Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Thrifty Gifty #11—Hat and Mittens from Sweater

Joining Works for Me Wednesday because up-cycling sweaters WFM!

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I told you to stock up on sweaters, didn’t I? This was actually a bit of a flop for me, but just because it turned out too small for the intended child. The idea is doable, and I’ll probably try it again, because Skippy really liked it.


I had this thrift store lambswool sweater in my stash. I washed and dried it once, so it wasn’t tightly felted because I wanted some stretch left.


Skippy wanted me to replicate his favorite hat. We tested it out, and the neck of the sweater was a perfect fit for his head, so I wanted to keep the neck intact to use as the bottom edge. I think that’s what caused the problem, because in order to avoid cutting the neck, I ended up with this weird shape.



Once I sewed up the sides and turned it right side out, it looked kind of like a gnome hat. The sweater wasn’t quite big enough to make it as long as the original hat.IMG_4884

For the mittens, I had traced Skippy’s hand, and I used the bottom edge of the sweater along the side seam to cut them out. They actually turned out pretty cute, but unfortunately, still a little small for Skippy. I guess I didn’t leave a big enough seam allowance.


The boy likes them a lot anyway, and took them to bed with him.


Well, the idea was good; the execution, not so much. I may try a different style of hat for Craig next.

Cost for this one, $2 for the sweater.


Meghan said...

So smart! I can't knit or crochet, so this project is perfect for me.

Angie @ Many Little Blessings said...

What a creative idea! I would never have thought of doing anything like that.

Heather@ My Frugal Family said...

It turned out cute! I have a tute on my page for turning a sweater into a hat & scarf, or into two hats. I use the sleeves for the scarf.

I love picking up nice sweaters at Goodwill when they are cheap. I have about 10 in my craft room, waiting to be transformed for Christmas. ;)

Angie @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Still a great idea even if it did not turn out the way you planned! Very creative!! :)

Deanna said...

So cute! My 11 yr old wears hats and gloves to bed (and glasses and capes, etc), too!!

Sewing-Chick said...

The other day I made some baby mittens from an old felted wool sweater... I used the sleeves so that I could utilize the already-done edges like you did :)

Country Dreaming said...

Nifty ideas-Skippy looks very cute in his new hat and mits.