I saw this on Pinterest and had to try it. I had a scarf that wasn’t really wide enough to keep the wind out, and even though I don’t have a sewing machine my remedial hand-sewing skills were enough to get it done. I think it took the original artist about 10 minutes to make her old scarf into a hat. For me, by hand, it took an hour. Still, not bad.
What You’ll Need
- 1 old scarf
- Reference guide for types of stitches
Lay your scarf flat on the ground, inside out.
Fold it in half, then cut it several inches longer than you think you’ll need it to be.
Pin the two long sides. Sew those sides together using a whipstitch/overhand.
Flip the scarf inside-right. (Should be a long tube of fabric.)
Put a simple, single running stitch in the top near the fringe.
Wrap your thread below the fringe several times to make your pom-pom.
Use your needle to create a knot that is sewn into the fabric. Cut off excess thread.
(Note: My thread was thick enough to hold this. If yours isn’t, consider using yarn or quilting thread.)
Turn the bottom of the hat up in on itself about 1/2 inch to an inch.
Hem the bottom of the hat so it will not fray using a running stitch.
Your hat should be too long. Fold the hemmed edge inside until your hat is an appropriate length.
Do a small, single running stitch over the side hems several times to keep the hat’s length.
(Similar to back stitch.)
If your hat’s still too long, you can fold up the bottom and have a brim without anymore sewing.
If your fringe is so long that it looks silly, trim it down until it looks like a pom-pom.
Congrats. You have a new hat.
Sweet. I think that is adorable. I have never heard the term “upcycle” before!!!
This is really timely for me – I’ve just unpacked all of my winter gear, and have more scarves than is really necessary. (Read: an embarrassment of scarves.) Now I’ll have several extra home-made Christmas gifts!
Nice! That’s a great way to a.) make sure they get some use and b.) save some $ on stocking stuffers!
Great idea! We have a good friend who regularly will do things like this. My wife is not the crafty type and no one would want to wear what I would make. 🙂
Haha I’m not crafty either. I get all these ideas, but most of them don’t turn out pretty. So everything I post on here is either a display of my inabilities or a testament to the easiness of the project.
Love this idea! I have some scarves that I was going to donate, but maybe I’m going to turn them into hats 🙂
You totally should!
What a clever idea!
I thought so, too! Too bad I can’t claim it as original. 🙂
What a great idea!!! I wish I knew sew even a little bit! I need to learn, what definitely be an asset in the frugality lifestyle 😉 Cute hat!!!
Thank you! If you’re just a sewing machine type of person, the person who originally did it did it that way. Linked to her up above.
Wow so cute! I’m terribly uncrafty. I can barely sew on a button!
I’m pretty uncrafty, too. This stuff is super easy, though I may not make it sound that way. (The reference guide makes the stitches so easy to learn—it’s visual!)
I’ve got to show this to my daughter; she’ll love it and be making hats for everyone!
That’s so great! I hope she does and I’d so love to see pics!
Neat! I’m a knitter so I usually just knit my winter hats, but I might just have to give this a try.
Oooo mad kudos to you. Knitting I don’t have mastered. I have extremely remedial crocheting skills and was thinking of trying that for a hat, but this just seemed so much easier lol.
You always share great gems. Looks easy enough. Now to dig up an old scarf. Hope I didn’t get rid of them all in last year’s purge.
They accumulate so quickly I’m sure if a lot of them are gone you’ll have some by the end of the season!
I smell an FF Etsy store in the works….
Oh, man, I don’t know. I made one hat. That’s about the extent of my skills. The boyfriend just caught onto the Zazzle thing, though. So don’t be surprised if you see some inappropriate shirts popping up in my shop.
cute! very very cute! where did you get that creepy head, though?
Haha the boyfriend had it before we met. I kind of love it, but he said he got it because of Ong Bak?
You are so crafty! And great way to repurpose. I’ve got a some extra scarves too, so if I’m feeling brave, I may try this sometime.
I’m remedially crafty lol. It’s SO easy…if I can do it you can for sure! (Use the sewing machine if you have one….it’ll cut the time spent on it by ten.)
I agree with Meredith, you are crafty. You remind me of my twin, she’s just like you.
Thanks! I bet she has a ton more skills than I do, tho. :p
Hey that is pretty cool although the hat looks very similar to our kitchen mat I wonder if that will work. Honestly I think it’s a very smart thing to do rather than running out and buying new. Mr.CBB
Haha I could see it. The material’s super soft/warm, though. And I’d wash that kitchen mat 20 times before putting it on my head. Buying new isn’t a bad thing, but if I can repurpose something to fit my current needs without spending a cent, you can bet I’m going to do it.
I love this!!!!!! I am going to try it asap! Thanks for the tutorial!
Share pics when you do! And np!
What a great idea! I love that you can repurpose a scarf into a hat – especially if the scarf got a hole in it or something!
Neat idea! Never would have thought of it!
Very cute! I have some scarves that would be great for this. And I think sewing it by hand might be the best way. Using a machine on knits can be tricky if you don’t have the right settings. Great job!