Introduction: Simple Beanie

About: Computer Engineering Student at Drexel University, Intern at NextFab Studio.
This project is extremely easy, and will keep your head nice and warm. Shouldn't take more then 20 minutes, and would make an awesome gift!...or use it to cover up a not yet loved new haircut.

This is a SUPER easy project, so I've written really loose instructions intentionally. You don't have to do it in one specific way, but really anyway that works. Be creative with this! Make it your own and go back to school with an original and stylish hat!

Step 1: Supplies & Tools


You can use just about any type of fabric. Fleece, wool, or even knit. Even easier, use some scrap like an old T-Shirt or Hoodie. I'm using an old blank t-shirt.

Anything can be used really. Anything you can tie a not in, and will hold up to a beating. I'm using some glow in the dark polypropelene rope. (Cut using Tim Andersons handy trick for stright melted cuts.)


The old standard.

Sewing Machine / Needle
You can use a machine, or do this by hand. I assume you can determine the pros and cons of each. I went with sewing by hand, as I'm not to confident with my skills to set up my mothers sewing machine.

Step 2: Measure Your Head

Take your fabric, and wrap it around your head. Mark off where it feels nice and snug. Keep in mind the type of fabric you used: if your using fleece, it will stretch, so go tight. However, if your using canvas, go just right.

Step 3: Cut the Fabric

Using your mark from last step, cut your fabric. You should have a big, long piece of fabric, that when wrapped, fits snug on your head.

Step 4: Sew It Up

Easy enough; roll over the fabric to your mark, and sew it straight up! After you've got it sewn up, reverse it, so the threading is on the inside. (if you would like to, of course.)

Step 5: Try It On; Adjust It.

Now you can slip this tube of fabric on your head. Plop it on, and roll up the edges (if you would like to) and adjust everything to make it fit just right; You are in fact making this yourself, make sure it fits you perfectly!

Step 6: Sqeeze the Top.

With the tube on your head, adjusted and set, reach up and bunch up the extra fabric. Make it fit how you want, more fabric if you like it tight, less if you want it loose and saggy.

Step 7: Tie It Up!

Now if your skilled, you can do this while it is on your head. Grab some line, and tie up the fabric you bunched up. Tie it nice and tight, with your knot of choice.

Step 8: Cut the Excess

Cut off your excess fabric, and bam! You've got your self your own super simple beanie!

Step 9: Mix It Up!

Because this project is so simple, I ask you to spice it up when you make your own. Maybe punching holes in the fabric, and weaving in the line to tie up the end. Or maybe use a large amount of line when tying the end up, and use the hat as a carrying case for some emergency line when your out hiking. This hats super simple, and a great base for some cool ideas, so I want to see some innovation in the comments!

Thanks for reading! Good luck!
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