Are you sooooo bored of wearing the same wintercap the whole winter? Ready for a change? I was yesterday. So I made this headband from a old cap I have had laying around for years. What is better than buying something new? It is to repurpose something that you already have 💚 The look is a little russian inspired, but hey you gotta still keep warm when it’s winter. And the russians sure knows how to do that! I love the look of the thick headband. But if you don’t you can easily make it in to a more narrow fit.
What you need
Needle and thread
Some ribbon or fabrics to match
Your head and a mirror ❤
1. First, cut the top of the cap. I only cut of about 8 cm. Then measure or fold it to make sure you cut it even on all sides.
2. Next you fold the edges towards the middle of the cap. Here you can choose the width of the head band (mine is 12,5 cm), also if you want the edges to meet in the middle. I left a gap of 2 cm. Then the headband will have more “shape” added in by beeing more narrow in the middle part. Fasten with pins and hand stitch and fold in rough edges. Use a cast over stitch which helps the material keep it stretch.
3. Choose the detailing for the front. I ended up with 2 layers of lace (to keep the finishing the same at both sides) wrinkle the headband together in the front, fasten with pins and hand stitch in the back. If you want a more toned down look you can repurpose the top of the cap you just cut off.
4. For the last detailing I added a silk ribbon that I fastened with a straight seam in the back.
Whatya think? Here is pictures of me not being able to casually look away and pretend like my picture is not being taken ❤
Finally I got around to post part 3 of #thesweaterchallenge. Did I mention this is “slow” fashion? 😀
So this is the first cap I have done with making a pattern first. Because I didn’t make a try first the pattern was not flawless and I had to make some tweaks during the process. Buut I have fixed it for for and I will break it down for you so you get the better part of this DIY. Making mistakes is a important part of the learning process 😉 ❤
What you need
Sweater for redesign
Baking paper or pattern paper
Rulers, straight and bent
Sewing needle or sewing machine
Thread in matching color
Lace approx 2 cm wide
Ribbon 1,5 cm wide
Ribbon 0,5 cm wide
Thread in matching color
The first thing I did was creating a pattern for the cap. I used baking paper 😉 The length of the head plus seam allowance made 41 cm. Height was 21 cm. Make a square with a ruler, then divide this into 4 equal parts (41 / 4 = 10,25 cm). Mark the middle of each square 5,1 cm. Along the height of each square measure 11,5 cm, from this point use a rounded ruler and make a line from this point onto the middle of each square (your pattern will look a little different from mine, since I was a little to lazy to do a try cap first, I just fixed the shape directly while sewing) Cut out the pattern, attach to the fabric with pins. Then cut out your fabric.
Pin the ends together as shown on the picture. Then sew it together using a sewing machine with a elastic seam or do it by hand. Stop approx 0,5 cm from the top.
Fold the cap the other way, pin and sew it together. Here is where you see the shape of the shape of the cap, if you think the corners are to sharp then you can adjust that by rounding the corners a little more.
Making the ears
Cut out two pieces of fabric that is approx 10 x 10 cm (mine was 10 x 8 cm, I wanted to use some leftover fabric )
Fold the longest part in two, and sew one side. Do the same on the other piece
Fold the inside out, then iron it.
Then fold the corners into the middle, Hand sew the corners together going through the fabric in the front as well. Then the ears will not look so flat in the front.
Figure out the placement on the ears on the cap. Measure the same from the top on both sides. Cut open and insert the ears. Sew the cap back together.
Use a scissor and cut off the extra of the ears on the inside, and any loose threads.
Folding the rib
If the rib will be folded, it would look prettier if the seam is not visible. Cut open the seam in the back. Fold the seam-allowance outwards, make a tiny cut (0,3 cm) where the rib starts. This will make the seam look prettier on the outside. 😉
Measure the fold before ironing. Mine is double, so in the end it measured 3 cm.
To make the fold stay, sew small point stitches along the inside of the cap. I think I had 5 points where is stitched the rib to the cap.
And yeah, as you see I decided to paint the ears white in the inner part. Very easily done with fabric some fabric paint and a paintbrush 😉
Making the bow
Choose your materials. I wanted the materials to show, so I chose the lace and the ribbons in different sizes.
Choose the size of the ribbon. and cut the total length of it mine is 16 cm. This makes it 7 cm when it is folded. Make sure the overlap is in the back. Hand sew one stitch to make it sit.
The second ribbon is a little bit narrower and smaller, it is folded in 3 and total length is 24 cm. When it is folded it measures 6 cm.
