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Felt Hat How-To


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.


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


  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.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2006