Hello Sewing Rabbit readers! Tara here from Girl Like The Sea. It’s a bittersweet post for me this month because it’s the end of my stint here on the Sewing Rabbit, but I’m excited to see who is waiting in the wings to take over!
I decided to go super practical this month and do something that I found useful, and thought other people would too. An upcycled sweater pixie hat!
The Perfect Pixie Hat DIY.
You know how it is when you’ve spent all your cash on Christmas gifts for your friends and family, but realize that your kid still has cold ears out there in the wintry wind? It’s the curse of the third child up in here for my sweet little boy. So I decided to remedy the situation and make him something custom tailored for his head. The great part is that you can use your own kid’s measurements to make your own (or just use mine since this hat also fits his 4 year old sister and seems pretty versatile with stretchy sweater knit!)
First some cute pictures of my kids modeling their hat. Then I’ll show you how I did it! And it’ll probably only take you about 30 minutes to sew your own. The best, right?
LOADS OF RIDICULOUSLY CUTE PHOTOS
My ham of a middle child begged to be the model for this post. Begged! Then most of her photos ended up like this…
(BTW this jacket is a hack of the 5&10 jacket pattern)
What’s with the forlorn looks, Violet? Normally her spirit is irrepressibly loud and hilarious. I’m not sure….she doesn’t deal with cold though.
I think she learned this look from me.
That’s more like it ^_^
This is her money shot. Every time. “Violet, do something awesome.” then this. At least when she’s not roaring. Hahaha
Okay, are you ready to find out how easy it is to make your own? Bear with me as I show you with illustrations.
Grab an old sweater, and let’s get started!
Grab a measuring tape and place the tip on the apex of your child’s head. Measure down to their jaw
Measure from the center back of their head to behind their eye. Wherever you’d like the hat to reach to.
Turn your measurements into a rectangle. For reference, my 16 month old was 6″ across and 8.5″ up and down
You’ll be adjusting your rectangle into a hat shape next
Starting with the pink area as your original rectangle, add seam allowance. I used 1/4″ because I preferred to use a narrow seam to reduce bulk.
Remove a triangular section at the bottom left corner to form the hat better to the nape of their neck. Measure 1″in at the bottom and 2.5″ up. Cut that section off.
Add a pixie point at the top by measuring up 1.5″ and sloping down to the rectangle about 1/3 of the way across.
My final measurements were 10.5″ across the long side, 6.5″ across the top, 9″down the face edge, and 5.5″ across the bottom.
This hat snugly fits my 4 year old, so I think you could use my same measurements for a child up to her age. But every kid’s head is different! That’s why being able to use your own measurements is helpful
Now that you’ve made your pattern, it’s time to chop up your sweater.
- Remove the arms and ribbing cuffs on the sleeves and bottom edge
- Put your hat pattern on the body on the sweater, over both the top and bottom layer of fabric. Cut out.
- Stitch along the top and back edge of the hat, right sides facing. I actually used the wrong side as the outside for mine though because the stripes were more pronounced. Finish your seams because sweater knit can fray more than a t-shirt
- Using the folded back edge of the sweater sleeve, use a ruler and cut a 2″ section from top to bottom.
- Open it up and cut along the center fold so you have two 2″ pieces
- Sew them right sides together along two of the narrow ends. This will be the binding for the front and the ties to keep it on. Make sure you have at least 42″ of length. If not, just cut another strip and add it on.
- Grab the ribbing you cut from the bottom of the fabric. Fold it like you would bias tape and cut a piece 2″ shorter than the width of the bottom of your hat. Mine was about 8″ long.
- Sew it to the bottom of the hood, sandwiching the bottom edge between the folded edges of the binding, and stretching a bit to fit as you go.
- Turn the hat wrong side out.
- Using the long strip for the front, pin the center seam right side down to the center top of the hat. Pin it all down both sides of the hat, raw edges aligned.
- Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance
- Press the binding piece away from hat and then wrap around to the right side, encasing the raw edge inside.
- Sew it down using a zig zag stitch along the raw edge
- You can backstitch at the hat bottom edge, or continue sewing the binding together all the way to the ends.
- Tie it on your little cutie and go outside to
take blog photosplay!
Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful Christmas
-Tara- Girl Like The Sea