August 31, 2010

Upcycled Boy Hats

Today's tutorial comes from last week's SYTYC entry for the "recycled" theme.  I loved this theme and had a hard time narrowing down options.  I think refashioning and upcycling is ridiculously fun.
In fact, a little over a year ago I started storing all the old worn-out clothing I had.  I love to re-use and transform items in that pile.  For this project I pulled out a bunch of old t-shirts and turned them into boy hats.  I have a bit of an obsession with boys in hats.


I was able to utilize different parts of the shirts to make the hats more interesting.....button strips....




....and already existing graphics from the shirts. 


Then I added a little messy-fun-boyish-look with some easy handstitching.


Depending on the t-shirts you use, this could totally be done in a girly way as well.  The hats were easy and fun to make.  So.....let's get to the how-to.


You can make these hats pretty warm, by using more than one layer on each pattern part or you can make them more autumn-like and thinner with just one layer of fabric on each part.  As all of the fabrics are knits, we will use a zigzag stitch everytime we sew anywhere.  Alright?

Here is a basic drawing that will help you understand the three parts that make up the hat.


First, start with a rectangle that will become the top of the hat.  The width of the rectangle should be the circumference of your child's head.  The smaller hat I made was about 17 inches and fits about a one year old.  The larger hat was 20 inches and fits a 5-7 year old.  Just wrap that measuring tape around his noggin before you start.  (My boys happen to have massive heads.  I birthed them, so that fact is very apparent and memorable to me.)  The height of the rectangle depends on the size hat you're making.  The small one I made 4 inches tall and the large one was 5 inches.

Now that you have your rectangle cut, make marks with a pencil along the top to divide it into fourths.  From those marks cut down about 3 inches as shown.


Now mark the middle of those flaps with a pencil and cut curved lines as shown in the drawing above.  You'll make the top look like the top of four footballs.  You can see what I mean by looking at the picture below, but the lines should actually be a bit more curved.  (This one was my first try that didn't turn out perfectly.)  Now sew the flaps togther to create a dome.  Be sure the seams all go on the inside.


Now on to part two.  This next rectangle should be the same width as your first rectangle.  Height-wise, you have 2-3 inches to play with here.  If you want the hat to fit tightly, probably just 2 inches.  If you don't mind it being a bit floppy on top, then you could do 3 inches.  Use whatever fabric combos you like.  Use as many or as little stripes as you want.  You can sew the strips together so that the hem is on the outside of the hat or so that it's hidden.  Whatever floats your boat.  I did it both ways.

For part three you can click HERE to download and use this free printable PDF file.  When the fabric is folded in half lengthwise it will look like part three in the drawing above and the PDF file.  The flap is in the middle and the fold of your fabric should be on the right side where the pattern says "front."

After cutting this out, sew it to part 2 and then sew the ends together creating a closed into a loop.  Then sew that to part 1.  Now you've finished the basic structure of the hat. 


Everything else is about the fun boy embellishing.  The first thing I did was to cut long strips of knit fabric about an inch wide and I sewed them on as edging.  I did not make this fancy bias tape.  I merely folded the fabric over the edge and sewed it with a contrasting color of thread.  If it's not looking perfect - don't sweat it.  You can always trim the edging up once you've sewn it on to make it look nice and even.  Just make sure you're sewing through the edging on top and underneath as you get going.


Lastly, I got out my embroidery floss and had some fun.  This part is super easy and makes a world of difference.  I did some messy stitches over one of the seams and then stitched a star on the smaller hat.


I cut two chevron shapes out and used a fusible adhesive (like heat 'n bond or wonder under) to attach them to the hat.  Then I outlined them with my floss and stitched a little bit by the button strip as well, to keep it together.


That's it!  Woo-hoo!  Who doesn't love a fun boy project?  Once you get the hang of it you'll be whipping them out in no time flat.  Bring on the cold weather!  You're ready!

121 comments:

Oh Holland! said...

I love this so much! I can't wait until my kids nap today to try it! I've been making Lil Blue Boo hoodies and dresses, so I'm thinking I can make hats to match them, using the leftover scraps. Thanks for the tutorial!

Tania

Dina said...

OK... seriously! This is one of the CUTEST things I've seen for boys! Would you consider selling these? I've got so many pots on the fire right now... I don't know that I would be patient enough for this one. What would you charge if I sent you the shirts?
This is GENIOUS!

Emily said...

Wow, these hats are just darling! thanks for the tutorial. I always look forward to reading your blog - such great ideas.

Leca Unplugged said...

