The Great Striped Shirt Challenge: Baby Hats (tutorial)

by ilene on April 20, 2011 · 6 comments

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Day 2 of the Great Striped Shirt Challenge:  This week, I am featuring projects repurposed out of one shirt.  Yesterday, I showed how I made a skirt out of the body of the shirt.   Today’s project is baby hats!!  These newborn hats were made out of the sleeves of the shirt.  The soft, stretchy knit material is perfect for constructing these hats.


1.  Cut off the sleeves of the shirt and open up them up.  Use the existing sleeve hem as the bottom hem of the hat.  Lay both sleeves  on top of each other, right sides together:

2. Find a circle shape that you can trace about 7.5″ in diameter. I used this bowl which I think is a good size for a newborn hat:

3. Trace around the top half the bowl with a fabric marker,  then extend the lines straight down to the hem so that the shape looks like this (purple marker line):

4. Pin pieces together so that they don’t move when you cut them out:

5. Cut out hat, then sew around the half circle perimeter with a 1/4″ seam allowance:

Turn the hat right side out and you’re done! Easy peasy!! You can decorate the hat with a pom pom on the top, buttons, flowers or with any other embellishment:

I sewed a tag with the baby’s name on this hat:

I had enough fabric leftover to make another hat from the top part of the sleeves:

For this second hat, I took off the button and strap that was on the sleeve (you can see it hanging there in the above picture) and added it as an embellishment to that hat:

So cute and easy!

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1 Lauren April 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Very cute – thanks for the tute! I hope to make one for my baby boy to be born in July – hope I can dig up a suitable t-shirt!!


2 Regina Waldner November 5, 2012 at 12:36 am

Dear ilene,
it´s the best way to make a baby hat I´ve ever seen. And I´m so sorry that my 6 year old son says that he´s to big already to wear this kind of hat.
Your ideas are just great!!!!!!
Best wishes.


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