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How-To Make a Beanie, Poncho and Mittens from an Old Sweater

by on Feb 20, 2008


Craft experts Rob & Corinne are at it again! This time on threadbanger we take an old pattern print sweater and turn it into three items! A beanie hat, poncho and mittens. With this quick how-to you will be ready to rock your winter fashion wardrobe. Do it yourself fashion for the next generation, DIY or DIE!



The Hat

1.  Grab an old sweater (we used a leopard print one).  Flip the sweater inside out and pin the two layers together.
2.  Next measure 10 inches across the bottom starting at one of the side seams and mark it.

        An old sweater was measured using the tapes for making mittens and Poncho. An old sweater was sewn into Beanie, Poncho and Mittens.

3.  Make another mark in-between these two points, and measure up 8 inches.  

       "Sewing a napkin"

4.  Secure the area with a few pins to avoid shifting.

5.  Next draw a dome shape connecting the three points.

         A person drawing a semicircle on a rug with chalk.

6.  Cut the shape out about one inch above where the line is drawn.

         "Making a vest using old clothes"

7.  Using a tight zigzag stitch, sew along the line.

       A woman with bangle is doing something.

8.  Take out your pins and trim off the excess fabric.

       Someone using a piece if scissors to cut a piece of cloth

9.  Turn it inside out and try it on.  Now you have a sweet new hat!

    "Beanie "


The Poncho

1.  Take your leftover sweater and draw a diagonal line starting at about two inches above the highest point where your hat was cut out.  From one edge of the sweater all the way to the beginning point of the opposite seam.

       A man is touching the black and sandal cloth on the floor.

2.  Then cut along the line.

       A person shows that how to make a beanie. Woman making new dresses with old clothes.

3.  Cut off the sleeves and all the down along the edge to the bottom of the sweater.

       "A person cuts the swater using a sissor".

4.  And repeat to the other side.

       "How to make a vest using old clothes"

5.  When thats all done, open it up, and it should look like the picture.

       Woman placing old fabric cloth on table.

6.  Then just hem the edge with a zigzag stitch to create a “lettuce edge”.

         A brown mat is on the floor.

And you’ve got yourself a poncho!   

       "A lady wearing Beanie made out of Old Sweater"


The Mittens

1.  Take out those extra sleeves, and turn them inside out.

       "How to recycle pants"

2. Get a friend to trace around your hand, and secure the two layers together with a few pins inside your mitten shape.

       "making a sweater for winter"

3.  Cut out the shape.  Again remember to cut about 1 inch outside of your drawn line.

       Brown cloth which is shining is cut by a scissors by a lady. The sweater was cut by the scissors with the measurements to make Beanie , Poncho and Mittens.

4.  Using a zigzag stitch sew along the line.

       An old sweater was stitched using the sewing machine to make Beanie.

5.  Trim of the excess fabric along the edge.

       Person using scissors to cut into a sweater.

6.  Turn them inside out, and you’ve got new mittens! 

 Man wearing a hat and matching mittens. The Beanie and Mittens was formed from a old sweater,

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