Those are ridiculously cute! I love the stitching and patterns. I must have some for my boys!!!

Tricia said...

These turned out so great. I have a pile of shirts that need to be repurposed. This seems like a great project to add to the list. I love the handstitching!

Megan @ Meanwhile... said...

Very cool! I have a ton of the kids' old clothes I need to sort through and this would be a fun project - creating a special item out of several favorites.

stacey said...

WOW! This is one of my FAVE projects of yours - I LOOOVE this!!!

Me and My Brain said...

Wow these are so cool... I have four boys and I could see them in these.. you are amazing, thank you for sharing

Kelley said...

perfect! I just went through the boys' clothes and pulled out stained things that needed to be renovated, looks like we are making hats this week! especially since its 38 degrees here this morning! You could totally do this for adult boys too!

Tiffany said...

What a great idea!!! I am going to have to make a few for my little munchkins! Thanks!

theteo5 said...

I love these hats! I saw this on SYTYAC and totally knew it was your "thing". You have such a cool style, especially for boy stuff. LOVE IT!

cself said...

What a great project, I love the floss it add so much interest to the hat. I do not sew, but I think that I have to give this a try!

Anna said...

wow, these are great, love all the details you put into it. And they look so cool, like they really love wearing them, always a good thing!

Justine said...

These are super cute hats! I want one too :)

Just Better Together

Amber said...

so cute!! what a fun and different project than I've seen in a while. I'm totally gonna make my kids these! thanks!!

Adrienne Brown-David said...

I love an upcycled hat! My girls get ugly-sweater-turned-awesome-earflap-hats every winter!

Broc and Julie said...

wow! those are awesome!

Carrie G said...

Totally going through the boys' dresser drawers...this is my project tonight. LOVE boy patterns! Thanks!

Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home said...

These are so cute Cheri! I love how unique you can make them!

Amy said...

I love this!!! I have such a hard time at Christmas with my 2 tween nephews...this will be PERFECT!!!!! I'm so excited!

Jessica Radick said...

These hats are amazing! and if I didn't get so frustrated with sewing, I would def. be making them... sooooo cute! What a great idea!

http://jeansandatshirtmom.blogspot.com/

Susie and Cody said...

Seriously can you just do anything?! Another great project! Kudos!

Anonymous said...

Get OUT! These are fab-u-lous. Love love love...

Molly @ The Creative Maven said...

Cheri - I LOVED these when I saw them on SYTYC - so excited to finally get the tutorial! :)

angelina said...

following you now..thanks for the great tips!

Sky said...

I love these. I think I'm going to have to make an adult sized version on my next day off. Maybe add a brim. The detailing you do is fantastic. What kind of needle do you use with the floss? I recently used a needle with floss on an art canvas and it was a bear, so your input would be greatly valued.

Jen said...

OHHH my girl - I'm in love! Making these right now! Right now - no kidding! Thanks !!!!!

Jen said...

OHHH my girl - I'm in love! Making these right now! Right now - no kidding! Thanks !!!!!

Britta said...

I LOVE these! My little girl loves hats. I have some old t-shirts and I'm definately trying 1 or 2 for her. Thank you for this awesome tutorial!

Rachel M said...

these are ace, thanks for sharing your tutorial. :)

Barbara said...

LOL - those are awesome - I am 60 years old and I am making one for ~me~ for when I ride on my scooter in winter

Jen said...

Love, love, love these. I am definitely putting it on my to-do list.

Mommybreath said...

Like visions of sugar plumbs... these will be on the brain till I get a chance to sit and sew!
Thanks! :)

Alida L. said...

Oh my GOSH I love this! I have been using my son's old tee shirts to make dresses for my girls, but some of them are just too boyish to make a dress. This is the perfect project for those. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Donna said...

this is SO cute! tfs - maybe one day I will have a little boy to make one for!

Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants said...

you've done it again!!! pure genius!!!

Delia said...

I voted for this one! I love it. I am so inspired by you!

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

OH my goodness...these are SO adorable.

I have a son, and sometimes I feel so left out of the crafty world of cute girl clothes. This tute made me feel SO much better. I LOVE these hats!

casserole said...

You SOOOO rock the boy projects!! Whenever I hear someone say that there aren't any good projects to sew for boys, I point them to your site.

I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-scrap-fabulous-soft-knit-earflap-hats/2010/09/02/

--Anne

Anonymous said...

There are absolutely wonderful! I hope you consider listing them in your Etsy shop. =)

Gabi @ {schlawittchen} said...

WOW, fabulous!!!

I'm SO gonna try this out.

