Sleeves cut off sweaters can be reused and made into comfortable, warm hats. Sweatshirt material provides good variations in texture, behavior, and style, allowing for variety and creativity in these hats. Sweater hats recycle sleeves cut from sweaters that were made into sleeveless sweaters and other crafts, plus make use of old or otherwise unwanted sweaters. The best part is, these hats cost nothing to make and save money on the winter clothes budget. This article will detail how to make hats from sleeves cut from knit and similar sweaters.
First, see if the sleeve will make a good hat. A good sleeve will fit comfortably over the head, without being too tight or causing a headache. Sleeves should not be too loose either; if the sleeve is loose, see if pulling it down farther makes it fit. When a good sleeve is procured, it is time to make it into a hat. Because sleeves come in pairs, you know that the other sleeve will also make a good, matching hat.
Measure where to close the top of the hat and cut straight across the material at that point, then round off the corners to finish with an arching cut. Turn the hat inside-out and sew the material together. Try the hat on to see if it is satisfactory. Then fold the extra cloth up from the desired length of the hat. Test the cut end of the material to see how it handles. If the cloth frays, it will need hemming. Trim back the hat about four to six inches past the fold, along the same angle as the fold. If hemming is needed, allow extra material for the hem. Alternatively, if there is enough cloth, it can be drawn inside the hat and held with thread, adding a layer to the hat.
Try the hat on, and fold up the material about two inches at a time until the hat is the desired length. You now have a reliable sweater hat that looks good while being warm and comfortable as a hat liner or as a stocking cap.