How to Sew your Diy Beanie Hat

October 23, 2012

Beanie Hat Diy Tutorial: Make it the Right Shape!

Have you ever struggled with finding the right shaped beanie hat? I own dozens of them, but I still haven’t found the right shaped beanie. There was only one I truly loved in my life: it was an H&M cotton striped beanie hat. It  was the perfect size, shape and material. I lost it, of course.
So, since winter is coming again (has it really ever gone away in this freezing country England is?) I’m trying to do it myself.

Get a free printable pattern by subscribing in the box below: print it out and use it as a guide to create your very own beanie hat!

Recycling an old sweater

What I did was basically using an old sweater I wasn’t wearing anymore. It’s oh-so-easy, here are the steps to follow:

1. Find a beanie hat you like, or maybe one that is almost the right shape: now take a piece of paper and put it under the beanie, which has to be vertically folded in two.
2. Now trace your perfect hat shape, keep in mind it’s just 1/4 of it. Make it longer if yours is too short, make it wider if it’s too tight on your head. Build your perfect shape! Cut it out, this is your quarter of beanie!
3. Fold your sweater in 4, narrow almost exactly like your pattern: leave one inch (1.5 cm) on each side.
4. Put your pattern on the sweater: it’s important that the sides of your hat are lined up with the folded sides of your sweater/fabric.

5. Now, cut! But be careful, only cut the base, and 2/4 and a half from the top of your hat (ok watching at the picture will help your on this one) and alway allow one inch (1.5 cm) for the seams. Maybe leave double this measure on the bottom cause this will be your hat’s hem.
6. You have your beanie! Now fold your base to make your border, and sew it.
7. Time to “close” your hat! Sew one quarter at a time, inside out as you would usually do.

8. Done! Now try it on, and if it’s still not the right shape, try again next time! Practice makes perfect!

This is a very basic tutorial, but think about what you can do! You can add decorations, studs, use different fabrics, double your fabric and wear it inside out, add fur to it, pom-poms and the list goes on! Be creative!

Have a look at my more recent tutorial on how to create your own no-knit beanie hat.

No-Knit Beanie Tutorial


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I think that you should make one for your photographer…or she might stop taking your pictures uhuhuhuhu


You know I will <3


Wow great idea! I will try to do it as well!! (but i suck in sewing, d’oh)

i love your blog keep on going!



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this is such a great DIY! i’m in desperate need of a beanie right now 😛

They Often

Hello there, You have done an incredible job. I will definitely digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I am confident they will be benefited from this website.


Thank you everyone! I hope your beanies are turning out super cute! I want to see pictures!!

Brita W

Lovely beanie!


I was so surprised when I saw these on Youtube. I like to knit, but I think I will go the the Salvation Army and look for a colorful mans sweater and try and make one. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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