I like the patchy look of it, it has such a laid-back, down-to-earth-style, I'm lovin' it.

... Often children's clothes look like little-adults-clothes, so neat an plain, and you can't imagine them to be weared by your messy, muddy kids :).

Thank you Cheri, you've always got such good ideas :).

inday_adin said...

Awe! These are really adorable. It makes me want to dig out some of our old clothes and start making one for my boy or more. LOL! Thanks for sharing. :)

Jill @ homemade by jill said...

These are SO cool. You are the queen of crafting for boys!

MaryJanes and Galoshes said...

You've outdone yourself! Love them!

Taylor

Sachiko said...

Wow, how cute! I would love to make something like these for my kids!

Anonymous said...

really adorable and original! I'm linking to you on my international blog linking party, and would love it if you'd drop by and link to something else too! It's a quality get together with some great inspiration! all the best!

elizabeth said...

these are the cutest things I've seen in AGES! I can't wait for my sewing machine to be fixed to make some for my guys!!

Jaime said...

I love this! I keep coming back to this post every day thinking that maybe if I read the post one more time I can magically figure out how to sew. So far it hasn't happened. I may end up just having to try, worst thing, I walk across the street and have my quilting momma help me salvage it. Thanks for the pattern, have any sewing ability to spare?

Camille said...

I've been admiring you from SYTYC and now it's time I follow! Looove these hats and I'm so excited to whip some up.

Eva Marie Harp said...

I love it!!! so cool i am alway looking for boy projects awesome.

Donene said...

These are simply adorable! I love recycling!

The Oxford Family said...

Love, love, love these! I shared them on my blog today! Hope you don't mind! If you do please let me know and I'll take it down! You can see it here:
http://oxfordfam.blogspot.com/2010/09/wanna-make-it-wednesday.html

Angi~Mistress of Mayhem said...

Love, love, love this! Can't wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing.

Geek+Nerd said...

I love these! I want to make a million of them! Thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these hats! Thank you for the tutorial..I'm going to TRY to make one for my grandson.

Katie said...

These are fabulous! I posted a link to your tutorial on my Facebook fan page for Thimble Kiss! You can find it here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Thimble-Kiss/147488383344?ref=ts

Julie said...

These are great! I'm sharing this with my readers today!
singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com

Angie said...

Love it. Thank you for this great post! Both of my kids (boy - 4, girl - 5) just outgrew ALL of their clothes. I will be repurposing some of their clothing into these hats for Christmas gifts. How CUTE!

Anonymous said...

The are great! I'm planning to make some for my nephews for Christmas. Thanks for the tutorial!

Monica said...

adorable!!!

Imsomnia Dreams said...

Hello!
I meet your blog in Kireei and it is very interesting. I am from Spain and my English is not very good but, it is not a problem to follow you...
This tutorial is very very impresionant and I will try to do this hats for my child.
Thanks and best regards!!!

Toni said...

I am so tired, but how can I not try these! Blast. Don't need another project but my little man (2mo) NEEDS this hat. I am thinking it would make for an adorable photo shoot.

Danielle said...

I just stumbled onto your site a short time ago and have decided to make every. single. thing. you have a tutorial for. Lol! I had to start with these hats, though! They're awesome - thank you so much for the tutorial!!!

felicia said...

I love these but clearly I'm an idiot. I can't figure out how to sew the dome of the hat. Help!!!

Lisa said...

I LOVE these hats! I made one for my grandson and he is so cute in it...even though it doesn't look as good as yours. I posted about it today and wanted to leave the link. Thank you so much for the tutorial...love your blog.

http://kssnnikkel.blogspot.com/2010/10/drexs-upcycled-hat.html

Anonymous said...

Perfect, perfect!!! I just love these, I'm awful at finishing my knitting(as much as I try), this is what I need to whip out winter hats for certain little boys!

Mary Vogel Lozinak said...

Thank you for this-I can't wait to make one. AND!! your little model is adorable!!! Thanks! Mary

Becky said...

Fricken Awesome!!! I want one for myself.

stephjacobson said...

Finally--something adorable for little boys (and it's upcycled to boot)! Thank you for sharing this tutorial. I can't wait to make one for my son!

Leslie said...

Finally! Some cool crafts I can make for my brood of boys! These are die hard. Thanks so much for sharing!

VickiT said...

Seriously! This is just too cute. I think my Granddaughter would even love one of these. LOL She can be a little ruffian (is that a word? LOL) herself at times.

Angie said...

Love these! I can't wait to make some for my son!

jojoebi said...

