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FREE Women’s Beanie Hat Pattern

Hey friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted! Life has gotten busy, with homeschooling, the craziness of having five kids (and a climbing toddler – oy!), and all the things of life. I meant to share this women’s beanie pattern months ago, but blogging and sewing took a back seat to life. So I’m back with this free knit hat pattern to help you forget my long absence. ;) This one is great for upcycling an old or thrifted sweater (like the one in the photo!) or using any knit or french terry fabric.

All you need is a scrap of knit or french terry fabric that has good stretch and a sewing machine/serger. A sweater headed for the donation bin is a great way to make this hat look hand knit, even when it isn’t.

Let’s get started!

1. Print out the Free Pattern. Cut on the fold. If you are using a sweater, line the pattern up to the bottom edge of the sweater. Instead of cutting on the fold, cut two (one from the front of the sweater, one from the back).

2. Unfold the fabric and re-fold as shown below.  Sew along the long, curved edge (the new fold should be on the left). Use a serger or a zig zag stitch.

3. Fold in half, so your seam is inside.

4. Your enclosed seam will be inside now (you can see it in this photo below on the left). Your hat will be laying flat so that each triangle lines up. Sew the longest outer edge together as seen below. You’ll have four layers to sew together (unless you are upcycling a sweater).  If you’re sewing with a zig zag stitch, make sure that you sew backwards a bit at the ends of your stitches, to secure them in place.

5. Now you will turn the hat and sew the next set of raw edges together.

6. Continue turning the hat and sewing the raw edges together as shown below.

7. Do this until all raw edges have been sewn together. It should look kind of like a star inside your hat (as seen below).

8. Sew across the top and trim to avoid having a point at the top of your hat. Tie or otherwise secure and serger threads and trim them.

Tah-dah! You have a cozy new hat! It goes great with this free cardigan pattern too. ;)

This is a great pattern for using up knit scraps! You could also match with your itty bitty and make a matching newborn baby hat!

Make sure you download your FREE pattern!

 Download your FREE Women’s Beanie Pattern

Happy sewing!

 

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Boy Style: plaids and hats [Pattern Anthology]

Today I’m joining up with the Pattern Anthology tour to share a little Boy Style with you. Because who says girls need to have all the fashion fun?

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The patterns from the Pattern Anthology collection [a limited time collection of 8 patterns by four designers that I know and love] have what every boy [or girl] needs to have an amazing winter wardrobe.

Here’s our style guide:

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Start with the Berkshire Blazer. Designed to tailor fit your child, it can dress up any outfit, but still be playful and fun. I sewed this one in a sweatshirt fleece. It still looks polished and put-together, but it’s comfy and great for play.

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Add a driver cap, skinny jeans, and suspenders, and you’ve got a six-year-old who’s suddenly going on sixteen…

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I love that this jacket offers so many ways to mix it up. A little color blocking changes a look really easily.
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There aren’t a lot of boy-friendly accessories out there, so hats are a must.

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So obviously the Winter Wonderland collection has a hat. Two hats, actually. This one is the Trapper Hat, which I made out of a felted wool sweater and a flannel sheet [because when you’re the oldest of four kids, the best styles are upcycled].DSC_0777

The whole feel of the jacket changes with the simple swap of the hat. Plus, we’re totally ready for Wisconsin winter now.

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Stripes are my go-to for my boys. And I have a serious love for plaids. The Johnny B Good top can be dressy or casual. And upcycled from a men’s shirt, like this one was. There are some great instructions for upcycling in the pattern, and I’ve given some tips for that here too.

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And with the back yoke and front patches built into the design, you can mix your prints.

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The faux-suede gives it a western vibe, but paired with the Trapper Hat, it doesn’t read “cowboy costume.”

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Toss that blazer back on, and you’ve “fancied” up your look, as my boys like to say.DSC_0824

Fancy clothes that are fit for relaxing. That’s how we roll here.

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We may be bundling up in the frozen tundra, but that’s not going to stop us from looking good while we do it.

A few Pattern Anthology details….

  • 8 patterns sold as a bundle for 40% off their retail price until November 18th – then they are all sold individually from the respective designers for full-price.
  • You can also purchase mini-collections [just for boys or just for girls]
  • These pattern designers are the real deal. I’ve raved about them all before [Go To Patterns, Shwin Designs, See Kate Sew, and Blank Slate Patterns], and none of these patterns will disappoint.

Style details….

  • Driver hat and suspenders: H&M
  • Skinny jeans: Target [Shaun White]
  • All other outfit elements: handmade

Fabric and pattern details….

