I’ll be honest- Day 4 of the I Heart New Year’s Challenge was the one I was most looking forward to. Make something? Yes please.
If you haven’t made anything yet, I tell you, one of these little pom pom hats can be whipped up in half an hour, so you still have time… I can’t wait to hear about what else y’all made!That being said, I recently received a whole box of gorgeous, cozy, Goodwill bound sweaters. My immediate inclination in such instances is to throw them in the washer and dryer and FELT them! However, the sweaters in this particular batch were mostly cashmere (or cashmere blends), so I decided to make them into warm, fuzzy, comfy hats for Burke and his cousins. The method I used is a combo of the lovely chez beeper bebe tutorial and an idea I saw at Denver’s oh-so-fabulous Holiday Handmade craft fair (I don’t remember the designer, but she’d refashioned old sweaters into darling little elf hats and sweater pants).
To make one of these hats, you’ll need:
-a soft and cuddly sweater
-a sewing machine
-a couple of pom poms
1. Turn your sweater inside out. Trace the hat shape (I used the one from chez beeper bebe, but you could also pretty easily use measurements instead… for the 6-12 month size, the width/soon-to-be-circumference should be about 16″ and the height about 9″, for the 12-18 month size, the width/diameter/circumference should be about 18″ [still 9″ for the height] and for the 18-24 month size the width/circumference grows to 20″ [again, 9″ for the height]). Cut out your soon-to-be hat.
2. Sew along the edge of your ‘hat,’ leaving about a 1/4″ seam.
3. Turn inside out. Tie pom poms on each ‘ear.’ Cover the bean of your darling little one with this supercute number and he gets ever cuter. Send a couple of these fuzzy numbers to your nieces. Make some more? 🙂