I am planning on making one of these for my son!

I have included this in my Gifts To Sew For Christmas round up
http://jojoebi.blogspot.com/2010/10/lots-of-gifts-to-sew.html
thanks
jo

Faye said...

I love this, however i have a question. when you go to sew the top cap to the bottom. can you instead, sew strips together first, then sew the top of the cap part together? i hate sewing circles so im afraid of the cap being twisted as i sew.

im making one right now (actually almost done) so i will see myself i guess lol

AWESOME idea and such beautiful execution on your part. your hats (and the boys) are beautiful! so glad to see cute boy stuff, its so rare!

Faye said...

LOL i just finished, and lets say that I will have to make another one for my son. the one i made, fits ME lol its probably the fabric which was stretchy but i also added an extra strip on accident. i will post a picture eventually. so funny. my husband just looked at me and said i was nuts. (btw im wearing it)

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

I made a girl version of these awesome hats..
http://kimboscrafts.blogspot.com/2010/11/for-kids-with-cold-heads.html
thanks so much for the awesome idea!

Anonymous said...

I so wanta make these hats for my boys, great idea!
I'm a new follower, found my way here via Sweet Bee Hollow blog.
I'd like to invite you to come check out my blog as well at http://littlebirdseeds.blogspot.com/, and become a follower if you'd like, or just sign up for the Sentsy Candle giveaway at http://littlebirdseeds.blogspot.com/2010/10/scentsy-candles-giveaway.html.
Anyhow, thanks again for the fun hat idea.

Angie - treasuresfortots@gmail.com said...

I think in the world of upcycling tees, you've come up with something totally unique and incredibly cute! Thank you so much for sharing!

Classy Clutter said...

To say I'm obsessed is a complete understatement! I too am outnumbered! My oldest boy turns 2 on the 22nd and my baby is almost 6 months. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your style and your blog! Thanks for being so great!

XO, Mallory @ Classy Clutter

Velcromom said...

I had to stop by and let you know I made these for my two kids a while back - it's finally cold enough that they will wear them! I love them, thanks so much for sharing.

Amanda said...

I featured this today on my blog - todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

I would love if you stopped by and grabbed a button!

Amanda

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

You should sell these because I would definitely buy one. :) So adorable. Makes me wish I could sew.

blogger said...

These hats are so cute and comfy. I like them...!!
I have bookmarked this site and I'll try at home.

Thanks for sharing here :)
www.bumbleandbobble.co.uk

Aleks said...

thank you so much for sharing!! i made these for my two little nephews. they love them. i posted this on my blog today.

http://alekshandmade.blogspot.com/2011/01/upcycling.html

hannapurzel said...

I LOVE IT!!!
Thanks for sharing!
Greets from germany!
http://hannapurzel.blogspot.com/2011/02/patch-beanie.html

Tausendschön said...

OH MY DEAR
I LOVE IT ALSO *ggg*
what a wonderful world you have
much love from the deepest forests of northern bavaria...hugs from heart
silke :-)

Ene-Ly said...

I love it thist idea!!!! SUPER! I'm alrady cutting out pieces and soon starting sewing the together! Thank you for a great idea!!! This blog is now one of my favourite!!

Best Regards,
Mytsi Wabrik (Hat Factory)

Marissa said...

I love your pattern! I just made a hat using it for my baby girl.

http://www.handmadeheartfelt.com/2011/03/a-hat-for-spring/

Kristín Hrund said...

Thank you for the great blog! I just love reading about everything you do! I just made your upcycled hat for my boys, you can see them here:
http://kh-handcrafts.blogspot.com/2011/03/upcycled-boy-hat.html
Greetings from snowy and frosty Iceland.

rahel said...

Wow they look so cool!!! Too bad the weather here is not so cold... I will try to remember this tutorial for next winter.
Thanks for sharing!

Shandi said...

I started making a few of these and LOVE them. Mine aren't as detailed as yours, but I love them. Check them out on my blog...http://designsbyshandi.blogspot.com/. :)

Anonymous said...

I linked this tutorial to my blog today. Thanks so much
for sharing! Can't wait to make one for my snowboarder!

Maria Fink! said...

totally just made a girl-version...with girl colors, ribbons & t-shirts..turned out awesome...looking to make some for gifts!! thanks for the idea--your "patterns" rock.

Katie said...

Just finished my first one..I love this look! Thanks for inspiring.

http://lavidaleipprandt.blogspot.com/2011/08/t-shirts-to-fun-fall-hat.html

Jayna Rae said...

