March 17, 2011

Fake Knit a Baby Pixie Hat

First of all, I was overwhelmed with excitement about your response to the pattern and your donations.  I will keep you updated, but WOW.  I am so happy to pull together with all of you.  Thank you.

On to today's post.  Okay, I feel like this post and project is a bit random.  Let me explain myself.  So a while back I was at Laura's blog called On the Laundry Line and I saw that she wanted to make THIS.  I thought the hat was ridiculously cute.  (Don't mind the fact that I don't have a baby or that I don't have a girl or that I don't knit or crochet :)  I thought to myself, "Self, let's cheat and make one a sneaky way."  So I did.

If you are not a knitter and even if you don't sew much, you can still totally make this.  It's a great prop for a sweet newborn photo.  I wish I had a cute picture of someone wearing it, but Baden's head is too big and he fought me all the way on it.  You're going to have to use your imagination.

So, here's the how-to.  Take a sweater.  Use the bottom corner of it and cut out the shape. 

It's almost like a square, but if you want that pixie look you'll want the corner to be a bit pointed.  You'll also taper it a bit near the neck.  See?  Then invert the hat and sew up the curved side.  Leave the bottom open.

Turn it right side out.  Take some double-sided bia tape and sew it over the unfinished part, extending it even longer to make ties for the hat.

And?  That's it's really.  Find a cute baby to try it out on.

Thanks for reading.


Unknown said...

Pfft, having a baby and/or a girl is completely irrelevant when it comes to the desire to Make Cute Stuff. Which you totally did! I love it!
I started sewing because I started off with crochet cos my Oma taught me, and then knitting because I liked the look on garments better, and then I was like, "DANG this takes a long time!!!" and thus came the love for the sewing machine.
So uhhh... projects like this? I love it long time.
I actually used to work in a fabric store and for a while we carried this uh-mazing fabric that was a sweater knit, with like, lace work in and everything. I couldn't believe you could buy it as yardage!! Too bad I didn't have my serger back then, could have been a beautiful relationship.

Anne said...

This is so awesome!!! I love to sew, but I can't knit to save my life. I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


Unknown said...

I like the one you made better than the knitted one.:)

Unknown said...

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sarah said...

That is perfect! What a clever idea. Time to dig through my husband's old sweaters! Good thing I have pregnant friends. ;)

Kylie said...

There is actually a pattern for that concept here:
If you're like me, and can't make your own patterns to save your life, you might be interested in it. :)

Jayna Rae said...

Full of cuteness and simplicity.

fee @ chipper nelly said...

loving how you can't knit, or crochet, haven't got a baby girl.... and STILL know you have to make it!
Also loving the idea of Baden not wanting to try it on, fair enough I say!!!
Very cute, will add it to my list of things to try.
fee x

Anonymous said...

Awesome! A question: do you have to create a finished seam if you don't have a serger to keep it from unraveling?

iammommahearmeroar said...

If you don't have a serger you can zigzag the edge. I didn't do that but my orginal stitch was pretty fine. I haven't had any problem. It's holding fine and it's been tried on a lot of noggins :)


Amanda said...

Oh my gosh - this is adorable! LOVE IT!!

Unknown said...

super!! hope you don't mind that i posted a link to this & used your picture (of course mentioning and linking to your blog). if you do mind, please let me know.

Brittany said...

It's funny how trends happen and we all get similar ideas independently of each other but at the same time. Here's my cheating version that I made in January: before baby and after baby. Great minds think alike! I'm so excited to be associated with you that way (at least in this instance).

P.S. If your boy is little enough you can have him wear one like Sew Liberated's little cutie.

pamb said...

I just saw a fabulous (and expensive!) pixie hat on Etsy that I just LOVED!! I knew I had to figure out a way to make one for my two-year-old granddaughter... and lo and behold, your tutorial appeared on Craftgossip!! Thank you so much!!! I sew, but knitting and crocheting escape me too!!!


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