How to Make a Brimmed Beenie




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Have you had any problems creating the perfect hat? The rim always turns out to be warped, right? And you don't want to follow the crowd and buy one of those mass produced beenie hats... right? Well, we here at Threadbanger, have been overwhelmed with requests for guy-fashion, so in this episode we are taking the que and showing you how to create your own awesome rimmed beenie hat!''' Also, subscribe to Threadbanger on itunes!!!

Step 1: Drawing the Rim Shape

1. Using a hat that you have lying around, line up the inside edge of the rim with the edge of a piece of paper, and trace around the curve.

2. First, draw a vertical line from the center of the curve, down to the edge of the paper. Then, measure the width of the thinnest point of the rim using a ruler and draw the midpoint on the line.

3. Then draw a curve connecting the midpoint to one of the two points where the original curve meets the edge of the paper.

Step 2: Making the Shape

4. Cut along the larger curve to get a half-circle shape.

5. Fold the half-circle in half, along the vertical line, and cut along the second curved line you drew to make sure that both sides are equal. You should end up with a shape that looks kind of like a smile.

6. Next, trace the shape onto an old composition book cover and cut it out.

7. Cover the shape with duct-tape to make the shape stronger.

Step 3: The Rim Fabric

8. Take out an old sweater, cut off the arm and cut along the seem for a flat shape.

9. Trace two brim shapes onto the sweater, and cut them out about a half-an-inch outside the outline. Make sure you don't cut along the inside curve, just cut a straight line across the two points.

10. Place the two shapes right-sides-together and pin along the curve.

11. Sew along the pin line and turn right-side-out.

Step 4: Finalizing the Rim

12. Insert the brim into the pocket and stretch out the fabric out so that the seem ends up at the bottom half of the brim.

13. Pin along the inner curve, and sew along your pin line.

Step 5: The Beenie Shape

14. Take out the body part of your old sweater, cut along the seems. You only need one half of the body part of your sweater.

15. Fold the fabric in half, along a vertical axis, so that the right-sides are together and pin.

16. Measure and mark 10 inches from the fold. From the middle of your initial measurement, measure 8 inches up.

17. Sketch out a dome shape connecting the 2 end points of your measurement to your 8 inch measurement.

Step 6: Finalizing the Hat

18. Pin along the outline and then cut out about half-an-inch outside the outline.

19. Sew along the pin line and cut off the excess fabric. Make sure not to cut along the bottom edge, thats the hole that your head goes into!

Step 7: Attaching the Rim to the Beenie

20. Attach the rim to the hat by inserting the rim into the beenie so that the bottom of the beenie hem overlaps the inner curve of the rim, and pin together. Make sure that you pin the rim so that the edges of the rim are centered in between the seems of the beenie, so that the seems rest on the sides of the hat.

21. Sew together following your pin line, and sew another seem about an inch up to hold the flap down.

22. And thats it! You have an awesome new brimmed beenie hat!



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    19 Discussions


    3 years ago

    just joined instructables because hats : )

    thanks for doing this tutorial. what sewing machine would you recommend for someone who wants to start?

    hatcheck girl

    7 years ago on Step 7

    Awesome!!!! I love this site. You need to buy virtualy nothing to make your own hat!! Just don't use a good sweater that Aunt Millie gave you for Christmas.LOL

    Amazing instructable! This is the first clothing-related item I have ever sewn, and I love how it came out :) I named my hat oreo.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I did it, but the measurments are off.... 10 inches for both sides it wayyy to small.

    But I guess that means I have a big head...

    but 10+10=20

    and 20/ (pi...) is about six inches.


    3 replies

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Don't you mean that the DIAMETER is 6 inches? The CIRCUMFERENCE is 20.


    If you want to guess how warm the sweater would be, then here's an untested idea. Get your sweater of choice, and before cutting it up, tie it around your head. If it's too warm, consider a different one, but if it's just right, then grab your scissors and start cutting :D


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is pretty cool. I'll have to make this sometime.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    yeah, these hats are the greatest. my friend gave me one that didn't fit him anymore.


    Whoa, that beanie is rockin man! I wanna make one now! Except i have no sewing machine...


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I bought a sweater at the thrift store and made one of these tonight. It's awesome and it fits perfect. Great tutorial! It's a lot easier than I thought it would be, having never sewed anything before in my life...


    11 years ago on Introduction

    This is really cool. I like that now I have a step by step instructions on how to do it. Thanks!