DIY Refashion- the Cardigan Hat

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I love this DIY refashion from Disney of Ruffles and Stuff! So adorable and she makes it look easy. Enjoy!
Refashion Cardigan Hat- Step by step instructions for this adorable hat from Disney of Ruffles and Stuff
Hi everyone!  I am so honored to be here at 30 Days guest blogging today!  My name is Disney, and I have a little craft blog called Ruffles and Stuff, where I share my ideas, projects, and as many tutorials as I can. :o) I love to make anything girly & cute, and the easier the better! I also try to focus on recycling and thrifted projects, as most of my materials come from what I have lying around the house. I love the challenge of a low budget!
Today I’m going to share with you a project that costs nothing at all if you’ve got an old sweater lying around!
The cardigan hat:

I was inspired by this little cutie at Anthropologie:

Here’s how I did it!

1) Start with an old cardigan (I loved this one, but sadly, it’s too small!). Cut a circle out of the middle, the larger the better!
2) Cut off the ribbed band around the bottom.
3) Sew a long stitch (the longest stitch length on your machine) around the edge of the circle, and pull the top string to gather into a circle the size of your head, or the person’s head your making it for.
4) With your gathering stitch threads hanging out, fold the band of your sweater around the edge of the hat, and sew a zig-zag stitch just above your gathering stitch. Then pull your gathering stitches out. (this way it will be able to stretch)

If yours turns out a little big (like mine, I didn’t measure first! Naughty!), you can sew some elastic on the inside of the band!

5) Tie a ribbon bow, and hand stitch it on!
All done!
I would have added a pom-pom, but I was out of black yarn! Beans!



  1. Kudzu says

    so cute! i'm trying to mske a sweater capelet, and crossing fingers i have enough for this sweet hat :D


  2. Girly Do Hairstyles says

    That is so darling. I hope I can find an old cardigan and give this a try. I adore it.

  3. says

    Wow, that is so, SO cute. I *love* this! I'm going to be hunting down a cardigan and making one for myself. I'll be linking as well. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. TRICIA @ The Zoo says

    This is adorable, and what a great tutorial! I would love to include this in my Inspire My Saturday post. If that is a problem, please let me know. Otherwise I will link back to both of you and share this.


  5. Anonymous says

    Disney, just when I think you've amazed me as much as humanly possible you do it again! I love this hat! You are blessed with an amazing talent! ~Rita~

  6. vanessa says

    This is so, so adorable–I love it. I'm sure if I attempt it, I will mess it up somehow, but it's so cute I might have to try anyways! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Stephanie says

    YAY for Disney! I'm so glad you had her as a guest blogger. You must love her as much as me!

    I love the tutorial, as always. Definitely going to attempt this one :)

  8. Happy Together says

    Okay Disney, you just have this amazing ability! It's adorable! THanks Mique for letting her guest blog :)