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Dee writes in:

I am wondering have you cover any tutorials/pattern for cap/hat making/millinery? I am very interested to make some caps/hat for my little children at home using upcycled materials.

We LOVE hats, so I’m so glad you asked! In addition to knitted and crochet hats made from yarn, you can make hats from all kinds of materials: ripped or stained clothes, an old or shrunken sweater, some leftover wool roving, plastic bags, get creative! Here are some of my favorite hat projects here on Craftzine.

Sewn hats

How-To: Sew a Reversible Sun Hat

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Fancy cocktail hat from CRAFT, Vol. 10. Preview in our Digital Edition.

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Fused plastic bag rain hat from CRAFT, Vol. 9. Preview in our Digital Edition.

More sewn hats:

Felt hats

20’s Style Cloche Hat Pattern

Reboux Hat Pattern

You don’t have to knit a hat to felt a hat. Try with roving or felt sheets:

A bunch of these would be perfect to make for and/or with your kids. Kids can get really into felting without yet having learned to knit or crochet! Do you have another favorite hat pattern for Dee or a fun hat-making experience? Share with us in the comments!

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern is head of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries. Her personal site: sternlab.org


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