How to Upcycle a Sweater Into a Beret Tutorial

Talk about a timeless fashion accessory. The beret has been around for many years and continues to be a staple in many wardrobes. This beret is a very simple DIY project that even a beginner can make in under an hour.

Upcycled Sweater Beret
(Image: Beth Huntington)
Upcycled Sweater Beret
(Image: Beth Huntington)

Things You'll Need

  • Old sweater

  • Sharp scissors

  • Tape measure

  • Pins

things you'll need
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Step 1

I used a plastic lid that has an 11 1/2 inch diameter for my pattern. Cut around the lid adding a 1/2 inch for a seam allowance.

Trace pattern
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Step 2

Cut 4 inches off the bottom of the sweater. Measure around your head and cut the strip to the same length minus 2 inches.

Cut material
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Step 3

Fold the strip in half widthwise, right sides together, pin the edges and sew leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Fold strip
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Now fold it in half lengthwise. This piece will become the headband of the beret.

Fold again
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Step 4

Place the headband in the center and on top of the right side of the circle you cut from the sweater. Bring up four sides of the circle and pin to the raw edges of the headband.

place headband in circle
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Now find the center between the pins and pin to the headband. Do this all around the circle piece.

pin in place
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Find the center between the two pins again and pin in place. Repeat this all around the circle piece.

add more pins
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Find the center between each set of pins and pin again all around the circle piece. This will create an even gathering around your hat.

create even gathering
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Step 5

Sew a 1/2 seam around the pinned edge, be sure to move slowly as you sew to keep the gathers in place and to keep it from stretching too much.

sew seam
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Your beret will keep you warm for the rest of the winter and bring you into spring looking great.

Upcycled Sweater Beret
(Image: Beth Huntington)
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