These are so great. I have to go through my boys' clothes this month and separate them into E-Bay, Thrift, and upcycle piles. I know that this will be a great project for the upcycle pile. THANKS!!!

BeccaG said...

Love, love this! last year we made monster hats from upcycled material. this year will be these! thanks for the inspiration. (saw it on pinterest)

MamaKelli said...

the link goes to a bird applique.... can you fix it? I really want to make this for my little guy! (With a 21" head at age 2!) That's my Preemie!

I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar said...

MamaKelli - Are you talking about the link to the flap pattern? I just tested it and it took me to the right spot. Are you talking about something different? I'm not sure. Sorry.

Cheri

FADİŞ said...

Harika şapkalar, öok beğendim. Ben de blogumda link vererek yayınladım ve sizden ilham alıp kendi şapkamı yaptım.

http://gulenmutfak.blogspot.com/2011/10/sapka.html

The Outlaw Mom said...

These are so totally cute! Your boys are adorable. Just found you through the DailyBuzz Featured Author Friday. Glad I did :-)

Anonymous said...

Oh man! I love using t-shirts to make all sorts of things - especially kid hats and girl dresses. But I just love this pattern/idea! I'll be trying this out first thing tomorrow for sure. Thanks so much for sharing.

Carol said...

I just found this on the Craft Hope website. Thank you for adding it in your comment. I am totally making these for the new project. They are so cute!

FionaR said...

Super adorable! Thank you, thank you - there are tons of pink and frilly things for girls BUT WAY TOO FEW cute things for little boys!!

Les Créateliers said...

I loved your tutorial and I decided to post it on my website. You can see it here:
http://www.lescreateliers.com/Les_Createliers/Idees_Ideas/Entries/2012/2/16_Chapeaux_en_t-shirtT-shirt_hats.html
Hope you like it!
Cheers,
Marie-Eve

Hannah said...

I'M SO INSPIRED!!!! I'm a Mom of four boys and I can't wait to do this for them!! Thank you!!!!!

Mao Mao said...

I did a reversible version of this cap, with a man's shirt, wool sweater and a t-shirt. Thanks for the helpful tutorial! Check my version:
http://maomaocrafts.blogspot.com/2012/02/boys-cap.html

Anshu said...

Linked to your post here:

http://sewprettysewfree.blogspot.com/2012/05/from-tshirt-scraps-to-funky-boy-hats.html

Sandra said...

Hi!

I love these hats very much. Thank you for sharing the tutorial!

My little son is going to wear only self-made-hats from now on. I linked your tutorial at my blog:

http://butternapf.blogspot.de/2012/05/ohrenwehmutze.html

It`s german, but picures don`t need words, do they?!

Bye bye
Sandra

Annanda said...

Super! I'm going to make one for my 2YO!
Thanks from Italy
Anna!

Laura said...

Happy Day!!!! (to the both of us :)) 33 will be great!!!!

Also, i love the "at the watercooler" great idea :)

Seamingly Smitten said...

Couldn't be cuter! I love boy's sewing projects that look COOL!
Jenny
http://seaminglysmitten.com/
www.seaminglysmitten.blogspot.com

Leslie McGuinn said...

I absolutely love these hats! I can't wait to make one or two (lol) for my 3 yr old grandson!! Seems very easy and he can even pick out which shirts he wants to use!

Whosies said...

just featured this on my blog-- with other winter hat tutorials! thanks for sharing it. http://www.patchworkposse.com/blog/2012/12/11-winter-hat-tutorials/

Sarah said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial. It is laid out so well (overall concept first, then detailed directions), it makes it a real pleasure to follow. I just finished a hat for my son, and I have a feeling that one for my daughter isn't far behind! If you want to take a look, it's at http://tinypinecone.tumblr.com/ along with a link to your tutorial. Thanks again!

G. Strobl said...

Wow, that is so cute! Thank you so much!

Stephanie McDonnell said...

Thank you thank you for pattern/tutorial for the bigger boys. Need to make my son a peanut costume for his school play. I will share pics soon!

NewlyMynted

The Bitten One said...

wow, that´s just what I was looking for!

Anča said...

Yes, they're pefrect! can't wait to give it a try!

knittermom07 said...

How did you sew these together, did you have to use a special foot on the machine to keep the knits from stretching too much?

I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar said...

I just used a regular foot, but you can adjust the tension on your machine and I also recommend going slowly.

Cheri

Megan Jensen said...

Love these! I tried one this week with my new serger and lined it with fleece. Such a fun project! Thanks for posting.

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