Place it and stitch it together with the lace.
Then I cut the last ribbon, total length 18 cm. I tied it around the bow, and tightened it. Making sure the knot was in the back.
Then I placed the bow on the cap and hand stitched it on. I cut the ribbon that was hanging from the cap and sealed the ends with a lighter.
I haven’t been posting in a while, I think i manage to find every flue and cold that was circulating in 2017. At once……Wishing my self and everyone else a healthy and happy new year ❤ 2018 welcome ❤
So I wanted to post this before Christmas, but I think the need for caps will stick around still for a couple of months 😉 This is the second post in my redesign challenge, where I redesign a sweater and try to make as many possible items. They have to look nice and be practical. The goal is zero waste and LOTS OF FUN while doing this.
The cool thing is that I will show you how you can do the same. Here is what you need;
An old sweater
A pair of scissors
Thread in matching color
Sponge for each color of fabric paint
Piece of fabric to cover while ironing
Cut and print
Measure the height of the cap, use an old cap as a reference. Or you can measure on the head, forehead to backhead (start to end), divide that on two and then add some extra volume depending on if you want a tight cap or a more “beany-look”. I used 27 cm but then I also folded the rib (5 cm). The width would be the circumference of the head (below the widest part of the head) mine was 42 cm + 0,5 cm on each side in seam allowance.
I wanted to make a print on the cap, so I used some old cardboard laying around. Then drew batman with the help of a pencil and a ruler. Carefully I cut it out using the paper-knife. Great way to reuse some trash right?
Then I measured my piece of fabric to find “middle front”. Then marked it with chalk. That would be the start of my pattern. A good idea is to figure out the pattern first before painting. Mark the middle of the placement with chalk, then you know where to put your stencil next.
Then I made the pattern with black fabric paint, let it dry. Then I used the cutout of the stencil to create a gold circle around the batman mark in the front. I worked very gently with the sponge to give it more of a faded look. Then let the paint dry completely.
Iron the fabric piece to fixate the paint. Cover the print with a piece of cloth, then Iron on the setting “cotton” for 5 min. Repeat on the back side.
Time to sew this beauty together. Pin the fabric together. as shown on the picture. I used a black thread and sewed it together by hand. You can also use a sewing machine with a overlock function. This seam will be the middle back of the cap.
Now we make a seam on the top of the cap. Sew around the top with a little bigger stitches so we in the end can scrunch it together, trying to make the whole as small as possible.
Time to close the gap, this we do from the inside of the cap. Press the whole together and sew a couple of stitches in the middle. Then fold it the other way, and do a couple of stitches in the middle there as well. Then the whole is closed and it should look something like the last picture.
I made a pom-pom to put on top. Follow this tutorial to make your own ❤
I gave this cap to my 4 year old son, who L.O.V.E.D. it because you know, superheroes are life 😉 This can of course be made for grown up as well. Hello EVERYONE can get a redesigned cap!! ❤ ❤ ❤ Stay tuned for more to come in my #thesweaterchallenge and #zerowateredesign. I am also to find on instagram under "codegreenbysoamador" or my private account "soamador"
Thx for reading, I would love me some feedback if anyone has ❤
Do you need to make pom-poms? Well here is an easy DIY on exactly that.
Pom-poms can be used for so many tings, from upgradeing your sweater to make it more Christmasy, party decorations, headbands, you name it. Your creativity is the limit here. I will use it to upgrade an old worn out cap.
What you need
Compass or something round you can trace
Decide what size your pompom should have. Mine will be big, so I chose diameter 8 cm. This is very easy to do with a compass, if you don’t have one you have to find a item that has that approx size you are looking for like a cup or a plate. Also a smaller item for the circle in the middle. My inner circle has a diameter on 3 cm. Trace these 2 circles and cut them out. Remember make a cut connecting the circles so you can get the yarn through in the middle.
Put the two cardboard circles together, with the openings the same way. Then start pulling the yarn through the opening. The more yarn you use, the more dense the pompom will be.
When you are done pulling yarn through. It its time to cut open the pompom. Save some yarn for the step after this, min 15 cm. Cut the treads in between the two circles of cardboard.
Take the extra yarn piece and pull it through the middle of the two pieces of cardboard and around. Tighten and tie a knot.
Use your scissor to trim the yarn to make a ball.
Fasten your pompom to whatever that needs a upgrade.
Easy right? Now you can make a hundred ❤ ❤ ❤
Here is my cap, I gave it some love. I put the loose treads back in place and fastened the pompom. All of the sudden it is a band NEW cap ❤