Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sew wool hats from old sweaters


I have been trying to learn more about knitting recently and have been going to a local knit cafè group. One of the members has been collecting knit and crocheted hats and scarves for a local organization that helps homeless people in the area. I figured that I would be able to help out more by sewing some hats rather than making them with yarn. (This novice knitter and crocheter is pretty dang slow!) I know we've all seen and/or sewn hats from old sweaters before and there are gazillions of them all over Pinterest, so this is really nothing new to most of us. But isn't it great when you can take just three abandoned sweaters (I didn't end up using the red one) and in a few hours turn them into...


...six warm winter hats and caps that are all unique and, more importantly, will keep heads warm on those who need them most?


If you're interested in seeing the different techniques I used, check out this post on my blog, Cucicucicoo. I know I've been pretty absent here lately, but I have a bunch more wintery refashions coming up!

10 comments:

Cassandra Louise said...

I'll be making some of these. I'm a big hat fan! :-)

cucicucicoo: ecological living said...

I am too, Cassandra, so I've had to force myself to make/buy no more! (same goes for scarves!)

letgoofbeingperfect.com said...

The Salvation Army near us sells men's sweaters for $2 and $1 on half-price day, so I always like ideas on how to upcycle them.

IWOM said...

I fall into the not-a-fan-of-hats category (biggish head -- no comments please -- and too much hair) but even I am tempted by this, having recently acquired some jumpers from my husband.

Nice job. Are you keeping one for yourself?

IWOM: EOD

cucicucicoo: ecological living said...

LetGo: I am so dangerous when I get near cheap (or free!) wool sweaters. You can use them for so many things!

IWOM: Nooo, I think that ANYONE can look good in a hat, it's just a question of finding the right type sometimes! No, I didn't keep any of these for myself, though I am planning to make another beret with a non-stretchy sweater so that the edges don't make that wavy effect.

Elizabeth Hill said...

You never cease to amaze me with your creativity! Great job on the hats!

- Elizabeth
aka The Hungry Octopus

cucicucicoo: ecological living said...

Oh you flatter me, Elizabeth! But thank you! :)

Amy Jo said...

Very nice batch of hats! You've get me itching to dig through my stash for some soft sweaters!

cucicucicoo: ecological living said...

Go for it, Amy Jo! These are so quick to whip up! :)

Jennifer Elliott said...

The winter hats are cute! Love them all!