Please do not use pictures of my children. Thanks!
It has been cold here in CO and my daughter was in serious need of a new hat. I knew I had plenty of fleece laying around and then I found a sweater of my husband's that has had a hole in it for two years and has just been laying around. I found this tutorial and knew right away that I wanted to give it a try. My first attempt was just to cut up the sweater as is and give it a go. That ended up being a wonky, stretchy mess. I'd heard a bit about felting wool sweaters but had never tried it myself. Then I came across this info on Martha Stewart.com (which is also where I got instructions to make the mittens). Just wash the sweater on hot and dry on high, sounded easy enough. So I threw it in the wash with some kitchen towels and wha-lah a felted sweater, worked great! I modified the hat pattern a bit so that it didn't have quite so much overhang on the front. I think it makes a nicer silhouette. I also referenced this blogger's post and found her suggestions really helpful. I do really like how it comes down in the back to cover the neck.
The embellishments were made from some vintage double knit polyester that I found at a thrift store not too long ago. I'm in the process of making a dress coat out of the same fabric for Miss Olivia as well, so she'll be all coordinated when I finally finish :). I referenced this tutorial to make the rosette but secured the flower with some hand stitches rather than fabric glue, which didn't want to stick to the double knit very well. I'm quite excited how everything turned out and that it fits! My daughter's favorite color is brown because of her love of horses, and I added some little horse faces on her mittens by covering a couple of buttons with some Heather Ross fabric. She's thrilled, which makes me thrilled. The wool exterior and cozy fleece lining will make a wonderful hat for her this winter. And the best part—meeting a need using only stuff I already had on hand...she looks pretty darn cute in it too!
Since my post featured my daughter I thought I'd feature some of her artwork which will now give a festive flair to our front window :). Have a lovely weekend!
*I think I needed a bit of an advent ornament break. I feel refreshed and ready to finish!