Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The easiest recycled wool project ever, DIY baby hat
Looks like just a sleeve, right? Well it is. A merino wool sleeve that has been felted (run through a hot wash) then cut off to be exact. That was the hardest step. Really, I mean it. Next step? Tie the end with the cuff in a knot.
Next step.... roll the bottom twice.
There. You're done. You just made an eco friendly, inexpensive, soft, insulated, cozy baby/toddler hat from a recycled natural fiber! I challenge you to find an easier recycled wool project ;) From here you can embellish it in a million different ways, but you don't have to. This looks much cuter on a real baby, but I didn't have one available, so my son's old doll Soupy volunteered. Merino is thin, soft, & stretchy, so a great material to work with. Sizing the hat? Well, that depends on the size of the sweater & how much it felts, but you can judge pretty good just by looking at the sleeve. Like I said, it is stretchy, so sizing doesn't have to be exact, and you can always run it through another hot wash to felt it more if it's too big. You can make newborn through toddler sizes, and beyond, depending on the size of the sweater/sleeves.
Kinda makes you want to run to my Artfire shop & buy all my merino sweaters, eh? ;)