49-Cent Friday Refashion: Sweaters To Ski Caps!

Howdy Folks!

I’ve been super busy this week, working on the refashion I’m about to show you, which is going to end up a part of a great “Christmastime-Means-Giving” activity for our family (more at the bottom).

But first, check out this MESS…

Wool Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Yikes!

What you see is a massive mountain of wool sweaters and sweater pieces. And let me tell you, these aren’t even all of the sweater pieces I have! :/

Most of these sweaters were purchased for 49-cents or less (of course!).

Let’s zoom in on the small stash of sweaters I’ll be starting with…

Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Teal and blue, so pretty!

I have a pattern for an adult ski-cap I used to make Christmas presents for friends and family members several years ago, and for this refashion I want to show you how I cut down the pattern to make a kids version!

Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Kid-sized, ski-cap pattern

Using my nifty pattern, I cut out 4 triangular pieces for the hat (plus a few more to make more hats), and a whole bunch of bands (although I only need one band per hat).

Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Hat bands.

After cutting out all of the outer pieces, I needed to get the pieces cut out for the lining of my hat.

Now to make this a true refashion, the lining would be great if refashioned from a fleece sweatshirt or sweatpants or blanket (you get the drift).

The problem is, I don’t have anything fleece to refashion with. Lucky for me, I still had a TON of fleece fabric that I purchased in bulk from JoAnn Fabrics several years ago, when I first started making these hats.

Using the same pattern, I cut out a whole bunch of triangles and bands from the fleece and then sewed four of the triangles together…

Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Like so.

…and sewed the bands together…

Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Whirrrr

I then repeated these steps for all of the sweater pieces I had previously cut out, with the exception of leaving a small 1 1/2″ opening in the top of the hat for the fringe to be inserted into.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention that all of the bands for the hats were cut from the bottom, waist-band of the sweaters.

Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Perfect ‘eh?

Now to make the fringy top of the hats, I used the cuffs from the sweaters…

Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Fringe in the making.

After cutting off several sweater cuffs, I trimmed them down to about 3″ x 3″ (or 3″ x 3 1/2″) squares, and trimmed them like so…

Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

fringey

Once I had a whole bunch of fringey cuffs, I matched up three for each hat, layered them up, and folded them over a couple of times…like this…

Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Bottom of fringe.

After sewing the bottom of the fringe together, I inserted it into the hat like so…

Wool Sweater to Ski Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

(Inside-out view).

Wool Sweater To Ski Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

(Right-side-out view).

And stitched them in place.

Then I inserted the fleece lining (matching wrong sides together and matching up the seams).

Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Fleece lining to make it warm and cozy.

Matching wrong-sides together again, I placed the fleece lining inside the band…

Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Wrong-sides together.

Then starting with the finished (bottom) edge of the band, I hand-stitched the sweater band to the fleece band, using a contrasting-colored yarn.

Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Apx. 3/4″ stitches.

After stitching all the way around the bottom of the cuff, I tucked the fleece into the cap and wrapped the sweater band around the front like so…

Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Almost done!

Once the hat was neatly tucked into the cuff, I stitched around the top of the cuff just like I did on the bottom…

Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Lookin’ good!

Once the cuff was stitched on, I tied off the yarn and tucked in the ends and voilá…

Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

All done!

Teal is my daughter’s favorite color, and I’d say she looks awfully cute in this hat.

Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Cutie patootie!

Now to make these hats even cuter, I made some flower pins by cutting sweater scraps into different-sized petal-shapes, layered them, stitched them together and added a pin back…

Flower Pins Made From Refashioned Wool Sweaters | Diary of a MadMama

Flower pins!

Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Back of pins.

Cute, huh?

Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Hat with flower pin.

Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

I just love these hats. Each one is unique and they are all super warm. And so fun to make!

On a side note; for Advent this year, instead of getting an Advent calendar filled with chocolates for the kids to open each day, I decided to do something a little different.

I saw a cool pin on Pinterest about doing a good deed each day for Advent.

I thought that would be a great way to keep our family focused on giving rather than receiving this Christmas, so I decided to fill 25 envelopes for each of my kids, with good deeds for them to do each day of Advent.

Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Good deed envelopes for Advent.

Even though they each have the same 25 good deeds to do over the course of Advent, I tried to shuffle them up so that they weren’t all doing the same task each day.

However, there were a few good deeds that I thought would be really cool to do as a family, so I made sure to give them identical deeds to do on the weekends.

Tomorrow’s good deed is to find some toys, and clothes that we can donate to a local shelter.

I thought it would be cool to donate these hats as well.

Do you celebrate Advent? What are some cool traditions you do to celebrate the holiday?

~Jen

Wool Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

Wool Sweater To Ski-Cap Refashion | Diary of a MadMama

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21 thoughts on “49-Cent Friday Refashion: Sweaters To Ski Caps!

    • Thanks!
      I’ve also had a lot of luck finding wool sweaters at garage sales for cheap!
      Some of them were pre-felted and in a free pile because of it! :)
      The people at the sale couldn’t for the life of them understand why I’d want their shrunken-up sweaters! ;) Heehee.

  1. These are so cute – the yarn stitching is something I love to do! These sweaters were all wool, not acrylic? And you sewed them together (mostly) by machine?

    • Thanks Elaine!
      Each sweater was either 100% wool, or a wool/acrylic blend, being mostly wool.
      The higher the percentage is of wool (or cashmere or angora), the more the sweater will felt.
      And yes, they were mostly machine sewn and just finished by hand.
      Thanks for your comment! :)

    • Thanks Christine!
      They are made from felted wool, which is wool, washed in really hot water. When wool felts, it shrinks into a really tight weave, which keeps it from fraying or unraveling.
      Thanks for your comment! :)

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