DIY Bun/Ponytail Hat from an Old Sweater

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Move over headband, now there's an even better way to stay warm with your hair up. You can make this trendy bun/ponytail hat even if your skills don't include crocheting or knitting. Just gather up an old sweater, a little bias tape, and some elastic to be on your way to a warm and stylish winter.

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Things You'll Need

  • Sweater

  • Measuring straight edge

  • Marking pen

  • Sharp scissors

  • Pins

  • 3/4-inch Double Fold Bias tape (Pre-made or make your own in any color)

  • Safety pin

  • Elastic

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Step 1

Measure and mark a 10-inch tall by 9 1/2-inch wide rectangle along the bottom edge of the sweater.

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Step 2

Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut along the marked lines through both layers of the sweater.

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Step 3

Put the right sides of the sweater together and pin along both sides.

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Step 4

Sew a 1/2-inch seam along both sides of the hat. Be sure to remove the pins as you sew.

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Step 5

Open up the bias tape and pin all around the top raw edge.

Tip

You can use pre-made bias tape from the store for this project, but most bias tape just comes in plain colors. If you want to customize your bias tape and bring it up a notch, you can make your own. See how to make bias tape here.

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Step 6

Sew along the first fold line of the bias tape.

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Step 7

Fold over the bias tape to the other side so it "captures" the raw edge inside of it and will keep the sweater edge from fraying.

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Step 8

Pin the bias tape in place.

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Step 9

Sew the bias tape in place with a straight stitch. Be sure to remove the pins as you sew.

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Step 10

Fold over the bias tape edge to the inside of the hat to create a 1-inch casing for the elastic.

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Step 11

Sew the casing in place leaving a 1-inch opening at one of the side seams.

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Step 12

Attach a safety pin to the end of a 10-inch piece of elastic. Thread it through the casing. When the end of the elastic reaches the opening, secure it in place with a pin so it won't get lost inside the casing.

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Step 13

When you get through the casing with the safety pin, sew the ends in place.

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Now you're all set to look great and stay warm with your hair up and your hat on this winter!

Image Credit: Beth Huntington
Image Credit: Beth Huntington
Image Credit: Beth Huntington