January 11, 2012

Upcycling Old Shirts into Baby Pigtail Hats

Yesterday, I found this awesome hat tutorial at The Winthrop Chronicles. In her tutorial, Sarah demonstrates how to transform an old t-shirt into an adorable baby/toddler hat. Inspired by her creativity, I made a few slight changes and created a pigtail hat.

These hats are quick and easy to make (even for a beginner sewer like me). To illustrate how simple they are to make, let me just say that as I begin to type this post,  my daughter is still napping and I have three completed hats by my side.

Plus, by repurposing old clothing, it's also a free project. Gotta love free!

The first hat I made, the brown one, follows Sarah's tutorial fairly closely. I used an old cotton/cashmere blend sweater (formerly my husband's) and used the zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine.

I heeded Sarah's advice in step two and inverted my sweater before sketching a pattern. I also pinned the two layers of fabric before I cut (both layers at the same time). I used the side seam of the sweater to minimize the amount of sewing needed.

Then I had a brilliant idea: make a hat with two knots on top. You see, I'm totally infatuated with my daughter's new piggie tail look (because her hair has only recently become long enough). I absolutely love her piggie tails! So, I cut my next hat pattern with bunny ears, for two knots on top.

When my hat model awoke from her nap, I was able to snap some pics of the hats in use. I'd love to show you her excited little face when I first put on the hat, but short winter days =  minimal light = slow shutter speed = happy active baby looks blurry. Nonetheless, here are a few pics I snapped during a still moment.

The pink hat (shown at top of page) is my favorite of all. It started out as an old swimsuit coverup with a thick elastic band at the top. An elastic band that was apparently too thick for my fabric scissors because the handle snapped right off! Seriously?!? Those fabric scissors were only a few months old! Fortunately, I was able to finish the project with my regular household scissors.

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  1. You are so clever!! What a great project! Your little "Bean Sprout" looks adorable!!!

  2. That is just adorable! I think for a baby bot the one knot on top would be better, but the pigtail version is too stinkin' cute!

  3. I'm so glad you tried out the hats! And they look adorable!