TUTORIAL - Top Hat Pattern felted wool sweaters

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What do you make with old felted wool and cashmere sweaters? Try this DIY Do-it-yourself Top Hat. Learn to make this warm hat, a winter topper, so you can look dapper and still stay warm. The hat is fully lined so you’ll stay extra toasty while you look classy. The hat is constructed entirely by hand, without the use of a sewing machine. The PDF tutorial gives step-by-step instructions for drafting the pattern pieces in any hat size from adult XS to XL, preparing and cutting the fabric, constructing the hat, and hand stitching each seam with yarn. The tutorial ends with instructions for the optional felt flower.

Materials and Tools
1. Felted wool sweaters. Choose thicker sweaters (more than 1/8”) for a stiffer hat, and thinner than 1/8” for a softer, floppier hat. Use two sweaters, three if they are very small. The best choice is stiff, thick 100% wool for the most of the hat, and cashmere sweater for the lining. Soft Merino wool would be another good choice for the lining. That’s the part that touches your head, so the softer the better.
2. Thick thread or thin yarn: The stitching will show as a design element, so choose your color with that in mind. I use lace weight silk yarn, but any thin string or yarn would work. Your yarn is too thick if you have trouble pulling your needle through two layers of felt. If you want to use sewing thread, I recommend a heavy weight “quilting” cotton thread, doubled. You will only need a few dozen yards. So if you have yarn remnants, this is a great place to use them up.
3. Paper
4. Tape
5. Ruler
6. Pencil
7. Large eyed needle: long sharp needles work well, with an eye big enough for your thread
8. Regular sewing thread, whatever you have on hand that contrasts with the color of your hat. You will use this for the markings.

This pattern is suitable for advanced beginner sewers. Knowledge of sewing is helpful but not necessary. I assume you know the very basics of sewing (like threading needles and using scissors), but if you've never worked with felted wool sweaters before, this is a great place to start.

The tutorial is 17 pages, including 92 color illustrations and photographs that show how to complete each step. Two of the pages show how to make the flower, and the last two pages show photos of four different felt hats I’ve made with this pattern.

HAT NOT INCLUDED. THIS LISTING IS FOR THE TUTORIAL ONLY. MATERIALS ARE NOT INCLUDED. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS ON TUTORIALS. The tutorial includes discussion of appropriate materials and tools. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at gwen [at] beadinfinitum.com or convo me through Etsy.

After Etsy receives confirmation of payment for your order, you will be able to download your order from your receipt in the "Your Purchases" section on Etsy. Read more about how to download a file you purchased here: https://www.etsy.com/help/article/3949. If you have any questions, please convo me. The PDF document for the tutorial is 5.5 MB. These can be opened with Acrobat and Adobe Reader 6.0 and later. If you don't have Acrobat Reader, you can download it for free at www.adobe.com.

If you would like me to make you custom felt top hat, check my listings here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/gwenbeads?section_id=6941951or email me with the colors you like, and we will discuss the details.

This tutorial is Copyright Gwen Fisher 2014, and is for personal use only. Please do not distribute or copy it. Do not mass produce the designs described therein. You may sell a limited number of pieces that you make with this tutorial, but I ask that you please give me credit as the designer. For more information on my copyright policy, visit http://www.beadinfinitum.com/Copyright_Statement.html

Average review
Very pleased with this detailed pattern. Just need to get into town to some resale shops to find some wool sweaters to felt. I want to do each section in a different sweater so nothing matches for a one-of-a-kind hat. Normal is no fun! Thank you so much for creating this very unique hat pattern!
Nov 15, 2016 by thetattoolady
Such a distinguished chapeau with detailed pattern and instructions. I can't wait to make it. I love digital patterns from Gwen.
Feb 25, 2014 by Nadeen Biddinger

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