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Sweater refashion into a hat and scarf

Posted by  ·  November 4, 2009  ·  Last Updated: November 4, 2009

An always popular gift is a hat and scarf set. This is a darling idea from a wonderful blogger named, Disney. She has the most creative blog, Ruffles and Stuff.  Her blog is filled with the most clever recycling and refashioning ideas! You will also want to visit Disney’s Etsy shop where she has made beautiful jewelry and accessories from vintage and recycled materials (I so want that Debutante Necklace).

I think if you happened upon a sweater instead of a vest you would be able to also make matching mittens for the hat and scarf. It would also be fun to think of other animals, or a plain set would be great for older children!

Disney writes…

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be guest posting here at Skip to my Lou today!

My name is Disney, and I have a little craft blog called Ruffles and Stuff. I’m a (new)preacher’s wife and stay at home mommy, so I love to spend my free time sewing, and trying to figure out easy ways to make all the cute things I can’t afford.

How to make a hat and scarf from a sweater

Something for the boys! Yay!
I got this sweater vest at the Dollar Store several days ago (sweaters at the Dollar Store? How random is that??) and I just knew it was dying to be a little beanie and scarf set! I’m so excited to have a project for little boys!
This would actually work best with a sleeved sweater (then you could just use sleeves for a scarf!), but this is what I had, so…
1) Measure your child’s head, and cut out a hat shape through both layers (I free-handed this, but if you had another beanie to trace around, that would be great!), then cut a large rectangle shape through both layers for the scarf.

2) Lay the two scarf pieces right side together and pin the non-banded end. Sew with a zig-zag stitch, being careful not to let it stretch too much.

3) Cut out your “face” shapes from felt or fleece. 4 ears, two big circles for eyes, and two slightly smaller circles for the pupils, and a little triangle nose.
4) Lay two of the ear shapes on top of the other two, and sew around the edges with your machine. (not pictured)
5) Pin the ears to the right side of the beanie, facing downward. Lay the other piece of the beanie on top of it(right sides together), with ears sandwiched in between, and pin.
6) Sew the two hat pieces together, leaving the banded side open.
7) Take your scarf piece and fold it over, right sides together, and pin. Sew all the way down the side.
8) Turn the scarf right side out, and sew the banded edges closed.
9) Pin the face shaped where you want them, and hand stitch them on.
My model had already gone to bed for the night, but luckily she’s a heavy sleeper!
My goodness, I love that child. :o)
Take care!
Disney also shows how to make a pair of fingerless gloves from a pair of socks—– another great gift!

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  5. Tara
    Friday, September 9th, 2011
    I love this and just featured it on my "13 Sweater Re-fashions". Thanks for sharing.
  6. janel
    Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
    After viewing this I made a hat and scarf out of my daughter's (old) sweater. Because of the colors I made it into a raccoon with a mask. It turned out so cute. Thank you for sharing this tutorial.
  7. Kathleen
    Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
    Now why didnt I think of that?.....haha....This is just GREAT! My kids will not only love the hat and scarf, but even more, LOVE to help craft it!
  8. Saturday, December 19th, 2009
    I recently found Disney's site and love it as well. This is such a cute idea. I have been looking for "boy" ideas and this is perfect. I'm definitely going to be giving it a try.
  9. Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
    oh my god your model is just ADORABLE!!!! Great tutorial too :O)
  10. Thursday, November 12th, 2009
    What a wonderful idea, I think I might just have to whip up a few for my girls.....all 5 of them. Thanks
  11. Wednesday, November 11th, 2009
    This is adorable! I'm heading to Goodwill tomorrow and making a few of these as Christmas gifts!! There are quite a few owl obsessed little ladies I know who will love them!
  12. Saturday, November 7th, 2009
    I BEYOND love this. One of the greatest things I've seen in a while. If only I had a sewing machine, I'd be doing many of these tonight. Crossing fingers I get a sewing machine for Christmas!
  13. Thursday, November 5th, 2009
    OMG what an adorable child!
    This is so cute project! thanks for the idea and tutorial!
    Owls are my favorite (I have a special only owls shop on etsy)
    And this up - cycled owl an scarf is so gorgeous (But yet, the sleeping beauty is much more!)
  14. susan
    Thursday, November 5th, 2009
    I LOVE this idea--can you tell me which dollar store--I want to try
    and find the sweater vest---my daughter is so into owls right now!!!
    thanks susan
  15. Thursday, November 5th, 2009
    HAHAHAHA!!! Your little model is asleep and yet she managed to still look adorable in the scarf and hat. So cute! I love the fingerless glove idea, too.
    Oops...forgot to say great post! Looking forward to your next one.
  16. Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
    HAHAHAHA!!! Your little model is asleep and yet she managed to still look adorable in the scarf and hat. So cute! I love the fingerless glove idea, too.
  17. Charity
    Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
    Very Cute! Thanks for the great ideas!
  18. Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
    I SOOO wish I sewed!
  19. Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
    We have sweaters at our dollar tree, and some extra cute socks! I can't wait to try this with my girls for Christmas gifts!!! My kids are very excited to make all of their gifts homemade this year.... Thanks for the ideas!!!
  20. Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
    That is fantastic! I just bought a sweater vest on clearance for $3 yesterday... but my son didn't like it. Now I know what to do with it!!! Yipee!!
  21. Kristin
    Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
    So very cute
  22. Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
    SO SO CUTE!!! I have to try it. THanks
  23. Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
    brilliant...i love the owl!!!
  24. Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
    This is such a great idea! I should make one for me. :-p
    So far, I am loving your gift-guide, Cindy.
  25. Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
    Over on my blog I have a tutorial to make a hat, some hair bows, and leg warmers out of a t-shirt! It's very similar...such cute ideas for this nippy fall weather!!!

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  26. Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
    fabulous ideas! thanks for sharing!