  • Berkshire Blazer: grey and navy sweatshirt fleece from Jo Ann Fabrics. This blazer was a surprisingly quick sew for me, but it’s definitely not a beginner pattern. I strayed slightly from the pattern, since I didn’t line the jacket, but this blazer kills, you guys. It’s so well-done and gives you an incredibly professional looking garment. I sewed a size six with seven arm length, but next time I’ll do a seven length all around, so he can wear it longer. But it’s perfect for now.
  • Trapper Hat: upcycled felted wool sweater and flannel sheet. This pattern is SO fast. Like, get it done in less than one seven-month-old naptime fast. I really love how it fits, and my son finds it really comfortable. It would also be really easy to size up or down if your child falls a bit out of the size range.
  • Johnny B Good Hoodie: upcycled men’s plaid shirt, faux-suede from Jo Ann Fabrics [a really, really long time ago]. This pattern takes a bit more time, but the finished product is definitely worth it. Upcycling cuts down a bit – and you can avoid button holes, if they’re not your thing. The shirt has a collar or hoodie option, as well as short sleeves. It’s truly a year-round wardrobe staple.

Be sure to check out all the other Pattern Anthology bloggers on the tour. Ah-may-zing stuff – style, holiday photo shoot tips, tutorials, and pattern remixes that are so super awesome.

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Disclosure: I was given these patterns in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, as always.

Star Wars + Fedora = Awesome

Today I am SO excited to be a part of the Fedora Hat. tour with Elegance and Elephants. [Disclosure: I was given a copy of this pattern and am an affiliate of Elegance and Elephants. All opinions are my own.]

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First let’s just talk about how I made this. I mean seriously friends, I MADE a hat. A hat!DSC_0009

And look how awesome it turned out!
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This pattern is so incredibly well done. It came together pretty quickly and way easier than I ever expected. The only time I got frustrated was when I was attaching the two lining pieces and could NOT get them together. Theeeeen I realized I had put one of the pattern pieces on upside down. Um, woops. Perils of late night sewing…DSC_0194I also couldn’t find heavyweight interfacing when I was at the fabric store, so rather than drag all the kids to yet another fabric store, I just went with the midweight that I had at home. While it still works, it doesn’t maintain its shape as well as it would with the heavyweight. And I really think it would look nicer that way. So when you make it, you should use heavyweight. Like Heidi says in the pattern. ;)

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I lined the hat with Star Wars fabric, because well, Star Wars. And I wanted to balance out the serious main fabric with a fun lining. Also, note that there are no exposed seams. So super professional.
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I also used that same Star Wars print to make the “ribbon” – which I totally didn’t attach according to the pattern instructions. I just used some liquid stitch to tack it on, so that it could be pretty easily removed, should we want to in the future. I also put it on a little higher than instructed… which I’m still on the fence about.

DSC_0204I don’t know if I’ve been quite so impressed with a pattern before. It’s a freaking hat, you guys. It’s ah.may.zing. And looks good even while eating your breakfast in your camo jammies.
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Since I know you now need to have your own Fedora Hat., you’ll be happy to know that you can use the code FEDORA15 to get 15% off your copy of the pattern until tomorrow, September 27th.

Make sure you hop over to Elegance and Elephants and check out all the other stops on the tour. These ladies pulled out all the stops on this one. Hats for girls and boys, in all different styles. It’s seriously such a versatile pattern!

A Few Shop Items

I wanted to share a few pictures of some the items I listed in my shop, just to give you a little taste of what I’ve got going on over there.

If you haven’t already, please check out my new shop, to see these and other handmade items!

Rockstar Baby

Today I went to a baby shower for a dear friend.  Her husband is a rockstar.  Seriously.  So if your daddy is a rockstar, you need to be able to rock with him.

A Rockstar Onesie!

I just machine stitched on this guitar-shaped fabric applique, cut from a fat quarter.  I left the edges raw, because as it washes, it will fray a little, which will add to the rockstar quality a little bit.

The hat is made from this tutorial.  You may remember that I also made another one of these hats in this post.  The hat is upcycled from a never-worn 4x jersey skirt that I scored at Goodwill.

Sometimes I find it hard to make gender neutral clothes, but I think a boy or a girl could easily rock out in this outfit.   I just hope that this baby chooses to do his or rockin’ mostly during the day, for the sake of these newbie parents. :)

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Girl Clothes!

I am surrounded by boys.  My kids are boys.  My friends keep having boys.  Seriously, there are a couple dozen kids at our church, and there is one lone girl (who can hold her own quite well, by the way).  Needless to say, I get pretty excited when I have the chance to make something for a baby girl.  So when one of my best high school buds told me she discovered that her December baby will be a girl, I began to see pink.

Awhile back, I ran across a tutorial for the easiest baby hat ever. http://originalandrea.blogspot.com/2009/09/baby-knot-ears-hat-tutorial.html

And this 0h-so-cute fabric needed to be used to make a matching onesie.

I made a template out of paper for this applique, then traced it on the reverse side of the fabric.  I was having trouble with my mom’s sewing machine, so I quickly hand sewed this one onto the front.

Can’t wait to see this on that sweet baby girl!

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