this out of polar fleece?

  • crafthut 17 Jan, 2008

    This looks like a good recycling project for felted thrift store sweaters!

  • lauraks555 16 Jan, 2008

    Darn! I was hoping for instructions on how to knit the hat, then felt it. Cutting fabric and sewing are the only instructions provided.

  • HCBROWN 9 Jan, 2008

    This turned out so cute in cream wool and red stitching! The only tip I have is to make sure you're not pulling on the fabric AT ALL or it will buckle.